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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.

Abby Rupsa

I knew I wanted to do something creative and I had always had a love of design. I had initially thought about interior design, but after naming almost every plant on a nursery trip with my mother-in-law, she suggested that I consider pursuing a landscape design career. “It was just a hobby for me, something I had a knack for, but I didn’t really think people would actually pay me to come design their yard! Read more>>

Jennifer Valdez

Originally, I’m from Texas, I came to Denver when I was 19 looking to start a new life. When I left Texas, I left everything I had ever known, including my family. At first, it didn’t really bother me, my mind was preoccupied with exploring this new world. Read more>>

Melissa Boggs

It’s funny how a story unfolds while you are not even noticing, and the winding road we are on leads us from one significant moment to another. I graduated from Western Governors University with a BS in Information Technology and later an MBA in IT Management. Read more>>

Rachael Vigil-Smolinski

Urban Squeeze has always been a dream of mine. Little did I know, that if you work hard and (mostly) let the path lay itself out along the way, dreams really do come true! For as long as I could remember, I have always been involved in the health and beauty industry. Read more>>

Kailee Nauman

I’ve been a creative since I was very young. My parents owned a screen-printing business so I grew up on the fumes of art supplies. My dad was an artist and taught me the techniques of drawing the moment I could understand guidance. In high school, I didn’t have the best art teacher and it really put a negative impact on my creative self-esteem. Read more>>

Carrie Nitchoff

I’ve always been a dancer. I can’t think back to a time when dance wasn’t a part of my life. I was born in Phoenix, AZ and graduated from Arizona State with a degree in Nutrition. While at ASU, I taught dance team/”pom” camps for the United Spirit Association. Never had I been surrounded by such positive, talented, and incredible people. Read more>>

Aubre Tompkins

Keep this in mind when you are working towards your goals. Setbacks and challenges are lessons to be learned. Falling down is normal and to be expected. Take the time to assess the damage, analyze the why, heal the wounds and then pick yourself back up. You will be stronger. The community needs you, your experience and your vision. Read more>>

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