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Trailblazers: Back Bay, Beacon Hill, South End

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around Back Bay, Beacon Hill & South End that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Meredith Evangelisti

Meredith lives and works in Boston, MA where she trains her private clients and teaches yoga and fitness classes at several gyms and studios.  She also runs several yoga, fitness, and clean eating retreats a year that ranges from sea and sun to mountain views. Read more>>

Varsha Vinn

I started singing at the age of 2, in Bangalore, India and continued to do local and national television shows and live performances. I was exposed to a lot of 80’s pop by my parents at a young age, which eventually drew me closer to pop and rock music. Read more>>

Meghan Shea

My affinity for animals started when I was very little. Animals were a major part of my childhood and having those bonds and attachments, opened the world of communicating. I asked my dad for a horse one year for my birthday. Read more>>

Alison Greco

My journey to become an acupuncturist is a bit of an unusual one. Most acupuncturists get into Chinese medicine because they had a life-changing experience with acupuncture. They fall in love with the results, it cured their pain, fixed their digestion, brought them back to a healthy lifestyle. Read more>>

Cherise Morris

The first time I heard about eyelash extensions was in December 2005. I thought it was the silliest thing I’d ever heard. Little did I know; I would have to eat my words. After becoming an esthetician in 2007, I had finally had it with misleading mascara commercials. Read more>>

Keely Witkowski

My business probably would’ve taken a lot longer to develop had it not been for her wanting to freshen up her look at the same time I was just getting my legs under me as a stylist. If people had not believed in me and seen my potential I would still be probably sitting in a cubicle staring at a computer entering in numbers. Read more>>

Ash Seal

I started my journey in Maine, where I was born and raised. I attended hair school in Portland, and really questioned whether this was the right decision over going to college. I hated every minute of it. So much that my dad actually bribed me with money to not skip any days during the summer. Read more>>

Lindsey Child

I started taking photos when I was about 15 years old. I really wanted a camera at that age and when I started my first job at a grocery store, my mom offered to buy me a Canon Rebel XT if I gave her $30 a week until it was paid off. Read more>>

Lana Lorenz

I am a marketing specialist by day, so I have been familiar with social media influencers and blogging for a while. I was interested in starting my own blog, but I did not do so until I moved to Boston this year. Read more>>

Ann Cohen

7 years ago, the real estate industry landscape was poised to evolve rapidly. There was a pressing need for competent, clever and compassionate real estate agents who could keep up. My professional experience with legal contracts and educational systems prepared me to hit the industry at a sprint. Read more>>

Mayra Ventura

I always loved doing hair since I was a little girl. Funny story, my mother shaved my hair twice when I was about 4-5 and I think that changed my love for my own hair and everyone around me. Coming from a Pharmaceutical background moving to Boston and going into Cosmetology schools was not easy. Read more>>

Laura Baldini

So, in 2012, I had been thinking of opening a cold-pressed juice shop here in Boston as we didn’t have them here yet, and I was ordering from juice companies in NYC 🙈. One day, I was on Facebook and saw that Eater posted about “some girl” doing Kickstarter for a cold-pressed juice truck!!! Read more>>

Blair Flynn

I think most people are surprised to hear what I was doing before versus what I am doing now. After college I went on to receive my Masters Degree in Spanish & Latin American Literature because I wanted to teach Spanish and ESL to middle school children. Read more>>

Vanessa Rubio

Had no idea what the makeup products were for but i bought it all! i would Youtube my favorite Makeup Guru that goes by “Nikki Tutorials” and began practicing on myself and my friends. Took me a while to put myself and my work out there on social media but i am glad i did. Read more>>

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