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In her teenage years at Paideia School in Druid Hills, Merritt McAlister was the only female lawyer in the Mock Trial Club. “I used to love tearing apart witnesses—I was a little aggressive,” she...
Alexandria Wilson is a voice for her generation. Literally. As a member of VOX Teen Communications, a nonprofit youth development program focused on teen expression, the seventeen-year-old North Atlanta High School junior writes for...
Like father, like daughter. Kathy Schwaig’s dad was a Baptist minister, a skilled orator behind the pulpit but a man who was quiet in everyday life. Schwaig readily admits that she too is a...
If you’ve had a child involved with any Atlanta Ballet dance program over the last twenty years, you’ve been impacted by Sharon Story. The fifty-something former professional ballerina oversees the Ballet’s Centre for Dance...
Dana Spinola’s goal is simple: “I want clients to walk into my stores and say, ‘Wow.’” As CEO and founder of women’s clothing boutique Fab’rik (it’s the phonetic spelling of “fabric” and pronounced the...
Rachel Epps Spears
Rachel Epps Spears has some great stories, but she isn’t at liberty to tell them, thanks to strict confidentiality agreements. As executive director of Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, Spears’s organization helps Georgia-based nonprofits...
The diagnosis was shocking: stage three breast cancer. Cati Stone was thirty-five, healthy, with no family history of breast cancer. As she listened to her treatment plan that fateful day in 2010—Herceptin treatments, sixteen...
Dr. Alpa Patel
If you’ve seen the headlines that “Sitting Is Killing Us,” then you’re familiar with Dr. Alpa Patel’s life’s work.“I had one of the first studies in the U.S. linking sitting time and premature death,”...
Colleen Kiernan is a warrior. In her role as director of the Georgia chapter of the Sierra Club, she battles against power plants, plastic bag manufacturers, and deforestation. Admittedly, her work pulls her in...
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