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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.

Ashley Brochu

I started my career after a few years of going to college and not being able to find my passion. I went to cosmetology school and finally fell in love with a career. Once I graduated, I already had a job lined up on Newbury St. in Boston. Being there was always a goal of mine and I was amazed that I would be able to start my career in a place I thought was a little out of reach for a girl from Leominster. Read more>>

Aileen Axtmayer

Through working with a career coach, I learned more about myself and what I really wanted to do. I realized, I was passionate about helping and teaching others and that being a career coach myself was a better avenue for me to capture those interests. I moved to Boston to get my master’s at Northeastern University and have been helping others find meaningful work for the past 10+ years. Read more>>

Jenny Buxton

I grew up on a big farm in rural Vermont with a love for fashion even as a little girl. If I didn’t have something I wanted, we just made it! We were always altering clothes and coming up with new ideas. I loved watching my mom sew anything I could throw at her. Read more>>

Laura Marchisio

I fell in love with makeup when I was 16 years old and had pretty severe acne. I got a “makeover” by a talented MAC Cosmetics Makeup Artist one day and it changed how I felt about myself and my confidence level. From that moment on, I was hooked into the world of makeup. Read more>>

Dianne Rishikof

Healing my own gut and doing the same for others who have been disappointed by conventional doctors fuels my passion for learning all I can. That passion lead me to integrative and functional nutrition-which is exactly what people need! I started practicing functional nutrition about 4 years ago and my patient outcomes went from night to day! Read more>>

Sarah Bertochi

I have always been creative, but it was not something I explored very much or even recognized in myself until much later in life. My journey to where I am today did not follow a traditional path. I did not go to art school. Read more>>

Kathryn Morrell

Knowing when and how to use proportion, color, texture and detail in concert together can be tricky. I love sharing industry secrets teaching you how to construct killer outfits with ease. I also teach the Sweatpants & Stilettos readers how to mix luxury with affordability and invest or save, when necessary. Read more>>

Melissa Drobnis

I have been an artist since the moment I could hold a crayon. In some ways it was an inherited trait, my grandmother, uncle, father and mother are all creatives. From a very young age, I was encouraged to nurture my imagination and create art. Read more>>

Christin Marshall

Arriving on Cape Cod in 2007, I searched for a coping mechanism for the region’s short days and cold nights. Looking for something new to try, I walked into CrossFit Cape Cod as a total novice. Wandering in past oversize tires, I found a Yorkie on the loose, a community pushing its physical limits and Rihanna blaring, knew that I had found my people. Read more>>

Jacqueline Adelson

Way back in the day, I had two blogs. A fashion blog and a food blog. This is going back maybe 10 years ago. At the time, I was working full time as a product manager for a software company. I loved the idea of sharing my creations with people – especially with food. Read more>>

Jason and Ashlee Cooper

Honest Union is guided by simplicity, utility and beauty. Founded in 2016 by husband and wife team, Jason and Ashlee Cooper, Honest Union creates unique, modern housewares that meet at the intersection of technology and craft. Each piece features a 3D printed component that is made from PLA, a biodegradable plastic derived from plants. Read more>>

Carolyn Mackin

A child of the 70’s and 80’s in the ‘burbs of Boston, I could be occupied for hours with some crayons and paper or the latest craze in crafting. As a teenager, I found photography a compelling way to explore my world and that fascination took me through many years of art school, a semester in London and over a decade of indulging in the exciting art scene in San Francisco. Read more>>

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