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Trailblazers: Southern Atlanta

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.

Mary Alice Poole

That’s what I want to tell women — the grace is in the self-care you deserve. If I could turn back the clock to my twenty-something self, I would definitely have given myself more self-care. We don’t think about these life-giving things when we are young. I am 43 now, by the way. Read more>>

Chrissandra Jallah

I knew I wanted to be a lawyer when I was a teenager. Almost everything I have done with my life up to this point has revolved around that dream. Growing up, my education was of the utmost importance to my family. Read more>>

Indiga Bragg

I would consider myself a tomboy, I loved to be outside with the kids just being a kid with no worries. I never worried about what I was wearing but with the mother I have, she forever had me in the best clothing and my hair did, I was always fly and I say that in the humblest way ever. Read more>>

Nichelle Janae

In the beginning of my career as a professional dancer, I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do with my talent. I just knew I wanted to inspire the people around me, especially children. Now, I teach hip-hop dance classes to kids at Westside Atlanta Charter and summer camps through Parker-Anderson Enrichment Program. Read more>>

LaCrystal Fulgeon

The toughest being the latter. You’re excited about this new opportunity and venture, and you expect that everyone you know will be as well and that everyone will rally around you. It didn’t happen like that initially for me. I’m not even talking about financial support. Read more>>

Kelly Young-Silva

My goal for the past two decades has been to help others see the value of Performing Arts. I opened Words In Motion Acting Studio in 2012 after two years of teaching at varies studios and locations. I wanted people to understand the benefits of the Performing Arts. Learning this art can help advance every area of your life. Read more>>

Makeda McCray

After moving back to Atlanta in 2015, I was ready to start my new career as a territory manager for an infamous confectionary company. I was bright eyed and bushy tailed and simply excited to be back in the city I’d grown to love. Read more>>

Courtney Taylor

Being immersed in the world of childcare, along with my own interests in literacy, introduced me to the world of being an educator. Since then, as a Middle School teacher with over 15 years of experience, I have been invested in ensuring that I can provide children with opportunity and exposure to as many aspects of college and career readiness as possible. Read more>>

Lauren Atwater

I’ve wanted to practice law (aside from the brief moment in my childhood when I halfheartedly thought I’d be a Hollywood actress). My goal has always been to help others–especially children– and I felt that being an attorney would allow me the best opportunity to advocate for children within my community. Read more>>

Stephanie Brown

Through working with Maurice Small, I realized there was so much more I wanted to do in the garden. As we expand, I am sharing my love for gardening with our community. I have witness children, adults, and elders connect with each other which is a beautiful thing. There are so many life lessons to learn in a garden. Read more>>

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