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Trailblazers: Northwest 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 Northwest Side that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Cassandra Michael

Amrita is the first brand worldwide to provide footwear that enables the practice of grounding while incorporating energy healing crystals in our sandal designs for added therapeutic benefits. The term grounding refers to the beneficial exchange of electrons from the Earth to our body. Read more>>

Ashley Burfiendt Dawn Wu

We created our vision of Pure Salon in 2014. We wanted to create an environment that was relaxing, offered exceptional customer service; all while keeping the environment in mind. It is important for us to prioritize quality over quantity. Read more>>

Tatiana Alexeev

My decision to become a nurse practitioner was the best choice that I have ever made! It took almost a decade to complete my degree, but it was well worth the wait. Read more>>

Sarah Dunker

I have been a social science teacher at Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake for the last 15 years. I have a vivid recollection of the moment I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. Read more>>

Tiana Perry

I graduated from Aveda Beauty School with an esthetician license, and I now teach makeup workshops to help women feel and look beautiful inside and out. My motto is simple – when you look better, you feel better! Read more>>

Danielle El Moghazy

I joined a cosmetics company called Limelife. Little did I know, how it would change my life. It gave me the confidence to stand up for myself and make a major change. In October of 2016, my mom and I opened The Hair and Brow Studio, it has been amazing! Read more>>

Sarah Chobanian

Photography allowed me to connect with my surroundings as well as the people in my life. My friends were my muses and indulged my desire to photograph people. My tools have gotten a bit more advanced and my kit much larger. Read more>>

Karen Stockwell

I began writing fiction. I’ve since self-published two novels and a collection of my poetry. I did bring back my visual art by illustrating all three books. These days I’m working more as a fiber artist by dyeing scarves, marbling paper and fabric, and learning to sew and quilt at Lillstreet Art Center. Read more>>

Kristina Yakovlev

It all started when my Parents brought me to see The Little Mermaid. Disney has always been a huge part of my life and family growing up and when I had my own kids, that’s when I saw the true power of make believe! Read more>>

Maria E. Plevritis

I develop strong, genuine relationships. A constant goal of mine in any workplace, is to create a respectful, energetic and strategic environment – which I believe is the foundation of long-term success. Read more>>

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