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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.

Jennifer Worman

I love working and building relationships and while unemployed my sister convinced me to start blogging to meet new people. I didn’t know many people in the city and was itching to get into something so blogging helped me “build” something new. Read more>>

Alison Kedzie

I pride myself in being a female entrepreneur, who finds tremendous JOY in supporting other girl bosses making a mark in the Chicago community. Read more>>

Christine Sciortino

Since I learned makeup from my mom, I was hired by MAC Cosmetics and I studied Special Effects Makeup with artist Rob Benevides at NYU who was a great mentor to me. Read more>>

Kit Royce

Haha, this question always makes me laugh because my path to where I am today is the classic “never in a million years” story, because never in a million years would I have guessed I would end up where I am today- but I’m sure happy I did! Read more>>

Sana Rehman Khurshid

My art became my passion and I couldn’t be more grateful. I took a big leap in November of 2016 and invested in my Beauty Bar- DOLLHOUSE. Today Dollhouse is a premier Bridal Bar offering bridal makeup, hair, facials, waxing, threading and halal mani pedis. Read more>>

Yanni Brown

I’ve always been a lover of love but after seeing as well as experiencing several unsuccessful and unhealthy relationships I decided to make LOVE my business. Read more>>

Maria Kiagias

My love of Greek culture and music led me to an internship with a Greek Entertainment Website and Startup. This was my first experience with a “real boss”. Read more>>

Maggie Kerr

I joined Ford Artists in 2007 when they opened up an office in SF. They started booking me on jobs in the midwest; I met a friend on a job, another fellow makeup artist, and she ended up introducing me to my future husband, which is how I ended up here. Read more>>

Candice Collison

I started developing an idea to focus on American-made fashion and lifestyle brands. As a consumer, I care deeply about the story of the brands outfitting my wardrobe and felt frustrated over the dramatic shift to overseas manufacturing of brands I had known to be American-made and high quality. Read more>>

Megan Zink

My name is Megan, and I am a travel writer and content creator. I have a passion for storytelling and photography… but I’m also a normal human with a 9-5 desk job as a digital & content manager for a health & wellness brand here in Chicago. Read more>>

Parmita Katkar

I travel, to do workshops and talks for groups of women or individuals and even companies like Google.
Like I said, I’m new to Chicago! And working with Chicago based businesses also helps me connect with more wonderful Midwestern people. Read more>>

Mary McCoy

Through my blog, people began reaching out and asking if I could possibly take some photos of them for their own blogs. Soon, I had different companies and new business ventures also requesting my photography services. Read more>>

Cami Fannin

I decided to start blogging about my experiences and share advice with others who may be going through some of the same life changes as I. It was also a chance to be creative, have fun and develop new skills, like web design and Google Analytics. Read more>>

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