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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.

Macie Crumb

I’m just a gal from Fort Wayne, Indiana who has always had a passion for movement. I grew up training in many dance forms while learning about health and wellness from my momma who is a fitness instructor. When I made the move to Chicago, I realized I could pursue my passion for both dance and fitness fields simultaneously. Since then, I’ve continued honing my dance craft while performing and choreographing alongside teaching fitness classes full time. Read more>>

Courtney Kamm

I have loved the opportunities of working with other local businesses and some pretty awesome people! Each year has brought new work opportunities and growth and it has been so much fun! Graphic design has provided me with a creative outlet and has surprised me with artistic growth. Read more>>

Dinai Yelverton

I decided to leave the corporate arena and focus on what truly made my heart smile – event planning. At three months pregnant with my son and two months from closing on our first home, I did what most people considered to be INSANE – I took that leap of faith! Read more>>

Antonia Sanchez

Once I became certified, I made sure that friends and family were aware of my services and eventually started building out a client base through word of mouth. And today, I couldn’t be any happier that I made this decision and pursued my dream. As they say, do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. Read more>>

Parker Scott

I started learning about Public Relations as a communication major in college. Fell in love with my major and got blessed with an opportunity to start assisting on publicity for the lovely Issa Rae, the star and executive producer of HBO’s hit show, Insecure and now at the age of twenty-two, I have this PR Firm of my very own. Read more>>

Laurianne Fiorentino

My music has been included in several films and used in live theater soundtracks. My latest accomplishment is a movie credit in the 2018 Sony Pictures film ALPHA. I wrote and sang chanted lyrics in an invented language, and created a signature melodic motif on the primitive bone flute. Read more>>

Adodo A Robinson

I wanted to be in the beauty industry growing up doing started as a need and became my patron. I start the salon in 2012, my goal was to create an environment of relaxation and professionalism in the south suburbs. Read more>>

Lindsey Schaefer

I have always been a licensed cosmetologist I was busy having our four babies. We finally got to Florida where I decided to become a freelance hair and makeup artist, so I could still pursue my passion and be a “stay at home mom.” Especially, during deployments. I use only social media to propel my brand and it took off. Read more>>

Rachel Newell

I am a mixed media collage artist with a passion for reusing other people’s unwanted materials. I have been creating collage art since my mom taught me how to cut and glue at a very young age. I knew that I always wanted to be an artist but I abandoned the idea sometime in high school, when it seemed impractical and unobtainable. Read more>>

Elisa Latrice

I’ve always had a fascination with the stage, but things didn’t get interesting until 2010. That was the year I joined a cover band-but, not just any band… a cover band with four female lead singers. There wasn’t anything like us in the city and we certainly knew how to put on a show. Read more>>

Jennifer Hernandez

I am an aspiring actress who is working on her craft each and every day. I am signed with BMG Talent Agency and with them I’ve been able to grow and evolve more as an actress. I try to do everything I can to master my craft. Read more>>

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