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Trailblazers in Westminster & Thornton

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 Westminster & Thornton that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Mauri Roberts

When I was in high school, my boyfriend bought me a gym membership for my birthday. My first thought was… thaanks, SERIOUSLY, you think I need a gym membership? I had never worked out before and had never been to a gym. Read more>>

Heidi Williams

In 2004, I opened a retail business in the City of Thornton. The city did not have great small business-friendly policies, and as a result, I had an incredibly difficult time opening my business. I decided to get involved in city government by running for Mayor. Read more>>

Shannon Dillon

My love for the arts started at an early age. As a child I would always be looking forward to my art classes, eager to create something new and beautiful. By the time I transitioned into college though, something had shifted; I questioned how I would be able to support myself by being an artist. Read more>>

Janifer “Jan” Kulmann

I’m a wife, Mom, Engineer and Mayor Pro-Tem for the City of Thornton, Colorado. My family has strong roots in Colorado. My paternal Great Grandparents settled in Steamboat Springs as ranchers. They were involved in their local public school and my grandfather was a principal. Read more>>

Katrina McLaughlin

I grew up in the Denver metro area and had a pretty normal childhood in my formative years. My father was an alcoholic, which eventually lead my parents to divorce when I was 11 years old. He was still a part of my life, but not a huge part. Read more>>

Alex Turney

I jumped around from a couple of jobs early on mostly in hospitality and restaurants. I landed at one job that I fell in love with and it was managing for a restaurant in Louisville. During this time, I realized I loved working with people. Read more>>

Amanda Pearo

When I was young, I was what society endearingly refers to as a “big-boned” kid. Genetics did not shine in my favor and, as the youngest member on my competitive dance team, I was constantly comparing myself (at 5’2″) to the taller, leaner young women with whom I pursued my art. Read more>>

Kat G.

Although I have a deep passion for caring about animals, I wasn’t always around them because I’m allergic. But, I still knew that I had loved them because of my stuffed animals that filled a dog-sized gap in my childhood. Growing up, I was homeschooled from the second grade and raised in a Catholic family. My parents were self-employed and always looking for new ways to enrich my education. Read more>>

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