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Inspiration from Sandy Springs

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 rising stars from in and around Sandy Springs below.

Shaniell Carter

Since a young child, I have always been creative and proactive. My mom would keep me very busy with different projects, arts & crafts, academic games, and things of that nature. I always loved the idea of making my own money, and it was evident that I was going to be a real CEO one day. I remember selling Kool-Aid in foam cups at six years old to my neighbors and to people that lived in the neighborhood. When I was in 9th grade, my mom lost our home that she had invested a lot of money and time into. We were forced to move, she lost her job and we fell into hardship. I would sell different snacks at school to my peers to keep money in my pocket and to help my mom out with small things like gas money. Before things got better, I had to stay with my older cousin for a little while, I remember having to catch the public bus to school every day from Highland Park, Michigan, all the way to Harper Woods, Michigan, which is about a 45-minute commute. Read more>>

Alicia Morris

I started my business Pretty N Pink Bundles about five years ago but with school and then being a mom and trying to fix myself from a broken relationship, being homeless, I let things go on the back burner. But in March of 2020, I decided enough was enough. I quit my job and decided I was only going to focus on school, my two children and my business and I couldn’t have been more blessed to do so. Read more>>

Mya Douglas

Growing up in North Philadelphia, I always had a desire to help people because I came from a family of givers and I saw what serving looked like firsthand. Naturally, I thought going to school for Pre-Med (Temple University) was the path God wanted me to take because I could solve the desire to help people and be in a field that was secure. Three years into college and I switched my major to Journalism. My creative side was telling me to follow my heart while my upbringing was telling me to follow structure and guarantee. Fifteen years later and I have a plethora of experiences under my belt that made me realize following my heart and God’s voice offered more guarantees than any “straight path” could have. I’ve taught English in South Korea, I’ve lived & worked in Hollywood, I’ve written thirteen books, I have two degrees – and I could’ve never gotten those experiences by staying stuck in the box of my childhood narrative. It was enough in Philadelphia to just graduate from high school and survive the city. Read more>>

Alexis Woodroffe

As many of us entrepreneurs can attest, growing up “without” gives you a drive that is unmatched. Once you have a child of your own, that drive grows exponentially. Even with drive, we all have to start somewhere; for me, it was entering corporate America at the age of 21. I knew that opting out of finishing my four-year degree would come with obstacles. With that being said, I focusing on securing jobs that would give me the building blocks needed to be successful as an entrepreneur. I was not sure what business I wanted to start at the age of 21, but I knew through these experiences, I would be prepared when the time came. On my journey through corporate America, I found my love for logistics, supply chain, and trucking. I would go to work every day, and every day would be different – a new challenge. I loved that! After seeing the growth potential in the industry, I knew it was for me. Read more>>

Julia Thorne

I began my journey in nursing in 2004 at Florida Hospital East Orlando, where I was a Medical/Surgical/Telemetry RN for six years while completing my Nursing Education Masters and my NP education at the University of Central Florida. My husband and two children relocated to Georgia in 2010, where I worked as a Family NP for two years before discovering Integrated Healthcare. I worked in an office that offered integrated services, including physical therapy, chiropractic, and regenerative therapies for six years. During this time, I not only became a national trainer for regenerative injection therapy but also attained my Legal Nurse Consulting certificate from the University of Georgia and started my very own compliance consulting company. My goal was to fully educate healthcare providers on how to maximize safety and compliance in the workplace while delivering exceptional patient results. All of these paths eventually led me to the wonderful world of aesthetic medicine, where regenerative therapies and amazing patient results come together in a harmonious symphony. Read more>>

Megan Hollis

Always moving to the beat of my own drum, I never liked to follow the rules but more so of making my own. Born and raised in Braceville/Warren, Ohio, I always had a passion for hair. I remember sitting in church (First Baptist Church Braceville) and instead of paying attention, I would examine the church member’s hair styles and think what I would of done differently if I was their hairstylist. It wasn’t until 2014 in hair school (Raphael’s Beauty Culture Inc) where I fell in love with bundles and different extensions. So why not turn it into a business, because I knew standing behind a chair wasn’t something I saw myself doing for 30+ years. I wanted something where I could sleep, be on vacation and money, is still coming in. It was a win-win situation for me. Read more>>

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