Gene Kansas

Gene Kansas is the founder and CEO of Gene Kansas | Commercial Real Estate, where he has spent 23 years protecting, conserving, and caring for Atlanta’s cultural spaces. Gene also founded Constellations, a civic and socially based shared workspace, in 2017. 

Laura Grace Sears

Laura Grace Sears co-founded Mushaboom Studio with her sister, School of Economics graduate Katie Lynn Sears. At Mushaboom Studio, they help businesses create cohesive branding across their websites and marketing. 

1. Why are you passionate about this work?

I co-own Mushaboom Studio with my twin sister, Katie Lynn Sears (ECON 2018). Together, we create unique, cohesive brand visuals that make it easier to market and run your business. KL does brand and web design, and I do photography.

Dréa Lewis

Dréa Lewis is the owner of Dream of Dréa, an Atlanta-based film production company. She also co-owns Génesic Health and Nonprofit, a family business providing in-home care services for older adults and people with disabilities. 

Janat Batra

1. What do you do?

I joined The Row, CNN's editorial oversight team, as an intern in Spring 2022 and transitioned to a full-time researcher position that summer. My responsibilities include managing Row editors' workflows and partnering with them to fact-check and edit TV scripts, digital articles, long-form stories, opinion pieces, audio scripts, and more. It involves heavy cross-department collaboration (especially with the legal and standards team) to review content for editorial accuracy, fairness, and balance.

Jhazzmyn Joiner

1. What do you do?

As part of my job at the Atlanta Regional Commission, I handle social media, newsletters, blogs, etc. I primarily work with aging and workforce departments at my job. I am also a poet.

2. What’s the coolest part of your job?

I enjoy being able to attend and assist with wonderful events, seeing the hard work pay off, and then writing about it. As a poet, the coolest part is connecting with poets all around the world.