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Trailblazers: Fort Lauderdale

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 Fort Lauderdale that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Michelle Y. Talbert

I graduated high school in 1987 when I was 17. I planned to go into the Air Force and while I was waiting for clearance I took a job with the federal government. There I met the man who would become my first husband. Read more>>

Luisa Fernanda Quiceno

I was born in Medellin, Colombia. I have been living in Miami for many years I grew up here. I always knew since the age of 14, I wanted to be in front of the camera. I did not know exactly what I wanted to do growing up I wanted to be a lawyer, pathologist, police officer, radio broadcaster or news reporter. Read more>>

Justina Jefferson

I started in 2009 in Cosmetology class, I recognized I absolutely loved how creative one could be with hair and makeup. I graduated high school with my cosmetology license in 2010. Life happened, I went to college and stopped pursuing hair and makeup. Read more>>

Jessica Jefferson

I have always been “that person” people drifted to when they needed someone to talk to. I never knew how important it was for people to process their feelings until I lost my stepfather. In short… it was a rough time for myself and for my family. Read more>>

Heather Kuhl

During my teenage years, I made a serious of decisions that led my parents to put me in therapy. I went begrudgingly, and little did I know it would have been the best decision of my life. I had an opportunity to learn about myself, my family, and my decisions. My therapist provided me validation, education. Read more>>

LaLa Tariq

y had the talent for a good portrait. Growing up, I was always interested in drawing my friends and impressing them with pencil drawings of their favorite selfies, but I never pursued it as anything more than just a Hobby. Read more>>

Jamie Ratowski

When I say I have always wanted to be a therapist, I am not just being cliché. I was giving out advice to my friends at the age of 12, pretending like I knew what the heck I was talking about. Even as I got older, I tended to be the shoulder to lean on type. I wanted to help, and people wanted my help. That felt good. I wish I could go back now and tell myself it was just practice for a successful career and fulfilling future. Read more>>

Rebeca Montoya

I was born in Venezuela… and five years ago, I come to this country to create a different life, not just for me but also to my kids. I have three kids and they are amazing kids. When I used to live in Venezuela, I was working in the corporate world. I have a bachelors degree in journalism, specializing in advertising and social media. Read more>>

Rachele McCoy

I have always had a fascination with the kitchen. Eggs was the first meal I have ever created at the age of seven, and I was so proud of that. After my mother passed from Breast Cancer in 2003, my sister and I lived with my grandparents and that’s when the love of cooking really began. I remember waking up on Sunday mornings with gospel music playing in the background and my Pastor. Read more>>

Nathalia Carvalho

I got started three and a half years ago when I moved to Florida from Brazil. I had worked in the finance industry for almost 10 years and I was unhappy. I did a lot of soul searching and in that search, I found the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. I “flirted” with the school for six months before enrolling. When I finally started, everything clicked. This is what I had been looking for! I fell in love with health coaching. Read more>>

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