The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more. With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.
Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach that we hope you will check out, follow and support.
I am a proud child of immigrants. I was born to Punjabi Sikh parents in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. My maternal grandmother, my “Biji” raised me. She instilled a love for my Punjabi culture and would share childhood stories subtly interweaving them with cautionary life tales. Those childhood lessons served as the blueprint for me to pursue my passion as a storyteller and write my book, Lady Bitch Whore. Read more>>
Born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. I started off getting my Cosmetology license and taking dance courses at a local community college after high school. I learned quickly that I wasn’t going to have the opportunity to leave my home state to travel and build a business if I stayed in my bubble. I had an opportunity to try a sales job in Costa Mesa, CA. Never being in sales and being more introverted in my late teens – early twenties, I decided to try it out with nothing really to lose. Read more>>
As a freelance model, my job is not only posing, but I am also my own secretary, bookkeeper, promoter, etc. I use mainly social media and word of mouth to connect with other industry professionals, and over the last few years have expanded to traveling (nationally and internationally) for bookings. Read more>>
After graduation, I moved to San Diego to work with a local legend and Olympic gold-medalist coach, Joaquim Cruz. Under Cruz, I made it to the 2016 Olympic Trials, but I realized that I was going to need more funding and resources to keep up with my fully-sponsored competitors. Read more>>
I always knew that I wanted to work inside of companies and feel so grateful to be able to support founders and leaders through my own boutique consultancy today. My background is in HR & Management Consulting, Organizational Development and Diversity. Read more>>
I came to the U.S. in 2006 and spent my first year in Boston as an Au Pair. After the initial culture shock, I quickly adapted and thoroughly enjoyed living on the East Coast. I started to think and dream in English and when my year was up, I knew I needed to stay longer to explore the West Coast. Luckily, I was able to transfer to San Diego and instantly fell in love with this beautiful city and its surroundings. Read more>>
Mary Carol Fitzgerald
It’s no surprise I became a lifestyle brand & fine art photographer— I’ve been photographing since I was in elementary school. I’m the youngest of five, but since my siblings are much older, I spent a lot of time by myself. My camera became a part of me, my best friend. It was always with me. Read more>>
I have been in the service industry for 16 years, six of which have been behind the bar. A few years back, many of my close friends got married. I offered to make pre-batched specialty cocktails custom to their style and flavor preferences for their weddings. They were a hit and gained popularity among our friend group, so in 2018 I decided to start a small business. Read more>>
Since I was a kid, I was very passionate about art. I had attended all the art classes at my school and at the same time had been studying fortepiano at music school for seven years. After I finished school, I spent six years studying design, art, and photography at the University of Art, and then started my career as a commercial designer. Read more>>
I have always been into photography as a kid, I taught myself how to use a camera but I didn’t go to school for photography until 2013. I started getting into the EDM scene at 18 years old and I would sometimes bring my camera just for fun. At 21, I started getting into the bar scene. I went to a party at the red balloon and was taking pictures of my friends. Read more>>
I’m Heather. Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, detox coach, and lover of holistic living, travel, the beach, and, of course, my four-legged wing girl. My passion for nutrition + detox developed sort of by accident over the last decade. For years I struggled with my own health issues that stumped doctors of all specialties and backgrounds. Read more>>
I’ve always been a healer, it’s sort of in my blood. I didn’t realize it until I was an adult and found my way to becoming a spiritual person through the dreaded process of rehabilitating my ACL from knee surgery. Ironically, knee surgery shifted my entire reality. Before the accident, I was this average girl going through the motions. Read more>>