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Trailblazers in Fort Collins

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

Mackenzie Burgess

I’ve always loved cooking, creative art forms, and entrepreneurship ever since I was a young girl. Today, I’ve combined these passions into my own food and nutrition blog called “Cheerful Choices”. What really sparked my interest in recipe development was working at local farmers markets. Read more>>

Andrea Crowl and Kaity Holsapple

Community Yoga, formerly Loveland Community Yoga, was started in 2016. In 2017, the studio explored being a teacher co-op with five business partners working for shares of the business on “sweat equity”. This model did not work out and Kaity and I became partners/ owners of the studio in Jan 2018. Read more>>

Melissa Matz

I began helping my grandma, Betty, in her beautiful garden. Little did I know at the time but these days would be some of my fondest memories. Fast forward to my adult years after spending over a decade in secondary education, I decided to take a break to begin a family. Read more>>

Julie Bender

Born in St. Louis, Missouri and residing in Loveland, Colorado, Julie Bender grew up with a fascination for drawing animals and has remained on that course all her life. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from the University of Missouri. Read more>>


Betsy Cairo

For as long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated with reproduction. Every paper I wrote in high school, every presentation, etc. Always wanting to learn more. When I got into college, I found a degree that resonated with me and that was Animal Science with a concentration in science. Read more>>

Emily Davis

I have always been an entrepreneur at heart. When I was little, I created and sold bookmarks to earn money for an American Girl doll. Several years ago, my sister and I took a cake decorating class, and that is when I got the bug for baking and decorating. Read more>>

Julie Michelson

My health struggles led me to my current path. In 2004, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. At the time, I was a single mom with three young children. Through the next decade, my disease progressed, and I accumulated three more autoimmune diagnoses. Read more>>

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