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Member Spo Each month ASC features four members doing big things in Atlanta! Why did you join the ASC? I joined ASC because I genuinely like meeting new people and making new friends. I also love seeing people find and reach their passions in life, so I network a lot and try to connect people when the time is right. ASC is a great balance of networking, friendship, community service and health, and I feel like it’s helped me meet women from diverse backgrounds who I wouldn’t have otherwise found. Aly Merritt Aly Merritt is currently a product manager at SalesLoft, a SaaS company in Buckhead. This is her fifth or sixth career since making the initially alluring but ultimately ill-fated choice of “newspaper journalism” for her first job (she’s also been a graphic designer, marketing director, client success manager and support team lead, to name a few). The biggest things she’s learned so far are that she vastly prefers startup culture to the corporate world, and that she loves helping connect people when their wants and needs intersect. She also really enjoys living in Atlanta, which combines the best of big city life and small Southern towns. Aly and her husband, Alex (who is an attorney and therefore very aggravating to argue with) live in Midtown just so they can get out of the house and walk somewhere when it snows 2 inches and shuts down the city for a week. (She says this has saved their marriage more than once in the eight years they’ve lived in Atlanta.) As a former copy editor, Aly is unable to reconcile herself to the Oxford comma, because that is not AP Style. She is cheerfully aware of how dorky that is, but feels she makes up for it with mimosa brunches on trendy patios. She is always excited to meet new friends for drinks, appetizers or desserts (she likes all of those, too), and works daily to build a network of strong women in business and tech in Atlanta. Favorite place in Atlanta? I love the BeltLine, and the way that it’s connecting multiple neighborhoods in Atlanta with walkable routes. Now that Ponce City Market has opened, the BeltLine is truly starting to reach its potential, and it makes me happy that so many people who wouldn’t normally be outside walking are finding healthy, ecologically responsible ways to get from Point A to Point B. If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be? Hang out on the beach with friends and family. There’s just something about everyone being able to relax and enjoy each others’ company at the same time that makes those moments really precious to me. What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done? I drove a NASCAR stock car 160 mph for eight minutes around the track at Talladega Superspeedway. I even passed another car! It was simultaneously the most terrifying and most exhilarating thing I’ve ever done. If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be? A week is tricky, since I’ve never been and it may only be worth a few days, but I’d have to say Venice. I have an art history minor from undergrad, and the artwork and sculpture from and about Venice absolutely captivated me. Plus, the city itself is actually sinking, so it won’t be around forever. I’d love to see the palazzos and gondolas, with enough time to truly take in the sights and enjoy it. Reveal | Summer 2016 22