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Trailblazers: Middlesex, Essex & New Hampshire

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 Middlesex, Essex & New Hampshire that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Jen Sansone

I started health and fitness coaching exactly a year ago and it was honestly something I never considered doing until my own journey was well underway for about five years. I started my journey in the summer of 2012 when I felt like I wanted to learn more about nutrition and decided to lean out and tone my body. Read more>>

Annie Harney

I became a fitness instructor while in graduate school getting my masters in education. It began as somewhat of a “side hustle” while working as a paraprofessional and then both substitute and student teacher. I quickly learned how passionate I truly am about wellness and that even though it is not necessarily my primary and only job. Read more>>

Amber Matsumoto

In the year I wasn’t practicing yoga, I developed a little side hobby of taking photos for a juice bar I was working at. I really enjoyed the creative aspect while still getting to work in a health-conscious environment surrounded by a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables and making them into art. Read more>>

Tamar Iskenderian

I feel like I have been holding a make-up brush in my hand since I was 4 years old. It’s all I ever wanted to do. When I look back on it now, it brings me a lot of comfort knowing that I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life at such an early age. Read more>>

Sandra Sigman

As the daughter of a floral designer, I always enjoyed watching my mom create her floral arrangements. I helped out in her shop until I was 20 and then ventured off to Paris to ice skate professionally with Holiday On Ice. While living in Paris, I would visit the local flower shops and report back to my mom with what I learned. Read more>>

Allison O’Neil

About two years ago, I was applying to graduate school, and I realized how much it was going to cost me. My student loans from undergrad recently kicked in, and I was definitely not looking forward to taking out even more loans, so I could be sinking even deeper into debt. Read more>>

Lindsey Tigges

I began my adventure into the field of education right out of undergrad. I knew I wanted to be a teacher, however, I didn’t know where to go from there. I took the advice of former teachers and began substitute teaching. I was quickly placed into a special education classroom – Read more>>

Samantha Migliozzi

Yoga led me on a long path of discovery in the worlds of alternative medicine and holistic healing, and after high school, I completed my B.S. degree in Alternative Medicine while trading my yoga services for mentorships with different healers around the world. By the time, I was 22 I had visited 14 countries. Read more>> 

Ani Vong

For as long as I can remember, I loved fashion and style as well as meeting and connecting with people. I’ve worked in retail and customer service since high school and finally, in the early 2000s, I started working for Greg Harding (mentor and good friend) at Giovanni’s Trends in Downtown Lowell. Read more>>

Bianca Beaumont

Hair has always been my thing! I wrote in my 6th-grade year book that I would be a hairstylist or a lawyer. I attended hair school almost immediately after high school. I began my apprenticeship at a high-end salon in Brookline. Read more>>

Mahli Rivera and Anita Maldonado

We started off with a vision of what we love about photography. We have an admiration on how photographers can take a simple concept and make it there own. Whether it be by lights, editing, backgrounds, composition or props. Read more>>

Tracy Scrima

Tracy Scrima discovered the phenomenon 0f lash extensions when her 36-year-old aunt was diagnosed with cancer. She was perusing the internet for solutions to her impending aunt’s physical changes in appearance as a result of the impending chemo treatments and the changes she would undergo from these chemo treatments. Read more>>

Nicole Les

Home always meant more to me than just a place to live in. I sensed early that I can use my surroundings to make me feel different and help me through situations that are more challenging by organizing and changing my space. Read more>>

Helaine Marie

When I was younger, I was a very creative child, I loved to color and give all my dolls haircuts. Oh and draw, I was always doing the little things on the back of the matchbooks “Draw Cubby”. One day, I sent it in, and a gentleman came to my house to do an interview and wanted me to go to art school. Read more>>

Marcela Plosker

I definitely wasn’t born with a camera in my hand. I’ve changed careers more times than I can count, nothing ever really felt right. I decided to finish my psychology degree. Just as I was putting in my time doing research and thinking about starting a Ph.D. program. Read more>>

Leah Granite

I started to feel insecure about myself and all I wanted was to lose the postpartum weight fast. My ultimate goal was to regain my confidence and feel sexy, even as a mother. I started researching for a remedy, something that was quick and all-natural. Read more>>

Jessica Riley-Norton

Holding this space is my calling. I was compelled to create this space years ago, when I was seeking a particular place and community in my own healing. I had been practicing yoga for a few years, and found it complimentary to my recovery as an alcoholic. Read more>>

Dahab Nazmy

I cannot imagine my self-doing something else this is my life the kingdom of beauty and I will be the protector of the kingdom of beauty around the world. Read more>>

Jenn Schaaff

I started Pampered Paws K9 Massage during a break from employment in 2012 after trying to complete my course for 7 years and having no time to do so. I took the opportunity to follow my dream, one that my Boxer (Cheyenne) helped me realize I was meant to do. Read more>>

Kaitlyn Wright

I got started in Massachusetts after going to community college for about two years. I realized my heart was in the wrong place, and after much pressure from my colleagues and professors, decided to go after what I wanted to do! I went to Cosmetology school full time while also working at a salon part time after school. Read more>>

Bianca Eugene

Sharing my experience with others has been best understood through spoken word, storytelling, and comedy. I think being transparent about what I have gone through will encourage others to voice their experiences too. It’s all about learning from one another, so we can do better for ourselves and each other. Read more>>

Allyson Myette

I have always had a passion for hair, makeup and all things beauty related. What a better way to experience all that than to do hair and makeup. It is so special when you can bring a hobby and a passion together. Read more>>

Lily Chen

I was originally trained in Chinese brush painting in Taiwan. In my mid-twenties, I moved to the United States. While adjusting to the new culture, I worked at Crabtree & Evelyn in Pittsburgh, PA. This job was a good place for me to practice my English, and to learn about American culture. Read more>>

1 Comment

  1. Phyllis

    May 14, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    The work Brittney Trainito did on our wedd8ng was more than anyone could have imagined. I truly felt like a Queen! My pictures came out AMAZING! She not made me look and feel so beautiful i was very Camera Freindly.

    I wish I could put her in my pocket where ever I go! A true blessing to have her!

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