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

Haley Kolowski

Our mission has always been to serve our customers by carrying the best of the best when it comes to children’s clothing & accessories. We want our customers to always have a fun & enjoyable experience while shopping with us! Read more>>

Giana Laure

I have always been very artistic and I would always draw people, and I was very good at it! I eventually took that talent and started incorporating my techniques to the face! I started to realize how amazing it was to be able to transform people and myself. Read more>>

Asma Khan

Growing up, I always had a knack for creativity and art which I expressed through painting, doing crafts, and joining several art clubs at school. While I wasn’t the most talented artist, I loved the unlimited possibilities art posed for me. Read more>>

ASHLEY CARLEVATO

I have been in love with hairstyling, clothing, and fashion since I can remember. As a young girl, I always dreamed of opening my own hair salon. After graduating with a Finance and Information Technology degree from Marquette University. Read more>>

Renosha Hill and Reagan Deal

Reagan Sanai Natural Hair Essentials is a labor love. My 5-year old daughter has beautiful hair that is naturally fine and curly. Finding products that worked with her hair without irritating her sensitive eczema skin, or leaving her hair dry and brittle was an epic struggle. Read more>>

Lynne Norris

I opened a boutique in 2007, with the help of my wonderfully supportive husband. In 2009 I also purchased and took over a Women’s resale store that was next door to my boutique. It had been around for over 15 years so we thought it would be a good addition while we built the boutique. Read more>>

Marisa Weyeneth

I’ve always enjoyed creating things. Through high school and college I loved taking art classes, trying different mediums, and doing anything crafty. Life became very busy when my husband Kyle and I had our son, Eli. Read more>>

Kate Russell

As a teenager, my after school job was working at a professional photography studio when digital photography was starting to take off. Which opened a door to a new realm of graphic design for me. Read more>>>

Chevie Kriete

My current position was opened up to me after a few committee members from one of the sporting events I was helping to plan were put on a hiring committee to find a new chamber director. They knew they needed someone with my personality to help them out of a difficult time. Read more>>

Angela Waldschmidt

Started with a bow tie for my son and a long buried dream. A dream of creating a business that had no boundaries. Where I could be me and you could be you! A business where I could chase every flight of fancy that appeared in my brain at 2 am! Read more>>

Jelisa Brown

SAIC taught me how to use my gift conceptually ( this is when my work got deep) I started digging deep down in myself and even evaluating my feelings and or hardships and putting it into my work. Read more>>

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