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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.

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>>

Jennifer Jacobs

My love of traveling has also inspired much of my baking – as well as my name Wandering Whisk. Every time I go somewhere new, I stop in local bakeries and find myself getting inspired by their unique flavors and designs. I also like to pick up ingredients to use in my desserts while traveling abroad. Read more>>

Melissa Santell

I started a food blog and launched my business. Today, I’m a food photographer and marketing consultant, working for myself and creating magic for restaurants I love. The business has been thriving for a year and a half, and I’m so incredibly thankful! Read more>>

Kim Heise

I was privileged as a child to grow up in a safe environment where I was surrounded by wildlife most of the time and encouraged to pursue my interests in art. I remember looking out the second-floor window of my family’s house in Broward County and seeing four acres of pine trees and saw palmettos! Read more>>

Kimi Weintraub

I have been a singer all my life and attended one of the top performing arts schools in the country for voice. After high school, my best friend and I started the acoustic duo, Regi and Kimi, and have been performing all over Palm Beach, Martin, and Broward County at restaurants, corporate events, city events, and even weddings. Read more>>

Lauren Cohen

Lauren is expert concierge immigration and business advisor boasting a stellar track record of success. Lauren has first-hand knowledge of the visa process, having herself immigrated from Canada in 2001, and later becoming an American citizen in 2012. In 2008, Lauren started e-Council Inc., an internationally-acclaimed company focused on providing concierge strategic full-service solutions for businesses seeking capital and foreign entrepreneurs seeking access to the U.S. Read more>>

Tracy Kawa

I was tremendously successful in co-creating one of the largest solo practitioner orthodontic practices that exist anywhere to this present day. I then became a stay-at-home mom, dabbling in business here & there. Unlike my earlier success, I had met with quite a number of business failures. This inspired my quest to find out what makes a business person successful. Since no two people are alike, yet many people are successful, what are the ways to harness our own unique business DNA in order to create success for ourselves? To find this out, I worked with a scientist and developed The Kawa Assessment, a tool based on six different sciences. Taking only 15 minutes to complete, the tool helps to identify a person’s complete Business DNA. Read more>>

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