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Trailblazers: MetroWest & Worcester

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 MetroWest & Worcester that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Kate Guertin

Fear got me nowhere but action has given me the world. So my advice to other young women thinking of starting a business is “Start Somewhere”. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your business be, but do something today. Read more>>

Alia Pialtos

I never thought I’d become an artist, but I’ve always been interested in the ways we choose to see the world. From an early age, I set out to become an optometrist like my father. Read more>>

Linda Nutter Snay

I took my first yoga class with a friend, at the age of 18. I remember clearly the feeling that remained after that first class; serenity, peace, complete relaxation. Read more>>

Tessy St Fleur

I’ve developed a very eye catching and unique sense of style at a young age. Everyone would bombard me with questions regarding fashion and beauty everywhere I went on a daily basis. Read more>>

Leah Karpelson

When I was in college, I had a sudden onset of agoraphobia and would get horrible panic attacks whenever I would try to leave the house. At first, I didn’t make this connection and I just felt sick all the time. Read more>>

Kate Phelan

I grew up with a reformed hippie mother who believed clothing was an expression of who you were or who you wanted to be. I have carried that philosophy throughout my career in fashion. Read more>>


Life’s journey took me through years of drug and alcohol abuse and, as a single parent, cornered me at the door of government assistance to support my two sons. Read more>>

Suzanne Hewett

Becoming a makeup artist wasn’t the plan, but evolved from my business background, creativity and passion for products. I managed a London-based beauty franchise, learning about products and ingredients, and how they benefited your skin. Read more>>

Andrea Cale

My interest in writing began in my childhood days, when shyness seemed to facilitate a lot of observing, listening and putting words on paper in lieu of talking all that much. Read more>>

Paige Charbonneau

Layered on top of all of this career growth is my true self, my life outside of work. Job titles not listed on my resume include a daughter, sister, friend, casual athlete, wife, and partner, mother to two fur-babies and my most prized and celebrated title: Mommy to my beautiful 16-month-old son, Henry. Read more>>

Sara Adams

A couple years after waiting tables post fine arts degree with a concentration in oil painting, I decided I would become an auctioneer. In February of 2014, I headed to Iowa to attend auction school (yes, there is such a thing) with a ton of cowboys and men with large belt buckles and boots. Read more>>

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