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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.

Julie Duffey

When I was very young, I would watch Bob Ross on PBS everyday, Happy trees. 🙂 Got caught digging through my mom’s makeup at the age of three attempting to put it on, haha. That’s when I knew I wanted to draw, paint, basically anything involving art and being creative. Read more>>

MJ Johnston

I own and train at my gym, MJ Fit, exclusively for women and children in the Denver Tech Center! I grew up in a small farming community in Missouri. I never felt like I fit in, and at an early age, I realized I had dreams bigger than most of my peers. Once I finished high school, I originally went to school for fashion. Read more>>

Kelly Rice

When I was in my early 20s, I was battling three autoimmune diseases, which means that my body was attacking itself. One of the diseases was aggressively eating away at my skin and I was desperately seeking out answers through the conventional medical system on how I got these diseases and what I could do to stop them. Read more>>

Amy Fregoso

I have always considered myself a creative person and have been drawn to the arts my whole life. When I was young, I took every art class my high school offered, but something changed at age 16 when my dad bought me my first camera for my very first photography class. I truly fell in love with the artistry of developing film. Read more>>

Elycia Cook

My story began the day I was born. You see, I was born in Detroit during the riots of 1967’ to teen parents in an area infamously called “The Black Bottom”. My parents married and it quickly came to light that my dad was an alcoholic and abusive. Read more>>

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