About Us


Inspirer (noun): to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence.

Inspirer is a Los Angeles based publication that celebrates groundbreaking women from across a variety of fields. From iconic entertainers to unsung community activists, every woman has a story to be shared and every story matters. We believe that there’s more to an actress than her latest diet, that there’s more to female musicians than a sexualized video hit. We dig deeper to share the meaningful stories that inspire others.

We’re about women. We’re by women. We’re for women.


Inspirer Staff




Desarae Gabrielle


Desarae is a web developer and software engineer residing in Los Angeles, CA. Desarae’s tech career began at age 15 when she was offered her first position as a web designer for a local film company. Prior to settling down into the tech world full time, she spent 3 years as a feature and festival contributor for YahooTv! The concept behind Inspirer was cultivated with Ashley in early 2016; Inspirer was founded on the idea that every woman is inspirational and her story deserves to be told.


Ashley McFaul

Managing Editor

Ashley is a social media community manager and artist, who splits her time between Houston, TX and Los Angeles, CA. With a degree in Mass Media Communications, Ashley likes to use videos, photos, and essays to connect people with what’s happening in the world.


Carrie Courogen

Staff Writer

Carrie is a writer and social media manager for Condé Nast Entertainment in New York. Her writing has been featured in print and online for publications like Quartz, Teen Vogue, The Huffington Post, Bustle, and the New York Daily News, among others. Additionally, she maintains a Tumblr where she muses on things like millennial issues, music, and, most of all, lady heroes.


Lily Grae

Staff Writer

Lily grew up around the corner from Janis Joplin’s hometown, and consequently found herself enthralled by the stories and music of the leading women of rock ’n’ roll at a young age. Since graduating from Texas A&M University in 2015, Lily has spent most of her time writing and recording music, as well as working on projects in which her goal is to take music back to a simpler time and pay homage to the artists who inspired her, and countless others, to pursue their dreams. When she isn’t in the studio, or on stage, Lily enjoys getting overly invested in shows on Netflix, reading memoirs, and eating carbs. She can often be found in her local coffee shop, feeding her caffeine habit and giving impromptu lectures on the history of rock ’n’ roll.





Robyn Sneddon

Robyn is a blogger and radio DJ located in Ayrshire on the West Coast of Scotland. She is about to begin her final year of school studying art and music and following this hopes to have a career in media and journalism. Robyn has written and produced a variety of content for sites such as One Soul Many Hearts and Young Scot as well as raising awareness for those with disabilities and chronic pain sufferers by sharing personal experiences on her blog. Aside from her keen interest in journalism, Robyn has a strong passion for music and can often be found browsing her local music stores, practicing bass and sharing her favorite tracks with listeners during a weekly radio slot at 3TFM located in her home of Scotland.


Deanna Byrne

Deanna is a journalism major with an emphasis in public relations at San Diego State University. Born in New Jersey, she spends her free time record shopping, enjoying the company of her friends, and listening to the inspiring music of Fleetwood Mac. Being the free spirit that Deanna is, she wishes to take part in traveling the world. With her intuitive nature, she loves to communicate on a personal level with people.

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