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Trailblazers: Midtown

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

Tyler Kay Whitley

Pursuing my dreams full-time has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. Being an actor has challenged me in many ways- creatively, spiritually, financially, & emotionally. I have grown to learn that I am definitely a lot stronger than I ever thought. Read more>>

Ms Dime

My soaps are specialized for people who have sensitive skin or suffer from eczema or acne. We use goat’s milk in our soaps to give the skin a soft silk feeling and with our products, it replenishes the natural oils in the skin, so your skin isn’t feeling dry once you get out of the shower. Read more>>

Maite Nazario

I want people to look at my art and feel empathy towards each other. Because of my passion for art, I have discovered that in the future I would like to educate myself as much as possible to be able to be informed about social activism through art. Read more>>

Laura Williams

Being the oldest sibling out of three girls, I grew up always knowing how to do hair. However, I never imagined this would be my future career. After graduating from high school, I attended the amazing Albany State University to pursue a career in physical therapy. Read more>>

Chioma Akaolisa

My advice for young women starting their journey would be to not rush it. Really take time and love the process! When you rush, you take for granted those times of struggle. You take for granted those times of inconsistency. Read more>>

Precious Anyaoha

I created my own YouTube channel – White Coat Chronicles. I started it as a way to document my journey through med school, as well as show what an authentic medical school experience is like, and provide advice to upcoming students. Read more>>

Donyetta Allen

I began my fitness journey years ago after having my first child in December 2006. It started off as a way to lose the weight I gained during a high-risk pregnancy but ended up becoming something that allowed me much greater rewards than just losing weight physically. Read more>>

Emily Pearse

I’ve wanted to act since I was little. Growing up, I actually read a lot of fantasy fiction novels. I love a good story and the connection one can make you feel to those around you. As I got older, delving into other mediums of storytelling, I fell in love with theater. Read more>>

Jasmine Sargent

My journey hasn’t been easy esp not having friends or family when moving to a bigger city, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. From being in my car to living in Smyrna now and having my own mobile massage therapy business while working with a chiropractor. Journey has been worth wild. Read more>>

Julie Diaz

Film and music were the two things that interested me most from a young age. Combining Disney as the cornerstone of every 90’s childhood and my dad’s love of having music of all genres constantly playing; my brain was instantly wired for some sort of “artsy” career path. Read more>

Dorie Josma

As my journey continued with God, it was clear that God wanted me to share with others some of the things I had learned from Him and encourage others to give Him a try. Our world is plagued by hatred, chaos, and misery and these things have resulted in most of us living unfulfilled lives. Read more>>

Lindsey Sizemore

Developing a support system along the way was imperative and it ultimately, allowed me to meet all of my goals through their accountability and motivation. My mentors had relatable lived experience which was constant evidence that I could in fact make it. Read more>>


I’ve always enjoyed painting but as I matured, I didn’t always have the chance to. So, my art journey began during a very transitional phase. I was a recent college grad in between jobs and rediscovered free time. I wanted to paint again and the more I did, things would fall in place. Read more>>

Sara Wollerson

I am an artist and hair stylist originally from metro Atlanta! I started doing hair at a very young age. Cutting Barbie doll’s hair and slapping Manic Panic on random sections of my own sun-kissed hair. My mom was the first to say I would be a stylist. Read more>>

Emily Leskey

I built a network of fellow actors, models, photographers, makeup artists, dancers, designers, and local business owners. We actively look out for each other and support each other’s causes. A friend from my acting class had gotten signed with an agency and told me to go their curve open call for models. Read more>>

Christina Kanu

As an African American Studies Scholar, I understand the importance of Black Owned Businesses and that is why I wanted to start my own. It can be a lot being a Mom, CEO, working a 9-5 job and maintaining a social life but I wouldn’t change my path for anything. Read more>>

Beth Keener

Working for a number of clients from Italy to California. This also leads me to start my own show, The Local Lense, with my buddy and phenomenal cohost, Greer Howard. We’ve interviewed, Denzel Washington, Steve Carrell, Tyler Perry, Dwight Howard, Tony Gonzalez, Simon Helberg, John Driskoll Hopkins, Norman Reedus… to name a few. Read more>>

Ashley Gowdy

After a few nudges from close friends and my fiance, I started SharaeSpeaks. I chose Sharae which is my middle name by the way, because I feel like she has a different ring to her name. I have been enjoying this new journey and growing day by day. If you are looking for a Relationship Development Strategist, then you have the right person. Read more>>

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