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Trailblazers: Buckhead

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

Chandra Rhyme

At the age of three, I started in dance. It’s what came naturally to me. While in dance, I also divided my time as a gymnast. As I moved up the ranks in both worlds, I had to choose between which of the two, I would invest more time in. So, I went with dance. At school, I would juggle my studies, band, and athletics. Read more>>

Sandy Fernandez

Often referred to as the “Money Angel,” Sandy Fernandez is an Author, Financial Consultant, Clairvoyant, and energetic lightworker. As the President and Founder of Karmic Currency, Sandy teaches “the energy behind business and finance.” For over 20 years, Sandy worked in the Financial Services Industry. With hard work and a talent for intuitive finance, Sandy not only brought success to herself but also to those that sought her services and advice. Read more>>

Yasmina Travaly

It is mostly my cultural narrative that motivated me to start TRAVALY. I was born in Belgium to a Rwandan mother and a Senegalese/Guinean father. I grew up speaking different languages and was culturally in between different places. Hence, I always grew up being the “foreigner” or as they say in French “le cul entre deux chaises”. Read more>>

Lace Larrabee

Confidence in speaking to an audience, learning to harness your story and finding your voice are invaluable life skills. In addition to those skills, finding other like-minded women to become friends with as a busy adult is just really hard sometimes. Laugh Lab is now a family and we all support the hell out of each other. I’ve always felt that a rising tide raises all ships and I love being the captain of this badass boat. Read more>>

Ashley Wallace

Los Angeles native Ashley Wallace – who now calls Atlanta home – is a designer, entrepreneur and owner of House of Wallace at Andrews Square. Opened in December 2017 at the center of Buckhead’s retail district on East Andrews Drive, House of Wallace boasts original designs by owner Ashley Wallace under her eponymous brand. Read more>>

Jasmyne Summers

I’ve been interested in fashion design since I was a child (around eight years old). I remember watching a lot of project runway with my mom and being intrigued with how they would manipulate fabric to turn into masterpieces. I asked my mom to teach me how to hand sew, so she taught me what she knew. Read more>>

Lauriel Cleveland

I’ve always loved to plan events so learning the ins and outs of producing them has brought so much joy and enthusiasm into my life. I decided to expand my career and begin producing events on my own under The Socialite Strategy and I have never been more clear about what my life’s purpose is. Read more>>

Leslie Alison

Leslie is from Birmingham, AL and is a graduate of Auburn University. She has an extensive dance background, from classical ballet to hip hop, leading the Auburn University dance team as Captain, and instructing high school dance teams across the country. Read more>>

Sharletta Hanks

Coffee Pops created by Sharletta in 2016 while watching one of her favorite morning time talk shows, The Wendy Williams Show. This invention came about due to her daily routine that normally involved turning her back to prepare her cup of coffee that became tedious due to the way she uses to make her coffee, as she would miss the most important segment of the show “Hot Topics”. Read more>>

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