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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.

Chelsea McMillan

I think some ideas are inspired by moments of happiness… memories of the places and faces that bring you joy. As a young adult finding my place in the world I would often think back to my childhood growing up on Clearwater Beach, Florida. This was especially true on cold days living in Chicago while working at The Oprah Winfrey Show. Read more>>

Ashlee John

There was a time in my life where I went through a physical change because of a chronic illness I was diagnosed with at the age of 16. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I was an upcoming track star and was experiencing so much joint pain to the point where I had to cancel meets and became discouraged in my athletic abilities. Read more>>

Trisha Widowfield

My path was very circuitous. When I was younger, I actually thought I wanted to be a doctor. In high school, I went to med camp, shadowed at a hospital, and was accepted into a six-year combined undergrad/medical school program. Fairly quickly, I learned that I didn’t have the necessary passion to go through the grueling program. Read more>>

Zoe Mazorra

I started my business when I was 15 hand making hair bows and jewelry. I didn’t have a website, I just posted photos on Instagram of my creations and people in my high school would buy them from me. It began to grow more and more over time. I introduced a swimsuit to the collection of items and it blew up. Read more>>

Brenda Orelus

It is with great excitement and pride that I bring to you a social community aimed at improving the mental health and wellness of aviation professionals. When I started building Krew Konnect, I wanted to fill a huge void within aviation: connecting and supporting aviation professionals in practical & innovative ways. Read more>>

Stacy Ritter

The CVB is based in Broward County with multiple domestic and international offices. I oversee an organization that provides sales and marketing development for leisure, international, sports, convention and group sales. The CVB also focuses its efforts on behalf of the County for multicultural tourism. Read more>>

Chanel Stazzone

My business, Bodied By Chanel is different from other trainers who might have learned from an online school. What sets me apart from other trainers is my experience in Martial Arts. I’ve been involved in martial arts since I was eight. Which is 19 years of knowledge and experience under my belt and I carry that with pride. Read more>>

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