The heart of our mission at VoyageATL is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Atlanta’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out College Park’s rising stars below.
I am a 22-year Corporate Technology veteran whose career began with the Gas Company here in Atlanta just before natural gas deregulated. I began as an Office Assistant and moved lattice style into mission-critical senior leadership roles within organizations and across industries such as SunTrust Banks, CapGemini, Accenture, Cox and healthcare giants such as Morehouse School of Medicine, Piedmont and Grady. I leveraged my corporate knowledge gained over the years to start my own business in Drug Testing and Waived Laboratory Testing. Drug Testing was chosen due to the oldest son’s murder, which was drug and gang violence related. Nearly two years into the business, I became acquainted with Candace Holyfield, a Social Media Marketing Disruptor and Business Credit Guru. Working with Candace, I was able to establish a consulting arm that has assisted more than 300 Entrepreneurs in establishing their own Drug Test Centers, Clia Waived Clinical Laboratories and/or Transportation Administration businesses. Read more>>
I started my clothing brand in 2017. I was on my computer just messing with custom ink, just putting the word ambition on the shirts in different colors. The crazy thing is that first, it was called ambitionclothing because I am very inspired by Hustle & Motivation. So first, I went out and got six shirts just to see how they look and see people’s reactions, I was getting good feedback but I didn’t know the business part at the time I was thinking, “I’m going to make more, sell out and get rich”. Well, that’s not how it ended up going. I started giving them away, losing some it was a lot but I wasn’t in the right mindset about the brand because I didn’t know the business part at first at the time. I was thinking money and It doesn’t work like that so I did my research for about a year or two and wrote down a lot almost every day I was learning something new so in 2019, that’s when I started to change up a lot of things. My brand was still called ambitionclothing. I needed an LLC for ambitionclothing. I found out that ambitionclothing was already a brand. Read more>>
Savvy Tax Solutions was created in 2013 in my home with family and friends as my clients. The company has continued to grow with the opening of the first physical office in Jonesboro, GA in 2019 for the 2020 tax season. I’ve built an amazing team where we provide tax preparation, bookkeeping, and business consulting services in the office as well as virtually. Needless to say, the ongoing pandemic has afforded us the opportunity to re-evaluate business operations so that we can provide well-rounded services to our clients while preserving their health. As a result, the Be Your Own Tax Preparer online course was born to provide an additional option for those who would rather stay home and stay in control of their confidential information. The course launches this January. Read more>>
I have always had the urgency to help people that are in need since I was a little girl. I came from a really poor and underprivileged upbringing and those experiences taught me to never overlook the overlooked. I have given homeless people the shoes off of my feet literally! That’s how passionate I am about this cause. Everything that I do is to help other people, from being a mom to running a nonprofit to being a first responder, it all resorts back to one thing and that is helping the people that need it. I have always been a cheerful giver because I know what it is like to struggle and go without. I came up with the idea of starting a nonprofit in 2018 but I didn’t really know where to start, so for that entire year, I just did a lot of research and started visualizing what group of people that I wanted to have the most impact on. In 2019 I officially became a recognized 501(c)3 Domestic Nonprofit in the state of GA. As of today, I have done several things to give back to the community that I live in, from neighborhood cleanings, feeding the homeless. Read more>>
As a child, my mom would take me shopping on her payday. I remember being so excited on a Saturday morning riding the bus to shop in downtown Columbus, GA. She made sure that I was dressed nice and clean. As I got older, I would be in department stores shopping there would be people asking my opinion about clothing that they selected. After being as my opinion about wardrobe styling, I decided to open my own business. About 11 years ago, I started a business (Thatz U Accessories & Gifts, LLC) selling accessories (jewelry, handbags, and eyewear). I traveled all over the United States selling my accessories. Since my passion is with clothing, I added a clothing line to my business. Also, I started to offer personal shopping, image consulting, and wardrobe styling. Read more>>
I’ve always been captivated by stories and the power of storytelling since my youth. I knew that my mission in life is to share stories that will uplift, encourage, and inspire communities across the globe. The day after my 43rd birthday, I found myself in a HORRIBLE mood because I was upset with myself for not executing my purpose of storytelling because I was so confused on how and where to begin. That evening, while I was sleeping, I had a dream about me finding my purpose and rebranding my passion. I felt like God was giving me a sign after a day filled in turmoil. In all honesty, God was revealing things to me while I slept. In the vision, I started speaking different titles. Of those titles, I remember two: “Freely Speaking” and “Permission to Speak, Freely.” After reciting Permission to Speak, Freely, I started thinking about women who are often mistreated, mocked for being a victim of abuse, and, of course, women whose murders swiftly fade away and never receive justice. Read more>>
My passion for performing and the arts began as little as I can remember. From age four, I have been taking dance classes and impatiently anticipating the annual recitals… Even from that age, I knew that performing was in my bones. By age seven, I was singing and songwriting in my room while referring to Taylor Swift’s first autobiography for creative process tips. At eleven, I began guitar and vocal lessons as well as competitive dance. I was eating, sleeping and breathing the arts even then and well, nothing’s changed. In middle school, I used the spring musicals as an excuse to get on a stage and in high school, I was performing in “Illusion” – an annual pop concert that showcased ten student singers and 20 student band members. Illusion was my confirmation that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It was then that I began gigging solo – just me, my guitar and I – around town and then I was supported by a band. After gigging through my four years of high school, I went to college, where I am now in my senior year at Belmont University in Nashville. Read more>>