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Trailblazers: South San Diego

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 South San Diego that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Cecilia Martin del Campo

I am 30 years old. I grew up living in Tijuana, that meant spending my time between Tijuana and San Diego. I went to Tec de Monterrey to major in Marketing, graduated in 2011 and then went to Santa Cruz, CA, to work for two years. That was when I bought my first Camera. I was alone over there. Lived with my mom’s sister but, besides her. Read more>>

Anita Polite-Wilson

I have been an external consultant off and on over the years, not by choice, but by necessity, when I was between companies, and never for more than a year. I always held out for the next right career opportunity and not just a job, which is what I encourage my clients to do: find what I call their who/do alignment that honors who they are in what they chose to do as a professional. Read more>>

Gisele Esquer and Adriana Jacobo

My mom and I have very similar personalities, we’ve always been very hard-working women, the kind that are always looking for new things to do, and we would always plan what is next in our lives. I remember at the point my mom mentioned she wanted to have her own business I was still kind of young and didn’t know what I wanted as a career in the future, so I didn’t pay much attention to it. Read more>>

Ana Luisa Gaitan and Renee Perez Scolari

Lucky to be located on the border of México and the United States in San Diego, CA, Border Creations, an Interior Design Studio was established in 2017 as a result of the confluence between these two rich countries. Being constantly emerged in both cultures, we (co-founders Ana Luisa Gaitan and Renee Perez Scolari) consider both San Diego and Tijuana our home – allowing us to appreciate creativity and passion for design with two different perspectives. Read More>>

Yolanda, Yo Jonesy Jones

I’m Yo Jonesy Jones lead singer, trombonist, and bongosero of Crowned Jewelz Band from Mobile, AL. I started the band in 2011 with my Brother hip hop artist Jaheem Hasaan. The original mission of Crowned Jewelz is to infuse our music with positivity and self-help motivation to inspire our listeners to become their better versions. Crowned are our thoughts, Jewelz are the Words we speak. Read more>>

Olena Reshetnikova

I was a creative and crafty person as far as I could remember myself. I need to thank my mother and granny who were always crocheting something beautiful for me. These clothes were extremely pleasant to wear as they were made with such love! But being an active child, knitting and crocheting, just sitting around seemed boring for me. Everything changed when I became a mother for the fourth time. Read more>>

Alicia Thompson

I always knew I was going to be more than a small-town girl. I had always dreamed of moving to a big city and working for a design firm, preferably in advertising. Thanks to an amazing support system: homefront, friends and teachers… I was accepted into the Columbus College of Art and Design right out of high school. Read more>>

Olena Reshetnikova

I was a creative and crafty person as far as I could remember myself. I need to thank my mother and granny who were always crocheting something beautiful for me. These clothes were extremely pleasant to wear as they were made with such love! But being an active child, knitting and crocheting, just sitting around seemed boring for me. Everything changed when I became a mother for the fourth time. Read more>>

Emma O’Brien

I first started to pursue health and wellness during my college years when working toward my degree in Psychology. I began to experience some health challenges and began to explore some remedies that were more holistic and tied to nutrition. It was during this process that I discovered the incredible impact that food has on my well-being. Read more>>

Diana García

Digalo starts during the course of my degree by learning about my area of ​​expertise in hearing and language; At the same time I worked as a volunteer at the Children’s Hospital of the Californias and after completing a Diploma in Speech Therapy, I was encouraged to start working in a small office as a speech therapist advised by my diploma teachers. Read more>>

Sharlene Famisan

I fell in love with how the light and love of Reiki can assist so much with healing body, mind, and spirit. I knew immediately that I wanted to share this practice with everyone because we tend to only focus on the physical, some mental, but neglect our spiritual/energetic body. I feel that it also ties into mental health because it allows my clients to release any stuck emotions or buried traumas. Read more>>

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