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Adrienne Whitehead, Atlanta, GA
It's hard to believe that it's only been a year since your wonderful daughter, Molly, introduced us by phone, and we began talking about your desire to provide a platform by which women of all walks of life, of all ages, and of various ethnic backgrounds can share their experiences. You may recall my first question (really to myself): Is there a difference between "who I am" and "who I am NOW?" … to which you responded: "Life never quite turns out as we thought it would, and that's an important lesson..." What has amazed me about the TrailBlazers podcasts is that even though I'm an African American woman, now enjoying my own version of retirement, I find that I can relate to, and (even at this stage of my life) have learned from, each of the featured TrailBlazers, especially their different approaches to problem-solving and challenges. Thanks for giving us this invaluable platform.
Unabyrd Wadhams, Baltimore, MD
As a long time housing official with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a woman who matriculated through diverse and challenging landscapes, I am incredibly thankful for the Community Trailblazers podcast and highly recommend it to others.
Eileen S. Lenson, MSW, ACSW, BCC, Irvine, CA
This website is clean and easy on the eye, heavily laden with excellent content yet easy to navigate. While Trailblazers Impact would be a good resource at any point in our lives, it is especially valuable during these challenging times. The pandemic has resulted in many of us slowing down, being more introspective, and pushing the reset button on our values and priorities. Trailblazers Impact isn't just a good and timely read. Nan McKay's interviews of women who have experienced challenging events provide a tool that helps empower us in achieving our own personal goals.
Jason Lee, San Diego, CA
What a treat to listen to Mr. Ink! Thank you, Nan, for letting Mr. Ink tell his story. What other format would take the time to let him roll out his story at his pace? This was a great glimpse of how government and politics were run. It’s also a reminder that integrity and a belief in doing the right thing is timeless. It shows that what we think are unique issues that only impact us today are just different versions of fights others have fought. Mr. Ink is a great example of doing the right thing even if it’s not the easy or popular thing to do. My favorite line of his was, “It seemed to be that people get weak kneed when they don’t need to.” He was talking about big things like standing up to systemic wrongs and fighting injustice and corruption, but he seemed to do the right thing naturally -- almost like breathing. I am sure there are more examples of courageous people like him driving our government forward, but especially in these times, we could use a lot more Mr. Inks in the world.
Donna Miller, Purse Power, Oklahoma
Nan McKay is a true champion for women. Through her podcast, Trailblazer's Impact, she highlights change makers and amplifies their voices. Purse Power saw such promise in her work that we created a partnership to rebroadcast our Let's Share the Journey interviews with national leaders on her channel. Our website traffic has increased 69% year over year and Trailblazer's Impact has, no doubt, played a role in this increased engagement.