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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.

Lisa Tilt

I wear a lot of hats now, and I love every one of them. I’m in charge of my firm’s brand and business direction, chief counselor to our clients, and constant seeker of extraordinary team members and new business partners. I’m also a wife and mother, and love that my daughters see me as a strong role model for women in business. Read more>>

Elizabeth Thompson

I have taught myself (and have learned a GREAT DEAL from others) what it means to be a social media influencer. At this point, it feels like I have only just scratched the surface; yet I am determined and ascribe to the philosophy to “do what you love, and the money will follow…” Read more>>

Mari Suggs

I discovered the book The Secret, after having a meltdown at my 9-5. I awakened to the fact that I had control of my life, by controlling my thoughts. I began on a journey of personal growth that led me to believe in myself and to help others. By doing so, I became an International bestselling author with my self-help book #Believe Dammit: Read more>>

Brooke Henze

I am often asked why I started Swell Forever. It really comes down to a love of babies and helping other people. I always LOVED babies, and I was out collecting canned goods door to door with my little red wagon from a very young age. Read more>>

Anna Stromquist

Spending adequate time with my patients, in their own homes, helps them make more functional progress in their goals, and gets them to the place they want to be faster with greater support. Read more>>

Tywanda Richardson

Tywanda L. Richardson, a woman of many facets, is a U.S. Navy Veteran, accomplished Program Analyst for the Federal Government, oldest of five siblings and entrepreneur. A native of Pensacola, Florida, Tywanda joined the U.S. Navy at the tender age of seventeen immediately following high school and honorably served six and a half years. Tywanda proceeded to receive a B.A. in Sociology and later a Master’s in Public Health. In 2007, while completing her Sociology degree from Georgia State University, she received a vision of her developing her own fragrance line. Read more>>

Ann-Marie Appiah

When I was 22, my gynecologist found a lump as large as a boiled peanut in my left breast. I got a mammogram, an ultrasound, and a biopsy. The radiologist deemed that the lump was benign and non-cancerous. As the year went on, I started to feel pain in my left breast. I went back to the gynecologist, and they told me that since I was so young that I should not worry about it. Sometimes, the pain would be so bad, that I would have to leave work and go home and rest. I finally got a second opinion, and that gynecologist actually felt an additional lump in the same breast. Read more>>

Chrissy McCluskey

I started my “babe cave” (a spare room in my home) to escape a house full of boys (three boys 14, 13, and 3).
At heart, I am a conversationalist. I love pouring a glass of wine, eating some good food and simply talking. I am always fascinated when I find out something new about someone I have known for a long time. I enjoy conversations that dig beneath the surface. In everyday life, we talk about our kids, husbands, & our careers but even if my friends and I are eating at a restaurant, we’ll spend far too much time staring at our phones than we will in meaningful conversation. Read more>>

Charity Evaughn

Charity E. Lewis, professionally known as Charity Evaughn, is a music producer/DJ from Houston, TX. She attended Ross Shaw Sterling High on the south side, walking the same halls as the legendary gospel singer, Yolanda Adams, and Prairie View A&M University walking the same halls as DJ Premier. Charity picked up a copy of FL Studio and began to flirt with music production. Upon graduation from PVAMU, she joined the workforce, eventually becoming a Texas State Parole Officer. Read more>>

Crystal Perkins

In 2017, Crystal obeyed GOD by stepping out on FAITH and relocating to Atlanta, GA. GOD then gave Crystal a new assignment to build GOD and GOALS, a global ministry with the mission of bringing GOD and FAITH into the marketplace. During this season of growth, Crystal decided to expand her apparel brand, Faithful Chics Boutique into a FAITH Empire called GOD and GOALS. The GOD and GOALS storefront is currently located in Perimeter Mall, which is the second largest mall in Atlanta. Read more>>

Jamie Lee Hollis

I came into this world in a minute town in Northern Wisconsin, smack on the border of Upper Michigan. Spending hours upon hours as a kid wandering through the tundra that was my backyard, I welcomed the solitude, the peace, the ultimate freedom to just be myself. Read More>>


Growing up I always dreamed about being a model and actress. Originally from a small town in south Alabama, there is not much opportunity to do that so I focused on finding ways to pursue my dream. I was scouted by a photographer and referred to an agency in Atlanta when I was 16. We drove up and met with the agency director and went from there. Read more>>

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