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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.

Morgan Auten Smith

I grew up wanting to be an artist but was always told that I wouldn’t never earn a living as one. Because of this I started college with the intent to become an english teacher. While there I realized I hated it all except the reading portion so I changed my mind and studied art education. Read more>>

Cyrene Tankard

My name is Cyrene Tankard, I am 24 years old. I was born in Detroit, raised in Tennessee. My parents are pastors, but my dad’s recognition comes from founding Yolanda Adams and gospel jazz, and my mom from her entrepreneurial success. Read more>>

Kayla “KK” Bonner

I originally began college at the Illustrious Bennett College in North Carolina & that’s where everything began. I had originally fell in love with makeup and the idea of it creating totally new identities after the Makeover was complete. Read more>>

Margaret Phiri

I discovered early on in my life that I do not like math. So it made zero sense for me to work as a financial specialist. Experiencing migraines first thing in the morning after pulling into your workplace parking lot was the confirmation I needed that this was not going to be my life. Read more>>

Leandra West

I was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina as the youngest of 5. My career originally started in the fashion world when I obtained my Associates Degree in Fashion Merchandising from Johnson & Wales University! Although I loved working in retail I always felt like something was missing. Read more>>

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