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Trailblazers: Downtown

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

Rachel Vincent

I love building other women up and helping them discover their dreams. I wanted to create a space for them to meet like-minded women, get some work done, find a little motivation, and craft that future that they are in need of! Read more>>

Joann Brito

I knew I wanted to work with some aspect of the human body, as I loved therapy and recovery so much, but was unsure if I wanted to open another facility or not. Well, the massage Gods had other plans for me. Read more>>

Jesi Hook

From a young age, I’ve been a natural-born leader with a passion for helping people grow. From being my high school’s cheerleading captain to Miss Michigan to coaching girls for pageants and speaking competitions, I grew up pursuing various leadership and communication roles. Read more>>

Bee Renee

I now own a successful med spa. I also help others to build their own beaute’ businesses through my spa consulting & workshops. My goal is to inspire, empower and motivate others to become the very best version of themselves. Read more>>

Casey Waldner

I have an immense amount of gratitude for everyone who has been encouraging and receptive to my profession. Tarot is something that can sometimes be scary to someone who has had a negative experience or doesn’t quite know what to expect, which is something I strive to rectify. Read more>>

Leyla Moon

I started sharing my favorite shots and soon started networking with other photographers in different states and countries. Instagram has really opened doors for me in the blogging world and has helped me create wonderful collaborations and friendships along the way. Read more>>

Bruna Carvalho

I became interested in doing the same thing for others, coaching and helping them to achieve their goals like my trainer helped me to do. In 2016, I become a NASM certified personal trainer and immediately got hired by a big gym chain. My first job as a trainer was very challenging. Read more>>

Patience L. Collins

I believe that the body, mind, and spirit are connected and the individuals much approach their wellness with these factors in mind. When the body is out of balance, so is the mind and spirit. When we rebuild, the body, the mind, and spirit receive benefits. Read more>>

Alicia Dugar Stephenson

I would give advice to young women struggling with self-love to practice yoga daily. Use YouTube if you can’t make it to a studio or take a yoga retreat. If you have a serious situation, I highly recommend a yoga retreat. It’s worth every penny when you go with a teacher that will help you deepen your understanding of yoga. Read more>>

Adriana Alvarez

I can design a product with my customer and call it ours. My customers are proud of their work, their creativity and proud to wear something that essentially they help design. Each pair is hand drawn, hand painted and specifically designed to each individuals order. Read more>>

Sarah Herse

I have experience competing in Crossfit, powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting, and am currently training for my first bodybuilding competition. I am constantly learning from my pursuits and applying that knowledge to my clients. Read more>>

Juanyta Mouton

When you first start doing something, people just say it’s an idea until you put action behind it and show and prove that this is what you’re doing and this is what you’re going to do no matter who likes it or not. If it’s your dream, go for it. Read more>>

Tamara Smith

I would tell any young woman starting her career to always put your happiness first. Families, society, jobs, and relationships often deter our goals and we lose sight of what makes us happy. Go after your dreams and don’t let anyone or anything get in your way. Read more>>

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