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Trailblazers: Marietta

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

Savanna Brown

Something I always share with people is that I believe the local church held a crown over my head and called me into it. I’ve had the honor of being surrounded by a community that has continually empowered and encouraged me to step into all that God has for my life. The one thing (outside of God and His grace) that has been the game-changer in this crazy story of mine has been COMMUNITY. Read more>>

Summer Chrissiana

I moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2010 and put my public speaking skills back to the test at Sandy Springs Charter Middle by taking interest in the school televised morning news announcements. Through the school announcements, I learned the basics of producing a television show from the roles of a news anchor, meteorologist, editor and assistant to provide the news. Read more>>

Sam Martins

I was able to move through the company and really really find my passion for makeup all over again. I was able to cultivate my craft. I was able to also meet and develop close relationships with all different types of people from different backgrounds and ethnicities. After three years of working at MAC cosmetics, I realized I wanted more from my artistry. Read more>>

Vanessa Nguyen

I learned to prioritize, invest, build my independence, financially support myself, love and appreciate all those around me, to stay positive, recognition to those who wanted to see me succeed, and to stay humble for everything I’ve worked for. I hustle, lol. As you know my business is slowly growing and it will only continue to progress. I’ve learned to take baby steps at a time rather than to jump and miss. Read more>>

Victoria Randle

One of our skilled course offerings was the nurse aide certification program. It took me nearly two years to write the curriculum and complete the paperwork. The process was not easy to navigate at all but I was determined to help another confused “Victoria.” Read more>>

Shannon Dee Walker

I loved writing and modeling and promoting brands and events and setting up events as well as just business in general. I was a model and brand ambassador for many large companies and brands and worked many of their events. This led me to now having a Beauty & Lifestyle Brand called Shandeeny’s of my own which offers several boutiques of products… makeup- VIC dCosmetics. Read more>>

Amanda Banks

I am, foremost, a hand embroidery artist and dabble in making jewelry. My work tends to be colorful. Vibrant. It’s an expression of my thoughts on the fabric. I began making lots of hands stitched patches (still do, just not at the same volume), but lately, I’ve been moving toward work in the hoop/unframed wall hangings/working on garments. Read more>>

Davina (Vee) Thomas and Adrienne (AD) Scott

We have always had very interesting and hilarious conversations. We would discuss things that wouldn’t be deemed as normal, asking deeper questions on topics that are considered taboo. We are both very inquisitive people so coming together was inevitable. Read more>>

Rashai Jones

I am a media correspondent which is an entertainment news reporter and talk show host. My podcast/vlog/brand is Shaibabytv. I am known for being that dope Christian boss chic who is very inspiring and motivational and likes to have fun. My media outlet is different from the rest because it’s a faith-based media outlet, meaning God is head of my brand. Read more>>

Sandra Ofili

I’ve been teaching since 2007 and started my fitness blog Motivating Meltdowns in 2017. Although education has always been the main focus throughout my life, I’ve always felt like I’ve been blessed with the gift to motivate, inspire, and teach which was part of the reason why I started my fitness blog. Read more>>

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