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Trailblazers: Sandy Springs

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

Bobbie Smith

Before this makeup career, my world was discombobulated. I was depressed, filled with anxiety, and struggled daily to cope with life. To catch you up to speed, between 2007 and 2010, my husband and I were trying to conceive. We had a total of six failed pregnancies back to back. Four miscarriages, my daughter, a stillborn, who I carried for nine months and at the very end, I lost her. Then lastly, an ectopic. Read more>>

Candice Bradley

My journey as an artist started as a little girl in California, whenever I was old enough to pick up a pencil. I think that’s where a lot of my creativity began. All my curiosities, all the things I wanted to explore, I did with my sketchbook. A few years later, The Little Mermaid would come out and that’s when I knew I wanted to be an animator. And a singer. Read more>>

Tahiirah Habibi

Where I grew up, there was not a huge wine culture so I wasn’t introduced to it until I got to college. I was involved with a lot of leadership positions at Penn State including becoming homecoming queen. I had to attend many events with university leadership and that is where I learned how to use wine as a social tool. More importantly, though, I saw how people respected the whole wine thing and it was intriguing to me. Read more>>

Nwando Anwah

In true fashion, I started out as a biomedical science major in the College of Science and Mathematics, and really enjoyed it at first, however that did not last long. Although my college experience was a great one, it definitely came with its challenges. Read more>>

Barbara Joseph

I started writing and coaching seriously back in 2016 when I was living in Virginia, but I felt the need to take a break because I didn’t think I was ready. I had a lot of information to share but I didn’t feel like I was qualified at that time to do so. Read more>>

Aami Raval and Julia Roberts

Starting a digital marketing agency seemed like a natural course to take. It allowed us to use the skills we had gained over the past few years and learn how to work with clients directly. We are big fans of outer space, so we decided to name our company Callisto, after one of Jupiter’s moons. Read more>>

Colette Bennett

I wanted to be a writer since I was nine years old, but I had no idea how to make it happen. College wasn’t financially possible for me, so I didn’t begin to pursue my dream until I was almost 30. I assumed without an education I wouldn’t be taken seriously as a writer. Read more>>

Jessica Korthuis

My journey is a bit of a crazy one! So, I suppose I’ll start with relatively recent events. About seven years ago, I was working for a corporate fashion brand in Public Relations – it was everything to me. I had always wanted to work in fashion and through a ton of hard work and grit, I landed this amazing role. Read more>>

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