Inspired: Julie Fleming Barringer & Joy Sedman Brown

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 Rich Smith


inspired: Julie Fleming Barringer  |  inspiration: Joy Sedman Brown


“Joy has a quiet strength that never wavers, and she shares her life lessons with confidence and hope.”


Joy and I met over 20 years ago as our daughters began middle school together at Girls Preparatory School. We quickly realized we had a lot in common: We shared a love of sunshine, pools, the ocean, and live music. But most important to us both were faith, family, and friends. I am so thankful our daughters brought us together.

Joy has been my confidante, trusted advisor, and a true friend. She has always made time for me even while holding strong through her own personal family challenges. She is a survivor, strong and brave like a warrior – with an added dose of brains and heart.

During seasons of transition, loss, and heartbreak in my life, she has been a source of strength, wisdom, love, and laughter. Joy has a quiet strength that never wavers, and she shares her life lessons with confidence and hope.

Friends are a gift who support you, who love you, and who join you in the trenches of life. When life is messy, they are there to help you clean up. Friends listen and remember.

Everyone needs “Joy” in their life, and I am so thankful that I have mine.

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