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Trailblazers in Colorado Springs

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 Centennial that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Brooke Harrell

I started Just BE’s Pastries back in 2017 unexpectedly. I was about a year out of culinary school and the head baker at a local coffee shop at the time. I always had a love for baking and pastry arts, so when I decided to make it into a career, I didn’t think I’d up and start a business so quickly being only 21 and freshly out of school and into the business world. The coffee community helped me get started and launch into their industry as a wholesaler. Read more>>

Gina Spinelli

On my tenth birthday, my dad gave me my first camera, and ever since then, photography has served as a natural outlet for my creativity. It’s far and away, my preferred story-telling modality. That is really what I try to do every time I’m behind the lens: tell a valuable, interesting, and impactful story. I grew up listening to my dad share his stories about traveling around the world. Read more>>

Anna Coen

I am captivated by beauty and mystery, and as far as I can remember, I have been that way for a long time. Stories, adventures (particularly in the mountains), and different forms of art have been my inspiration and sanity for many years. Music, however, I see as my language. I got my first guitar when I was a young child and promptly broke 3 of the six strings. I used to believe I inherited my mom’s singing ability (God bless her), so I smothered the secret dream of ever becoming a singer or musician. Read more>>

Branwen Cole

I have always been involved in the arts and well, I guess you would say I’m a true “Creative!” Having retired from a dance career that took me around the world I struggled for several years to “redefine” myself. I’ve always been creative and drawn to crafting and DIY projects. For me, anything that you can create or build with your hands intrigues me. In 2017, a business partner and I started a small business. Read more>>

Kira Goff

I began my photography journey in December of 2010 when I got my first DSLR for Christmas. I’m not exaggerating when I say that once I started making photographs of people, I knew almost immediately that it was what I wanted to do for my career someday and I simply couldn’t stop. People started seeing the images I was posting on social media and began asking me any time they needed photos for any occasion. Read more>>

Jessica Daniels

I was 22 when I opened my first business. And I’ll be honest; it didn’t end up the way I would’ve liked. I took on the roles of administrator, accountant, human resources, marketing director, inventory manager and a thousand other things. I learned a lot on the fly. I made good hires and plenty of bad ones. I developed great client relationships and had many repeat customers and referrals, but I also left some people dissatisfied. Read more>>

Katie Velarde

My escape from the stress was my love for aromatherapy and gemstones. In February of 2015, I launched an Etsy shop, Glitter Zen. The name includes my favorite color, glitter, and the feeling making aromatherapy jewelry brings me, zen. It was a side hobby and over the years it grew and grew! I was fascinated at the way people reacted to what I made and it warmed my heart that my peace could being peace and smiles to others. in the Fall of 2017, I did my first live vendor show with my jewelry displayed. Read more>>

Kayla Maddox

I’ve always loved the outdoors and had an authentic connection to it. Sitting in my dorm room at the University of Wyoming in 2003, I remember a nagging notion of an adventurous summer job. My sister stumbled upon a whitewater rafting company called Wilderness Aware on an internet search. I applied and set off over my spring break on a five-day interview- a wilderness rafting trip through the Salt River Canyon in Arizona. Read more>>

Maggi Stroud

I actually had no intention of becoming a Nail Tech/Salon Owner. One day, while sitting at my desk at work, I decided to draw a picture. Until that day, I had no idea I had an artistic side. Turns out, I was fairly decent at drawing and I began drawing almost every day with Western art being my main focus. I truly amazed myself. Read more>>

Miah Bofill

For my whole life, I’ve been a dreamer and a feeler. I grew up in a huge family that was always growing and changing. I’m a biological kid but my family has been growing in the form of adoption for twenty years. With life always changing and everyone always needing something, I found refuge and comfort in being alone, adventuring outdoors or drawing or playing music or dancing. Read more>>

Cindy Wall

Cindy has extensive experience in luxury design and provides her clients with a design perspective that allows her to blend timeless period pieces with new and modern pieces. She strives to create a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing environment for your home. Most importantly, Cindy works tirelessly for her clients to ensure their desires are not only met but exceeded. Read more>>

Sami Schneider

I knew I loved doing hair, but after I did my first rainbow hair color, I knew that I really really loved doing hair. It’s sparked a creative switch that I needed. Ever since my first rainbow I created, I couldn’t stop. The world needs more color. I want to encourage women to feel comfortable and have confidence. Read more>>

Ashley Easton

Throughout my styling career, I had sworn up and down that I would never be involved in bridal. Bridal styling was not something that I was naturally good at. I sucked at it, to be honest. The fear of failing was crippling to me, but after building my own house fear became the fuel. If you’re afraid of it, conquer it!!! Read more>>

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