Trailblazing Women with Sandra Maas

A video series hosted by Women's Museum of California board member, Sandra Maas.


Join Sandra as she shares the stories of inspiring, visionary and daring women who are leading the way and making a difference in their communities, careers and the lives of others. 


Whether ordinary or extraordinary, we all have a compelling story to share. 


Episode 11

Crashing through glass ceilings as a powerful broadcast executive and fighting back against discrimination and sexual harassment has made Lise' Markham a legend in the world of television.


Episode 8

A newcomer to politics, Bry's life path has been paved with astounding success. In this episode, Bry shares how she started two tech companies while working as a single mom, overcame her own #MeToo moments early in her career and dealt with the blatant sexism she experienced while campaigning to become the CEO of America’s 8th largest city.

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Episode 5

Bobbi has rescued countless big cats, bears, and other species born in captivity. For years she's worked to pass legislation to put the exotic animal trade out of business. And she's had more than a tussle or two over the years with Joe Exotic, the infamous zoo operator profiled in the documentary Tiger King.


Episode 2

Dr. Alisha Wilkins, chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, shares her own experiences with racism and how even as a powerful and successful woman today she often feels vulnerable because of it. Dr Wilkins shares with Sandra her thoughts on what we all can do to learn more about the issues of race and stopping racism.

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Episode 10

In this episode of "Trailblazing Women," Sam shares with Sandra Maas, the struggles and successes in building her business, lessons learned from "Jamaican sister" Kamala Harris and her own push to help black-owned businesses thrive.

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Episode 7

Jessica has used her traumatic experience to help and educate others. As co-founder of the nonprofit NoSilence NoViolence, Jessica works tirelessly to provide education, training and resources to eliminate the stigma that comes with relationship abuse and sexual assault.


Episode 4

A longtime San Diegan with a voice of gold, Juanita grew up the daughter of a renowned pastor with ties to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. Juanita shares how music helps her "claim her joy" and how to use your own voice as an instrument to empower and heal.


Episode 1

Erica Ollmann Saphire PhD is a renowned immunologist at La Jolla Institute for Immunology who is leading the worldwide fight against COVID-19. Dr Saphire is directing the Coronavirus Immunotherapy Consortium launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to find potent antibodies to treat the deadly virus.


Episode 9

In this episode of “Trailblazing Women,” Sandra Maas talks with Karen Henken, an international leader in social innovation and entrepreneurism, about how to pivot in a pandemic, cope during the chaos and make a difference for people suffering most.


Episode 6

 In an exclusive interview with Sandra Maas from her home in London, the "princess of punk", Zandra Rhodes shares what it was like meeting Her Majesty The Queen, her favorite decade for fashion, style predictions post-pandemic, and the Hollywood actress she 'wishes' she could have dressed.

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Episode 3

On this week's episode of Trailblazing Women, Sandra Maas talks to San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Inductees Dr. Sue Gonda and Olivia Puentes Reynolds.Together they are credited with founding the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2001.

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Juanita Davis

Jessica Yaffa

Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire

Dr. Alisha Wilkins

Bobbi Brink

Zandra Rhodes

Barbara Bry

Karen Henken

Samantha Binkley

Lise Markham

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