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Trailblazers in Lakewood

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

Kathleen Male

I have been engulfed in a Real Estate family pretty much all my life. I always had a calling to help people in whatever way I can and it’s a bonus that I adore walking through homes and being an advocate for my clients. A little over two years ago, I moved to Colorado with my fiancé and I knew I was ready to start a new chapter. Read more>>

Becca Martin

My business unintentionally started in the summer of 2017, I moved to Denver a couple of months earlier that year and went to the Pearl St. farmers market where I struck up a conversation with a vendor at her booth. She asked me if I moved here for work and I told her I was actually a writer working for a remote company but was looking for new opportunities in Denver. Read more>>

Taryn Smith

You ever wake up and avoid looking in the mirror? Eat a cookie and hate yourself for it because you just keep saying that you’re going to eat healthier and then you keep falling off track? That was me. I was just at a place that I was done with my own excuses. We all to reach that place where we are DONE! Enough is enough and we are willing to do anything to make changes and be different. Read more>>

Gretchen Lamberson

After a career in Human Resources that started with Walt Disney World and ended at MillerCoors, I decided to follow my passion and start my own travel agency. I have been an independent travel agent since 2012 and I truly love what I do. Read more>>

Merilee Maupin

The year was 1982. Leadville’s primary employer, the Climax Mine suddenly closed its’ doors. 3,250 men and women lost their jobs. With the loss of wages, there was also a loss of identity. These were people who made their living walking through solid rock. In a community of 5,000, this was absolutely devastating. Read more>>

Kate Plaisance

I’ve been drawing, painting, and creating all my life. My grandmother was a self-taught oil painter and had her own studio in Western Kentucky; her daughter, my mom, likes to say that talent skipped a generation. I participated in a talented art program in middle and high school, but beyond that I never aimed or expected to make it a career. Read more>>

Dana Berk

I didn’t grow up with a camera in my hand. I was never offered photography classes in high school and it wasn’t until yearbook my junior year that I first set my hands on a DSLR camera. I had no idea how to work the camera and we weren’t given too much instruction. Read more>>

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