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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.

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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