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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.

Susan Stone

Nectar and Pine Mercantile was born from a desire to furnish my new construction home with unique lighting, accessories and home decor. While curating interesting pieces for my own project, I became obsessed with wanting to share with others the unique pieces I was able to source. Read more>>

Chelsie Butler

I started writing short stories when I was a little girl living in Nigeria with my mother. When it was time to choose a major in college, a family member deemed it obvious that I was a writer, so I chose journalism. I graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Florida and have been using it ever since. Read more>>

Janet Perez

I grew up in a middle-class family. My mother was a single mom worked two jobs, days and nights to make ends meet. I quickly learned the value of money at a young age, my mother taught me to look at money with respect and learned what the power of living within our means meant. As many Latino families, we had no formal financial education. Read more>>

Kristine Cooke

I’m originally from New York City but grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta. I attended UGA (Go Dawgs!) and ended up finding my passion in events by majoring in Fashion Merchandising. After graduation, I moved straight to Manhattan where I worked in several facets of the fashion industry. By chance, I had the opportunity to help coordinate the last several months of a wedding and I fell head over heels in love with it all. Read more>>

Sherri Richards

My story began in Toledo, Ohio at the age of five. My grandmother discovered my drawings on the wall behind the sofa. I was not punished but given coloring books, crayons, and art lessons at The Toledo Museum of Art. This was my initial start to becoming an artist. Read more>>

DeJiana Reeves

I was always the creative friend. I come from a family of creative women & I knew being a creator was my path to follow. My creative passion started with the desire to be a fashion designer, to wanting to be a creative director, to showing slight interest in photography. Read more>>

Lydia Eku

As a young one, I knew a few things: I wanted to be a child actor, go to the Olympics, and I loved everything about music. FAST FORWARD – I surpassed the age of child performing but stuck with it (stay tuned). I didn’t quite train like I needed to in order to participate in the Olympics, but I’m still a passionate sports lover. Read more>>

Chynna Dee

I’m a Journalist and Radio Personality from the City of Brotherly Love Philadelphia. I studied mass communications and journalism at the University of Phoenix, where I received my Bachelor’s degree and Certification in journalism. In October 2014, I created Entertainment Blog SIPCHYTEA. Read more>>

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