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Leading the way to Reduce Breast Cancer Through Awareness & Her Passion, Meet Breast Cancer Survivor & CEO of Susan G. Komen of Greater Atlanta, Cati Stone

Q: What did you think your career path would be after graduation from high school?CS: I went to college on a dance scholarship and had thoughts of being a Choreographer.  Q: What expectations did you have after graduating and receiving your law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law?CS: I was amazed at the opportunities a law degree offers, but I found that litigation, particularly business litigation, was a good fit for me.  Q: What led to yo..

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Baking the Taste of Difference, Meet Callie Biscuits Chef/Owner Carrie Morey

Q: Can you share with our audience when your passion for cooking started?CM: My first memory, or so it is told to me, was at age 5 when my parents were having a party and they put me to bed. Apparently, I got up out of bed and snuck into the kitchen, buttered some saltines, put them on a tray and proceeded to serve them to the guests … cooking and entertaining have always been in my blood.Q: When did you know you wanted to be a Chef?CM: I have always been ..

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Specializing in Sno-Balls, Along with Simply Delicious New Orleans Desserts & Dishes Meet Bourbon Street Ice Co-Founder, Dee Carter

Q: I understand you are from New Orleans … what was it like to grow up in the Big Easy? DC: Growing up in New Orleans was a cultural experience. My mother raised six of us, so she COOKED. Great food was an everyday experience in our entire city. Blue Mondays were red beans and rice with cornbread and candied yams. Fridays are celebrated with seafood everywhere in New Orleans, so you knew you were going to eat gumbo, fried fish and potato salad. We celebrat..

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Inspiring Women to Dream, Learn & to Know They Can Become More! Meet Toni Washington, Fire Chief at Decatur Fire Department

Q: I presume there’s not many female Fire Chief’s in the United States. When the day arrived and you were to be promoted, can you share with us some of your thoughts? TW: There aren’t many female fire Chiefs in the United States. Remembering the day, I was promoted… I was in a meeting and I received the call offering me the job of Fire Chief with the City of Decatur. I felt so many emotions that day. I know I had big shoes to fill and that it was impera..

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A Delectable Café Inspired by Academy Award Winning Film, “Babette’s Feast” Meet Marla Adams, Chef/Restaurateur of Babette’s Cafe

Q: Can you share with our audience when your passion for cooking started?MA: It seems to have begun before I even realized it. I grew up overseas with my father in The State Department. I spent a good amount of time in Istanbul, Turkey. My father’s family was Albanian and Greek. All these countries have a wonderful food culture. I grew up cooking with my Aunt and Grandmother when we were here in the states and can still remember the flavors of the dis..

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A Conversation with Third Generation Owner, Sachiyo Nakato Takahara of Nakato Japanese Restaurant

Q: Can you share with our audience about your passion for the restaurant business? SNT: Passion for “work” started at a very young age for me. I loved being at the restaurant getting attention from the employees as well as being around the hustle and bustle during the dinner rush and getting a Shirley Temple at the end of the shift. Passion for work has been imbedded into my DNA with a grandmother who immigrated with her son and daughter to start with no..

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Capturing Attention, With Determination, Meet WE Suki Suki Chef/Owner, Quynh Trinh

Q: Lets start at the beginning, how old were you when you first stepped into the restaurant business?QT: My family emigrated from South Vietnam in 1975 to Minnesota! It was there that my family started our first food-based business: Banh Baos. Because of the large Vietnamese refugee population which was sponsored by the kind and generous people and churches of Minnesota, my mother, my brothers and I made these Saigon-style dumplings and sold them to loca..

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Serving with Passion Inspired by Her Moms Cooking, Meet Debbie’s Delights Chef & Owner, Susan Harris

Q: Can you share with our audience when your passion for cooking started?SH: I’ve known since I was eight years old … it’s always been passion of mine.Q: When did you know you wanted to be a chef?SH: I was around 18 or 19 when I truly knew that being a chef was the only thing that I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Q: What was your first job? And how did it shape or impact you?SH: My first job was at a skating rink. I remember working the concessions ..

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A Conversation with Entrepreneur Yetunde Jude, Creating Hair Products that are Conversation Worthy!

Q: Share with us the story behind the book you authored titled The Black Hair Revolution?YJ: I started my natural hair journey in college. That was a time when products or knowledge for natural hair were not easily accessible. So, we, women with natural hair, would stop each other on the streets and ask questions. At the time it seemed that more and more women were stopping me and asking me what to me was basic information about natural hair care. It wa..

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Representing the Citizens of District 10 as an Established Community Leader, Meet Atlanta City Councilmember, Andrea L. Boone

Q: What advice do you have for young women who want to pursue a career in politics?AB: Get involved. Make your voice heard. Whether it is at a neighborhood meeting, a zoning board hearing, a school board meeting, volunteering for a candidate or organization that is advocating for an issue you care about, join in. You will meet people who inspire you and from whom you can learn. You will gain knowledge and experience. And don’t ever compromise your integrit..

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From Her Grandmothers Kitchen to Creating an Oasis for Dining, Chai Yo Modern Thai, Executive Chef & Owner, DeeDee Niyomkul

At Chai Yo Modern Thai, award-winning Chef/Owner DeeDee Niyomkul constructs imaginative classical Thai dishes using modern techniques which carry the breath and soul of Thailand in every bite. Niyomkul’s menu is carefully focused on delivering an inventive interplay of Thai flavors and textures, guiding the diner on a culinary exploration of provincial Thai dishes.Q: Can you share with our audience when your passion for cooking started?DDN: I think the fir..

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Believing in Her Dream & Herself, Meet Niesha Butler, Basketball Player, Actress & CEO of ScrapSports

Q: How old were you when you developed an interest in Basketball?NB: I was 9 years old.  My dad taught me.Q: You put up some amazing numbers in your high-school days … do you still hold records for points scored?NB: Yes, I do still hold the record for NYC men and women. (the men’s #1 changed though since I broke it, not Kenny Anderson anymore). Q: Tell us where life took you after you graduated from high school.NB: LOL A lot of places.  I lived overseas wh..

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Empowering Strength for Potential to Meet Opportunity, Kari Love, CEO of The Atlanta’s Women Foundation

Q: Can you share with our audience what “The Atlanta Women’s Foundation” is about along with your duties as CEO?KL: The Atlanta Women’s Foundation (AWF) is the only public foundation in Georgia dedicated solely to women and girls, AWF’s mission is to be a catalyst for change in the lives of women and girls. We strive to ensure that all women and girls in metro Atlanta live safe, economically self-sufficient, successful lives.The Atlanta Women's Foundation ..

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Just Because, You Can’t Control What Life Throws at You, Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Control How to Handle it, Meet Jill Heineck, Cancer Survivor & Associate Broker, Realtor of Heineck & Company / Keller Williams Realty

Q: Can you share with us what made you decide to have a career in Real Estate? JH: I really fell into it, which sounds so funny to say. 18 months before the 1996 Olympics, the market was on fire, and some of our friends were investing in real estate, flipping, and making a killing. Both of us still working in our day jobs, decided that we would give it a try. Suffice it to say, it was a very expensive learning experience that led me to become an advisor to..

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Creating Digital Experiences that Connect with People, Meet Kelli F. Kelley, CEO of Kelley Brand Communications

Q: Can you share with us what made you decide to have a career in Digital Marketing? KK: I started my career in traditional public relations about 15 years ago, so long before we had social media or really a lot of digital marketing going on. About 6 years ago, I noticed my PR clients were asking more and more about Facebook and if that was something that we could handle for them as well. I then started doing heavy research on how to use social media platf..

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Leading One of the Most Successful Chambers in the Nation, Meet Sharon Mason, President/CEO of Cobb Chamber of Commerce

Q: When you graduated from High School, where did you think your career path would take you?SM: I always knew I would be significantly involved with people and in some area in the community where I could make a major impact … but I did not know at this time more specifics. Q: What was your first job? And how did it shape or impact you?SM: My first job was at Special Times Gift Shop in Snellville, Georgia when I was 15. I was terrible at wrapping gifts, so ..

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