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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.

Chanel Martin

In 2012, I helped to cofound Techturized Inc. along with four other dynamic women from Georgia Tech. Our company was centered around helping women gain a better understanding of how to care for their hair and to select the best products using science and technology. Read more>>

Keisha Reaves

I not only wanted to help women with their lives but also obtain specialties to assist them during their maternity journey. Being a maternal health advocate and a therapist has enabled me to create my second business, Push Thru, an afterbirth survival kit for moms. Read more>>

Catherine Barson Eastis

My love for food and cooking was a slow-build romance. I was the weird kid who liked broccoli, spinach, and mushrooms growing up. My dad was more of the cook in the family, and the things that man can do with a grill or smoker will have you dreaming of barbeque. Read more>>

Maria Ghassan

Makeup artistry became my passion. Regular customers at the makeup counter started to ask me if I could do their wedding makeup or if I was available to do their makeup for photos, etc., and that’s how my artistry journey began. Read more>>

Shionta Pumphrey

Having grown through many setbacks, struggles of being near homeless and unpleasant encounters throughout my journey; I continue to explore collaborating with myself in order to serve well in collaborating with others from my community to the world. Read more>>

Alicia Igess

I had to build a business and a home at the same time…from scratch. With God’s divine guidance, grace, and provision afforded me more success than I could have asked for or imagined. He can and is willing to do the same for you. Read more>>

Nicola Mitchell

I began my journey almost ten years ago by a dare. I was dared to share my story with the world regardless of how painful and embarrassing it may be. Dared to allow my walk and testimony show face that even though I am not perfect, vulnerable, and insecure. Read more>>

Maria Sarmiento

Maria is inspired by a number of unconventional, contemporary, and abstract artists, including Antoni Gaudi and Santiago Calatrava both from Spain and Henry Moore, sculptor and artist from England. Read more>>

Whitney Mendoza

My husband, Isaac and I started our careers at a local Atlanta radio station. At that time – social media and video components were becoming more popular when it came to marketing a business (especially for public figures/influencers). Radio show clients began personally asking for our services. Read more>>

Jennifer Richards

Looking at some of the chemicals that were in the products sent me on a quest to find a more natural approach to heal her skin condition. Through rigorous research I developed my first product using natural and organic ingredients that immediately began to clear up my daughter’s skin. Read more>>

Zakiya Eshe’, Simone J

The Lash Queens was founded by Simone J and Zakiya Eshe’ early 2017. The Lash Queens have worked in the beauty industry for an accumulated 10+ years. A great deal of our success is owed to the people we’ve surrounded our selves with over the past few years. We’ve been blessed by others with opportunities of education as well as good business practices​. Read more>>

Lois Koepke

In 2006, I started a senior dance team because we had a sponsor who was very interested in this. I loved the idea and we auditioned grandma’s and grandpa’s for the team. The age range was 60-84 years of age. I found I loved working with the senior group. Read more>>

Jessica Amari

I created as a canvas for expressing my style inspiration, beauty and shopping thoughts, along with my love for Christ and how I’m growing daily in His amazing grace. For those who have followed my blogging journey, they know that it’s been simply that, a journey. Read more>>

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