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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.

Romina Asmat

I have always had a dream and passion for skincare, so I went to school in 2016 and got my license. Always having in mind that one day I wanted to be the owner of my skincare spa. Once I started working, I have noticed how happy and accomplished I felt every single day I went to work. Clients would compliment my work and that made me feel proud of my efforts daily. Read more>>

Valeria Contreras

My parents risked their lives and made countless sacrifices for my siblings and me to have access to education and other resources. Although I was born in Brush, Colorado, I’ve called Aurora my home for over 20 years. I love Aurora. Aurora is rich in the diversity of cultures, ethnicities, languages, music, and food. It is the home of creative and brilliant people. Read more>>

Precious Czeczok

When I graduated high school, I originally attended school for Criminology, but then realized my passion for hair superseded my love for Criminology. My passion for hair stems from my family. I am a third-generation hairstylist and entrepreneur. My grandmother, Dr. Martha B. Hayes, created and designed the world’s first Human Hair Weaving Dress and my mother Gwen Nava was the owner of Rumors Beauty Salon and Barbershop in Aurora, CO. Read more>>

Dianne Myles

I was born and raised in Colorado Springs. I look at my childhood now as all the beautiful complexities that make Dianne who she is today. I grew up code-switching before I knew it was a thing. Then I turned 16 and found myself pregnant, and that changed my life forever. Giving birth to my son brought on a newfound passion for making someone proud and not becoming the statistic everyone assumed I would be. Although by the age of 18, I was pregnant with my second. Read more>>

Asia Lyons

Prior to founding Lyons Educational Consulting, I worked as a K-12 educator in the Cherry Creek School District for 12 years. Engaging in equity work at the school level started me down the path of wanting to focus on the ways harm is done to all people through systems of oppression. After leaving the classroom, I served as the school-partner specialist at RISE Colorado. Read more>>

Zakiyyah Ali

I realized that I was not alone in my thinking. I then decided to take back control of my life. I left my job for another job that was closer to home and I also started a few passion projects. I took back total control of my life and it was freeing! I wanted to share the revelation with other women who might be feeling the same way! I started to do things that inspired me and one of those things was to start group meetings to help women to narrow down their goals. Read more>>

Rebecca Stark Thornberry

I hadn’t had a full-time job in over 15 years and began my journey back into the career world at $10/hour assisting developmentally disabled senior citizens. With little financial help from their father, we survived on the kindness of my family, government welfare, and stubborn hope that we’d be better for it in the end. Read more>>

Mallory Sollie

When I was young, I watched my parents both work very hard to where they got. That is exactly how they raised me. I never really knew what I wanted to do so I tried out multiple things, and I came to the conclusion that I dont like to work for people or be bossed around. So….. after I had my first child, I decided to take a leap of faith and start my own photography business. Read more>>

Natalie Ramirez

I was in the midst of the wedding planning process in late 2018 when I quickly discovered that all things beautiful in the wedding world came with a hefty price tag. The stunning details that personalized and enhanced a wedding were the extra costs I couldn’t stretch but I didn’t want to sacrifice my vision of my “dream wedding.” As a solution, I began playing around with design ideas for my wedding stationary. Read more>>

Melanie Victor

My path to getting started in photography stemmed from a FAM trip (familiarization) when I was working as a travel agent in 2006. I was at Club Med Yucatán and one of the employees thought that my photo was an actual postcard, which ignited my passion for photography. Read more>>

Auset Maryam

For fifteen years, Dr. Auset, affectionately known as Mama Auset, has served the community in performing arts education. With a background in holistic health, she always used arts education to heal children, youth and adults. Read more>>

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