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Trailblazers: North End & Downtown

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 North End & Downtown that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Melissa Stern

My fashionable dreams were put on the back-burner. Instead, I channeled my creative passions by becoming a writer, crafting tons of over-the-top copy for some of the world’s most iconic brands. If you got a subject line to your inbox that said “on fleek” or any ridiculous caption, there was a good chance it came from me. The exciting part was seeing the. Read more>>

Esther Olivo

It has been a long way to grow up, but we are very happy and satisfied. Now, we offer the most of the best treatments to keep you fit, beautiful and healthy. Laser Hair Removal, Botox, Fillers, PRP, PRP Hair Restoration, Microneedling, Kybella, Ematrix, Microdermabrasion, Velashape, Spider Veins, all kind of facials, relax and lymphatic massages, whitening teeth, body tanning, and many other treatments. Read more>>

Megan Jo Wilson

I had no idea what Life Coaching was. I was working as a musician, cook, and farmer and living paycheck to paycheck. At the end of the three-day class, I had one of the most powerful spiritual experiences of my life. Let me just say that I knew this was the work I was supposed to be doing. Read more>>

Kara Crow

Fitness and wellness have always been a part of my life. I grew up as a ski racer in Vermont, playing soccer and tennis in the offseason until I graduated high school when I made the US Ski Team. I raced for two years on the US Ski Team and then went to college at UVM and majored in Exercise and Movement Science while continuing to ski race. Read more>>

Manita Bunnagitkarn

I established CHA YEN THAI COOKERY in Watertown, MA. The restaurant serves all my creations together with most familiar Thai foods. I intend to make my creations available for everyone to enjoy and experience at the best value. Casual dining is the way to implement my intention. CHA YEN has been well visited by local resident as evidenced by the number of regular customers. Read more>>

Tanya Walker

I have two business partners – Renee Eliah and Chin Kuo. My partners and I met while working at an internship when we were still in college. I went to Northeastern and my partners went to Boston University. The company we were interning for hired us all after graduation but the 2008 recession hit and we were all quickly ousted. Read more>>

Savannah Daras

Most all of the people that I’ve met and worked/created with have been brought to me through social media and the internet, in general. I think it’s so incredible that we have so many resources right at our fingertips – we’re truly living in one of the greatest times for pursuing our passions and being an entrepreneur. Read more>>

Janelle Leroux

When I’m not out taking photos, I work as an Accountant for an engineering firm. My role at the firm is a hybrid of accounting and database administration. I assist with database customization, process improvements and facilitating training for my coworkers and network. Photography is a great creative outlet for me after a day of numbers. Read more>>

Julie Matos

Julie has become one of the most in-demand celebrity stylists in the fashion industry. Her skillful ability to interpret today’s top trends in conjunction with her clients’ varied styles always keeps her on top of her game. Read more>>

Kristina Zakirova

Besides that, I have a master degree in economics and yet making girls beautiful gives me more satisfaction than well-payed office work. 🙂 It is more on the stage of a hobby as of right now, but I am pretty sure it can lead me to success in time. Read more>>

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