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Trailblazers in Boulder

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

Stephanie Carter

I started Wallaroo in 1999 after a visit to Australia to see my husband’s parents. I fell in love with some amazing sun protective hats and decided to reach out to the designer and see if we could work together. At that time, I was an attorney practicing law but felt a calling to do something more meaningful. I launched Wallaroo Hat Company in April of 1999. Read more>>

Wendy Franz

My job now, as Managing Director of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, is really a dream job for me. Although I grew up in a small, rural town, I was fortunate to have some incredible teachers who encouraged my love of theatre and inspired a passion for Shakespeare early on. In 7th grade, we were reading “Macbeth” and “Romeo and Juliet,” comparing movie versions and staging our own scenes. I acted and stage-managed throughout high school and with one of my classmates, created a workshop using the nunnery scene from “Hamlet” to help other students discover how they could demystify the language and relate to the characters in Shakespeare. Read more>>

Jennifer Kofler

“I was amazed by the beautiful array of hats and fascinators that the women were wearing. They were a delight to see. It was a fanciful display of crystals, feathers, flowers, and bows. I suddenly felt inspired. I want to bring joy to people, and a hat changes so much of how a person acts and feels”. Read more>>

Dr. Sarah Ceschin

My journey started with going to graduate school to obtain my doctorate in physical therapy at University of Wisconsin Madison. The program was grueling, and I had no idea which area of physical therapy I wanted to focus on, as I loved every single class and sincerely enjoyed working in all of the disciplines. Knowing I didn’t want to stay in the Midwest. Read more>>

Clare Henkel

I grew up in a theatrical family, pursued theatre in college–but realized my Senior year that I was too self-conscious to be an actor. I moved to Seattle to begin graduate school, then to San Francisco to do an internship at A.C.T. there. This led to a job at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, where I was an assistant designer and eventually designed several shows. Read more>>

Stephanie Fisher

I’m honestly not sure how I ended up on this path, other than that “meant to be” feeling. I have a degree in Biology, which I was so incredibly passionate about, but truly believe somewhere down the road this path was what I was called to do. The more time I spend taking photos the more I find inspiration in honest and genuine human interaction. Read more>>

Sherrie Figueroa

I am originally from Miami Beach, FL and first-generation born of Cuban immigrants. I visited Boulder 15 years ago and at the risk of sounding cliché, it was love at first sight…one month later I was driving across country from Florida to start a new life. I put myself through massage school by waiting tables and nannying during the day and studying at night. Read more>>

EB Bollendonk

I’ve always been the classic over-achiever, balancing school and multiple hobbies. My story began to take shape though when I joined the Technology Student Association (TSA) in middle school and started learning that I could do anything that I worked towards. Read more>>

Katie Daenzer

My sister, Sarah, and I started Live Seasoned six years ago in February 2014. We are a nature-inspired lifestyle blog that focuses on the feelings and flavors of each season. In addition to the blog we have an active Instagram account by the same name where we share little snippets of adventures and projects that might not make the blog. Read more>>

Mara Rose

My interest in urban farming with youth began immediately after graduating from college in 1994. I ventured off to Vermont to work on the farm crew at The Mountain School ( for the summer before becoming an Americorps volunteer in New Orleans, where I did urban farming with young people. Read more>>

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