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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.


I am just an international student from a city called Jayapura in Indonesia who happens to have a gazillion dreams. I dreamt of coming to the U.S. and studying here since I was little. I receive a scholarship from the city government where I am from, to study in Boston. Read more>>

Kali Roberge

I wanted to be a professional writer but graduated with my B.A. in history and minor in professional writing during the middle of the Great Recession in the Deep South. I struggled to find ANY work at all and found it difficult to convince hiring managers or companies to take a chance on an untested. Read more>>

Phoenix Bowen

My journey in Boston began at Boston University, where I graduated with a degree in Behavior and Health. I have lived in Boston for the last six years, and I am a passionate hospitality professional known for challenging ideas surrounding food, beverage, health, and culture/society. Read more>>

Donna Garlough

My early career, before I got into the décor world, was as a magazine editor. I loved that there was a job where I could read, listen, observe, absorb, distill, and share all I’d learned about whatever topic I was covering. My beat ranged from writing about home products to beauty, weddings, food, cooking, and more. Gradually home became more of an editorial focus for me, coinciding, naturally, with where I was in life-newly married, then renovating, then decorating. Read more>>

Lisa Tverdokhlebov

Hi, I’m a mom of two beautiful kids, Eddie and Emily. As far back as I can remember, I have always loved being creative. Whether it be with art or music, I have always loved to express my God-given talent through my creativity. After becoming a stay at home mom in February of 2015, when Eddie was born, I began a quest to find the perfect creative outlet which I could be passionate about. In January of 2017, after Emily was born, I began to notice that it was increasingly difficult to find a winter hat for my kids that would properly cover their ears from the cold and not stretch out in a month. Read more>>

Shauna Richmond

Becoming a hairstylist wasn’t my immediate path. In fact – I went to the University of New Hampshire for a business degree and graduating with a career in the hospitality industry. I had been in the hotel business for about 8 years before I knew that I still had not met my passion. On my 30th birthday – I quit my job working as a wedding planner and started cosmetology school here in Massachusetts. I have been working at JT Macken Hair Salon ever since and it was the best decision I have ever made. I have built an incredible clientele that I find even hard to keep up with at times because I am so extremely busy. Read more>>

Kelsey Hamel

I always loved writing, but wasn’t sure where I would make a career out of it. During a summer internship while I was at UNH, I found my passion for Public Relations and working with hospitality clients. I knew that the path I wanted to take would encompass my love for writing and being around restaurants. Read more>>

Christine Celozzi

Once upon a time, in 2013, I had had enough of my desk job and realized it was time to start chasing my dream. Cue the wild rollercoaster ride of acting and film. On and off since the age of three, I knew, deep down, in the darkest pits of my gut, that one of two things was to happen in my life. Read more>>

Cara Bella

People used to ask me what I wanted to do when I grew up and my answer was always the same, I wanted to be a designer, An Artist, I wanted to be a model, a makeup artist, I wanted to do it all and despite what I was being told I knew I could achieve all these goals and Thankfully. Read more>>

Franchesca Nival

As I’ve mentioned before, I believe that the best ways to progress in life is to go through life learning experiences. I took my experiences and turned them into a positive way to help other young kids, and teens in the area. Read more>>

Prima Utami

Having studied and worked in finance didn’t leave much room to exercise my creativity on daily basis. The rigidity of finance propelled me to look for avenues to explore my creative aspirations. Read more>>

Tara Evelyn

I opened Health Resonates about a year and a half ago as a one room wellness center. I needed a space to store my extra furniture and massage therapy equipment. I found an office space right up the street that was a few hundred dollars a month. It was perfect. Read more>>

Liz Silva

I have had a major love for all physical activity since I was a kid. I started off playing group sports and then in college fell in love with the practice of yoga. I started out like many people, took a class, got hooked, signed up for a training just to “learn more – what me teach. Read more>>

Emily Bowling

I experimented with different styles of painting until I found what I enjoy doing, and I refined my artistic skills and painting technique to find my personal painting style that I currently work in. Upon graduating college with my Bachelor’s Degree in painting, I work as a freelance portrait artist. Read more>>

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