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Trailblazers in Denver

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

Leah Sachs and Eric Shannon

It all began with an orange honestly. I wore my orange earrings out and about and everyone kept stopping me wherever I went, asking me if they were real and if they could touch them! I realized people were just as fascinated by the orange earrings as I was, so I started making them for other people and selling them at music festivals and to friends. Read more>>

Samantha Hines

I’ve tried out a lot of different professions in my life – from working as a psychosocial rehabilitation specialist at a mental health agency in Oklahoma to working toward a master’s in Spanish Linguistics at a university in Spain. Read more>>

Junko Kazukawa

I was born and raised in Japan and moved to Colorado alone 32 years ago for studying in the University. I wanted to do a big challenge/Adventure for my life, so I decided to save money and come to US to study all by myself. Read more>>

Alexi Parry

It’s truly a “pinch-me” type of story—I started Seeking Alexi in 2015 after receiving a random and unexpected email from a Home Depot employee asking to collaborate on a styling project. Instead of just decorating my fireplace, as they requested. Read more>>

Mariana Ramirez-Jimenez

I’ve been drawing as far as I can remember. I became serious as an artist going into middle school. I have always been inspired by animated movies such as the Iron Giant, Atlantis the Lost Empire, and Treasure Planet. It’s my dream and goal to create a movie. Read more>>

Maureen Hearty

I am the fifth child from a rambunctious lot of seven freckle-faced, sunburnt kids who overran the streets of our Littleton neighborhood with kickball games and bike races. My folks had moved to Colorado in the early 1970s, relocating from their family-filled Manhattan Irish neighborhood as part of my Dad’s job. Read more>>

Kate Kavanaugh

My story starts in a pretty strange place for someone that owns a butcher shop. When I was 5, I made a bold proclamation that I was becoming a vegetarian. It started out as a concern for animal welfare and as I got older, it evolved into concern for the environment and climate change. Read more>>

Chayla Lopez

I started my makeup journey in high school. All of my classmates loved my work, so they’d ask me to do their makeup for school dances. This is where it all started for me. Me being good at makeup caught me by surprise and I realized I had found a new passion. Read more>>

Tay Jenell

When I was a kid, I used to watch my mom do my sisters’ hair and they have way thicker, more coily hair than I do so they would get perms and cornrows and just get to wear their hair in all sorts of styles that I never could. I used to despise having curly hair. Read more>>

Andre Marie Campos

I’m originally from Albuquerque New Mexico, I moved to Denver about two in a half years ago. I never expected to do makeup or fashion shows and photoshoots. I was originally going to college to become a journalist and then changed my major to communications. Read more>>

Justine Niehaus

I was always making things: friendship bracelets, knitting, sewing, drawing, and painting. I think this creativity is part of why I chose to go into Early Childhood Education. Creating lesson plans and bulletin boards became my favorite part of the job. Read more>>

Suzanne Wolf

I am a retired elementary school educator who taught for 18 years. I loved being on the journeys of my students and their families and I especially loved finding ways to provide resources for those families that were struggling financially to make ends meet. Read more>>

Ali Cranford

I fell into the floral industry in college. I was going to school for Graphic Design and got a summer job as a gardener with wonderful woman who is now a lifelong friend. Because you can only garden in the summer here. Read more>>

Brielle Killip

When I was in high school, I thought I would major in either math or art. Art won, specifically graphic design, but there are definitely pattern and problem-solving similarities to both. I majored in graphic communications and have been a graphic designer my entire career. Read more>>

Maddy Halpern

I was born and raised in a small town in New Mexico. My childhood environment is what prompted my love for the rugged, rural outdoors. As a mountain dweller in a high desert atmosphere, I always hiked and enjoyed seeing new places in nature. Read more>>

Hannah Comstock

I was born and raised in Denver. I went to high school in Centennial and college in Fort Collins. I got my first taste of international travel during a semester abroad in college, and after that, I knew I wanted to live, work, or volunteer abroad. Read more>>

Whitney Nichole

My name is Whitney Nichole, I am a Colorado native, Denver Divine Waxing Studio was born out of the last drop of hope in my being, you see up until this pivotal moment of my journey I was tired, hurt and at the very bottom of the pit, I was a recovering IV drug user 5 years sober. Read more>>

Karen Dorfman

I worked as a nanny for a large network of families throughout the Denver metro area. I was extremely passionate about my job, but after ten years, I was becoming increasingly lonely and felt the lack of adult-interaction was causing my brain to slowly disintegrate. Read more>>

Jessica Eden

I started getting really interested in makeup through dance when I was younger. We did recitals and competitions with LOTS of stage makeup. I really fell in love with the creativity it allows. I eventually moved to Colorado from Nashville 8 years ago to pursue cosmetology school at the Aveda Institute Denver. Read more>>

Sara Donnelly

I grew up in a small town in Michigan where I rode horses and bikes, swam in lakes in summer, threw snowballs in winter. And I was always a creator. One of my earliest memories is using small, blunt-tipped scissors at the desk my dad hand-built for me. Read more>>

Jennifer Hogue

Twelve years ago I was a special needs licensed child care provider, mother of two one being autistic and dabbling in photography. A passion my dad started in me at a very young age. Fast forward two years and I lost my dad to cancer and it was during that grief. Read more>>

Abbey Gesing

When reflecting upon how I arrived to this career it feels like a series of seemingly random decisions, gut feelings and kismet connections. As a 22 year old, fresh out of my undergraduate experience at the University of Iowa I followed a hunch that I should be in Denver. Read more>>

Alexa Stein

It was the middle of the day on a Tuesday in 2017. I was sitting at my job thinking… I need more. I don’t want to work, eat, sleep, and repeat. I have always loved being creative but when I joined the working world, I lost sight of it. I honestly didn’t give it much thought. Read more>>

Leah Krabbenhoft

It all started in 2014 when I was fed up with headbands sliding off the back of my head. Whether I was working out or walking to class, I couldn’t find a headband that stayed put. Annoyed with the lack of headband choices available in the industry. Read more>>

Erin Lemmons

Five years ago, my father passed away suddenly from cancer. He was diagnosed on a Thursday and passed away 12 days later. The whole experience was incredibly surreal, and I found myself walking through those weeks in a haze. I started taking stock of my life. Read more>>

Colleen Smith

I’m a classic example of the power of following one’s bliss. My lifelong interests in books, art, design, architecture, music and nature led me to write about these passions. I grew up in Iowa, which was fortunate because I attended the University of Iowa, home of the famed Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Read more>>

Pamela Condron

It’s been quite a fun journey to get to where I landed today. Music has always been a huge part of my life and not a day goes by without a soundtrack running (either in my house, car or head!). In 2013 I became a co-owner of a small music venue. Read more>>


Kate Williams

I have always been super creative. As a child, I would be in my room for hours creating crafts, drawing, knitting. I even took art classes outside of school to grow my skills and learn more about painting and drawing. Though I knew where my passions. Read more>>

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