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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.

Lolita Mendoza Castaneda

I’ve had a fascination with words since I was a little girl. I’ve also had a deep love for anything that can inspire emotion or intense reactions in people. So, art of any kind has always been an interest of mine. Read more>>

Jamie White

My first counseling job out of grad school was in 2007 working with families with complex, sometimes generational trauma. Needless to say, it was super intense. Read more>>

Sidney Connell

I have been an artist for as long as I can remember. I identify as an oil painter and seamstress, although I do not limit myself to any medium. Around 2013, I began creating sculptures that were brought to life by my fabrics. Read more>>

Ren Manley

I can’t remember a time before I wanted to be a performer. It started with Shirley Temple movies and The Wizard of Oz and carried me through to a performing arts high school in Orlando. Read more>>

Stephanie Jacques

It’s a long, convoluted story to be honest. To keep it short, I’d say it began in waves: 5 to be exact. The tidal wave happened as a child. I loved performing, being the center of attention – I’ll blame it on the youngest child complex – but the older I got. Read more>>

Shari Repinski

In my youth, if I had seen my future through a crystal ball, it would have terrified me. I was often frozen by the idea of speaking up in class and uncomfortable with introducing myself to someone new. Read more>>

Heather Perry

Born in Brookline, MA – Heather has lived all over the east coast with her family for her whole life. In 2018 she took the leap to move to Denver, CO and has been working full time as a promotional model. Read more>>

Julia Fullerton

My first memory of getting entrepreneurial bug started when I was 14 years old. At the time, there was a young girls’ fashion and lifestyle magazine called YM that held modeling contest with Cover Girl Cosmetics. Read more>>

Rachel Veltri

I am a young mama. My husband + I met in the dorms at college, had our son before we graduated [literally trading him off in between classes so we could both finish our degrees], + have never stopped chasing our dreams together. Read more>>

Caitlin Plante

I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but when I graduated from college, I wasn’t sure how to make it happen. I didn’t know how to support myself as an artist, and I’m picky about jobs. Read more>>

Kacie McIntosh

Growing up at a young age I would subject my little brothers to playing dress up and doing their hair and makeup. Not knowing that what they saw as torture would translate into the incredible career I have today. Read more>>

Allison Nicole Berger

I was born and raised in Laurel, Maryland. My love for sewing sparked at a very young age as I witnessed my grandmother’s construction of beautiful pieces. Read more>>

Ann Pollack

My passion for birth started at the age of 16 when I was invited to attend my sister’s birth of her 2nd child. It was amazing to witness life coming into the world! I’m grateful I learned early in life that birth is normal and natural. Read more>>

Lexi Wilson

Lexi Goes Thrifting began as a distraction from life, really. A passion for thrifting and searching for the best vintage pieces in the most surprising of places fueled me to open my Etsy shop in late summer of 2014. Read more>>

Arielle Aquino

In 2015 I went through a quarter-life crisis when my mother suddenly died of cancer. Seeing my mom – my best friend – go through that made me realize the fragility of life. Read more>>

Chris Englert

The end of my successful corporate career was quickly coming to an end. Layoffs and restructuring were creeping my way, and I didn’t want to wait for the inevitable. I wanted to control my direction, but I didn’t know how. Read more>>

Natalie Levy

The journey of my career includes many male-dominated environments and industries from engineering at the University of Michigan to trading derivatives at a bulge bracket bank. Read more>>

Caroline Jordan

It was the adventures of the Rocky Mountains that gave a strong push for me to move out here after high school in New Jersey to attend the University of Colorado. Read more>>

Sarah Belliveau

I grew up in New England splitting time between Massachusetts and Virginia. My family move out to Colorado when I was 11 years old and I have been out here since. I never thought I would be a model. Read more>>

Meeg Conroy

My beginnings with art as a life and profession began from the start… Growing up art was always important, the observation of, the creation of, and appreciation of were supported at home. Read more>>

Tove Knox

My husband is an entrepreneur. He owns his own bakery specializing in German Bavarian Pretzels. We launched the company one year ago and I was so inspired by his determination I wanted to start a company too. Read more>>

Alicia Clark-Fulcher

My name is Alicia, I am the creator and one-woman-business behind Spicyheart. I have been building my company for the past ten years and I finally feel in my own skin. Read more>>

Nikki Malloy

I’m so lucky to call Colorado home, but to be honest, I was a bit skeptical moving out here. I moved to Denver with my boyfriend (now husband) in 2012 with a degree in Fashion Design and Product Development. Read more>>

Falon Velez

I worked at the Apple store for several years as a tech at the Genius Bar in South Florida stores. Because of my experience with both Apple and Windows products along with the ability to speak Geek in Layman’s terms. Read more>>

Monika Oginski Blanchard

I am originally from Poland. When I came to Aspen 14 y ago I found a position in a high-end Aspen boutique which I enjoyed very much. After 5 years working successfully as a sales associate. Read more>>

Kamiya Willoughby and Tess Hurlburt

We like to call SoulNia a legacy business. In 2007, Kamiya’s father wanted to create a legacy for his children by starting a vegan soul food business that included family. Read more>>

James Turner

I started my journey with the beauty industry about 13 years ago as a part-time salon coordinator and makeup artist while I worked on my art degree at the University of Tennessee. Read more>>


I have always loved physical movement. From a young age, dance & fitness felt like home. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized how much they helped me mentally & emotionally too. Read more>>

Roxy Harbitter

Six years ago, I traded skyscrapers for mountains by moving from New York City to Colorado. I studied film production and loved the energy of the city, but it was time for a change of pace. Read more>>

Megan O’Kelly

After college I hit the ground running. I wanted to see it all and do it all, so I became a flight attendant. What I didn’t think about was how much I was going to miss out of the things that were happening here with my family and friends. Read more>>


I have always had an aesthetic eye. My Mother is an artist and worked in several mediums throughout the years. One form that stuck with me was photography. From the time I was 5 years old. Read more>>





Tanya Lim

I moved to London when I was 21, and even though I had a degree in economics, I had no idea what I really wanted to do for a living. It took several years of asking and searching to reach the epiphany moment that changed my life! Read more>>

Alaina Whitney

I started taking private voice lessons when I was ten because I was obsessed with Britney Spears and wanted to be a famous singer, haha! I joined a choir in middle school and loved it so much that I put all of my energy into that and musical theatre. Read more>>

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