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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.

Catherine Robinson

I was always making art, but I did not start making sculptural works until I went to art school. I went to School of the Art Institute of Chicago and it was there I took my first bookbinding class! I experimented with bookbinding a bit throughout art school but it wasn’t until I graduated that I really dove in. Read more>>

Lisa White

I don’t think I appreciated how wonderful it was to grow up this beautiful state until adulthood, but I credit my parents for giving me a wonderful childhood. I was very active in sports and found many activities that brought a lot of happiness. As an only child, I found writing to be a creative outlet and I began keeping a journal at the age of 10. Read more>>

Lori Leckner

I was a stay at home mom that always liked to craft, my husband is very artistic as well. When my children were young it was a hobby at first then was asked to put a few items in a show and they sold! Soon I was crafting and traveling to shows all over Utah (where we lived at the time) as a means to have an income and still stay home with my kids. Read more>>

Rachel Fulfer

A little over a decade ago, a dear friend asked if I’d be willing to start a small Screen Printing business with him in Northern Wyoming. We were on a very tight budget and therefore built our press, screens and mostly all of our necessities out of plywood and plans off the internet. I was the “art department”, as I’d majored in Graphic Design. Read more>>

Darcy Nelson

My brothers would complain at how much I’d just run around the house belting out off key all the time. I started singing publicly at church when I was about nine and totally fearless about what others thought. Experiencing music in this way gave me an appreciation for a sacredness of the art and the unifying power music has to create shared experiences between people when we come together seeking it. Read more>>

Tennille Wood

After following “practical advice” that led to a business degree and an unfulfilling career in Bio-tech, I followed my true passion for Interior Design. I left Colorado and studied Interior Design at the Chelsea School of Art & Design in London, UK. A few years later, I had launched Beautiful Habitat Interior Design, then returned to Denver in 2007. Read more>>


Cynthia Settje

I learned to sew when I was very young and have always enjoyed making things. Add in an interest in history, and costume-making was a natural progression. But when I graduated with a degree in costume technology in the midst of the recession, the entertainment industry was in rough shape and jobs were scarce. Read more>>

Lynn Fam

My life currently wasn’t easy getting to where I’m at now. I’ve been through a lot of challenges growing up and it still doesn’t end. Without challenges and obstacles, I wouldn’t have the knowledge I do today. I was a teen mom struggling day by day trying to figure out life and taking care of a family. Read more>>

Marla Schulte

I started college with an undecided major. I knew I had a lot of strengths, but I didn’t know what to pursue further through education. I decided to use my organizational and problem solving skills to become a teacher and I earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics here in the Denver area from Colorado Christian University. Read more>>

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