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.
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>>
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>>
ONCE UPON A TIME… there lived a painfully shy little girl who found her voice in pictures rather than words. She spent countless hours drawing her feelings and thoughts. She was happiest when she was drawing. She was an artist. BUT… for reasons that can’t be explained, she suddenly stopped. Read more>>
As long as I can remember, I’ve been creative with everything I did from my hobbies and even in school. I wasn’t particularly bad in school, just more of a hands on learner. I didn’t have many friends and was not popular by any means. It seemed the only time I got any positive feedback from my classmates was for arts or something creative. Read more>>
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>>
I started out on the commercial side of the art world – after college I went from a gallery to an art consulting firm and even the photo department of an ad agency in NYC. I liked the fast pace and passion that buzzed around cultural institutions. But in every job, I found myself hanging out with the artists instead of the clients – wanting to hear about their stories and what motivated them to learn more about how they lived and worked. Read more>
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>>
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>>