Socially Savvy: 9 badass Dayton women you NEED to know

Badass . A quick Google search defined this everyday nomenclature as "a formidably impressive person." I think I use this word on a daily basis, if not hourly, so needless to say I know its true passion and feeling.

I have recently been seeing so many amazing things done by some pretty badass Dayton women and I thought there should be some sort of list to house all of these badass women. (See? It has only been about thirty seconds, and already I've made you say badass four times in your head.)

With that said, I would like to present to you Socially Savvy's inaugural "9 badass Dayton women you NEED to know" for 2017.


  • Female
  • Doing badass things in our community

Known as the Queen of Clash, Mary Kathryn Burnside, aka MK Burnside aka Gypsy Queen, is our next badass. As owner of Clash located in the Oregon District on 5th Street, Mary's true passion is art and helping artists getting their work out to the masses. Mary has acted as that conduit to many artists to give them a platform to speak from visually. Oh, and Mary's image was also used for the artwork of Warped Wing's Gypsy Queen!

Is there a badass out there that can whip your butt into shape? Why yes, yes there is. Lauren Poteat's core focus is to focus on your core! She believes in an active lifestyle that blends healthy dieting with a targeted personal training regimen. Lauren is a trainer/group fitness instructor certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, a TRX Suspension Trainer and trains many Daytonians out of her personal workout facility.

This badass is a puuuuuuuurfect for this list. Sabrina was one of the main starters of the Gem City Catfe. Wanting to get a bit more hands-on, she switched career paths and now is the General Manger for Pet Wants Dayton, where she does community development, marketing, and manages their charity donations and special events. Speaking of special events, did I mention she is the Special Events Coordinator for Mike's Bike Park? So when you adopt a puppy and ride a bike, be sure to think about Sabrina.


I have had the pleasure of meeting this badass and have seen firsthand what she has done for our community. Soteria is the Public Relations Officer at the Dayton Foundation, where she coordinates media coverage for the foundation, maintains their online presence while monitoring trends, and creates amazing video content for them as well. Soteria is also the liaison for the foundation's African-American Community Fund. Outside of work, she sits on the board for PRSA Dayton and is a huge advocate for HBCUs.  She is also a most recent 40 Under Forty winner - Class of 2017!

WINNERS - Awards are being made up in the next couple of weeks and will be delivering them to you shortly!

Honorable Mention

Wynie loves bee-boppin around the Oregon District, chewing on her stuffed lambchop and is an avid leaf collector. Originally from Chillicothe and recently relocated to downtown Dayton in the Oregon District, Wynie loves giving a million kisses and actin' a fool.

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