Michaela Brazil Gillies Named to COWGIRL 30 Under 30 Class of 2024

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Michaela Brazil Gillies–UNWON writer, co-founder of Go West Enterprises, and co-director of You Just Can’t See Them From the Road–was named among the COWGIRL Magazine 30 Under 30 Class of 2024, presented by Wrangler.

The fifth annual 30 Under 30 list seeks to identify hardworking and powerful young women who have risen to the top in their fields as leaders, opening doors and sharing enthusiasm and encouragement in everything they do.

“I am so honored to be named among this 2024 class,” Michaela said of the news. “I’m truly in great company among these incredible women, all of working to make an impact on the community we love.”

Raised by two ranch veterinarian parents in the mountains of Northern California, Michaela grew up in the Western and ranching world, working on various horse and cattle ranches and training her first personal horse she purchased as a yearling at age 10. After starting her career as an accountant, earning her CPA while working in the tax division at Deloitte in San Francisco, Michaela co-founded Go West Enterprises in 2017 with her sister and business partner, Keely Brazil Covello. Originally known as Go West Marketing, the company has grown beyond its original conception as a digital and creative marketing agency to also encompass a variety of services including film production, journalistic reporting, clothing design, and software development, all focused on serving the Western community.

In 2023, Michaela wrapped production on her debut documentary project You Just Can’t See Them From the Road, co-directed with her sister Keely and executive produced by California Rangeland Trust. The film is currently being shown in select festivals and screening events across the U.S., with broader distribution slated for 2024. Showcasing the ranchers who steward much of the open space on the American West Coast, the documentary seeks insight into a group of people who are largely misunderstood by the modern society they feed and sustain.

Michaela is also working on a new software development project designed to help ranchers optimize profit for their operations. Ranch Vision will debut as a software as a service (SaaS) product, available as a web application in 2024.

“Growing up in the Western community, I was surrounded by strong women I looked up to,” Michaela said. “I’ve always felt the Western lifestyle is unique because in this world, women have always worked alongside men. We’re viewed as equals and our unique feminine strength respected. In my corporate experience, I drew heavily on the value modeled for me by the cowgirls I grew up admiring. We’re not inferior for our rural upbringing; the world needs our common sense, tenacity, and cowgirl spirit.

“I love being an entrepreneur and I’m so humbled and grateful to use my opportunities to serve the community that raised me and continues to inspire me. I truly love the Western community because it’s given me strength across everything I’ve ever tried to do. A strength that comes from knowing who you are, who your community is, and what you stand for.”

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