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Trailblazers: Downtown & Little Italy

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 Downtown & Little Italy that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Randi Halaway

I’m a Soul and Business Coach for women. There’s only one thing I love more than my precious pup, Koda. Empowering female entrepreneurs to step into their expansive power and achieve the abundant, fulfilling life they deserve. Read more>>

Tslil Feinberg

My degree was in psychology with a pre-med emphasis. I was passionate about research and I spent a couple of summers working at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona as part of an immunology research lab. Read more>>

Raygrid Calderon

We created apps, websites, algorithms and managed social media content. In late 2012, I developed an iOS app called “dreemkacher”. It was a free platform to help entrepreneurs, artists and alike to connect, hire and promote their services globally. Read more>>

Blanca Angelica Ruiz-Schafer

I began my journey of personal development when I was 13. My dad gave me two things: “Awaken The Giant Within” by Tony Robbins & “The Awakened Life” cassette tape by Dr. Wayne Dyer. Mindset + Spiritual development gave me the tools I needed to navigate the rest of my school years. Read more>>


Victoria Volpei

In under three years, I was able to pay off over $65,000 in debt using my strategic budgeting. When I graduated from college, I had NO clue what I was doing with my student debt. If you asked me honestly, I just wanted to ignore it! One day. Read more>>

Mia Valdez

I entered the online world of business in 2018. I had been working at a very demanding work-from-home 9-5 job, my husband was deployed, and I was still commuting two hours a day so that I could drop my 3-month-old son at daycare. Read more>>

Grace Adkins

I always gravitated to the arts and to be quite honest, I’ve always wanted to be the spotlight. I was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine where my love of the arts began becoming a passionate theater kid age. I started to regularly perform in shows for our local theater company and participate in school plays. Read more>>

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