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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.

Alyssa Hill

Interior Design has been a love of mine since I was a little girl. I was the kid re-arranging and re-imagining her room over and over again, and the one binge-watching the OG Trading Spaces. The funny thing is, I grew up and didn’t really consider Interior Design to be a viable career path. Read more>>

Lauren McKenzie

After graduating from design school, I worked in the creative industry for six years, during that time, I was an in-house designer, a publication designer, a PR professional, a website designer an account manager and a part-time craft beer slinger. Working my way to the top of the corporate ladder was my dream as a young designer, but deep down I knew that I was built for something greater. Read more>>

Jaclyn Cage

I was looking for an internship before finishing college, so being a photographer, I reached out to the only photographer I was familiar with–Jackie Cooper–who photographed my best friend’s wedding. She took me on as an intern/2nd photographer and within one week of learning with her, I had photographed a senior session and my first wedding! Read more>>

Wanda Wood

I feel that I am a classic example of do what you truly desire to do. I am doing exactly that. I wanted to do real estate for a very long time. Initially, my motivation came from the positive experience that my parent’s had when they purchased their home in 1984. The realtor was so kind, patient and resourceful. Read more>>

Jolene Hamann

From the time I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to be a “doctor or a nurse.” I’m putting that in quotes because it’s actually in my Dr. Suess book “My Book About Me” from when I was eight. Reading my Grandmother, Marie’s, nursing textbooks during our frequent visits to her Minnesota farm was a favorite pastime as a child. Read more>>

Hillary Hand-Gruener

I am a musician, so it seemed a perfect opportunity to work as one from home since, in America, I worked as a hairstylist most days to make ends meet, while also caring for our little guy. So, while my passion was music, I never had time for it. Read more>>

Erin Poovey

I grew up along the coast in the most southern tip of Texas. At age 19, I began my career studying massage therapy in Austin, Texas, earning my Massage Therapy Diploma in 2002. Massage was supposed to be what I did until I could figure out what I really wanted to do with my life, but I loved everything about it and have been massaging ever since. Read more>>

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