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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.

Alicia Arnold

I’ve always been a great writer. It’s a hobby I abandoned way too soon before realizing it was a unique skill of mine. Once I discovered the beauty of solo travel (due to failed attempts at planning travel with others), there was only one way I felt I could share my adventures with the masses… WRITING. Read more>>

Mimi Kuang

I took a series of intense bridal makeup and hair courses. I was lucky to find an opportunity to work directly with a wedding studio in Atlanta. Since then, I’ve done hundreds of styling sessions for friends, family, bridesmaids, brides, and models. These experiences made it clear that bridal makeup and hair was my calling. Read more>>

Deonna Janone

I could CHOOSE to flip what the culture around me perceived as obstacles into meaningful and rewarding work. I see so many artists making the same choice with differing circumstances, and it never ceases to encourage my heart that those decisions are the small hinges upon which a rewarding lifelong career turn. Read more>>

Angela Behnken

Back home in Atlanta, I set out to prove myself at a new job. Because I was so focused, it took me about a year to shake off the fog and pressure of a new role and to look in the metaphorical mirror and ask if I really wanted to chase promotions the rest of my life. (Admittedly, I am driven and competitive, so that motivation won’t 100% go away. Read more>>

Donna Hawkins

Along the way, I became a wife, a mother, a divorcee, and an overweight, depressed heart attack “survivor.” I am now a grandmother, a powerful influencer of self, honoring my femininity, health and passion for musical creativity and expression as the Musical Director, co-writer and background vocalist for 3D The Boss – a Health & Fitness Pop group based in Sandy Springs, GA. Read more>>

Brahmikha Anchala

Who I am today has a lot to do with my family, my parents always thought outside the box. My Father was always an adventure seeker. He recently traveled in a train from Chicago to San Francisco because he wanted the experience. I have strong female figures in my life as well, my sister is an MD and a Fashion Designer. Read more>>

Tameika Cheek

Education and a successful career have always been important to me. I studied Psychology in undergrad at North Carolina A & T State University, class of 08′ and Clinical Psychology at Argosy University class of 2010, here in Atlanta. I’ve been practicing as a licensed therapist in Atlanta, GA for the past 10 years. Read more>>


I’ve always loved getting spa treatments but when I started seeing significant changes I knew I wanted to invest or even own one; one day. Fast forward a few years later and here I am owning my very own Medical Spa located in Dunwoody, GA. We have been opened for three years and yes, ABSOLUTELY we offer PRP Facials along with many other services. Read more>>

Alison Cargo

A dear friend saw something in me that could help others and make money. While helping her pack for a temporary move, she asked if I would be willing to unpack and organize her new house for a fee. I shrugged it off a few times before her husband told me she’s going to hire someone why, not you. Read more>>

Cindy Wilson

I am proud that my story can contribute to the realization that it’s ok for people to be who they are & like what they like despite the limitations that society likes to quite often place on us. As I mentioned before, my story is unique but the relatability of my story is not. Read more>>

Kristine Jaime

My plan was after I finished cosmetology school that I would return back to college. I received my cosmetology license and returned back to college, but as I was sitting in class a month into attending, I noticed I wasn’t as focused as I hoped. So, I decided to focus all my time in the hair industry and I haven’t looked back. Read more>>

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