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Trailblazers in Englewood

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

Regina Topelson

I became interested in nutrition as a result of my son being born with food allergies and all the trouble we had getting him diagnosed properly. I pursued a career as a registered dietitian so I could help others struggling with food allergies. For many years, I helped with organizing the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) Food Allergy Walk. Read more>>

Ami Fagan

I started off growing up all over San Diego. I never stayed in one school for too long before moving on to the next. When I turned 15, my parents and I moved out to a small town in Colorado and even there, I still ended going to a different school all four years of high school. With moving so often, it was hard to keep friends or keep up in school at times. Read more>>

Mami Yamamoto

I constantly gained additional knowledge of Japanese antiques including furniture, textiles, and folk arts. Being a Japanese native, Japanese aesthetics were always centered around my service and responsibility and I truly enjoyed becoming a cultural liaison between Japan and the U.S. While my career in the Japanese antique business was fair to me. Read more>>

Emily Walkup

I started my career in international non-profits where I had the most amazing opportunities to see how my work could be part of changing lives. Working in the non-profit sector you have the opportunity to develop your skills in so many different areas and are challenged to work on accomplishing large scale projects on a shoestring budget. Read more>>

Jess Manuszak

I spent two and a half years working with one of the leading copywriters in the industry and eventually opened up my own agency here in Denver after getting the college degrees, experience, and eff-ups under my belt to really do this business thing right. Read more>>

Amy Ensign

I have continued to run the business from my home kitchen in Highlands Ranch while balancing life as a wife, a mom of three busy (and active) kids while also maintaining a part-time job at my church. Life is never boring but being a “cookie artist” gives me the flexibility to work on my own terms, provides me with the creative outlet that I love and the opportunity to use the talents God gifted me with. Read more>>

Fanny Havel

I think that sums up my journey in a nutshell. How a little French girl started learning languages and understanding cultures and went on to spend a great deal of time in other countries, to end up moving to the US, to help others communicate with people from other cultures. Read more>>

Jessa Dillow Crisp

I learned that freedom is like the sun that gently kisses your face and your arms with warmth, a big blue sky, and tumbleweed rolling down the road. Freedom tastes like the bubbles in soda and the pepperoni on pizza, the ability to go outside whenever desired to simply twirl with arms wide open, and the opportunity to learn who you are without shame. Read more>>

Jodie Filogomo

I was a cosmetic dentist for over 20 years. It wasn’t always easy being a woman dentist, and having my own practice. But it certainly taught me a lot about owning a business and having employees. They always say that everyone should own their own business to understand how it works. And now I get it. Read more>>

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