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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.

Jahcelyne Patton

Being a content creator has opened so many doors for me from modeling for Akira to attending beauty events all over the country, it’s been a wild ride and I can’t wait to see what else is in store. Read more>>

Grace Kinter

I had been singing since I was 9. I don’t have some romanticizing story where I found my voice; I just remember it started out as something I did because my dad was a jazz guitar player and I’d always sing along and listen to him and his friends play and then by the time I was a teenager. Read more>>

Allie Pesche

I started to dance in middle school and continued my dance career in college. I have always loved to challenge my body and try new workouts. When I was a freshman in college, I began to struggle in nursing school and made excuses not to take time out of the day for myself to exercise. Read more>>

Megan Baker

Business ownership thus far has really opened me up to explore what I truly love doing and have more time to myself to move into being a CEO and enjoy time with my family and the wonderful city of Chicago! Read more>>

Daria K

I can say with confidence that the story began a year before moving to the United States when I began to work with a famous Ukrainian designer. This is my favorite story, which I can retell forever! I studied philology at the university, but I was always drawn to fashion. Read more>>

Ashley Norbut

I truly never thought I’d be this person who happily wakes up at 4:30 a.m. to run before school! But, I’ve come to love the freedom to explore new places that comes with running both in Chicago and while on vacation. I also love the solitude. Read more>>

Laura Miller

I have always been creative, I played the piano, I sang in the choir, I was a cheerleader, but at some point, I got lost in the wife/mother/employee part of life and stopped creating. I had worked myself up the corporate later, surpassing my expectations and it felt like I was literally failing at everything. Read more>>

Tara Leggero

I was frustrated and wanted to learn about how to take care of my skin for the long term. This was before social media (and even google if I’m being honest), so I had to go to school for it. I found so many other people were in need of help just like me. Read more>>

Brianna Panton

I began doing YouTube 3 years ago. It was the summer after my freshman year and college and I didn’t do as well as I hoped. I dedicated that summer to focus on me. I took two summer classes, got a job at the local mall as a key holder for a retail store and I decided to get healthy and lose my freshman 15 weight. Read more>>

Pamela Arcand

My esthetic journey started in my early 20s in Minneapolis while managing a salon and spa in Uptown. It was there that I felt a constant pull to the hands on, one on one connection that spa therapies provided. I fell in love with the aromas, textures, and feelings that the treatment rooms contained. Read more>>

Cassie Calderone

Right out of high school, I knew exactly what I wanted to be — a Stage Manager in theatre. I loved working with people, being a go-to- person, and helping to keep things on track. I pursued this dream through college and many years after. Read more>>

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