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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.

Amanda Jones

I started my journey as a doula in March of 2014. Less than a year before my journey began, I found myself fighting with a doctor to validate the trauma I was feeling from my daughter’s birth in March of 2012. For so long, I felt as though something was not quite right with me and my daughter. Read more>>

Mia Griggs

My story starts like any others. I loved taking photos as a kid, but I didn’t take photography seriously as a career until I started going through my divorce when I was 21. I bought my first DSLR for $300 in 2013 and used it as a distraction throughout my divorce proceedings. Read more>>

Dr. Colleen Vaillancourt

I was born in Ontario, Canada. After a series of life events I was introduced to Chiropractic care as a teenager. It seemed like the perfect fit as a future career because of my love of service, health, wellness, fitness and alternative medicine. Read more>>

Leslie Huddart L.Ac.

used to think I had to pretend that I had it all together. On the outside as a young person and even into my late 20s, my life looked awesome on paper. I was an overachiever in school, I’d done world travel, lived in Japan for several years, completed my yoga teacher training in India but the truth was, even though I instinctively knew that I was a healer on a spiritual path, my inner world was a mess. Read more>>

Peggy Des Jardines

I started doing stick and poke tattoos in 2009 when I was 19. One of my best friends looked up how to do tattoos at home and asked me if I wanted to try it out with her, and we got together and gave each other a couple of shitty tattoos. Read more>>

Briana Bosch

My little farm started just this year. We dug in our first seedling in the spring of 2019, and I don’t think I’ve ever felt such a rush. I’ve had a near-maniacal search for my perfect career, which has encompassed classical ballet, journalism, administration, brand management, marketing, and public relations. Read more>>

Laurel McGlothlin

I started as a young twenty something who was looking to find the right career for myself. I always had the propensity for beauty and styling, even as a young girl. When I started cosmetology school, I realized right away that this all came very easily to me. Read more>>

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