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Trailblazers in Arvada

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

Adaeze Noelle Azubuike

Three of my top loves: Jesus, music, & the mountains. I find that the two places God usually humbles me most is on the stage and in the mountains. That’s how I started: time alone with Him in worship. Read more>>

Kathy Escobar

Like most every person I know, my story is a paradoxical mix of good and hard and beautiful and messy. My childhood was interesting, with my single mom raising three kids on her own, working hard to keep the lights on and food on the table. Read more>>

Leslie Icaro

It all started one day when a friend of mine lost his wallet in the ocean. He came home and asked me to make him a credit card wallet out of leather. As we spoke more, he talked about how men can’t find unique leather accessories and that they are mostly made in black and brown. Read more>>

Melinda Warner

As a young girl, I remember my grandmother having a garden. She grew so many delicious vegetables like strawberries and green beans. She also had a beautiful cherry tree. Along with my mom and sister, we would spend many hours helping to harvest veggies and pick cherries. Read more>>

Janine Valentine

My marriage of 29 years came to an end in 2014, and after taking some time to heal, I decided to consciously build the life I want to live. I was just 19 when I got married, so for my entire adult life, I had been part of a “we”.  I began being curious about who I really was as just “me” and what I really wanted. Read more>>

Perla Soto

I remember being maybe seven to eight years old and always having an obsession with trying to cut my hair and everyone else’s hair around me. My aunt use to yell at me for cutting her children’s hair, I would be mad too, I had no idea what I was doing. Growing up I was always told that being a hairdresser or “doing hair”. Read more>>

Vanessa Kendrick

I started my career in business banking during the recession. It was a great learning experience, but after moving to Colorado, I knew I did not want to go back into banking. There were aspects of my previous career that I enjoyed; I loved building relationships with my clients. Read more>>

Amber Wood

My journey began six years ago after the birth of my sweet daughter, Ashton. After an uneventful pregnancy, I had complications postpartum that changed my life. At the time, I was a busy, successful, 30 something labor and delivery nurse. I had no idea how much life could change both for the better, and for the worse in such a short time. Read more>>

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