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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.

Erin Meason

I have a very photographic and vivid memory, so often when I am asked to describe something or tell a story, I go into great detail, remembering every little part of the journey. My mom always jokes that I could tell a story for an entire evening, and despite being interrupted, I’ll pick right back up where I left off. Read more>>

Hikari Kobayashi

I am and what I want my artwork to stand for. Since those two factors fluctuate and change through my experience, I find that have a flexible mindset and understanding attitude has allowed the thought process to go proceed in a more smooth fashion. Advice I would have for others would be that it is alright to struggle with figuring out your goals, artwork, or art style. Read more>>

Jennifer Guynn

I went on a silent retreat to help discern what I should do and I came away with a deep sense that I was a good connector person. Two weeks later, a friend talked with me about starting a nonprofit. The initial concept was different from what we ended up creating. But now, I have the wonderful opportunity to connect thousands of kids and families with age-appropriate service projects throughout Metro Atlanta. Read more>>

Megan Stambaugh

I decided to shift my focus and start making everything work FOR me instead of AGAINST me. I obtained my 200-hour yoga teacher training and started immersing myself fully and completely into this world of yoga and health and wellness. For the past year, I’ve been teaching 8-10 hours/week and have been present for the games, the school parties, and the play dates. Read more>>

Erica Elle Miller

Through elementary school and high school, I was very active. I was Captain of the track team, on the newspaper staff, academic decathlon, and on the dance team. I always had this unexplainable drive and I exemplified leadership. I was President of her 8th grade class and Vice-President of her high school class. Read more>>

Lily Nguyen

When I’m not planning events and marketing campaigns, I explore my love for acting and traveling. As well as update my friends and family on my life through my blog, The Lily Update. I like to say I’m a woman of many passions, but I can condense it down to me having the passion to connect and engage people in life to have exhilarating experiences. Read more>>

Millie Baggett

I wanted to be in the beauty industry for as long as I can remember. I just never thought I could make a living at it so off to college I went… then esthetics school, then makeup school in LA…. still not satisfied. My parents had had enough of my “goals” so I had to do it on my own. I apprenticed under my hairdresser for a year, but I kept hearing about a colorist at another salon who was supposed to be great. Read more>>

Kiara Wyche

After thinking on it really hard about business ideas, I remembered when my husband bought me a gift certificate to a spa one Valentine’s Day. It was my very first facial experience and needless to say I was completely underwhelmed. My face was clean but the experience wasn’t worth the money. I felt out of my element and I felt like just another number. Read more>>

Carly Vause

I ALWAYS had one with me. If I’m being honest though, I never had this lifelong dream to be a photographer. I always thought I’d be a Psychiatrist actually. It really wasn’t until I started having children that fire was sparked in me. I became obsessed with documenting everything. Every detail, every first, every single hair on their head. Soon after my third child was born, my husband surprised me with my very first DSLR camera – I once again became obsessed. Read more>

Keri Richardson

I’d certainly rather be hanging with friends for the summer, but she was adamant about me seeing the world and not just hearing about it. She always made sure that I had experiences to enrich me and make me feel confident, no matter the environment. So, my mom is the reason I’m even remotely interesting or successful today. Read more>>

Kikelomo Dadetola

My parents gave me the chance of a lifetime and supported that dream of mine. I ended up slacking off and only applying to one school. The Savannah College of Art and Design. After being accepted, I actually intended on majoring in ceramics but that quickly changed once I saw the Fashion Lab. The sewing machines, the mannequins, the irons, they all intrigued me in a way that I couldn’t ignore. Read more>>

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