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Trailblazers in Aurora

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

Ty Bjorklund

Eight years ago I got an urge to create a photoshoot to capture my daughter, who was a year old at the time. I did not want anything too extravagate just something simple to capture who she was at that moment. Read more>>

Helen R. Murray

I was always destined for the stage, at least that is how my family sees it. Growing up I was constantly involved in some form of theatre, and if there wasn’t a program nearby, then I just wrote and directed plays myself and roped in my siblings. Read more>>

Megan Hannan

Four years ago we made the decision to move to Colorado, and it was a life changer! I’m originally from south-eastern Pennsylvania, where I was born and raised in the country before living outside Philadelphia for 11 years. Read more>>

Carina Bañuelos-Harrison

I have always been drawn to and creating art. I won my first art award in 1st grade for drawing a yellow flower. In elementary school, I had a teacher that was a former architect, and the way he integrated themes of architecture into art was amazing to me even at a young age. Read more>>

Alexandra Kelly

I was raised in a very strict, traditional Filipino household. I often found it difficult to be myself, and that difficulty manifested itself through me rebelling from high school through the point where I met my now-husband. Read more>>

Ellyse Colson

Last May, while on maternity leave with my second baby, I was struggling with the idea of going back to work. It was at that moment, I came across a webinar about this online world- virtual assisting. This was something I’d never heard of before and was intrigued. Read more>>

Jailyn Jenkins

When I was four years old, I walked into my kindergarten class and fell in love with the art of teaching. I was fascinated with the decor, the sense of community, and the concept -and practice- of teaching others new things. From that moment, I knew in my heart that I would be a teacher. Read more>>

Rebeca Flott

I started looking for alternative ways to paint and decorate. Challenging myself to be persistent and find different ways to express myself through painting everyday. It wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I was able to paint on my first actual canvas. In my heart, this simple act made me feel that I was a “real” artist. Read more>>

Kah Li

I have always loved entertaining people. Growing up I was in some sort of talent show dancing or doing a performance whenever the opportunity was presented to me. I was born in Keywest, Florida but was adopted by colorado when I was 10. I met some life long friends who were also natural-born entertainers. One of my close friends and female artist, Elle Green, started doing music seriously a few years back. Read more>>

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