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Inspiring Stories from Metrowest & Worcester

The heart of our mission at the BostonVoyager is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Boston’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars from Worcester and surrounding areas below.

Giselle Shardlow

I started Kids Yoga Stories in 2012, but it really started back in 2005, when I had the idea of writing yoga books for kids while taking yoga teacher training. I had been an elementary teacher, and I was filled with ideas about how to integrate yoga into the classroom curriculum. Read more>>

Rina Sorrenti

I started working when I was 11. Always knew at a young age I wanted to never depend on anyone for money. I decided to not go to college and just work. I then went to beauty school and found my way to Newbury street. That is where my clientele grew. I knew I wanted to be my own boss so 2 yrs. Read more>>

Joshua Brassard

When I was a little boy, I loved spending time with my grandfather and helping him with his small gentleman’s farm in Westborough, MA. When I was about 10 years old (1986), I wanted a four wheeler and my parents would not buy me one. Read more>>

Dennis Kennedy

One of my fondest memories of childhood was sneaking in the back door of my grandfather’s hotel. I loved watching the operation and all the craziness of the kitchen. Another favorite memory is being in my great grandmother’s house where all the smells of the kitchen filled the house. She cooked what seemed like all day long using herbs from her garden. That was the inspiration. Read more>>

Gigi Halsing

I have always worked in the hospitality field in some manner, either as a bartender or a server for over 20 years. I’ve worked in fine dining, banquet facilities and pub style restaurants so I’ve learned a lot along the way in how to make the clients event a smooth and successful one for all involved. Read more>>

Wendy Pease

The story of how Wendy became the owner of Rapport International is an interesting one. In 2003, she had a high profile position as Director of World Wide Marketing for a publicly traded, global pharmaceutical services company. Although she had earned the position after graduating from Tuck with her MBA, she found that she was unhappy with the corporate world. Read more>>

Ben Belford

Empires in Flames and its parent company Lyon Heart Media LLC were founded in 2016 by Benjamin. However, the story of their creation has much humbler beginnings back in 2013. Though the dream of what they could both be is far grander than anything he could imagine. Read more>>

Julie Zinger

always knew that I wanted to work with children, and actually thought that I wanted to study psychology. But during a tour of the college that I would eventually attend, (SUNY Geneseo), I sat in on an Intro to Speech Pathology lecture. Read more>>

Stewart Brandt

H. Brandt Jewelers was begun in 1989 by Stew and Gretchen Brandt. Our name dates back to the original H. Brandt, founded in Germany in 1806. We stock an eclectic inventory of magnificent diamond, colored gemstone, gold, platinum and silver jewelry. We’re proud to offer selections that fit just about every budget. Read more>>

Andrea Fonte Weaver

While studying gerontology and sociology in college, I learned about the field of intergenerational programming. Inspired by a popular pen-pal program where elders and students wrote to one another, I dreamed of a program where the groups could come together and learn from one another. Read more>>

Anne Ferrari-Greenberg

I was a staff nurse for Newton Wellesley hospital for twenty years. I also taught CPR and FIRST AID to the medical staff and community. While teaching a class, a woman came up to me and stated that her husband wanted to come but they had babysitting issues. She also stated it was too bad People didn’t go to clients homes to teach CPR. Read more>>

Dr. Geoffrey M. Glick

I don’t want to be too boring with this, but I’m not sure how to tell my story other than how it went. I started my journey growing up in Brookline. My parents were both in the medical field; my Dad was an orthopedic surgeon and my mom was a nurse. Read more>>

Beth Sullivan

I started quilting as a hobby 18 years ago. About a year after beginning, I made my first T-shirt quilt out of my old high school and college shirts. My friends loved it and started asking for T-shirt quilts for themselves and their children. When I elected to stay home to raise my kids, I started making these unique memory quilts on the side as a part time business. Read more>>

Monica Griffin and Ann Linhares

Hair Replacement Associates was founded in 1993 by two young women working in the hair replacement industry. Ann and Monica both had an entrepreneurial spirit and a vision of how things should be done. It has been a wonderful journey full of challenges and benefits. They specialize only in hair loss solutions for men, women and children. Read more>>

Sue Festa

I have wanted to be an artist since I was 5 years old and realized I could draw well. As I grew older I knew that somehow I would make my living doing something creative and pursued a degree in visual design and illustration at umass Dartmouth. In the years that followed graduation I was lucky enough to get creative work at a newspaper as well as two clothing companies. Read more>>

Jose De Andrade

It was few years back and my wife and I were going through tough financial times, I worked at a pizza shop and always wanted to work in the construction industry, but as many people are, I was afraid to start on something new, was afraid to get out of my comfort zone, but I decided that I would get a job in the field, learn and have my own business. Read more>>

Hans Klein

After a successful business career as controller in Europe and U.S.A., I earned a D.B.A. and C.M.A. When I entered academic teaching, I found that explanations of the double entry accounting system relied heavily on an approach “debits on the left where the windows are and credits on the right where the door is” that left many students at a loss when the window was on the other side. Read more>>

Greg Casten

Originally, I went to school at East Coast Aero Tech to fix planes and graduated in 1980. After school I worked at Norwood airport but the economy and industry weren’t doing very good so I left there and went to work for Bernardi Honda for what I thought was gonna be a short time till I found better work at an airport. Read more>>

Nicole Corliss

Well, it all started a few years back when my boss Noelle Carpenter at Noelle Day Spa, who owned Cosmix also, called me on a Friday and offered me an admin job at Cosmix and needed an answer by Monday! So I went for it! That quickly turned into a manager’s position. Then in the summer of 2016 she called me once again to ask if I wanted to purchase the school. Read more>>

Gavin and Catherine

In the mid-1980s, I had developed several Lotus 1-2-3 templates (Cash-Flow Forecaster, etc.) under the company name MicRoMec and was selling IBM PCs and Apple IIs at The Computer Store in Framingham, MA (just before we went bankrupt in 1985). So, with no capital and a growing family, we decided to set up shop in the dining room, which was followed by the incorporation of Bryley Systems in 1987.  Read more>>

Stefanie Farrell

I graduated high school in 1991 with absolutely no idea as to what I wanted to be or do. A guidance counselor introduced me to her daughter who happened to be a court stenographer. She believed that introducing us might provide me with some idea of a potential career path to consider. Read more>>

Angela Liu

Ever since I was little, I desired to be a part of a community service organization but found none that were close enough for me to be actively involved or any that allowed me to take a substantive role within the organization. So, in seventh grade, I decided to join a small local student-run one which prided itself on being 100% student run, One Love Children Helping Children (One Love CHC). Over the years, I was a large part in recruiting young driven students and plan larger, more successful events, and the organization grew. Read more>>

Donna Ingemanson

As an artist, I thought Braintree really needed a community event that would bring folks together in a way that would tap into local foods, small farms and businesses and utilize the beautiful Historical District in the town. At the time Braintree had just voted to become a city and our first mayor, Joe Sullivan, was very supportive of having the event on town hall property. Read more>>

Eric Delin

Delin Design is a uniquely focused firm: we bring together smart, talented individuals to create the perfect blending of experiences, creativity, energy and vision. We want what’s right for clients, and we have fun getting there. Since 1996, we’ve achieved especially outstanding results for our technology, healthcare and retail clientele. Read more>>

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