Throughout everyone’s journey, we have all needed a little help. I have had fantastic partners on this project and would like to give them kudos and many thanks. If you like what you see, please visit their websites and consider adding these fabulous women to your go-to list.

Alison Gianotto, founder of a whole bunch of really cool stuff including an IT security company, tons of webpages, software that sounds like it’s from another galaxy and  Alison is the technical genius behind anything Weld Like A Girl does that involves connecting the world through 1’s and 0’s. She is also one of the best people I have ever met. (Alison, if you are reading this, don’t get a fat head.) You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook and a whole bunch of other techy places. Here’s a good place to start: or @snipeyhead

Victoria Pak, MA, MS, graphic designer, IT helpdesk goddess and who knows what else. Victoria is an awesome person, avid dog lover and great mom.  She is responsible for pushing the envelope and encouraging Weld Like A Girl to become more than a 10-year dream. She is the creator of our edgy ‘Rosie the Riveter’ type trademark. Incidentally, Victoria may also be the most patient creative we’ve ever met… she endured countless edits prior to (and even a little after) the launch. Check out her portfolio site and/or contact her:

Erica Hanna, creator of a content strategy/speaking/video production company who happens to be a former student of Shanen’s and now friend. Erica is responsible for unwittingly encouraging this project and also for Shanen’s head shot. In Erica’s own words, “I used to be the chronic tweeter of positive quotes. Then, one day a young man said, ‘…some of those quotes are tough to understand…explain?’ I responded, “When life gives you rain…puke a f-ing rainbow. Then it started. People began using #pukerainbows whenever they turned something crappy into a positive step forward.” Check it out:

Crystal Vargas, Chaffey College student, avid open world games player and graphic designer. Crystal is responsible for the “WELD like a Girl” text you see as part of our logo and is one cool chick. She will also be helping with future marketing endeavors. Check out Crystal’s portfolio at: