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Trailblazers: Cambridge

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 Cambridge that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Yaritza Melendez

I love analyzing colors and its shading. I would look at a leaf and wonder how many colors I would need in order to turn it into a painting. Art was always my passion. One day, I stopped at a local Sephora to finally “grow up” a little and learn about makeup. I was around 20 years old at the time. At the checkout area, I saw a flier for a job fair, and thought to myself, why not? I was in need for a new job anyways and I kind of needed to learn the dos and dont’s to makeup. read more>>


My parents let me express myself, haha. I feel that was one of my biggest blessings because I always would express myself boldly through my hair and wardrobe until this day I still do. Civonnee Classic’s is my clothing line that is a representation of my style on a normal basis, I love when people dress how they feel and like that quote says “goes out into the world as if it is their runway.” Read more>>

Así Texeira

My office remained inside Samara Yoga Studio for five years until I moved across the hall into my own space in 2015. That’s when I went full throttle and took all the risks. I figured that if my business was really going to work, I had to quit my other job and have both feet in with all my energy to back it up. I am an Independent Parent a.k.a. (Single Mom) which added to the weight of my fears. Read more>>

Jenn Pici Falk

I first became aware of yoga through a Rodney Yee VHS tape when I was in high school. I had played sports my whole life, and at the time was a high school athlete. Something about that video really sparked a curiosity in me about the body-mind connection and using movement as a tool to calm ourselves. I was (and still can be) an anxious, introverted person. Then, I went to Southern California for college and was on the Cross Country team. Read more>>

Mia Moran

What changed? I made the decision to feel great. I believed it was possible. I found support. I took action one doable change at a time. I now have the tools to be the best I can in every one of my roles, every day. I created PlanSimple for when other busy women are ready to draw their line. Read more>>

Meredith Coffin

Teaching the Pilates Method is a medium through which I get to connect with people and help them see their own inner strength and abilities. When people invest in their own health and well-being, they have more space to care for the people and te world around them. Read more>>

Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana

I grew up believing a career in medicine was my calling. So, after a few years as a chemistry major in college, I decided to enter into Nursing school. It was during this season that my life forever changed. I went from a healthy 20-something-year-old to suddenly diagnosed with systemic lupus – a disease with no cure. Read more>>

Lisa Fiore

I started working at Lesley University in 2002. I’ve taught courses in early childhood education, psychology, and social sciences. I have always been drawn to advocacy and action around children’s rights and issues impacting children and families, so Lesley has been a perfect place to work and develop new initiatives. Read more>>

Arevik Tserunyan

The love of art didn’t prevent me from going to linguistic university, where I developed my other passions; writing and learning several languages. Later in my life, I used the knowledge I gained in the linguistic and pedagogical university to teach art to kids. After completing my first masters in fine arts from National Academy of Fine Arts in Yerevan. Read more>>

Amber Barke

The story of how I got started as a psychotherapist and a yoga instructor has a lot to do with the fact that I’ve always been a highly sensitive person. Being constantly vigilant of my surroundings, and hyper-attuned to the moods and behaviors of other people naturally prepared me for the helping profession. Read more>>

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