Farewell to a Founder, A New Era Awaits


The summer has historically been a time for big changes for The Renaissance Woman. We first started planning the site in the summer of 2014 after two of our editors, Heather and Becca, began talking about the need for an outlet that celebrates women’s stories of all kinds. In the summer of 2015, we got serious about our branding. We re-developed our site and made some major changes to how we present our work.

The tradition of summer changes has continued in 2017. One of our original editors, and the spark behind the idea for Renaissance Woman, will be moving on to pursue another of her life’s passions. Heather Thomas has made the brave and admirable decision to create a restaurant from the ground up with her husband Tyler. The restaurant, called The American, will be located on a downtown street in Bainbridge, Georgia, and we are excited to see all of the updates from Heather and Tyler as the design the space and test out their menu items.

Heather has been an integral and influential member of The Renaissance Woman team, and we will miss her dearly. She has been relentless in her support for this project, and through her hard work, she has managed to consistently create content for our site while going through many life changes over the past few years.


The Renaissance Woman editors take a family portrait during the very first meeting in 2014.

Heather has been a unique asset to our team because she has kept us balanced. Her posts frequently showcased women’s stories that we had not considered and described women’s perspectives that had not been featured on the site. From the beginning, Heather’s motivation to start The Renaissance Woman was inspired by the need for women to disengage from feelings of competition with each other and instead support one another fully and completely, as we are all united in the struggles and triumphs that women face. This kernel of wisdom has always been a guiding compass for our site, and we hope to carry on that legacy after Heather leaves.

As we transition into a new era for The Renaissance Woman, we have decided to take this opportunity to make some major changes to our site. We plan to redesign our image and website, repackage old content so that it is easier to access and we plan to change how we share our content, releasing collaborative packages of stories that all focus on a similar theme once a month instead of individual stories each week.

This transition will likely take us a few weeks to shake out, so we ask you to please bear with us as we move forward. As always, we want you to feel engaged and supported in our community, and we ask you to consider reaching out and sharing your story with us.

Thank you for supporting The Renaissance Woman over the past three years, and we look forward to growing alongside you in the years to come.