Inspired: Jennifer Summerlin & Tahnika Rodriguez

Women Celebrating Women

The word inspire is defined as the act of filling someone with the urge or ability to do something, and here in Chattanooga, we have no shortage of incredible women who motivate those around them day in and day out. Whether they intentionally set out to be a role model or random acts of kindness are simply in their DNA, these women are making the world a better place. Read on to learn more about the individuals who encourage others to be the best version of themselves told by those they inspired most.

Photography by Emily Long


inspired: Jennifer Summerlin  |  inspiration: Tahnika Rodriguez

“She is a friend to all and leaves everyone around her with a feeling of warmth and love.”


Of the many things in life I am most thankful for, my friendship with Tahnika is one of them. We met in Junior League years ago and just clicked. Our friendship continues to strengthen to this day, and I know that I can count on her for anything. This includes a hug, a laugh, support, and even a good dose of honesty when I need it. Our values are very similar, and we can talk to each other to work through life’s challenges, all while being each other’s sounding board.     

Tahnika is an accomplished businesswoman, volunteer, and most importantly, wife and mother. Her family is her everything, and I admire that about her. Tahnika has served on many boards and works with many nonprofits and organizations; she continues to find a balance that allows her to spend valuable time with her family while providing leadership and inspiration to those around her – including me. She is a friend to all and leaves everyone around her with a feeling of warmth and love. I don’t know that you will find anything – or anyone – better. HS

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