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.
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>>
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>>
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>>
Amy Ferguson Blomquist
Every photographer’s journey seems to start with talk of their first camera, so this is my first-camera-story… My high school graduation gift was a film DSLR. During my undergraduate degree, I studied in Chile and Cuba, and after graduation I traveled extensively throughout Central and South America. Read more>>
My story begins in Santiago, Chile where I was born. As a first-generation American whose parents migrated from Chile in the late 1990s to Washington, DC — a huge part of my identity, drive and work ethic comes from my family’s culture and background. Read more>>