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.
Hi! I grew up in a small town in NW Kansas. My mom did hair and had a small salon in our home. I was rolling perms on my mom’s mannequins at the age of eight… just for fun. I didn’t know I wanted to do hair until my senior year of high school. Read more>>
Bed and Breakfasts were actually a thing in the 70’s when I was growing up. Long before there was AirBnB there were already world travelers and innkeepers opening their homes to people from all walks of life. For as long as I can remember, I wanted two things: a horse (of course) and to be an innkeeper. Read more>>
I have been a working musician since I was a teenager: playing gigs, teaching lessons, and writing music. I’ve known since high school that I wanted to pursue music professionally, so I majored in music in college at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Read more>>
Living Vine Counseling was birthed after my husband and I quit our jobs and moved back to the state we loved- Colorado. We were burnt out and looking to rekindle the passion we had for helping others as well as- of course, support ourselves financially. We had moved in with family and loved the idea of a flexible schedule, being our own bosses, and being selective in our clientele. Read more>>
After graduating from cosmetology school at the Aveda Academy and working my way up the levels to become a recognized hairstylist, I felt I had not reached my full potential of giving that “feeling” of confidence and beauty to other women yet. I noticed that the current hair extension market was not enough. They either left hair messy or damaged… and didn’t give an overall full and luxurious look that every woman wants. Read more>>
This is a big question. I struggle a bit with where to start because I believe our story starts from the day we are born. I’m a pretty big believer that when we are born, we are sure of who we are and what we are here to create and do, it’s all the things that happen along the way, especially early in life, that get us off track. Read more>>
I learned how to make clothing during my time at CSU as I pursued a degree in Fashion Merchandising with a concentration in Apparel Design and Production. Before I went to CSU, I loved watching Project Runway and readily had ideas for dresses I wanted my mom to make for me for all the High School Dances but had no idea that is really what I wanted to do. Read more>>
From a young age, I was obsessed with details and in love with the idea of being a catalyst for creating fun. My early event planning experience started in 5th grade when I planned my school’s very first dance. In college, I organized campus volunteer efforts and our University’s Homecoming activities. Read more>>
As most stories go, you rarely realize you’re in one as they are unfolding. For me, in all my years following a thematic journey, I had little idea I was on my own, that it was also about me. Becoming. I went to undergrad to make money. Read more>>
For as long as I have had a dream for my life, the one, and only constant one was to own a shop. This idea seemed so unattainable but it stood there, in the back of my mind, quiet but from time to time it would push it’s way up into the forefront of my mind. I decided it was only going to be a dream. Read more>>