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 Southern Atlanta that we hope you will check out, follow and support.
I am the founder of Atlanta SMART Academy, proposed tuition-free art infused middle school in SW Atlanta. We plan to open in Fall of 2020 with 5th and 6th grade then grow a grade level each year. We will serve all students in Georgia and instill in them confidence and competence through creativity, compassion, and collaboration. Read more>>
I started working at Saks Fifth Avenue (Phipps Plaza) as a merchandiser part-time and in between I helped the store with the fashion shows they had. I enjoyed this so much! I also networked with others in the store landed another part-time job working at a showroom at America Mart. Read more>>
Once my attention and clothing purchases shifted to a more slow and recycled fashion, each buy felt a bit more fulfilling and personal. One of my loves is talking about fashion and its evolution. I decided to take what knowledge I had accumulated and turn it into a blog. My goal was not to berate people but to open a dialogue and create a community. Read more>>
I thought to myself, what am I doing with my life, what if I am next, what will I do? That’s when I began to take “discovering my passion” more serious. I’ve always been into clothes, hair, and makeup. My appearance has always been important to me and at that moment, something just clicked and it all began to make sense. Read more>>
I am A Mortgage Branch Manager. I got here by the grace of God. I am totally doing the opposite of what I went to school for but exactly what I should be doing. Back in the day, I have no idea what a Home Loan or Mortgage was. I was never schooled in the importance of Homeownership until one boring weekend in Atlanta’s AUC (Atlanta University Center). There was a job fair and I decided what the heck its senior year and time for me to find a job. I handed out resume after resume after resume. Read more>>
When my mother used to braid and style my hair, I would ask her to teach me. I finally caught on and continued to practice.I started doing my friend’s hair and even worked at a braiding shop at a very young age. Working in a braiding shop was a wonderful experience because it helped me realize how much I had a love and passion for hair. Read more>>
It all started in my sisters kitchen. She was the one who taught me how to bake. I instantly fell in love with it. Once I moved to Atlanta, I used to bake certain desserts for potlucks and friend gatherings, I started to get so many compliments. I knew I wanted to start a bakery, but it wasn’t until I came to Atlanta that it came into fruition. In 2016, I decided to make my dream a reality by starting Spotlyte Delights. Read more>>
I studied the Meisner method of acting both at UNCSA and Columbus State University (and a third time here in Atlanta at Get Scene Studios). And it was in school that I saw myself and other women scrambling over each other for scraps, as far as well-written roles for women were concerned. I saw the politics of the acting world and decided to take my fate into my own hands. Read more>>
I started my business “Kimspiration Fitness” in February this year. My goal is to make fitness accessible and realistic for all women. I created programs that are attainable and affordable. My hope is that people can come to my social media page and leave inspired. They will be inspired to workout, inspired to eat better, and inspired to take that first step. Read more>>
I have always had a passion for helping others. I grew up with both of my parents. I have always been an individual that others flock to in order to discuss challenges they may experience. I went to school to receive my Associate Degree in Psychology and my Bachelor Degree in Sociology. Read more>>
Ashanti Bell & Charissee McKee
In 2017, we officially launched our first business Sustainably In Style, also known as SIS for short where we sold gently used, second-hand clothing in an online boutique storefront. We did that for about a year and decided that we wanted to re-evaluate our business, and after going through a mentorship program with our mentor, Natasha Hall,. Read more>>
I’m the “FLY Diva.” FLY is not just a title that can be crown by just any woman. FLY is a title that I’ve earned throughout my life journey. “FLY” stands for Fearlessly Loving Yourself means every woman of the world. I would love to share my story. Read more>>