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Trailblazers: Downtown & Brickell

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 Downtown & Brickell that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Nyame Nti Nsibienakou-Fawohodie

I am a multifaceted artist. In addition, I am the creative director of my organization Cherades Youth Theater Project Inc. My role is to bring my services to the client, usually in my case schools, youth alternative groups, churches or any other place in the community that has young that can benefit from an artistic approach to social change. Read more>>

Laura Herrera

I love to play with what I know of art and shapes and transform them into unique jewelry pieces that are completely original and different from anything else in the market. Behind each collection, there is a story, an intimate analysis of the world that surrounds me. Each piece is an interpretation of a particular moment I´m living, and that makes them unique and special. Read more>>

Aleksandra Stojanoska

I paved to get here wasn’t sugar-coated. Eight years ago, I came to America from this small country called Macedonia. I came right after my graduation from the College of Fine Arts. That sounds cool too. Wow, you graduated, and now you’re a real artist! Not really. I just asked myself “And now what?” So, I came to the land of opportunities, because where I’m from, there are almost no chances for success as an artist. Read more>>


I started writing songs in college because I loved to write and my best friend said, “You have to sing original songs in order to be a real artist, not just cover songs.” I’ve been singing in choirs since I was four so music and art have always been in my life. I currently have about seven albums out but it’s been a journey for me just writing and getting better at the whole process. I believe what got me here today was the slow, persistent, steadfast, stubborn journey of writing, singing, and recording whenever I can, week by week. Everyday trying to do something to move my career forward. Because weeks and daily efforts add up! Read More>>

Iwona Urbanska

I finished Architecture Collage and in Poland and got a degree in Social Communication and Politics. I’ve always been successful, I worked as a transportation and marketing specialist. But I also always felt that I needed to do more with my life, to see the world. So, I sold everything and without even basic knowledge of English, I moved to England. Read more>>

Natalie Foucauld

I am 28 years old and currently live in Miami. I grew up as first-generation Puerto Rican/Haitian American in West Palm Beach, FL. I started writing poetry at six years old, and although my parents were pretty strict, they still were very loving and would surround me by whatever art or creative hobby I would like to try at the moment. I credit them for my work ethic today. Read more>>

Cindy Makita

My love for the city of Miami has grown immensely. My dream is for Miami to be at the forefront of sustainable metropolitan cities, and for women within this city to have equal opportunities to rise to success and live freely. Read more>>

Ines Hebrard Flores

What started as a side-job became a professional passion when I realized that my whole life had been preparing me to thrive in multilingual environments. Translating allowed me to use and broaden my language skills while getting to work on a large array of topics. Read more>>

Lahteefah Parramore

I am the CEO of my business management company, INQUE Management. Experience has taught me to diversify my income, thus I also have a real estate holding company and an investment company that holds investments of that I have funded through my angel funding activities. Read more>>

Carolina Florez

Everything happens for a reason and if something didn’t work out there was a reason for that. Take all the obstacles you face and turn them into motivators instead of weight holding you down. My advice is to follow your passion because if you show true love for it the money will come naturally. Read more>>

Rocio Velazquez

I found myself buying beds and spoons for all of us. It was sad, it was terrible, but it was also our best option. My husband, an amazing Cuban that I met in Guatemala, always jokes about how when we stepped into the flight that brought us here, he only had $100 in his pocket, and that was it. We never went back. Read more>>


The articles on Course Charted will help travelers break through the surface sights and do a deep dive into the hidden gems that make a place unique. I also want to help travelers see the world while minimizing the negative impacts of tourism and maximizing the positive effects, like patronizing small businesses and volunteering abroad. Read more>>

Stephanie Carrillo

I think that my biggest quality and what differentiates me is that I am multifaceted, I can one day be doing an interview with an artist, also doing hard news, then behind the scenes directing a segment on TV, and then doing business with a fashion brand and beauty. Read more>>

(Izzy) Isabel Hirtelen-Booker

I never really saw much interested in being a model because I prefer the behind the scenes creative process of shoots more than being a subject. But with the support of an amazing community, I’ve started this new journey and life with growing confidence and so far. Read more>>

Catherine Gomez

My goal is to translate these images and designs into murals. Landmarks dedicated to people of color and their existence. 2D public artworks that are functional, virtual interdisciplinary portals, fostering community by physically facilitating people to congregate around them. Read more>>

Tammy Arias

I’ve always been interested in health & wellness and social justice in some way or another. I was in a medical magnet program in high school, and I was the kid in pharmacy class giving presentations about the benefits of turmeric, talking about prevention vs treatment while everyone looked at me like I had three heads. Read more>>

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