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.
I started my entrepreneur journey based on my struggles and wanting to overcome them in a new way. I am a single mother with very little support and couldn’t keep up with my 9-5 while trying to meet my daughter’s needs, train MMA and keep up with personal relationships. Something had to change. Read more>>
We started m2 Confections mostly as a way to work for ourselves. In the professional cooking world, getting your start is tough, and the day to day business can be extremely demanding of time and energy. My husband and I saw m2 Confections as a way to make a name for ourselves and take back some of our lives that have been overrun by high stakes, demanding industry. Read more>>
As a former college basketball player, I was always passionate about the game. I learned about the many roles to take on when it comes to the game such as playing, coaching, officiating, and being a fan. In 2016, I connected with Brianna Hypolite who was also a former college player and other women who were just as excited about exposing more girls and women in the Denver Metro area to the joys of the game. Read more>>
Keelee Burtch and Jessica Low
The two female founders/owners, Keelee Burtch, Ph.D. and Jessica Low, MA came together in 2016 to provide the Denver Metro community with high-quality behavior services. Both are Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA’s) and have each worked in the field of developmental disabilities for 20+ years. Read more>>
I live in Byers, Co and really fell in love with the sliding barn door look. After getting a quote of a set of them, I decided to try and make them myself. Once I posted a picture of them on my Facebook page, it blew up! Within two months of that post, I decided to take a leap of faith and quit my full-time job at a motorcycle dealership to do woodwork full time! Read more>>
I was born and raised in Madagascar. I started professionally singing back in 2009 in Dakar, Sénégal but didn’t really stay consistent until 2016, years after moving to the USA. I’ve always had the passion and drive for music and always knew who I wanted to become since I was a little girl. Read more>>
Joslyn Reese-Hopkins and Brittney Rae Reese
Joslyn & Brittney Rae are dedicated to spreading WELLNESS LOVE! The dynamic sister duo from Aurora, Colorado created FIT & NU, LLC in Spring of 2015 with the mission to help busy women, like themselves, create healthy habits. Read more>>
I served in the US Army for a period of 15 years. For two of those years, I served as a Drill Sergeant for Basic Training soldiers. In 2009, my Dad called me from New York to ask if I could go there for a brief time to help him after eye surgery. He was 78 years old at the time. Of course, I agreed, thinking I would be there three, maybe six months. Read more>>
I am captivated by the exploration of our internal landscapes and what it means to exist today as queer, both in the context of the sometimes rigid cultural and societal constraints around us as well as in the limitless cosmos of our own making. Read more>>