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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.

Amber Harris

My story begins my freshman year of college, I walked onto the Women’s Rowing team at UCSD. I double majored, held every leadership title I could, involved myself in extracurricular clubs and activities while working a part-time job selling furniture in Pacific Beach. Read more>>

Lovely Juanitas

Music has always been a constant in my life. Ranging from my Grandpa who would listen to 70s rock; my Grandma and her soft rock and 80s music. My parents would play Hip Hop and R&B, Reggae, and Rap. The listen goes on and on. Growing up, I never thought I could write or produce a song, let alone perform on a stage. Read more>>

Nakai McMurray

I was born which was April 12th which means I am an Aries. Here is some information about Aries, it is a fire sign which means I have creativity, passion, and an independent side to me. All those characteristics represent me, I have always had big dreams for what I wanted to do in the world and my family has always been so supportive of it. Read more>>

Mia Christina Sarno

Although I didn’t know it at the time, my story and journey toward personalized health coaching began in 2000. As a young girl with a blended heritage, I always knew two versions of family. My father, a Philippine immigrant, and my mother, a midwestern farmer—each strived to live a fulfilling life. Read more>>\

Christine Sterling, M.D., FACOG

I decided to dedicate myself to improving the preparation and support for postpartum. For five years before I became a mother, I had treated birth as the destination of pregnancy, not seeing what was right in front of my eyes– the destination is motherhood. When we honor and support the developing mother in pregnancy and postpartum we provide the care women deserve. Read more>>

Meg Ehman

Freelancing ignited a fire I had never experienced before and a year later, I’ve scaled to a digital marketing agency. Starting a business comes down to being able to jump head first into the unknown, which I will always attribute to travel. Read more>>

Mycalia Athanas

I actually had a really positive undergrad experience. School always came very naturally to me but classes bored me. I value real-world experience and I used my internships as opportunities to explore different career paths. I had a fashion internship with Conde Nast in Times Square, a public relations internship in Woodstock. Read more>>

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