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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.

Asha Hall

I knew I had to find a way to pursue my love for fashion, but at the same time support myself. I moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2000 and attended Bauder College. It was there that I received my Associate of Arts in Fashion Design and participated in several fashion shows around the city. Read more>>

Tia Truthteller

If you’re marriage-minded, resist the temptation to just sit back, focus on your career, and think this will sort itself out if it’s meant to be. A cultural change is occurring around us, and I don’t think simply waiting will help things fall into place. You’re much more likely to find the right person when you date intentionally and do so regardless of where your career is and what your age is. Read more>>>

Tommasina Marlow Lash

I danced in my teens and had always used physical activity as a way of dealing with my emotions. I returned to physical activity whenever I would be in remission. But, as soon as I would have a flare up from the disease, I would be left without the tool of physical activity to cope with my anxieties and feelings. It was a frustrating rollercoaster. Read more>>

Bekki Shae Smith

Because of my own passion for customer service and real estate from my family, I love that I have been given this enormous responsibility to lead a group of realtors to build their own businesses while assisting Alpharetta and the surrounding areas to make wise choices about where they live and who they allow helping them purchase or sell that home. Read more>>

Megan Wallach

My passion for photography stems from a place in me that loves to tell the story of peoples’ lives. I moved around a lot as a kid, an army brat. Colorado, Texas, Germany, back to Colorado, Georgia… and I felt that I could always connect the dots, no matter what, if I took photos. Read more>>

Carolyn C Lowe

As a Visual Artist, Fashion Designer, and Model. I’d say my start of this journey happened during my childhood. I’d say I was in about the fifth or sixth grade when I discovered the talents I now use in my adulthood. Of course, back then I was well unaware that those very interests during my childhood would carry me this far into my creative career. Read more>>

Allison Dubovsky

My husband and I are the proud parents of three children and two Australian Labradoodles. While “Mom” is my most rewarding title, I’m also known to many as “Coach Allison.” I am proud and honored to have taught over a thousand children in Sandy Springs and the surrounding areas life-saving swim skills over the past ten plus years. Read more>>

Hannah Ruth Evans

I knew I had a passion for working with my hands while making others feel more confident, so when I heard that Aveda has a training institute close to my home town in Ohio, I signed up for both esthiology and cosmetology with the desire to learn as much as I could about the industry. Read more>>

Kadilsha Cain

The Harvest Celebration dates back to a beautiful summer night in August of 2012. The year that forever changed the trajectory of my life. I was exhausted and ready to give up. I was in a rut financially, professionally and romantically— and to boot, my car (the one thing required to live a peaceable life in Atlanta) had broken down more times than I could remember. Read more>>

Courtney Lavette

Atlanta is the media Mecca right now, so there are tons of insanely talented people that you’re “up against” daily, but the one piece of advice I could give young women is to find your niche. What do you like? What makes you happy? It can be easy to fall into trying to be someone you admire or maybe aspire to be, but being authentically you will always allow you to win. Read more>>

Annisa LiMara

I begin my career as a fashion designer and artist with a swimwear and art exhibit after receiving my Bachelors of Art at Tougaloo College. That following year, after being natural for 7 years, I had a bad haircut that turned into a “big chop”. Little did I know that would be the start of my career in the natural hair and beauty industry as a YouTuber and “influencer”. I started documenting my growth and my curls literally grew as my social following did. Read more>>

Knyra Ratcliff

With faith and without fear, I entrusted the man above to direct my steps and lead me into my purpose, my calling, and what I believe is my passion–creating. Sometimes, all you need is that ‘gut feeling’ without the detail of what it is, but just that feeling of knowing that God has something in store for you and only you. Read more>>

Weslyn Bezila

Early in 2016, I learned that a new indoor cycling franchise was coming to Dunwoody. I decided that this was my opportunity to become an instructor. I had never taught fitness before… never taught period. But I figured that my competitive drive, adaptable nature. and resilient spirit would be a good fit for the job. Seems I was right! Read more>>

Nikhila Anchala

“Do you want to be in Medicine or Fashion?” The question was asked by one of my professors during my last semester of medical school. To which I replied “I hope to pursue both one day doc!” Unlike the typical South Asian parents, mine never wanted me to go in the medical field. It was purely my choice. Read more>>

LaSundra “Sunny” Davis

My interest in photography piqued in 2016 after attending a photo walk with members of Crew Thick Atl (@crewthickatl), an Atlanta-based photography group of creatives. I was taking pictures with an iPhone at the time. Their encouragement to just shoot and willingness to answer my many questions stoked the fire that was beginning to burn. Read more>>

Lisa Rambert

You can even ask them to help train you. Untraditional resources are unlimited! Find a way. Don’t beat yourself up about not having a strong technical background. Get out of your head when you are in dance classes. Remember you are you’re the biggest competition. Lastly, practice, practice, practice every opportunity you get. Read more>>

Jessica Szabo

I’ve found that the key to balancing work and mom life is finding what you love and applying that into your career. Happy work life equals happy mom life! You will have no choice but to be successful if you believe in and are passionate about it your work. Read more>>

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