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Trailblazers in Centennial

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

Caitlin Shannon

In some ways, you can say that I’ve had a designer’s heart since the day I was born. Growing up, my dad was a creative director at one of the largest advertising agencies in the Colorado Springs (Vladimir Jones). When my sister and I were little, he’d often sit us down at an empty computer in his office, open Photoshop, and tell us to go wild. We’d spend our time creating crazy artwork and at the end of the day. Read more>>

Jackie Wilt

I’ve been in the beauty industry for more than half of my life. Starting at the front desk of a salon at the age of 16, I had no idea on my first day of work that I was walking into my future career. Growing up, my mom actually cut my hair in our kitchen, so the salon experience was very foreign to me. As a self-proclaimed tomboy who wore her brother hand me down, I never thought I would grow up to be a hairdresser. Read more>>

Dr. Victoria “Tori” Welch

I started giving back rubs to one of my older sisters when I was eight years old as a trade for staying up later with her and her 16-year-old friends… the cool kids. By the time I was ten years old, I had decided I wanted to be a chiropractor, massage therapist, and acupuncturist. Every move from there seemed to be toward this goal. Read more>>

Zoe Schaefer

I started off wanting to be an Esthetician because I wanted to help people feel beautiful with their natural selves in their natural skin. That want has never diminished and I hope that everyone I’ve I’ve worked with to achieve their skin goals has left feeling just a little bit better. People ask me if I always knew what I wanted to be and I definitely did not. Read more>>

Jada Dixon

I had strong feelings that coaching was the right step for me professionally. The entrepreneurial spirit was embedded in me by my parents who owned their own commercial construction business and I had a strong desire and passion to empower others to be their best selves. Therefore, I identified a course of action. Read more>>

Leeda Rassekh

I started my beauty journey in 2001. I was living in Australia at the time. I was working in a Law firm and hated my job. I was getting sick a lot, overworked and underpaid, it got to a point I was so unhappy that I just quit without finding another job or any plans on what I would do next, I just knew I had to get out of there! I thought about what I enjoyed doing at the time and that was to apply my makeup like I was really passionate about it and wanted to learn more! Read more>>

Jamie Francis

I began as a fresh-eyed, new physical therapist in Boston, MA in 2001. My first jobs were at several hospitals including a local VA Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where I worked primarily with people recovering from spinal cord injures and orthopedic or neurological injuries. Read more>>

Christine Winebrenner Irick

I have always been interested in learning more about other cultures and exploring nature and excited to travel the world to broaden my understanding. As an adult, I have been able to reflect on my life so far and think about my passions and see that I have also always been drawn to both creating communities of women and empowering women. Read more>>

Sara Zimmerman

I found myself making excuses and not caring for myself like I should have been. It wasn’t until I realized that I am the only person who can make my dreams come true. I will be completely honest with you, I have not always been a healthy person and I still am working on improving my health currently. Read more>>

Charolette Maxine and Lisabeth Blanche

We started Maxine Rabbits Dollhouse as a collaborative art project so the two of us could focus our art in one area to learn, and create together. I loved gifting dolls to Charolette when she was little, so naturally, dolls and miniatures emerged as the perfect area of collaboration between us. Read more>>

Catherine “Cat” Paz

I started taking piano lessons at the age of 7 years old and continued through graduation. There were plenty of times as a kid that I begged my mom to let me quit, but she never gave in to my tears and she insisted that I was “too good to quit”. After high school, I didn’t play the piano much anymore. I married young. Read more>>

Zoe Levine

Dance was probably what originally led me to a devout curiosity of the human body. It led me to seek out Biomechanics and Anatomy & Physiology as part of my dance major in college. It led me to NYC where I could people watch all the time (read: stare at people constantly without anyone caring or noticing), and dance more. Read more>>

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