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Susan was selected as a NAWBO San Diego Finalist for Trailblazer of the Year!

She was also featured in UC San Diego's Office of Gift Planning's Book as She Who Inspires!

UC San Diego's Office of Gift Planning, together with partners across campus and across the region, have released She Who Inspires, a book featuring San Diego women who contribute - in various ways - to enriching our community.  Each of them gives a part of themselves: they share their resources, collaborate with others, and spread kindness.  And as this book demonstrates, their giving - when taken together - has an impact much greater than what any one person could give alone.

See her designs on www.susanfielderart.com (all kinds of products) and iplaid.org (leggings!)  Order her book on the SHOP page (see Blog)

iPLAID: Intuitive Passion Launches a Discovery

Susan Fielder: I have a very big dream. One that I hope will make a difference for those who are currently fighting, or families who have lost a loved one to the silent killer, pancreatic cancer. I want to raise awareness and much needed funds to support pancreatic researchers to finally find a cure to this deadly disease. My husband, Dan Mears, was a wonderful man and truly deserved to enjoy his retirement, friends and family on his life-path. Instead, pancreatic cancer took us into a world that was unknown, scary and frighteningly like an out of body experience. iPlaid happened on the way of digesting his loss, through grieving, and blindly trying to make a difference somehow, someway.

In the last 6 years since his death, I happened to find my passion on the iPad creating art and the magic of this expression produced a plaid that I now call iPlaid. None of this was planned, nor articulated, it is what has just become. I prayed about finding answers and I believe that a Higher Power has led me down this road.

My very first image on the iPad is called iPlaid on behalf of Steve Jobs. Why? One reason was of my love for Apple products, but more importantly, the fact that he was known worldwide for fighting the fight but losing his battle with this terrible disease. It just made perfect sense to me to name my design "iPlaid" for him.

Susan says, "The two yellow dots are eyes watching out for a cure and the red color denotes a sense of urgency/emergency to rid all of this terrible bully! This image will make a difference for many including pancreatic cancer patients and families of those who are trying to win the battle. My goal is to help researchers find a cure and with your help, we can all play a part in a hopeful happy ending of saying goodbye to this silent killer forever!"

Other art followed with "Peaceful Passion" for my husband, "The Blessed Man" for Count Basie, "The Dancin' Man" for Patrick Swayze, "Notes to Music" for Luciano Pavarotti and many more on her site.

The first 12 images in her gallery represent those we have lost. The goal is to raise awareness and much needed funds for pancreatic cancer researchers by producing iPlaid imprinted products and tell the story. Hopefully, this will be a new way to find a cure through Art.

She has custom products available on www.susanfielderart.com, www.iplaid.org as well as www.zazzle.com/iplaid with many more designs.

She says, "I thank you in advance for your help. If you have lost a loved one, please contact me and let's talk about doing a piece for them. In my heart, I hope I never have to see a loved one go through this again." Blessings, Susan Fielder - Reach her at hello@trailblazersimpact.com

Peaceful Passion
In Memorium to Dan Mears
Peaceful Passion In Memorium to Dan Mears
In Memorium to Dizzy Gillespie
Cheek to Cheek Dizzie Gillespie
The Blessed Man
Count Basie
The Blessed Man Count Basie
The Last Lecture
Randy Pausch
The Last Lecture Randy Pausch




National Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Selects Nan McKay as 2019 California Woman Business Owner of the Year

NAWBO Bravo Awards

At the NAWBO CA Propel 2019 Choosing to Own Conference, Nan McKay of Nan McKay and Associates received the 2019 award. Nan credits John and the NMA management team with the business growth to 600+ employees.  In addition to being President of Nan McKay and Associates, Nan has embarked on a new venture, podcasting inspiring stories of ordinary women with extraordinary accomplishments.  These stories need to be told so young women can hear that there is a whole world of possibility out there for them, that they can continue to dream, that they can succeed, that they have it in them to do it. We encourage them not to be afraid and not to let other people make them afraid of reaching their full potential.  The podcast trailblazers show the path to success in many different areas!