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Trailblazers: Palm Beach

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 Palm Beach that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Emily Skye

I am an American Screenwriter/Director/Producer for the last decade. I began my career at an early age after being scouted by Wilhelmina Models. While working on multiple films and television shows, I discovered my passion for directing was greater than modeling. With multiple music video directing awards, I ventured into narrative supernatural, sci-fi fantasy feature films and TV series dramas. Read more>>

Desiree Moore

The physicality of the photograph has always attracted me. The worn edges, the illegible script, the awfully wonderful candid compositions. It was my mother’s way of storing her memories that had a great effect on me. Under her bed, in an unassuming white cardboard box were hundreds of photos thrown haphazardly. Read more>>

Christina Valdes

My love for photography then continued to flourish in college where I studied journalism and took a photography class. Take this exposure and my passion for traveling the world and capturing life as it happens, and I haven’t put my camera down since. Seven years later, here I am. A lifestyle, wedding, and travel photographer living the dream. And this dream just came to fruition about two years ago. Read more>>

Colleen Sullivan

I received a B.S. in Finance and a B.A. in Spanish from Florida State, and then went on to get my J.D. at Wake Forest University School of Law in 2013. In law school, I spent some time as a judicial intern for The Hon. Judge Sherwood Bauer, Jr. in the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, which as an eye-opening experience and taught me how the law really works and how it is applied to real-life situations. Read more>>

Ellen Coule

A lot of my girlfriends were also business owners, and I wanted to connect them to each other, so I began hosting LadyBoss Meetups at my house in January 2016. It was the perfect way to create my own tight-knit community and get the connection we all desperately needed more of. While the original LadyBoss Meetups focused on topics related to business and entrepreneurship, I knew that we all needed a break from talking about the hustle. Read more>>

Katherine Galarraga

While I was attending Art Institute, I was also working retail part-time. I had the pleasure working with BCBG Max Azria as a Sales Associate, did my internship with Bloomingdale’s and got a job doing visual for in-store Sandro and Maje, and then work for Tory Burch as a Sales Lead and Visual Leader. Read more>>

Christi Sejba

I’m inspired by so many ambitious people here in Palm Beach and thought a community organization where these people could meet up and a network was needed. I have had great feedback in the few short months of my organization being started. I’m being invited into local restaurants, stores, and brands with local bloggers I know to help promote their businesses. Read more>>

Kelsey Simon

The day I realized I could combine my love for travel and craft beer, it was all over. My thirst for both was insatiable. I took my first “beercation” in 2013 to Vermont where my eyes were opened to an amazing community revolved around a mutual love for great beer. Read more>>

Maurah Ruiz

My Instagram has grown to over 20,000. I’m super passionate and engaged with my community. I try to respond to every comment and read everything that comes through. My inspiration for fashion and makeup comes from my style icons Olivia Culpo, Lilly Ghalichi, and Paulina Vega. I’m also inspired by other influencers and artists. We create this content to inspire other people and I am deeply inspired by them to push myself to create more. Read more>>

Kate Mikkelson

I grew up in Martin County, so this is truly a dream come true to be doing the work I love in my hometown. I love working with business owners, helping them set up retirement plans, a woman who has been through a divorce or are widowed and parents as they set up college saving plans for their children. Read more>>

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