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Trailblazers: North Side

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 the North Side that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Jen Naye Herrmann

I ultimately decided the business would be bigger than what I had created. I decided to re-start and began a blog, which has grown into an event planning business, home & entertaining styling as well as creative coaching in the last 12 months. Read more>>

michanna murphy

I started my professional makeup career with MAC cosmetics as a full time makeup artist in 2007. After working for that company for many years and several others, I decided to jump out on my own as a freelance makeup artist at the end of 2010, and I haven’t looked back! Read more>>

Rebecca Bowlin

My path is a bit unconventional, today I’m a freelance artist but I started as a social worker in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2008. After graduating from UNM with a degree in criminology I worked for the homicide department tracking victims killed by their partners. Read more>>

Sarah Kopp

I think the whole of who I am was developed by how many times I was told “You’re really bad at that.” Kids on the playground hiding their laughter while I practiced singing, others telling me how terrible my art was, that my voice was weird, being called ugly, strange, stupid. Read more>>

Andrea Rappaport

I’m a mom of two young toddler boys, ages 3 and 1. I’m also a small business owner (I co-own Flawless Beauty Chicago). Read more>>

Suyenn Inofre

I try to enjoy every part of creating contents for Tabathita and I hope that people will have a fun time visiting my account. I love being in front of the camera too – acting, singing, dancing, goofing around. Read more>>

Briana DeBolt

Chamere is the web developer and photo genius. My background in marketing has lent me to work more on the social and strategy side. We make a great team. We are so excited to see what’s next and every day we wake up excited about meetings. It’s so rewarding. Read more>>

Judi Schindler

Fully retired from public relations, I now spend my time performing the show and promoting the book through readings, a weekly blog and social media. Read more>>

Janet Austin

I believe part of what makes us human is we have an unmistakable creative energy about us. My creative energy is fueled with hard work, hustle, passion and dedication, the synthesis of an oldest child. Read more>>

Jessica Gryz

I have been in the hair industry for 15 years now. I opened Shag three years ago. Wow how times flies! After working many years at different salons I felt it was time to open a place I could call my own. Read more>>

Jacqueline Marie

My journey styling experiences began before I could speak full sentences. I was always coming up with ways to create visual scenes whether putting on dance routines for my toys, building forts outside with cardboard boxes, playing dress up with big hats and annoying all my friends to join in. Read more>>

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