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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.

Jenna Tobey

Shortly after competing in the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships, I sustained a knee injury that ended my racing career and prohibited me from any high-impact sports or exercise. I was devastated. I started doing yoga as a last resort, fully expecting it to be “too easy.” Read more>>

J.Q. Louise

A few years ago, I started my food and travel Instagram account, @jqlouise and now, I have nearly 50,000 followers and I have my first book coming out this spring called Boston Food Crawls. Read more>>

Alexis Kozmor

In February 2013, I moved to Boston from Georgia on a whim (in winter, what was I thinking?!). Being from the South, life in Boston was quite the adjustment – cost, weather, people, etc. Feeling lost and alone, I started my blog, South End Style, to connect with family and friends back home as I decorated my new (and first) apartment and traveled around New England. As the blog grew, so did I. Read more>>

Ambar Januel

I’m a creative strategist and community development consultant that started my career in Boston. I currently am traveling the world as a full-time digital nomad – with clients that I work with remotely. Read more>>

Jane Dent Grady

In high school, I pondered creative, cosmopolitan careers – including being a fashion designer or TV producer – but coming from a strict and academic grammar school, I didn’t act on such notions. Instead, I went off to study business. Read more>>

Bonnie Yu

I am a 26 years old self-taught florist with a big heart for flowers. I took over a small existing shop a year ago and transferred it to a sweet little flower shop with a character in the Bay Village area of Boston. Read more>>

Linda Merrill

Linda Merrill is an award-winning interior designer based in Massachusetts. Her passion for creating beautiful spaces began early on when she was allowed to select the finish color of her first “big girl” bedroom set at the age of six. Linda received a Certificate in Decorative Arts from the prestigious Boston Architectural College in 2002 and opened her own firm shortly thereafter. Read more>>

Kavya Gujjula

I am an analyst by profession and I started blogging in April 2017, but I wasn’t very active for a while. I took a long break and decided to get back to blogging, be more active earlier this year in January. I have always had an immense interest in fashion, but this is my first stint as a fashion blogger. Read more>>

Anne Drogin

My first job out of acupuncture school was at the AIDS Care Project. This clinic was my inspiration to open Acupuncture for Everyone where people could afford to come for as ling as they needed to get well. Read more>>

Jaime Maloney

I was pretty much raised in a hair salon. My mom, Deborah Maloney, owns a small salon on the South Shore of Massachusetts. I got a very early head start in my career by being in her salon watching and admiring her and the stylists working on their clients. Read more>>

Joanne Draper

I became very interested in healthy eating and exercise as a teenager. and remember always reading health magazines, wanting to know more about how to live a healthy lifestyle. In college, I ran track, which deepened my desire to learn how to obtain optimal health so I could perform my best. A few years after I became a teacher, this remained an interest and hobby of mine. Read more>>

Brittany DiCapua

I grew up in a family where ‘being full and eating have nothing in common’. Food was always (and still is) a representation of community and love. When I moved to the city in 2014, I was overwhelmed by Boston’s unique and plentiful food scene. I started The Boston Food Journal in late 2015 simply to share my food-ventures with close friends and family. Read more>>

Hannah Blount

I started making jewelry at the age of six when I received a bead book for my birthday. It wasn’t until a few years later that it occurred to me that I could do this for a living, but I have spent every spare hour since then creating jewelry and loving it! It’s been a lifelong passion and a lot of work, but worth every second. Read more>>

Justine Piecuch-Clifford

Hair for me started out before I was in double digits. From trying to achieve the perfect Bob on Barbie (without it sprinting out) to cutting friends hair. In my teenage years, it was my excuse as to why I didn’t need high school or barely made it to class. I knew I was destined to do something else than go to college and sit at a desk. Read more>>

Marissa Herman

I went to Emerson College for writing and editing and got a job in book publishing right out of college. I was working in the legal department and after a few years, I started to yearn for something more creative. I’ve always had an interest in marketing so I thought that the best way to see if I would be good at it would be to try and market myself. Read more>>

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