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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.

Taleen Batalian

I lost my Mom to a brain tumor. During the time of her illness and death, I lost touch with myself and with my interest in making art. Through the process of making my way back, my work has changed significantly. I’m working with fabric and textiles again but now in a much more experimental way. I’m creating textile sculptures along with paintings. Recently, I’ve been working on collaborative performance pieces with some of the sculptural garments. Read more>>

Michelle Sullivan

I did not realize that I could make a career out of my hobby which was planning events! Luckily for me, Communications was a broad major that I could take in many different directions. It led me to an internship at a Yacht Club in Rhode Island where I was the event planner! Read more>>

Alexandria Forero

One woman who has inspired me the most is a long time friend of mine. She has such a positive view on life, even though it has not always been that way. She in believes in zero negativity and hard work. You can have whatever you desire in life as long as you stay dedicated and consistent – hustle, hustle, hustle. Never give up. She has a beautiful aura and when you are around her, you just want to be the best version of yourself. Read more>>

Lauren Massalas

At a time in my life when I was confused about my health, even though I was doing and eating all the “right things,” Ayurveda had the answers I was looking for. So simple, yet so profound. That summer I completely transformed physically and spiritually. I had to learn more, so I went to Kripalu myself and became an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, 650 hours later. Read more>>

Julie Richard

I’ve been thinking of ways to transform and create new interiors. As a child, I would constantly re-arrange my bedroom, hang new art and paint the walls a fresh, colorful shade. I have always been drawn to the creative process and all types of design including fashion, architecture, and graphics. Read more>>

Soyoung L Kim

As most artists, I have been drawing and creating ever since I can remember. But making art became a much more meaningful part of my life when my parents uprooted our family from Seoul, South Korea, and moved us to Nairobi, Kenya when I was six years old. When I first started school in Nairobi, I am told that I did not speak for several months. Read more>>

Cheryl Clinton

I’ve been deeply connected to creating my entire life. As a youngster in school, I was often lost in a daydream or caught doodling rather than writing. I also spent a lot of time helping other kids, rather than getting my own work done. (Themes that continue to get me in trouble to this day!) I was shy growing up. Drawing and painting were (and continue to be) my favorite activities and allowed easy openings for conversation. As an adult, I have overcome my shyness, but not my passion for creating or helping others. Read More >>

Brittaney Allen

I found my passion for interiors and people started to notice. Friends and family started asking my opinion on their own home projects and after offering more free advice than I could keep up with, Brittaney Allen Design was born. My business has blossomed since opening in August of 2017 and I am excited to see what the future brings. Read more>>

Charlotte Goff

Towards the end of my graduate school career, I began advertising my artwork. Through networking, I was able to showcase and sell several of my paintings. Today, I am still making commissioned work, collaborating on projects and working on my portfolio for an art show. Read more>>

Holly Clayton

We started with potted plants and then eventually started a garden in the backyard. We would grow anything from herbs to vegetables. It was truly pivotal that I showed my son that fruits and vegetables do not just come from the grocery store, in fact, we can actually cultivate them with just a little TLC! Read more>>

Kerrie Baldwin

My passion and gaining expertise led me to speak to my bosses at this salon and explain to them my interest in buying the business. I owned and operated that business for 12 years through one of the worst recessions this country endured. Read more>>

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