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Sheila Pree Bright Fine Art Photographer
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Sheila Pree Bright-Kelli SasserQiana Martin-Shara HughesAdriane Randolph-Charlene Bastien
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How would you describe what you do for a living? As a photo-based artist, I use the medium of photography to express a wide-range view of contemporary culture, while challenging perceptions of identity. My experiences as a â€œmilitary bratâ€? impacted my approach to photography as seen in my works Girls, Grillz and Dolls, Suburbia, and Young Americans.
How many of your career/business decisions are based on know how vs. intuition? Wisdom and knowledge should be the stability of our time and I feel that my career decisions based on know-how and intuition has been rooted in wisdom and knowledge.
What do you consider some of the major highlights of your career thus far? In 2006, I received national recognition by winning the Center Prize (formally known as the Santa Fe Prize) for the series Suburbia. This award was nomination only but since then my career has been nonstop with exhibitions and funding by way of curators who have been watching my career since the Center Prize award. One of my most ambitious projects to date is the Young Americans series which was underwritten by a grant from the Aetna Foundation and premiered as a solo exhibition at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta in May 2008 and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in September.
Sheila Pree Bright, Photo Credit: Atlanta Journal Constitution
2 Sandler Hudson Gallery October 2012 A new series which will be announced in the summer
Sheila Pree Bright
Young Americans NOW Campaign Project October 2012 Shiela is currently working on a Young Americans NOW Campaign and the concept is to expand the Young Americans series beyond art galleries and museums, creating a presence for the common public, which can progress as a model for public school curriculums and ibooks......stay tuned!!
What do you consider some of the major highlights of your career thus far? My inspiration comes from observation of culture and human nature.
How do you balance family and work life? Communication is the key in any healthy relationship. You have to listen and be observant!
What is the philosophy or spiritual mantra you live by? Speak the TRUTH.
What would you tell your younger self if you knew then what you know now? I would tell my younger self to be patient and understand it takes discipline and focus to accomplish anything you want to do in life.
W2W CONNECT SHIELA PREE BRIGHT Bright’s Photo from Plastic Bodies Series, 2004
Check out Sheila Pree Bright’s work at the following museums:
(w) www.sheilapreebright.com (t) @sheimages #women2watchatl
Figgs Museum of Art Davenport, Iowa September 8 - Nov 3, 2012 Girls and Dolls Atlanta Celebrate Photography Arnika Dawkins Gallery Atlanta, GA October 2012 Ladies First which features Girls, Grillz and Dolls
Kelli Sasser Founder/Director of Operations One Hundred Days How would you describe what you do for a living? We are a global 501 (c) 3 nonprofit based in Atlanta however, dedicated to building restoration in the country of Rwanda. We felt “compelled by Christ” to help the people of Rwanda rebuild their lives. During the Rwandan genocide in 1994, nearly one million people were killed in one hundred days – nearly 20 percent of the country’s population.
How many of your career/business decisions are based on know how vs. intuition? I would say 85% of what we do is based on our intuition – this has truly been a calling and it chose us. We are a group of friends committed to helping our friends who happen to live in Rwanda and have been impacted by the devastating genocide. The government and military both supported the genocide, and the small African nation was left in shambles. Out of every 10 children in Rwanda, one will not reach his or her fifth birthday. Half of HIV/AIDS patients receive no treatment. Medications to treat easily solved [illnesses] are not available. Children are dying from preventable diseases. We’re building the first dedicated pediatric facility in Rwanda and several surrounding countries. In the U.S., we’re helping connect resources and skills of people in our
W2W| Book1 community with needs in the Rwandan community. We do have skilled and knowledgeable board members that help keep us compliant!
What do you consider some of the major highlights of your career thus far? Great question – there have been so many great highlights over the course of the five years we’ve been working to build the hospital; from the many visits to Rwanda and the hundreds of thousands of dollars that have been raised to the international media coverage on CNN. But it’s the people that learn of the story and feel compelled to give back in the way of volunteering, donating, purchasing jewelry we sell for the Rwandan women and sharing the story that are one of the biggest highlights.
Where do you find the inspiration for the work that you do?
3 of the dust, He makes beautiful things out of us!” 3) White Flag – Chris Tomlin/Passion 2012. 4) “Dry Bones” by Gungor – there are many more. God speaks to me in songs and He gives me different ones all the time. Check out what’s next for One Hundred Days: UGA is organizing a One Hundred Days Chapter on campus that is promising to inspire the next generation for philanthropic causes and to help raise money for our efforts in Rwanda. Little Pink Book has recognized One Hundred Days organization as their sole beneficiary for their upcoming “Spring into Ownership” event that will take place in Atlanta on May 30th One Hundred Days Virtual Global Golf Fundraising Event - June 2012
We are a Christian organization, so we often say we are ‘compelled by Christ’ to do the work we are doing. It’s a calling.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? To put my trust in God. I realized a long time ago that I can’t do this work alone, the calling is bigger and the means is bigger than I am. This mindset sets me free and gives me meaning, purpose and heart. When someone touches something bigger than themselves, goes above and beyond the call of duty and with purpose, that’s success.
Complete this sentence. Women should stop doing ____ and start doing ___________ Women should stop complaining about what they don’t have and start being grateful for what they do have and build on that. I think gratitude is the doorway to so many good things. Women need to look for ways to be grateful and they will find it. A great way to go forward in hope, joy and expectations!
If your life came with a soundtrack, what would be the top three songs? 1) Hallelujah Chorus from Handels Messiah 2) Gungor “Beautiful Things” – this song is really an inspiration right now. Part of the chorus says, “God makes beautiful things out
W2W CONNECT KELLI SASSER (w) www.OneHundredDays.org (t) @1HundredDays #women2watchatl
Qiana Martin Founder-Eat Soccer
How would you describe what you do for a living? I am an international athlete, soccer ambassador and entrepreneur.
How many of your career/business decisions are based on know how vs. intuition? I utilize intuition in all of my business/career decisions. Imagination is the starting point for all of my endeavors. My intuition guides me to the people, experiences and knowledge, which are necessary for me to accomplish the things that I intend. The end result is equal to or greater than I envisioned.
What do you consider some of the major highlights of your career thus far? It has been amazing to be a recipient of the British Airways Face of Opportunity Award, a speaker at TEDxGreenville and a Fila Spokesmodel. However, I must say the most rewarding aspects of my career have been the experiences that I have had teaching the sport of soccer to youth players and playing with so many wonderful fellow athletes in Portugal, Colombia and Brazil.
Where do you find inspiration for the work that you do? I love to learn, and my exploration of a wide variety of interests always leads me to interesting tidbits that I can incorporate into the work that I do.
How do you balance family and work life? My family and friends are such an integral part of my life that they ensure that I do not have tunnel vision when it comes to my work.
How do you measure success? To keep a balanced approach on success, I actually track all of my actions, encounters and experiences that are related to my goals. It allows me to see from year to year how much I am truly moving forward in my individual goals and global advocacy for the sport of soccer.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? My grandfather quite frequently has said that “success is an overnight stopping place on the way to greater success.”
W2W| Book1 Whatâ€™s next for Qiana? Internationally acclaimed creator and publisher, PQ Blackwell will be sharing portions of my international soccer journey with the world as a part of its new promotion for their tailored made MILK (Moments of Inspiration, Laughter and Kinship) Books , starting on April 1 2012. To learn more, visit MILK Books or Facebook at www.facebook.com/milkbooks.
Qiana Martin with the 2010 Bermuda Professional Soccer Team W2W CONNECT QIANA MARTIN (w) www.qianamartin.com (w) www.eatsoccer.net (t) @qianarana
Shara Hughes Painter/Curator/Social Arts Organizer
4 I've created my own alphabet of language that is noticeable as my personal style.
How many of your career/business decisions are based on know how vs. intuition? Great question-Being an artist is tricky because you have to know how to tune into yourself so accurately that there is nothing else that matters. At other times, you have to be able to step back and be the viewer. Then you have to think about which decisions are based on what you know, or what you feel and how it can come across correctly in a way that others can pick up on. The ability to match technique and know how is extremely important to have in your tool bag so that you can be able to easily trust your intuition. When you know you can make something, you have to trust your know how enough to let intuition guide it the right way. I'd say it's 50/50 but on a sliding scale depending on what the piece calls for.
What do you consider some of the major highlights of your career thus far?
I make paintings first and foremost. I'm also a curator, a social arts organizer and a supporter of the arts. I'm a participator. The paintings I make are based loosely on interiors and my personal experiences. There are links to other artists in art history through color, symbolism, and technique. However,
Show up, and step up. Show up in your studio. Show up at other peoples events. Show up and step up to your life. To me it means to not be lazy. Show up and activate your life. Success doesn't come from it being handed to you.
How do you measure success? My own success is not based on winning, or being first, or best. Success is when you can look at yourself and say you've done everything possible that you could do in a certain situation. Knowing you've worked honestly to the best of your abilities is success.
What would you tell your younger self if you knew then what you know now? I think I would tell my younger self that change is there for a reason. The hardest things you go through are sometimes the most important lessons to learn. Want more Shara? Check this outâ€Ś
Being in the Saatchi Collection, showing internationally, curating my first 18 artist show in NYC, attending Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture have been some major highlights of my career.
I'm preparing for my next big solo show in NYC opening in September. I hope to develop my studio visit group SEEK ATL into something more, and I'd like to have this website I started called art-arc hiver become more well known for artists to utilize.
Where do you find inspiration for the work that you do?
Painting by Shara Hughes
I look at artists all the time that are always inspiring me. I could think I've learned about one artist like Matisse, then re-visit him 2 years later and find him to be onto something completely different, or see something completely different than I had seen before. My ultimate inspiration comes from within myself, however. The work I make is based on my personal life but stretches to reach many things beyond just myself. When I want to start a painting, I look within. It's all there.
How would you describe what you do for a living?
What is the philosophy or spiritual mantra you live by?
W2W CONNECT SHARA HUGHES www.sharahughes.com www.art-archiver.com SEEK ATL on Facebook
What do you consider some of the major highlights of your career thus far?
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How would you describe what you do for a living? I am a business professor and director of a leading-edge research lab. I am doing what I would be doing if I stopped getting paid and from which I never plan to retire. I conduct research that helps individuals in need control computers using just their thoughts through brain-computer interfaces and teach our next leaders about how information systems can help give them a competitive advantage.
How many of your career/business decisions are based on know how vs. intuition? You have to be prepared to meet opportunities when presented, but then you have to stop and take a “gut check” to confirm you are on the right path. That gut check may be a prayer or a conversation with my husband or trusted friend, but it is a necessary step and should be a part of every decision.
Being nominated and invited to present my research as a featured speaker at TEDxPeachtree last year. A good friend believed in me and submitted my name. Fortunately, I was ready for the opportunity to present at one of the biggest and most widely publicized forums in my career todate. Also, mentoring undergraduate students to go on to rewarding graduate school work. For example, an undergraduate research assistant became a graduate research assistant with my lab and now she is being honored as the outstanding Masters Student in Information Systems at KSU for 2011-12. Further, as a featured recipient of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 Award I have been able to participate in forums to help shape our area and contribute st to organizations such as the 21 Century Leaders Program that helps foster leadership in high school students from across Georgia.
Where do you find inspiration for the work that you do? Fortunately, I find continued validation each day at home when I look around at my family and my very blessed life. When things fall into place the way they have/are, I know I am doing the right thing.
How do you balance family and work life? There is no such thing as “balance” between these two things. They are constantly intertwined and that is okay with me and should be okay with the people with whom I closely work. I have chosen to prioritize my family over work and with that prioritization it keeps what I do at work in perspective and helps me to retain a calm center when I am there. Overall, I just put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward. Sometimes I pause to get in a good cry, but that is a moment, that is it, and I
have learned that that is okay too. I do not want anyone to diminish that moment or tell me not to have it; it is what I need at that time and does not make me weaker for having had it. In fact, I could not be a strong woman without those moments; they are cleansing.
you can’t get it all done. So honestly, prioritize what is important to you. For me nothing comes before my daughter. Then I make everything work around her.
What is the philosophy or spiritual mantra you live by? Manage my expectations when I am not in control. I have learned I can only control my behavior. That’s it. So I can only expect 100 percent from me.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? Take pre-marital classes no matter how in love or in sync you are with your potential mate. During a pre-marital class, I learned the true definition of “love”. It is not a feeling and it is not something you see in movies. Love is a decision and one that you choose to make (or not) each and every day. Inevitably, your “dreamy” mate is going to get on your nerves or not conform to what you want, but you must choose in those moments to understand that it is just a moment and decide to come back to center and remember all of the reasons why you said “yes” in the first place.
If your life came with a soundtrack, what would be the top three songs? I love this question. Here are three songs for the three pillars in my life (God, family, and dance):India Arie – God is Real (for my spirituality) and The Truth (for my husband) LMFAO – Party Rock (for my perpetual love to move and dance) Love Adriane? See what she’s doing next… Submitting her packet for tenure and promotion at KSU. Potty training her son. Securing donors and grant funding to expand her research lab and secure permanent space in the midst of departmental restructuring and moves. W2W CONNECT ADRIANE RANDOLPH (w) http://www.adrianerandolph.com or (w) http://coles.kennesaw.edu/brainlab/ (t) @AdrianeRandolph #women2watchatl
How do you measure success? It is not by the journey of others but of your own goals set by you that defines success. I set goals for myself and when I accomplish them, I am successful.
Charlene Bastien Global Marketing & Sales Director-Strength of Nature Global How would you describe what you do for a living?
What would you tell your younger self if you knew then what you know now? Oh wow... Learn some patience and to not be afraid to be great and shine. What’s next for Charlene?… The Natural Hair World Show Beautiful Textures Curl Action Lounge The launch of African Pride Shea Miracle
I work in an ever evolving industry that constantly allows women to redefine themselves if they choose to.
A host of product creations that will take the curly girl to the next level in styling and precision… Stay tuned!!
How many of your career/business decisions are based on know how vs. intuition?
W2W CONNECT CHARLENE BASTIEN
It is the know how that gives you the confidence to rely on your, what I like to call, your gut, to make career decisions that take your career to the next level.
What do you consider some of the major highlights of your career thus far? The branding of African Pride’s “My Pride My Way”, which celebrated the evolution of ethnic women no longer being monolithic when it comes to beauty, was a major highlight. We are all so beautiful and unique. It was exciting to see women empowered.
How do you balance family and work life? Wow… that takes time. No woman should feel pressured by not being balanced. It takes a moment to truly get this part right. I say let go of the guilt, realize you’re human, and
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