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Trailblazers: Point Loma & Shelter Island

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 Point Loma & Shelter Island that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Steffanie Dotson

I have to admit: I love volunteer work. Giving back and being of service is part of my makeup… it’s my dharma. I also love staying busy, which can be a curse, but I try to keep everything in balance. So, when I was in college, studying woodworking and furniture design, I joined a nonprofit organization called The Furniture Society. Read more>>

Megan Richardson

Garrett captures the beautiful and vastly significant beginning of couples’ journeys as a married couple, and as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, I have the privilege of meeting couples in a time of need, crisis, turmoil, grief, or in times where they recognize they need a bit of encouragement. Read more>>

Care Rodgers

Uncomfortable is growth if you don’t plan on growing as an entrepreneur, then I don’t know what to tell you. No matter what happens, my best advice is; know what you want, know why you’re doing it, and know you are a badass. Believe in yourself, if you don’t, no one else will. Read more>>

Bridget Grimes

I wanted to dig into parts of their life that were out of balance so we could address their financial issues, overcome them, and empower them to make good, smart financial decisions. Most of all, I wanted to help more women live a better life. And that’s when I decided to launch WealthChoice in September 2016. Read more>>

Hayden Ralph and Tess Erskine

While in San Diego we spent most of our time working, hanging with friends and writing music. We made several demos together and emailed them to some people in the industry. We then got news that there were people in Nashville interested in our music and us. Read more>>

Kayla Bannon

While I was assisting I discovered my passion for bridal and special event styling. Mariah’s sister, Tiana Whell approached us and told us she wants to open a salon in Temecula and I was all in from day one. GURU is everything I dreamed of. I’m now the Lead Bridal Stylist at GURU and have a BOMB bridal team of hair and makeup artists that’s going to take bridal styling to the next level! Read more>>

Kiana Loomis

I am a passionate personal trainer and fitness coach with a background in fitness nutrition and yoga as well. I began my profession in the fitness industry as a yoga instructor, which soon lead me into private sessions and ultimately, pursuing my passion for fitness and nutrition as an overall lifestyle. Read more>>

Brittny H. Ferguson

I always knew based on the God-given strengths that I had this crazy ability to connect with almost anyone and inspire them (if afforded the opportunity), to be their best self. Managing people allows me to do this on almost a daily basis from a professional standpoint, however, I’m also the one that most of my family and friends come to for trusted advice or guidance on a personal level. Read more>>

Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins

The best advice he gave me was to keep my head down and work harder than everyone, one day I will look up and I will be the only one left standing. While everyone is partying, I am making my dreams come true so that my kids have a better life and options than I had. Read more>>

Rebecca Paradiso

I personally think one big part of growing is getting out of your comfort zone, it will be scary but fun and worth it to discover more stylish looks. The biggest thing of all starting out and down the road is to remember it’s not a competition with anyone to strive at your own pace. Read more>>

Stephanie Wells

I fell in love with jewelry and stones in Ethiopia and India. I met so many interesting people In my travels – a jeweler in Ethiopia who basically spun gold thread into beautiful filigree designs and a stone cutter in India who took huge sheets of stones – bigger then a dining room table, and cut it down into thousands of small faceted, glistening jewels. I was spellbound. Read more>>


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