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Inspiring Stories from East Atlanta

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 East Atlanta’s rising stars below.

Tara Pesta

I started as a fashion merchandising major at West Virginia University. From there moved from various retail jobs that then lead me to owning my own boutique in Oregon. I decided to close my store and move to the wholesale side of things and worked for a showroom for about 8 years prior to opening Outpost with Ashley Doty, my longtime friend and business partner. Things have really truly fallen pretty much into place… there are always struggles and learning new ways to work and to keep on top of everything that is always on the to do list. Read more>>

Sherri Horton

I grew up admiring architects and builders. My father was a craftsman and could build a house from the ground up. My college years led me to another field and I received a Master’s degree in an unrelated subject but my passion drove me back to construction. I started a concrete construction business and have been living my dream ever since. Working in a male dominated industry has its challenges. I started my construction company and people immediately questioned what role I played in the business. I was mislabeled as a secretary or assistant on many occasions. Read more>>

Angie Rowe

Art has always been something that I have been passionate about, but it wasn’t something that I had considered possible as a career. I attended Hunter College in New York and after I graduated I started my career as a pre-school and elementary school teacher. I found that I absolutely loved teaching arts and crafts to my students. That was the spark that fueled my fire to begin my journey as an artist. One day, I came across the book “Handcrafted Cards – From Elegant to Whimsical” and I was hooked. Read more>>

Robert Watson

21st Century Leaders was founded by a group of business executives who wanted to get their companies engaged with schools and talented youth that were in need of opportunities to reach their full potential for college and career. It soon became clear that there were a lot of youth all across Georgia with extraordinary potential but also a clear lack of opportunities for those same youth to develop that potential for themselves, their schools, their communities and their future places of work. They hired me as Executive Director to lead the effort to develop programs and reach out to additional businesses. The group incorporated in 1989 in Atlanta, and launched its first summer leadership institute program in 1991 with 31 students from 9 high schools. Read more>>

Dr. Gayle Smith Daniels

Having left home at an early age, the decision to start a ministry did not happen overnight. Ever since I can remember, I’ve struggled most of my childhood and adult life with low self-esteem as a result of past hurts and pains. I carried around the “Not Enough Syndrome….” Not good enough, Not smart enough, Not educated enough, Not pretty enough, etc.” Yet, I constantly felt a calling and tugging at my heart to impact the lives of those who looked like me…. people who struggled in life. The closest population that mirrored me most were the homeless. I had a sense of how they felt…. feelings of abandonment, constant transition, low self-worth, lack of control, instability, stress, and anxiety at its fullest. I recall being at my lowest state of mind during times I really did not have a place to call home. Read more>>

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