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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.

Mackenzie Hansen

Combining my love for food and design was where I truly found what I want to do. Along with hand lettering and floral illustrations I found my style and now create designs for fun, for work and for anyone who needs it. Read more>>

Mackenzie Hansen

Combining my love for food and design was where I truly found what I want to do. Along with hand lettering and floral illustrations I found my style and now create designs for fun, for work and for anyone who needs it. Read more>>

Leia Gadow

I started as a makeup artist for a local documentary film company. I’d always had an interest in the beauty industry so when I was working as a PA for this film company and saw they were in need of a makeup artist. Read more>>

Andrea Gallagher

By connecting the most viable service providers needed to take your brand and business to the next level I created a trusted In-House team of vetted brand experts’ whose ultimate goal is to let you focus on what you do best & we will take care of the rest! Read more>>

Jessica Welch

I always had an interest in facial aesthetics and would frequently watch videos on Instagram or YouTube of other nurses and doctors injecting botox or fillers. This motivated me to obtain formal training in the administration of cosmetic injectable products. Read more>>

Gala Marquez-Gordon

At a very young age I would accompany my mom to her weekly spa treatment and was fascinated by the transformation her esthetician would achieve. Through the interest I showed I was able to work as a receptionist and assisted in helping the owner prepare the clients for treatments. Read more>>

Gala Marquez-Gordon

Through the interest I showed I got to work as a receptionist and assisted in helping the owner prepare the clients for treatments. Estrella Fernandez (owner) toke me under her wing and became mentor me many years. Read more>>

Meredith Winters

I have always had a strong creative soul, I grew up playing the piano, painting and playing sports. One beauty routine was consistent throughout childhood. I have always loved to have my nails painted. Read more>>

Denise Martin

I believe you have to find a mission that really makes you feel butterflies in your stomach, and that it’s calling you so loudly that you have no doubts that is what you have to pursue. For me, that mission is education. Read more>>

Laura Nielsen

Swell & Sway is my big-dream to share my passions with the world. I write about life, leggings, and everything in between on Instagram and my blog. I teach yoga at retreats and in my living room. I have never been more enthusiastic or fulfilled about how I spend my days! Read more>>

Jennifer Pennell

Ten years ago I was in a successful corporate career, had a loving husband and family, and I was miserable. I thought I was going to have to implode my life. I found meditation, or rather it found me, transforming my life out of misery and into well-being. Read more>>

Kyla Santillano

Spotlight Studios was born in 2005. I moved to San Diego from New York City and hit the ground running. The first year it was myself and one other artist. I soon realized I needed to always be growing and learning from my fellow photographers. Read more>>

Ilona Davidov

I started out 16 years ago making jewelry pieces for myself and for friends until local boutique owners became interested in my work. I quickly realized that designing jewelry was not going to be a hobby but instead a great business opportunity. Read more>>

Alessandra D’Orazio

I started out as a shy girl who just met someone who thought I would be a good yoga instructor because I was so calm. Then before I knew it, the supervisor of the campus gym was emailing me to get set up with a yoga mentor. It took 4 months and a one fitness certification later, but I was teaching yoga at 18 years old. Read more>>

 

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