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Trailblazers: Norcross

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

Krista (Kohlhausen) deKryger

I have threatened to start my own business for many years and have taken classes and enrolled in training dating back to 2002 in order to do so. It was about time to get things moving! I am the daughter of two successful entrepreneurs, so I feel it is in my DNA. Read more>>

Renée Hicks

I fell in love with reading! Fast forward to the fall of 2017; I decided that I wanted to take my reading a step further and read more books by authors of color. I created what I thought would be a simple little Facebook group/virtual book club that would bring together a few like-minded readers. Read more>>

Lauren Amick

Creativity has always been in my blood, and I am happy that I have found the outlet and passion that I have been looking for. I like that photography is something that I will never master. I will always want to grow, explorer, and re-inspire myself over and over. Read more>>

Darleen Liao Rodriguez

There’s something about making things with your hands. I recently got into macrame, and when I’m in the zone with my hands tying all sorts of knots, it just feels very rhythmic, and I feel it helps me unwind and de-stress from the day. Read more>>

Jazzmyne Wages

I have always viewed myself as more of an optimist, but it wasn’t until mid-February of 2014 that I attempted to take being actively positive, more seriously. At that time in my life, I was a few months away from graduation, so naturally, I was experiencing levels of fear, as well as excitement for the future. I discovered the #100HappyDaysChallenge by Dmitry Golubnichy on social media and decided to give it a try. Essentially, the challenge is for you to realize and/or discover things, big or small, that makes you happy each day. Read more>>

Andrea Brown

I started doing hair when I was in high school. Although I loved it, I spent a few years in college pursuing several different degrees I thought I wanted. Then finally after taking some time off, I went back to school to pursue my cosmetology license. Read more>>

Chelsey Holifield

I developed a real passion for makeup as it was always in my home; my mother is a true diva and has always worn makeup. I have always loved doing my own makeup and I was good at it. I didn’t consider doing makeup professionally until my third year of college. Read more>>

Angel Diaz

I never saw myself doing anything else that didn’t involved fashion. My passion for jewelry started at a young age. My mom and i love going to yard sale to find hidden treasure. We come across a sweet lady that had so many unique jewelry piece. Read More>>

Melissa “MLuV” Wallace

My story starts with words. I love them I always have. I believe the gift of expression through writing saved my sanity and life. I was awakened to the magic of words thru the famed poet, Dr. Maya Angelou. I came home from school and declared at age 11 that I was going to be a writer. Read more>>

Michelle Lynch

I dressed women around the world with Clinton Kelly of ‘What Not To Wear’ and later became the head stylist and fashion producer for The Georgia Bridal Tour which travels around the southeast showing the latest bridal gowns and tuxes of the season. Read more>>

Jessica Nunan

Based on my volunteer experiences and personal experiences, I realized that teen dating violence prevention was a cause that I wanted to be involved with. Through college and graduate school I realized that I wanted to do work on a community level versus an individual level. Read more>>

Claire Black

I started beauty school back in 2010, was about 90% done when my daughter was born in 2012, so I put it all on hold for a few years, then was son was born late 2013, but I went back, graduated and got my license and finally started doing what I love! Read more>>

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