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Trailblazers: Boca Raton

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 Boca Raton that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Melanie Johanson

Melanie Johanson currently serves as the Museum Director and Curator of the Cornell Art Museum in Delray Beach, Florida. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University New Orleans and a Post-baccalaureate degree from Tulane University, she spent five years as an art instructor and working for local graphic design firms. Read more>>

Karina Mariie Smith

I was a cheerleader for over five years, from the lowest level to the collegiate level. And ultimately, I will be the first in my family to not only obtain a bachelors but further my education by working towards an MSW. I plan to become an LCSW and help underprivileged communities. Aside from my studies, I enjoy building up my social media platform and networking. Read more>>

Ashley Alexa

I had more bumps in the road. I get most proud of small accomplishments. A step is a step. It still goes forward. I’ve learned to appreciate every moment of it. I am my own competition. I always strive to be better than yesterday. Not that girl on Instagram. Not that artist with a higher range than me. I love being different. I tend to stay that way. Read more>>

Paige Lavoie

I love how in depth I can get into the character’s emotions and scenery. I learn something new about crafting stories every day. And I am now a team member of Writer’s Atelier, a FL based writing studio that has the most wonderful writing community. Writing is something I always thought you had to do alone and for the most part that’s true. Read more>>

Monique McLaughlin

I started doing makeup and hair when I was in high school, where I was a part of the drama program. I am also an artist who suffers from painter’s block. Makeup artistry came more easily to me.The face as a canvas inspired me much more than plain white paper. I see the beauty that is possible from the simplicity all around me. Read more>>

Danielle J.S. Gordon

I started dancing at two-years-old and haven’t stopped. I’ve trained locally, nationally and internationally in styles including ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip hop and many more. After high school, I went to Elon University in North Carolina to major in Sport and Event Management with a minor in Spanish. Read more>>

Amanda Evans

Technology has come a LONG way from where it was 16 years ago! I am now able to provide 100% virtual bookkeeping and provide a paperless document retention system that works for them. In July 2018, Tight Ship was born; providing Simple, Streamlined Bookkeeping. Read more>>

Kait Clarke

I started to find that what I truly loved was helping businesses find their soul through powerful & meaningful storytelling. And, well, the rest is in the making… fast-forward to today, and you’ll find me here at Kait Clarke Creative. Having recently planted my roots in St. Petersburg, Florida, I’m ecstatic to be a part of a community of vibrant small businesses and entrepreneurs. Read more>>

Natalia Maxwell

I am originally from Bronx, New York and moved down to Tampa, Fl, my senior year of high school back in 2013. After graduating from high school I attended Florida Atlantic University, studying International Business and Trade with a minor in Marketing and graduated in May 2018. Read more>>

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