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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 Presto

I was always good in school. Math wasn’t my favorite subject, but it was something I grasped easy enough. When I was young, like 7, I lived in Northern Virginia and they had math tutoring programs on the TV. They’d be doing calculus and I would grab a pen and paper and pretend I was following along. Read more>>

Kelly Caiazzo

Combatting postpartum depression meant fighting isolation, something so common among stay-at-home parents of young children. Joining the Wellesley Mothers Forum and being part of a playgroup and a volunteer for the organization gave me friends and regularly scheduled activities. Read more>>

Carole Ann Penney

In my last organization, I climbed the ladder through five job titles in seven years to my position as the organization’s Associate Director. As I stepped into that new role, I felt a transition took place — I crossed over some kind of invisible threshold from contributor to Leader with a capital “L.” Read more>>

Helen Cohen

The path to where I am today has certainly not been a direct one. In fact, if you told me 10 years ago that I would be the owner of a women’s health massage therapy and wellness practice, I think I probably would have laughed! Read more>>

Anita Loomis

Idle hands were not appreciated when I was growing up; we continually needed to be doing, making or fixing something. I always appreciated all types of artwork, but as a maker, I always felt that the object I created should also be useful and serve a purpose. Read more>>

Nicole Benoit

Growing up, I developed a love for nature. I was a tomboy and spent most of my days outside with my brother. Taking photos of landscapes is how I first got started in photography. I would bring a disposable Kodak camera with me whenever I went hiking or camping. Read more>>

Shawna Rohan

My path to clay wasn’t a straight shot. I initially went to college for Sculpture and really had this wandering, nomadic spirit that a lot of young people face or luckily, are able to avoid. My free-spirited bug motivated me to move around in my twenties and consequently. Read more>>

Karen Steuer

I love the blend of art, science and math, and I still enjoy unmolding every single batch and inhaling that scent. I’ve expanded into many other product lines (like lotions, creams, perfumes and more) but I still love making soap. Read more>>

Gail Erwin

6 Bridges Gallery was established in 2014 by a group of artists to create a retail and display gallery in the heart of downtown Maynard, Massachusetts. The ever-changing work in our gallery includes a diverse range of media and artistic styles. Read more>>

Christen Gundersen

I have been in the makeup industry for over 20 years but started off in retail and makeup counters. I never really thought of being a full time makeup artist and stating my own business until I moved to Connetictut in 2010. Read more>>

Farrah Escarpeta

Makeup for all ages all races and all sexes, I just had to work for them. Working for one of the leading cosmetics brands in the world was a game changer. I was taught and quizzed by national artists who had done makeup all over the world. Read more>>

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