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How to Transform Your Organization | Monika Moss Gransberry

By TrailBlazersImpact

Are you taking the action to live the life you want to live? To balance your life and work whether you work from home or from the office? Monika Moss Gransberry coaches women to focus on what they want to do as they grow their business.

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Automation is the Future of Technology | Deepa Sarojammal | Purse Power

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Deepa Sarojammal | Technology is the now and the future in businesses and careers. It was during the pandemic that we learned the power of it, which will only continue to grow. Our guest today runs a tech company and talks in-depth about the impact of technology in different sectors.

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Don’t Listen to the Negative Voice in Your Head | Jocelyn Bronson

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Serving as Town Clerk for Marana for twenty-two years, Jocelyn Bronson is discovering the enjoyment of retirement.

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How to Empower Women Through Books | Marlene Wagman-Geller

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Women empowerment has come a long way and has seen a tremendous improvement over the last few decades. Empowering women is crucial especially women of color who not only fight for gender equality but also racial equity and economic freedom. Marlene Wagman-Geller provides insight in her ten published books!

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Creating Her Legacy in Kawaii | JoAnn Yukimura

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JoAnn Yukimura has devoted much of her life to the mission of preserving Kauai. She has a law degree and has been Mayor of Kauai, as well as county councilperson. In

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How to Qualify for the Podcast Hall of Fame | She Podcasts | Elsie Escobar

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From teaching yoga to podcasting yoga classes, Elsie Escobar is a woman icon in podcasting with 4 shows including She Podcasts!

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Thresette Briggs on National NAWBO Board

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Thresstte Briggs, Chief Performance Officer of Performance 3, will serve on the National NAWBO board for the 2021 – 2022 term. She previously served on the NAWBO Indianapolis board in various roles including Parliamentarian, Secretary, and as Vice President from July 2020 to June 2021. She has been a member of NAWBO since 2011.

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How to Create a Health Generation Through Tech Innovations | Elizabeth Hutt Pollard | Purse Power

By TrailBlazersImpact

Now more than ever, technology is required to develop health innovations for a healthier society. Elizabeth Hutt Pollard has had a successful career in the health-tech industry and made some huge career and community milestones. She shares her journey and success tips and lessons.

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How to Be an Angel Investor | Valentina Vitols

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Valentina Vitols: Learn tips on how to be clear as an entrepreneur and how to drive your business to success. You will also learn the importance of setting beneficial policies that are good for both immigrants and the US economy.

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How to Make Smart Financial and Lifestyle Choices | Tara Jones-Williamson

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Are you making the right financial and lifestyle choices for your future? Being financially free and having the right lifestyle choices put together is empowering to women of all ages. Tara Jones-Williamson is here to teach us more about living debt free and empowering your life.

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How to Create a Business from a Need | Gail Becker | Purse Power

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The idea of CAULIPOWER was born out of the frustrations that Gail Becker had on the gluten-free industry since she couldn’t find gluten-free foods for her two sons with Celiac disease.

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Tyra Jarvis Podcast

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How to Reinvent Yourself Tyra Jarvis Ep. 78 – Are you walking the path towards an extraordinary life? A life where you reinvent yourself and embrace change as it comes? During COVID, many people are thinking about doing exactly that!  Tyra Jarvis is a coach who helps people set up a “new you” and coaches …

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Swimsuit Line Featured in Oprah | Marisa De Lecce

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Marisa De Lecce started with a healthcare career and moved into launching a swimwear line, Hermoza Swim. She worked for the non-profit, Rivers of Hope, owned by Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers and his wife Tiffany. She and Tiffany formed a company together, manufacturing comfortable and chic swimwear which was featured in Oprah magazine!

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How to Help Victims of Human Trafficking | Kristen Keen

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Renew Hope, Reignite Dreams and Release Potential for People Through Business! Ep. 114 – Kristen Keen – How do you create a space for sexually traumatized women to find safety and know their worth and value? A place where women with human trafficking experience can feel safe helps with not only their healing and restoration …

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Sara Blakeley of Spanx – Read our Blog on MasterClasses Featured in our Academy!

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Spanx founder Sara Blakely teaches you bootstrapping tactics and her approach to inventing, selling, and marketing products that consumers love. It’s really a wonderful resource, especially if you are thinking of starting a business! Read our Blog on her MasterClass on TBI Academy to view. https://trailblazersimpact.com/masterclass/

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How to Make the Case for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion | Tiffany Manuel

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Dr. Tiffany Manuel is the President and CEO of TheCaseMade, an organization dedicated to helping leaders powerfully and intentionally make the case for systems change. She works with hundreds of passionate social change leaders, changemakers, and innovators around the United States who are building better, stronger communities that are diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

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How BoA Supports Employees | Lori Henkel | Purse Power

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Lori Henkel: The coronavirus pandemic has been without a doubt one of the hardest moments in the business world. But it has also taught us as business leaders to find ways to connect and support our employees, clients, and the community. Lori Henkel shares how she’s helping Bank of America lead in crisis.

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Famous Author of the Color of Law | Richard Rothstein

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Would you believe the federal government discriminated with intent? Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law, explains how the Federal Housing Administration housing was designed to explicitly segregate.

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How to Choose a Housemate | Annamarie Pluhar

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52% of adults are single in the U.S. Instead of living alone, Annamarie Pluhar offers an alternative – shared housing – which she has lived in herself for 20 years. But how do you know your housemates will be a good fit. Annamarie can guide you.

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Rocio Cavazos Podcast

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Overcoming Gender Bias for a Cause Rocio Cavazos Ep. 55 – Can you overcome gender bias for a cause like investing in plant products? How is your business impacting the community, creating solutions for the greater good? There are many ways that your business can positively impact those around it like impact investing, sustainability, empowering …

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How to Develop Young Entrepreneurs | Briana Weisinger

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Are you or your kids in your 20’s or 30’s and want to be an entrepreneur?  In this episode, Briana narrates her role at UC San Diego and how she helps younger people develop an entrepreneurial mindset.

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A Post-Pandemic Recovery Playbook for Women: Cathy Light (Part 5 of Multi-part Series)

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Business is not separate from society. Working in cooperation with governments and civil society is fundamental to supporting gender parity. Together, we can change the rules of the game and create a new, improved recovery playbook.

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Learn From Anywhere – the NEW TrailBlazers Academy

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I believe some women have a tiny seed germinating inside them that wants to grow and pivot to something new. And, because it’s been my passion for most of my life, entrepreneurship quickly comes to mind as an opportunity to help women who want to start a business. It may mean getting out of the grind, starting a meaningful career, or unlocking the business that’s inside of you. Having been an entrepreneur for over 40 years and still President of the Board of a large company, I know what starting a business is all about. But it isn’t just “a” business. It’s finding the business that’s right for you and that will bring you the joy and rewards you desire. https://trailblazersimpact.com/trailblazers-academy/

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How to Empower Women Through Technology | Suresh Sharma | Purse Power

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Surprisingly, even in the 21st century, women still face inequality at the workplace. But did you know that the digital space is today giving women the opportunity to learn intellectual skills and own their online businesses? Suresh Sharma believes that technology will empower women.

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NEW! TRAILBLAZERS ACADEMY RESOURCES YOU CAN USE TODAY!

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As founder of Nan McKay Connects and President of Nan McKay and Associates, I am on a mission for women empowerment – and have been for most of my life. I have employed and promoted women in my businesses, joined women’s organizations, and started organizations like Women in Housing. But we all know that is a drop in the bucket compared to what we still have to do. I began thinking, “What can I do next?” After focusing on the TrailBlazers Impact Interviews podcast and YouTube channel and reworking my website to empower women, I’ve created my next venture, TrailBlazers Academy, a compilation of career and business resources for women.

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How to Achieve DEI within a University | Pamala Morris

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As Assistant Dean for the College of Agriculture and Director of the Office of Multicultural Programs, Pamala Morris introduced diversity in the university system by starting a new department which has now expanded diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the university.

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Financial Literacy Month Featured Guests | Jean Chatzky and Linda Dupre Hull

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This week our Financial Literacy spotlights are Jean Chatzky and Linda Dupre Hull. This month we are spotlighting those guests we interviewed who help you with your finances in one way or another.

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How to Prioritize Your Health | Jerrica Dodd | Purse Power

By TrailBlazersImpact

Don’t miss Dr. Jerrica Dodd’s discussion of your health, your medications, and drinking enough water. She is a pharmacist and she gave a terrific presentation that will provide great advice to everyone!

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How to Use A Crisis Moment to Shift Your Life | Patty Lynn Wyatt

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Patty Lynn Wyatt – What would you do if someone walked into the room you were in with a gun and said, “I’m going to kill you all.” That is exactly what happened to Patty and this was the pivotal moment that completely changed her purpose and gave her a passion and direction for her life.

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How to Build a Memorable Brand | Crystal Oakes | Purse Power

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Crystal Oakes gives us some of the best advice ever on branding your product, media, or whatever your business creates. Brand is the corporate soul. It is the overall personality and presence of the business. The key question to answer is “What’s the one thing you want to be known for as an organization?” And then lets you know how to find the answer.

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Teaera Strum Interviewed on CBS News

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Teaera Strum, CEO of Strum Contracting, was interviewed on CBS This Morning on her role in the expanding offshore wind turbine footprint and power to ten million homes by 2030. Watch her full interview!

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How to Be the Maker of Champions | Catherine Crosslin

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Catherine Crosslin | Learn how to overcome your internal limitations to become effective and successful. You will also learn the importance of having a clear picture of what you want and focusing on what you want rather than what you don’t want.

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How to Gain Emotional Freedom | Betsy Muller

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Betsy Muller – Learn the benefits of EFT tapping as an alternative form of therapy for both emotional and physical pain. Also, learn about the signs to look for in isolated and possibly suicidal people and how to get them the needed help.

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Financial Literacy Month Featured Guests

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This week our Financial Literacy spotlights are Gina Goree Hitchens and Karen Jenkins. This month we are spotlighting those guests we interviewed who help you with your finances in one way or another.

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How to Create a Life to Remember | Francine Farkas Sears | Purse Power

By TrailBlazersImpact

You are as likely to encounter Francine Farkas Sears entertaining royalty as you are to find her breaking out of a Polish prison. She has done both.

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Invest in and Support Women | Brianna McDonald

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Brianna McDonald – One of the most powerful supporters of women, Brianna McDonald has great advice for parents on the problem of bullying. Brianna McDonald was bullied as a child, including being held underwater in a lake by five girls, until it became so bad, her parents had to move to another town. This is the epitome of mean girls and not anything for a parent to take pride in.

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How to Develop Your WOW Factor | Lisa Alexander

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an award-winning documentary filmmaker and marketing expert. Through her consultancy work, she helps small business owners grow their operations with strategic marketing and branding strategies. She has worked as an art director, graphic designer, and marketing consultant over the past 20 years. She also developed her photographic eye over the years. Lisa Alexander loves helping clients develop their WOW factor for all their big marketing red carpet events.

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Financial Literacy Month Featured Guests

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This week our Financial Literacy spotlights are Janise Graham and Laura Yamanaka. This month we are spotlighting those guests we interviewed who help you with your finances in one way or another.

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How to Open the Sales Door the Easy Way | Caryn Kopp

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Caryn Kopp is the Chief Door Opener at Kopp Consulting, whose door opening services have had thousands secure initial meetings at the executive level in almost every major company. She is a bestselling author, nationally recognized speaker, and an expert in Business Development. She has held board positions for major organizations and has also received various leadership awards.

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How to Approach Your Retirement with Added Confidence | Gina Goree Hitchens

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Gina Goree Hitchens is particularly passionate about inspiring women toward financial confidence, especially toward planning for retirement.

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How to Be Creative Behind the Scenes | Raynette Halvorsen Smith

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Have you ever wondered how those fabulous scenes for plays are created? Meet Raynette Halvorsen Smith, a retired Professor from Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance where she served as School Director from 1991-1996. In the early days, she wasn’t always welcomed as a woman and was a “first and only” woman scenic designer. Raynette shares her first-hand experience with the disparity in pay for women professors.

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How to Know Yourself and Your History to Move Forward in Life: Janise Graham

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When her mother’s friend died in a plane crash in 2001 having no plan for his family or his business upon his death, Janise Graham saw the devastating effects a lack of financial planning can have. She knew then that business insurance and succession planning were her callings.

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Saying Thanks to a Former Professor | Lyn Burton | Guest NewsFlash

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Lyn Burton is being recognized by United Theological Seminary’s Bossard-Ward Giving Society during the April 26 retirement event for one of her former professors. She talks about the importance of UTS in her life after seminary. Lyn is one of my long-time friends. We started Minnesota Women in Housing many years ago. She is an entrepreneur, a minister, a tireless volunteer, and a great friend!

Do we say thanks to our influencers often enough?

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Workplace Challenges We Need to Overcome in 2021 | Andrea Chester

By TrailBlazersImpact

It would be an understatement to say that these are uncertain and challenging times for businesses and employees alike. The pandemic and its economic effects have upended the way enterprises operate, rapidly advanced digital migration, and left entire industries stumbling in the dark. So, with that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the challenges faced by the modern workplace.

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TV Commercial Star at Age 80 | Mildred Morgan Ball

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Mildred Morgan Ball – Imagine yourself in a store. Someone walks up to you and says, “Would you like to be a TV star in commercials?” At age 80, she became a local and regional “star” of 136 TV commercials! Mildred Morgan Ball provides her journey on a career peppered with being the “first and only”, starting with her high school career in the late 1940s, and continuing through a career of promoting gender and racial equity for young athletes and the performing arts.

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The Front Lines of Desegregation: Muriel Tillinghast

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Muriel Tillinghast is a human rights activist from the 1960’s to today, involved in desegregation activism on the front lines!

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Lies My Teacher Told Me | James W Loewen

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Racial History and Sundown Towns Ep. 142 – James Loewen’s gripping retelling of American racial history as it should, and could, be taught, Lies My Teacher Told Me, has sold more than 1,500,000 copies and continues to inspire K-16 teachers to get students to challenge, rather than memorize, their textbooks. Fighting for the true history …

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How to Discover a Career in Helping the Homeless | Betty Lou Larson

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Betty Lou Larson talks about Housing First as the best, but expensive, program and provides an example of how this worked for a chronically homeless mentally disabled individual. She has worked in transitional housing as a bridge, especially for families and lets us know about the school services for homeless children.

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Women on Boards | Annette White-Klososky, Sowmya Shridhar, And Christa Short | Purse Power

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Three women on boards Annette White-Klososky, Sowmya Shridhar, and Christa Short talk about the advantages of women on boards and why women should advocate and pitch for board positions. These highly successful women from all walks of life talk about women advocating for women.

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Financial Literacy Month

By TrailBlazersImpact

It makes sense that April is the Financial Literacy month because that’s when our taxes are usually due. This month we are spotlighting those guests we interviewed who help you with your finances in one way or another. Victoria Woods is the Chief Investment Advisor/CEO of Chappelwood Financial Services. Not only will she help you with your investments, she has a great educational site accessible to everyone. (Click on picture to READ MORE)

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How to Achieve Digital Accessibility | Sheri Byrne Haber

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Do you know that 98% of the websites in the world are not accessible? Plus there are over 4000 lawsuits filed in the last year over digital accessibility. If you are an employer, do you know what you should do to ensure workplace accessibility? All these questions and more are answered by Sheri Byrne-Haber, a disability expert consultant and blogger. Find out where your own liabilities are!

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Connecting People to Opportunities Across America: CEO Circle

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We feature members of the CEO Circle who are the CEOs of community development and justice organizations. They are leaders in their fields working to create new ways for communities to enrich where people live and connect them to the opportunities they need.

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How to Take Your Business from $10K to $10 Million: Susie Carder

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This is truly a story from rags to riches. Growing up with 9 siblings on “the wrong side of the tracks,” Susie Carder is a self-made millionaire and the CEO of Susie Carder Profit Coach. She’s passionate about creating businesses that allow people to live their dreams and achieve financial abundance.

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A New Direction for TrailBlazers Impact!

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We are concerned about the change in the status of women since COVID hit – and we intend to do something about it!  There were gender gaps prior to COVID, but the hardest hit sectors are those where women are most often employed. In fact, gender parity in some industries has stopped. The Gender Gap …

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How and Why to Be Ready for a Corporate Board Seat: Julie Abrams

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Julia Abrams: Did you know that in 12 of the United States, there either is legislation requiring women to be represented on every public company board or there is legislation being considered? There are more opportunities than ever for senior women leaders to join corporate boards!

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How to Find Courage to Follow Your Writing Passion: Rae Meadows

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After feeling unfilled in several jobs, a friend asked Rae Meadows what she would really like to do and she answered, out of the blue, “Be a writer.” That statement turned out to be utterly life changing.

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How Change in Equality Creates a Better World | Tammi Davis

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Diversity Equity and Inclusion Ep. 137 – Tammi Davis gives us much to think about, from a business level on implementing a true diversity and inclusion program to your personal responsibility and accountability for race relations. One of Tammi’s unique value-adds is that she possesses experience working in the public, private and non-profits sectors and …

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How to Balance Enterpreneurship and Personal Life: Penny Wing

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Penny Wing tells us starting a business isn’t always easy – but when you can start, grow and sell your business, it’s a great opportunity!

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A Legend of Building Cities and Parks | Leonard Zax

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Leonard Zax is the CEO of the Hamilton Partnership, a nonprofit organization that led the effort to create the Paterson Great Falls National Park in his hometown of Paterson New Jersey.

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Featured on Thrive Global: Desiree Doubrox

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An Empowered Woman was featured on Thrive Global, a Ariana Huffington site that boasts a little over 2 million visits per month and a domain rating of 81 out of 100. An Empowered Woman is a global, membership-based networking community and resource center for women professionals and entrepreneurs.

Our current offerings include Web TV & Radio shows, Tele-calls, MasterMind Meetings, Coaching, Seminars and Second Sunday Series. Join us in our mission to Educate, Motivate and Empower women by sharing your stories, challenges and victories!

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How to Practice Reckless Optimism: Kimble Bosworth

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Kimble Bosworth – Listen in to learn how to take control of your personal and career life without expecting anyone else to do it for you. You will also learn the benefits of practicing reckless optimism with a childlike heart to keep fun as part of your life.

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How to Embrace Hope, Health and Healing: Verna Jones Rodwell

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Verna Jones Rodwell’s passion  revolves around hope, health and healing, whether championing programs in public office or advocating for alzheimers assistance in those areas.

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The War Against Organized Crime: George Dapra

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George Dapra starts with love in the old country and takes you through the civil rights era to the war against organized crime over two episodes.

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Money Talks but What’s It Saying? Lucie Lynch and Marcia Zina Mager

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Be entertained during this transformative journey with Lucie and Marcia. Listen in to learn how to use this pandemic period to ask yourself the right questions about your inner self to discover who you truly are.

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Is Workforce Housing Viable? David Engel

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David Engel: Listen in to learn the importance of making workforce housing affordable to cater to workers who otherwise can’t afford homes. You will also learn how zoning has over the years constricted housing supply leading to unaffordable houses in many areas.

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Why Have Diversity in Public Offices? Christine Davenport

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learn the importance of encouraging diversity, inclusion, and equality in public offices. You will also learn how to teach young girls and women the benefits of pursuing STEM subjects in college.

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Affordable Housing Through Adaptive Reuse: Alison Gross

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I previously wrote a blog about Adaptive Reuse, describing how the creative repurposing of unused buildings could help solve some of the housing issues in our cities.  The impact of COVID-19 on urban properties and the economic downturn caused by the pandemic have exacerbated these problems, resulting in retail closings and hotel closings and redundant …

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Strum Contracting Crew Pushes Through COVID

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Teaera Strum: High above the Chesapeake Bay on the landmark Bay Bridge, workers from Strum Contracting Co. could be found hard at work for much of this past year. The pandemic did not slow their roll to replace steel rail posts on the bridge that serve as a guard rail for vehicles traveling the four-mile
stretch. “If there is a pandemic or a zombie apocalypse, somebody has to get over that bridge,” said Teaera Strum, COO of the small, family-owned company based in Curtis Bay.

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How to Get High Performance with Empathy: Sree Anand Ratnasinghe

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Sree Anand Ratnasinghe’s secret to leadership success lies in being recognized for taking a hands-on approach to tackling large-scale digital transformation initiatives while simultaneously being a passionate customer advocate. How does she balance them when she manages employees internationally and remotely? Listen in to learn the qualities of an empathetic and high-performance- driving leader, especially in the wake of COVID-19.

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How to Heal from Trauma: Janie Stubblefield

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Therapist Janie Stubblefield uses a technique in her practice called play therapy, which helps her foster deep connections with kids who need healing from trauma, bullying, anxiety, and other mental health challenges.

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Women in Tech Leadership | Purse Power

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Listen in to learn the importance of supporting and advocating for other women, especially in a field like tech where we aren’t many. You will also learn about major tech trends and tools you should look out for in your business for success.

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How to Be An Economic Development Leader: Jeff Finkle

By Trent Blizzard

Jeff Finkle has traveled extensively to speak on economic development both internationally and domestically and has been quoted in newspapers throughout North America. Jeff has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, Fox Television and the Journal Report on PBS when the Supreme Court deliberated on issues surrounding eminent domain.

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How to Discover Who You’re Meant to Be: Susan Fielder

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Susan Fielder has a fascinating story from childhood on and two podcasts! She discovers her artistic side to honor her husband and raise money for pancreatic cancer. You can’t miss this one!

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Why I’m a TBI Co-Host: DeeDee Strum

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Joining Trailblazers Impact as co-host with Nan McKay, my friend and collaborator of more than four decades, provides the platform to celebrate women much like ourselves. Women who entered this world 50+ years ago as ordinary girls blessed with access to a “whole new world of opportunities made possible by the sheer fortitude of the …

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Celebrating Women’s History Month: Virginia Harris

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  Virginia W. Harris talks to WomLEAD magazine about her dedication to serving the public. ATLANTA, GA, March 9, 2021 – WomLEAD magazine, a publication that targets women who are in business and leadership, talked to National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Incorporated (NCBW) National President, Virginia W. Harris.  Please click on the links below to view …

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How to Create Thought Leadership: Alison Gross

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Worldwide Event Planner Ep. 74 – Alison Gross weaves a fascinating story of excelling as a worldwide event planner of global events such as in Monte Carlo to coordinating the Maccabi  games and a world sailing race in the U.S. She’s all about thought leadership and models it through her blogs. She started a business …

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How to Choose A Career You’re Passionate About: Adonica Randall

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Fired Up About STEM Are you think about changing your job and your life? Do you want to choose a career you’re passionate about? To get into a job you are more passionate about, no matter how hard it is? For Adonica, success is knowing what you want to do, then having a plan to …

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How to Empower Women Globally: Andrea Stevenson-Conner

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What if your spouse asked you to move to Asia? Would you do it? What would you do while you were there – after you’ve done all the tourist stuff? Do you think women in China are empowered? Andrea Stevenson-Conner answers all those questions – and more.

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How to Overcome Challenges to Make a Difference: David Northern

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How do you pull yourself from a rough childhood in public housing to an executive who works to help families better themselves and break the cycle? As President/CEO, David Northern leads the largest housing authority in Alabama, serving more than 22,840 residents through affordable housing programs. In this episode, David talks about his childhood adversities and how he transformed his life by making changes.

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How to Support Learners with Special Needs: Linda Vines Bright

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Linda Vines Bright: Listen in to learn the importance of listening carefully to children to understand their individualized needs and learning styles. You will also the importance of teachers and parents demonstrating love and compassion to children for them to believe in their abilities to be great.

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How to Get Funding for Your Cause: Patzetta Trice

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Patzetta Trice gives important advice to organizations who are looking for donors. She advises us to move from focusing on funding to focusing on outcomes – what’s most important to the donors? Patzetta Trice has been breaking glass ceilings and showing future generations that women are as powerful as men for many years.

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Economic Recovery for American Cities by Alison Gross

By TrailBlazersImpact

The 2020 urban exodus of businesses and workforce participants has left cities with a glut of empty commercial spaces, ranging from retail to offices, restaurants and hospitality. Landlords and municipalities are left with empty spaces, and the resultant loss of rental income and various streams of tax revenues. The problem is obvious. What is the solution? Adaptive Reuse.

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Wow! Interview with Toni Brattin from QVC!

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Watch our YouTube video interview with Toni Brattin on how she got her big break with 7 minutes on the Home Shopping Network. She is now on TV Shopping Channels in the US, The Shopping Channel-Canada, and the QVC-United Kingdom! It’s all about beauty!

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Women in the Workplace – The Imperative of Childcare for Economic Recovery

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The pandemic is deepening pre-existing inequalities for women in the workplace, exposing vulnerabilities in social and economic systems which are in turn amplifying the long-term impact of the pandemic in unanticipated aspects of our society and economy.

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How to Become a Meteorologist: Carmella Davis Watkins

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Carmella Davis Watkins integrated two schools in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, a high school and a college, and went on to become a meteorologist and research scientist at NOAA.

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How to Impact Lives as an Attorney: Lisa L Walker

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Lisa L. Walker has discovered the way to both succeed as an attorney while satisfying her other passion, impacting lives. Housing Development Law Institute, referred to as HDLI, is a legal think tank and fills a unique need – a one-stop shop for attorneys in affordable housing.

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How to Start a Niche Business without Fear: Rosemarie Harris

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Rosemarie Harris has a powerful market in a very niche consulting area related to a requirement of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She shows us how you can leverage something you are good at into a thriving business. Start with something you’re good at that people need.

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How to Create Positive Culture Through Improvisation: Vanessa Elle Wilde

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Vanessa Elle Wilde helps businesses create culture with self-confidence, creativity, collaboration, and self-expression through improvisation. Listen to her new podcast show, Blooped.

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Celebrate Women’s History Month with Nan and IEEW!

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Nan moderated this really fun interview with Toni Brattin, the shopping channel celebrity! IEEW will celebrate PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® Class of 2021 students making their mark in beauty. Support women as they help to build stable economies through hard work and paying it forward, whether from farm country USA or faraway Afghanistan and Rwanda. Watch the video WIGGED OUT about Women Entrepreneurs here: https://youtu.be/fiiVuiUjZOs

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How to Protect Your Kids: Lisa Preston

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Lisa Preston: Learn the importance of teaching children at an early age not to keep secrets as a way to protect them from abuse. You will also learn the power of working on yourself with love and boundaries so you can exhibit the same for others.

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I Believe in Taxation

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DeeDee Strum: This is the mission of American government. But it all takes money, the investment each of us must shoulder. We are the “envy of the world” because of our “quality of life”.

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Empowering Entrepreneurs Worldwide: Lisa Kleissner

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Empowering Entrepreneurs worldwide through her foundation, Lisa Kleissner knows the importance of asking the universe and embracing your gift to the fullest.

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Investing in Women: Silvia Mah

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Women are half the population and own 40% of the country’s businesses but only 3% of business investment goes to women. Learn more about investing in women-owned businesses from the expert, Silvia Mah!

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MBA’s Affordable Housing Initiatives: Steve O’Connor

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As senior vice president for affordable housing initiatives at the Mortgage Bankers Association, Steve O’Connor is rolling out affordable housing initiatives in several cities. Steve’s role in the association is to build partnerships to address affordable housing and create more homeownership opportunities for low income and minority consumers.

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National Urban League Appoints Leslie Andrews

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National Urban League Appoints Leslie Andrews I am excited to be joining a fantastic team at the National Urban League in New York as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Advancement. I am looking forward to developing relationships and securing resources on a national level under the leadership of Marc Morial.

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5 Reasons for Optimism in 2021

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As the vaccines have rolled out across multiple countries and health systems have started inoculating millions and a new administration begins their leadership in Washington after a free and fair election. What better time than now to look for reasons to be optimistic for 2021? READ this great blog!
1) A Step Towards Safe Travel
2) The Environment
3) A Return to Community
4) Time to Buy a Home
5) Better Long Term Health

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Enterprising Women: Monica Smiley

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Monica Smiley is the editor and publisher of Enterprising Women magazine- a print and digital magazine that reaches more than a million readers in the United States and around the globe.

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Asia and International Trade: Stanley Marcuss

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Stanley Marcuss explains the negative effects of the adverse consequences of international trade. Listen to his story on Adlai Stevenson and why foreign corruption is still rampant in international marketplaces.

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HUD Secretary and Trade Ambassador Carla Hills

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Former U.S. Trade Ambassador and HUD Secretary Carla Hills, Former U.S. Trade Ambassador and HUD Secretary Ep. 49 – What would it be like to be responsible for negotiating a trade agreement with China or Japan or any other world country? Imagine yourself about to take a high-level job with the Federal government when the …

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How to Elevate Women-Owned Businesses: Mei Xu

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Entrepreneur Mei Xu encourages women to take advantage of challenging times and turn them into opportunities to either build or grow your business. And she’s helping women do just that! After she sold her candle business!

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Watch for TrailBlazer Mei Xu Posting

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Mei’s goal is to help  women founders grow their competitiveness through mentoring, training as well as connecting them to the best in class service providers. We all know it is a long journey and we cannot do it alone!

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How to Be a Successful Executive in a Large Company: Kitty Chaney-Reed

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Kitty Chaney-Reed is Vice President of Enterprise Operations at IBM and Senior State Executive for IBM in Georgia. Kitty was awarded the Most Powerful and Influential Woman Award from the Georgia Diversity Council. Kitty was named Woman of the Year for Enterprise Businesses with over 2,500 employees. She is a lesson is working effectively with others and gives us tips on how to exceed expectations in moving up the corporate ladder – and treat people right along the way!

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Overcoming Dyslexia to Become an IVF Nursing Specialist: Cath McBreen

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Listen in to understand the IVF treatment and the emotional and physical baggage it comes with. You will also learn how technology has improved fertility treatments making them safer by eliminating cases of multiple pregnancies.

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Single Parenting, Depression and Raising Boys: Jennifer Fink

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Surviving a divorce, home schooling, and parenting and then getting remarried, Jennifer Fink has experience in and thoughts about many areas, including counseling, anxiety, and today’s issues our children are facing.

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Global View on Racial and Gender Discrimination: Ellen Walsh

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Ellen Walsh describes the pain-filled memories of living in Mississippi in the mid-to late-1950s with racial segregation the “law of the land.” She witnessed her mother’s pain as a brown skinned Polynesian married to a white Portuguese engineer. Her mother was directed to the “colored door” while her father was directed to the front door.

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Emmy and ASCAP Winner: Earl Rose

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Earl Rose: from the Johnny Carson Show to the Dick Cavett Show to writing songs for Johnny Mathis and Olivia Newton-John to playing at the Carlyle Hotel on New York’s Upper East Side to Paul McCartney, this Emmy and ASCAP winner has done it all and lived his passion!

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The "What" of a Common Ground Strategy

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Part 2 By Bill Barberg In Part 1 of this blog series, I made the case for a national housing strategy designed to create an economic engine for those excluded from the home ownership programs that enabled white households to build wealth in the last century.  In Part 2, as follows, I share some of …

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Groundbreaking New Certificate Program Using Community TrailBlazers Podcast

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Lyn Burton, Executive Director of Affordable Housing Connections in St. Paul, Minnesota, has created a certificate program entitled Leadership in Affordable Housing, launched at Hamlin University. She is promoting multi-cultural enrollment in a course designed to develop a solid knowledge of the economics of affordable housing as well as the history and key political and economic issues that created the affordable housing crisis.

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Michael Moskow Podcast

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Michael Moskow’s experience will blow you away! During the course of his career, he has been confirmed by the Senate for five US government positions. He decided to go to work in the private sector, heading up the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. And in 1991, President George H.W. Bush appointed Moskow Deputy United States Trade Representative, with the rank of ambassador. In 2019 the Prime Minister of Japan bestowed on him “The Order of the Rising Sun; Gold and Silver Star.” He critiques the differences in working in the public vs. private sector.

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Julia Toronczak Podcast

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Julie Toronczak demonstrates that trailblazers are ageless. Her mission is to share the lessons she has learned in Self-Love through growing up with her twin brother Michael who has downs syndrome. Her story is heart-rending while being educational. She doesn’t downplay how hard it can be to communicate, but gives insight to understanding and communicating with a close family member with Downs Syndrome. She is an example for all of us.

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Denying the American Dream

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Levittown, an all-white community was guaranteed by a restrictive clause in the original Levitt lease that stated, “The tenant agrees not to permit the premises to be used or occupied by any person other than members of the Caucasian race.” This restriction was not unique to Levitt as it was based on a practice recommended by the Federal Housing Authority.

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DeeDee Strum: Black Community Trust of Vaccine

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DeeDee, former national president of the Coalition of 100 Black Women, explains the volunteer effort in place by the Coalition to educate and encourage the black community in Anne Arundel County on getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Many people are hestitant to get the vaccine. Watch her interview on Fox News!

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A Common Ground Economic Strategy

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By Bill Barberg – Part 1. Following the intensely polarizing election, the United States needs healing and pathways forward to address the serious challenges faced by our neighborhoods, nation and world.  Together we must improve the economy by addressing the financial struggles of individuals and small businesses. A “common ground” goal of good economic policy …

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Shekar Narasimhan Podcast

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Shekar Narasimhan provides real-world solutions to prevent generational poverty and emphasizes the importance of housing as a right. He is the creator of private/public partnerships in re-energizing communities by building a vibrant downtown.

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Shawn McClondon Podcast

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Crossing the Racial Divide Ep. 124 – Meet Shawn McClondon, a guy who lives his passion to cross the racial divide. He is passionate about a better understanding and communication among races and ethnicities, providing a platform for black women entrepreneurs, and helping youth understand and live their own passions. Find out how he is …

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Important Events This Week

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Three of our guests are producing or speaking at events this week!

Join Bill Barberg (Coping In Crisis), Jennifer Brown (TrailBlazers Impact) and Mozhgan Wafiq Alokozai (TrailBlazers Impact and Peace Through Business) on Zoom events! Advancing Your Community’s ACEs & Resilience Strategy, Preventing and Addressing Homelessness, Beyond Diversity Summit, Eagle Online Academy Virtual Evening and Fundraiser. Link to our EVENTS page for MORE INFORMATION!

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William Lilley Podcast

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William Lilley III: American Western History Buff ++ William Lilley III Ep. 67 – “Bill Lilley taught at Yale, worked for the federal government, worked at CBS in New York, and started a software company, which he sold,” said John Fox Sullivan, longtime friend and former Yale student.” Meet William “Bill” Lilley III, an American …

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Sumedha Kukreja and Jay Berger Podcast

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Therapy on Demand Ep. 123 – What a perfect time for a site like this! Therapy on demand! Meet Sumedha Kukreja and Jay Berger, the founders of Virtual Kare. Sumedha and Jay discuss why they joined forces to improve chronic conditions through telehealth. Whether you suffer from Parkinson’s, knee arthritis pain, bathing and dressing, edema, …

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Beyond Diversity Summit: Jennifer Brown

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Jennifer Brown will be joining more than 150 speakers for fascinating conversations about diversity, inclusion, gender, disability and more at The Non-Obvious Beyond Diversity Summit. This virtual summit is dedicated to transforming well-intentioned conversation into real action and meaningful change. In the past year, the conversation around DEI issues reached a long overdue tipping point. …

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Tai Christensen Podcast

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Close the Racial Gap in Homeownership Ep. 122 – Meet Tai Christensen. In 1936, Tai Christensen’s great-grandmother, a housekeeper and widow in North Carolina with four sons, saved up $500 and bought a house at age 35. That decision, which changed the trajectory of her family’s finances for generations to come, wasn’t easy for a …

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Valarie Austin Podcast

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Military Service is In Her Blood Valarie Austin Ep. 70 – Military service of this West Point graduate is in her blood. Her great-grandparents were Bahamian immigrants with a legacy of military service. Valarie R. Austin is a 1987 graduate of “the Academy”; that is, the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. …

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Diane Jackson-Chapman Podcast

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Determination Beats Education Standardized Tests Diane Jackson-Chapman Ep. 48 – Did you ever wonder if you were “average” on the standardized tests whether you could ever get into college and succeed, especially if you had two kids in tow? Dr. Diane Jackson-Chapman married while in undergraduate school, had a chaotic marriage with two sons to …

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DeeDee Strum Receives MLK MD Award

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Drum Major AwardDee Strum is the recipient of the 2021 Drum Major Award. Strum served two terms as the 7th National President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.  where she worked with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joe Biden on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and amendments to the …

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Al Dellibovi Podcast

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HUD Reform in the 1980’s Ep. 66 – Meet Alfred Dellibovi, President and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, and a nationally recognized authority on banking, the lending industry, housing, public finance, and HUD reform in the 1980’s. He was United States Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1989 …

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NEW! Videos Available!

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Our “podcasts” are now in video! You can access these directly from our website, too, so you can see their entire guest write-up – and link over to the videos! AND on TrailBlazers Impact Podcast YouTube channel, you can see that some of them are in an entirely new format – podcasts with pictures! Subscribe …

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Lifelong Learning Blog

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The specific context is not as important as the universal message it delivers:  lifelong learning is truly important.  Here are three reminders of why this is so critical. No one has all the answers, including me.  Often, I have struggled with the fact I am hired to be that expert and to know what’s best …

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Lynne Sagalyn Podcast

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Demystifying the Politics and Planning of Cities Ep. 65 – Lynne Sagalyn is an expert in real estate development and finance and author of three books. She is the person for demystifying the politics and planning of cities. She gives us the theory and thinking behind how and why cities exist as they do today. …

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Pink Collar Jobs #a*? Blog

By Abigail Wright

By DeeDee Strum: Have you ever said, “What?!? Pink Collar Jobs #a*?” Pink Collar Workers, Us, Women who, regardless of education or job title, continue to be the largest part of the newly displace workforce due to COVID-19, for many reasons:  job closures, duty for childcare/home schooling; fear of bringing the virus home to others. …

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Clare Price Podcast

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How to Make Remote Work! Clare Price Ep. 121 – Many of us were floundering in March 2019 when we had to work from home.  COVID was raging outside our door – we had to stay in to work unless we were classified as an essential worker. Clare Price, CEO of Octain Growth, wrote and …

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Yikes! 2021?

By Abigail Wright

By Nan McKay – As you watched the TV, did you say, “Yikes! 2021? I thought 2020 was bad!” 2021 is starting off with some scary scenes and events!  Most of us are trying to stand strong and stay safe and keep saying, “This too will pass.” Several of the guests I have interviewed have …

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Antonio Santaella Podcast

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International Flamenco Maestro Ep. 64 – Meet Antonio Santaella, a very famous flamenco dancer referred to as the international flamenco maestro whose culture influence qualifies him to be a Fellow of the American Academy of Housing and Communities. He started his long journey to Puerto Rico from Granada, Spain his birthplace and coming of age. …

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Paula Ward Podcast

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Break the Glass Ceiling Paula Ward Ep. 119 – Would you like to break the glass ceiling? Are people moving up the corporate ladder but you feel like you are stuck in place? Would you like to retire at age 36?  If you did, what would you do with the rest of your life?  Meet …

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Denise Patterson McKenney Podcast

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How to WIN! Ep. 120 – Denise Patterson McKenney is a success story in how to negotiate a win/win which is really how to WIN! Have you ever wanted to win an argument so bad you could practically taste it? Have you ever laid awake at night thinking of what you should have said? Have …

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Nan McKay Connects Team: The Bridge to 2021

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Happy New Year from the Nan McKay Connects Team! Has there ever been a year you have been happier to toss out the door? We are ready to cross the bridge to 2021! For those of us who are retired/refired, we are sequestering and waiting for the vaccine. The podcasts have been a life-saver for …

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Mozhgan Wafiq Alokozai Podcast

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Empowering Women in Afghanistan Mozhgan Wafiq Alokozai Ep. 118 – Are you courageous? Imagine yourself walking down a street in Afghanistan. You have to be accompanied by a male relative. As you walk along, the potential of a bomb exploding is very real. How do you economically and socially empower oppressed women? Education. By arming …

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Linda Dupre Hull Podcast

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Social Security at 62 or 65? Ep. 56 – Linda Dupre Hull, age 67, provides powerful insights in her podcast into a childhood where at age 12 she became a partner with her father in developing the family budget and managing the family finances out of the necessity of ensuring the family could survive off …

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Write Your Memoirs: Karen Kendra

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Just Do It! Write Your Story! Karen Kendra Ep. 117 – How are you planning to re-fire after your retirement? Perhaps, find a new second career that you’re passionate about and will help you continue building your legacy and impacting others? Karen Kendra loves writing and says “Write Your Memoirs!” Karen Kendra is a former …

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Robin “R.D.” Kardon Podcast

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A Woman in the Cockpit Captain’s Chair Robin “R.D.” Kardon Ep. 25 – In the 1960’s Robin wanted to be an astronaut. Her mother gave her the bad news that girls could not grow up to be astronauts. She studied journalism but instead of becoming a writer, she went to law school. After 10 unfilling …

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Mindy Bortness Podcast

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As You Spend Your Days Is How You Spend Your Life!   Mindy Bortness Ep. 8 – How do you handle major life challenges? Do you turn to anger or faith and positivity to help you get through that season? In one way all the other, we all have a story of adversity to tell, …

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COVID Holidays

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By Karen Kendra The mad rush is over for another year.  Why were we rushing?  Most of us weren’t leaving the safety of our self-spun cocoons for the COVID Holidays.  But sure enough, after the last of the turkey leftovers were gone, the frenzy began.  I think it was more robotic—that drive to get shopping, …

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Robert Rozen Podcast

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The Birth of the Housing Tax Credit Program Ep. 63 – Robert Rozen, referred to as Bobby,  worked for many years in the U.S. Senate and was involved in the establishment of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program which is the primary means of financing affordable housing today. In the 30 years since enactment, …

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Staying Productive as a Remote Worker

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By Rosa Jan Many people fantasize about working from the comfort of their own home, skipping daily commutes for more sleep, family time, and exercise. But it can actually be harder to focus on work when you’re home. Staying productive as a remote worker can take extra effort, and the isolation can eventually make you …

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Increase Performance with DEI Podcast: Cathy Light

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Increase Your Business Performance by Including Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Cathy Light Ep. 116 – How are you exercising diversity, equity, and inclusion in your organization? Every employee deserves to be treated with dignity and to feel safe in the workplace environment regardless of their race, gender, or sexuality. But how do you implement and …

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Desiree Doubrox Podcast

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An Empowered Woman Does Her Homwork Desiree Doubrox Ep. 18 – How often do you act on finding a solution when you see a need? The difference between entrepreneurs and others is that an entrepreneur sees a problem, finds a solution, and a way to monetize that solution while others don’t. Meet Desiree Doubrox, the …

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Protecting LGBTQ Rights: Cathy Gibson

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Protecting LGBTQ Rights Early On athy Gibson Ep. 17 – Some women fought and advocated for equality and inclusion over the years for women today to enjoy. Cathy is one of those women who began protecting LGBTQ rights early on in her life. Cathy Gibson is a woman who is happy that many things she …

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Frances Johnson Podcast

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Against the Odds: Business, Divorce, and Death Frances Johnson Ep. 19 – Frances Johnson has been kicked down and arisen back like a Phoenix through the ashes. Against the odds, she has survived business, divorce and death challenges. Do a lot of research to collect all the needed information and find mentors to guide you …

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A COVID Holiday Season

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How are you feeling about Christmas and the holiday season? We are sad about people who are going hungry this Christmas and hope there is relief in sight soon!  And all of us will be grateful when this year ends! And hopeful for 2021. The year is different even if all you are doing is …

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Emily Loya Podcast

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Lost My Dad to the Bermuda Triangle Emily Loya Ep. 28 – The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, is a loosely defined region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean where a number of aircraft and ships are said to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Hear the story and the …

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Amy Glassman Podcast

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Is Fair Housing Fair? Amy Glassman Ep. 62 – Is fair housing fair? What is disparate impact and how can housing authorities and landlords determine the application of it?  What is reasonable accommodation? How is HUD conducting market testing to determine racial discrimination? Amy M. Glassman is a partner with Ballard Spahr, a law firm …

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Why Black Lives Matter Too: DeLois Strum Podcast

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Racial and Gender Equality DeLois “Dee Dee” Strum Ep. 115 –  Listen to learn WHY Black lives matter! It is important to believe that change will happen if we continue advocating for it as leaders. The American society needs economic, social, and policy changes in order to give everyone regardless of their gender or race …

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A 10 Year Old’s View on Inequality

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By Molly L., Granddaughter of a Colleague When I look around me, I can see a lot of inequality that is not fair. I see people that cannot afford many things that I believe they have the right to have on a daily basis, that will give them the opportunity to have the best life …

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The Future of Nonprofit Influence . . . and more about Jatrice!

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The year 2021 is going to shepherd in an extended period of austerity. All states except Vermont have to balance budgets and that will mean cutting grants and contracts to nonprofits. The Wall Street Journal ran the following headline this past October 28: “U.S. States Face Biggest Cash Crisis Since the Great Depression.” The blue print for …

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William Kelly Podcast

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Co-creation Model to Bring Social Change William C. Kelly Podcast Ep. 61 – Referred to as Bill Kelly, the developer of a co-creation model to bring social change to affordable housing. He was a special assistant and executive assistant to the secretary of HUD Carla Hills from 1975 to 1977. He was only 30 years …

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Kristin Keen Podcast

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Trafficked Women Survival Assistance Kristin Keen Ep. 114 – Kristin Keen returned from India to find that human trafficking was flourishing in her own city of Jacksonville. She employed the women. From the streets of India to the streets of Jacksonville, Kristin Keen decided to provide a trafficked women survival assistance, helping to provide one …

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Karen Jenkins Podcast

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Empower Through Synergy Leadership Karen Jenkins Ep. 113 – Karen Jenkins is a Black female entrepreneur with snergy leadership! Did you know that the energy you bring into a room is the energy you receive? It is therefore important to build positive energy for you and your team members to engage them and make them …

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Fay Williams Civil Rights Activist Podcast

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Civil Rights Activist at 87   Fay Williams Civil Rights Activist, Best Black Female Podcast Ep. 9 – Her interviewer, DeeDee Strum says, “We All Stand on the Shoulders of Fay H. Williams.” She is a Family Law Attorney, a Civil Rights Activist, and a Feminist! At age 87 she is still going strong with …

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Beverly Kuykendall Podcast

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Facing Your Fears Beverly Kuykendall Ep. 10 – Are you courageously facing your fears to achieve your goals? You have to be willing to not only make long-term commitments but also contribute to making a difference.  Beverly is currently leading an incredible team of government experts at AMD as the President of Government Business while …

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Teresa Harris Podcast

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What?! Women Can Do That? Teresa Harris Ep. 15 – “What?! Women Can Do That?” was some of her awakening. What does it take to turn your life around from mistakes and adversities to immense success? From a childhood of segregation, low-expectations of girls and women and the battle to define her sexuality, Teresa Harris …

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Sherese Brewington Carr Social Justice Podcast

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Racial Social and Criminal Justice Ep. 60 – Sherese Brewington Carr provides a rapid-fire delivery of her professional insights into the world of migrant farm work, the criminal justice system and what it takes to help both veterans and ex-offenders to successfully transition into the contemporary workplace.  She shares her foundational beliefs established as a childhood …

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Denise Muha Leadership Podcast

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Affordable Housing Leadership Ep. 12 – Denise Muha, the executive director for the National Leased Housing Association, discusses her personal growth to becoming one of the early women in a leadership position with influence on HUD and Congress because of her representation and knowledge of the affordable housing industry. She is unusual in that she …

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How to Engage in Blue Sky Thinking When It’s Raining

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By Clare Price How do we plan in a time of complete turmoil and uncertainty? That’s the question most of us are asking in this year of unprecedented change. One thing we know won’t work is pulling out last year’s plan and updating it. So, what will? For my team, the secret ingredient for 2021 …

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Chuck Edson Honor

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The Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition (AHTCC) announced that Flat 9 at Whittier in Roxbury, Mass., is a 2020 recipient of the Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award in the HUD Housing Preservation category, recognizing affordable housing developments and organizations that have demonstrated especially impactful use of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. Flat 9 …

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Sarah Rosen Wartell Podcast

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Elevate the Debate Sarah Rosen Wartell Ep. 60 – Sarah Rosen Wartell has articulated a strategy for Urban: elevate the debate. She discusses how data availablility through Urban can assist decisionmmaking in addressing racial disparities in housing. She is the public policy executive and housing markets expert who serves as president of the Urban Institute, …

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Motivation, Simplified by Victoria Woods

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Do you find yourself on a constant pursuit for a better source of professional motivation? Maybe you feel your methods aren’t as effective as others? Have your uncertainties sent you down the never-ending rabbit hole of searching for that next new thing only to be greeted with a mixed bag of suggestions while leaving your …

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Jennifer Brown Podcast

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How to Create a DEI Workplace Ep. 112 – What is a DEI workplace and can you create a DEI workplace? DEI stands for diversity, equity and inclusion. Jennifer Brown leads companies through consulting, online training, and her books to become that place everyone wants to work! What are you doing to be inclusive and …

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Beth Cole Podcast

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“Segregation Now, Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation Forever!?” Hell, No! Beth Cole Ep. 6 – Beth Cole is a fireball . . . always has been, always will be. As she says in her podcast, “Segregation Now, Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation Forever!  Hell, No!” Beth Cole’s history of activism and social change dates back to the 1950’s and …

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Carolyn Hayden Podcast

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Business with a Social Impact Carolyn Hayden Ep. 11 – Carolyn Hayden combined her business with a social impact to create an even larger change. How are you making a social impact through your business? Making business milestones is important and what many strive for, but it is also important to make an impact in …

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Lyn Burton Podcast

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Live with Integrity and Joy Lyn Burton Ep. 16 – Are you educating yourself to become a better citizen while helping others find their paths? Lyn Burton has spent most of her career life helping families in low and moderate incomes with their housing needs and is now helping others struggling with drugs to find …

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Ana Burmudez Podcast

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Like that Outfit? Just ‘TAGit’   Ana Burmudez Ep. 77 – Do you often find fashion inspiration on TV from your favorite shows but finding the items in real life becomes a chore? You should probably try TAGit! TAGit is a tech platform where TV, entertainment, retail, and commerce converge to monetize media, ads, and …

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Muriel Tillinghast Podcast

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Desegregation Activism on the Front Lines Muriel Tillinghast Ep. 59 – Meet Muriel Tillinghast, a human rights activist from the 1960’s to today! She takes us on a long but fascinating journey from the initial civil rights activities in the 1960’s through an extensive career in revenue generation and oversight to mediation and negotiation to …

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UND Changed My Life

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The Best to You: Linda Gorin

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When I started my business in 1985, my first flyer said “Are You Tired Of Giving Flowers, When You Wanted Something More?” and explained what a gift basket was. Although giving food as a gift has been popular in many cultures for years and years, bringing creativity, personalization, beauty,  and sophistication to gifts of this …

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Singleton McAllister Podcast

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Ensuring Diversity Through Law Singleton McAllister: Ep. 7 – There is a huge need for women to get involved in all aspects of civil society. This includes women of color to ensure diversities of genders and races where it matters most. As a child of the segregated south, and daughter of the first Black state’s …

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Belinda Kendall Podcast

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A Media Star with Passion and Stamina Belinda Kendall Ep. 111 –  What are you passionate about? Are you willing to sacrifice and even be hurt while fulfilling your purpose? Do you have enough stamina to get knocked down but get up again? Be ready to use whatever platform you’re given and every opportunity available …

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Carnela Renee Hill Podcast

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Faith-Based Power of Walking Afraid Ep. 59 – Have you discovered the faith-based power of walking afraid? This is a how-to on moving past and finding the lesson. Have you learned how to live with a purpose? Sometimes life hands you pain and adversity and it’s up to you to learn how to move past …

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Debbie Feinberg Podcast

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Living Her Convictions and Beliefs Ep. 50 – Debbie Feinberg embodies living her convictions and beliefs! Some say leaders are born not made while others say, they are made not born. Well, in Debbie Feinberg’s case, you can say it was both; she always carried an entrepreneurial spirit from a young age. Debbie grew up …

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Antonio McGinnis Podcast

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Life in the Bricks Antonio McGinnis Ep. 80 – Where you come from should not define who you become. From growing up in Public Housing to becoming an international basketball star, Tony McGinnis knows that when you are determined to be different, you will overcome. Antonio McGinnis was recently named by AL.com as one of …

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Norman McLoughlin Podcast

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Creative Real Estate Financing Ep. 58 – Norm McLoughlin is a master of creative real estate financing in the public sector. Whether it is tax exempt bonds, tax credit, or federal, state or local funds, Norm has experience in all of them! As President of the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies or Director …

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Joe Ventrone Retires

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After 46 years in the housing arena, Joe Ventrone retires. His service includes 18+ years at the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and 32+ years of federal service, including 10 years at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and 18 years at the House of Representatives Banking Committee (now Financial Services), into unfinished …

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Change One Word – Change Your World

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Runa Magnus, TrailBlazers Impact Podcast, Ep. 108 omehow we’ve come to believe that being right is more important than listening to others. That a single truth exists, and our way is the only way. They tell us that we’re defending our rights and way of life. But perhaps they are wrong! I believe that life …

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Joseph Shuldiner Podcast

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Engage the Residents Ep. 57 – Can you imagine managing a 500K+ subsidized housing unit program with 10,238 employees? How about 9.375 units plus 58,000 families in the Section 8 program? Joseph Shuldiner is the only executive director in the country to manage three behemoth housing authorities! He was HUD’s Assistant Secretary of Public and …

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Innovative Housing Crisis Summit

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The Population Health Learning Collaborative (PopHLC) is sponsoring a Solution Summit for the Housing Crisis on November 17-19. It is a free online event to discuss the problems with housing affordability, housing insecurity and homelessness.  What is needed is more information about solutions-especially solutions that can be implemented by local communities, regions and states – …

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Fall Tales – Writing Family Stories

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By Karen Kendra If you’re like me, the comprehensive to-do list you compiled at the beginning of the pandemic is only half finished.  At the time, it seemed like a great impetus to do all those things you’ve been putting off, but inertia soon set in, and binge-watching  television shows and shopping online have overtaken …

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Allison Shapira Podcast

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Find Your Voice Ep. 109 – Find your voice – Allison Shapira did but in an unusual way! We are often too afraid of what the future holds when what we thought we wanted doesn’t happen, right? The disappointment and the inability to pick ourselves up and find another passion that might fulfill us in …

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David Stevens Podcast

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How to Close the Diversity Gap in Housing The social disparities between the American rich, middle class, and poor generations and why there is a need for extraordinary focus Understanding why the current recession is projected to cut deeper but also recover faster than any other before it Utilizing experts for policy effectiveness during the …

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Leslie Andrews Podcast

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Resilience and Courage Ep. 108 – Leslie Andrews learned resilience and courage in facing life’s adversities, including being widowed at a young age, and in viewing the world. Exercising loyalty and community love comes easy for Leslie Andrews because it was instilled at an early age. Leslie Andrews is described as a Master Relationship Strategist …

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Jewel Burks Solomon Podcast

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A Tech Star Ep. 57 – Jewel Burks Solomon  – Remember that idea for a product you had and then someone else came out with it and made millions? Jewel Burks, a Tech Star, did it!  Jewel was Founder/CEO of Partpic, a startup that was acquired by Amazon in 2016, which streamlined the purchase of …

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A Beacon of Hope

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My journey started in a small town in India. The support of many nurturing people around me, coupled with my relentless pursuit of excellence led to my professional success. As Mrs. Washington, I was able to raise $7,000 for Victoria’s Voice and save precious lives from being wasted due to the drug epidemic. I helped …

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40 under 40 Jewel Burks Solomon

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Jewel Burks Solomon, a guest on TrailBlazers Impact Podcast, was an honoree for Atlanta’s 40 under 40 award. She is an amazing woman! She is head of Google Start-Ups in the U.S. She created a company called Partpic which she sold to Amazon – wouldn’t you love that? And she was one of the 30 …

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Bryan Greene

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Racial Bias in Housing Bryan Greene knows what discrimination looks like, especially in housing. But how do we end racial bias in housing so that housing is equally available to everyone?  Bryan handled many discrimination cases while he managed HUD’s fair housing policy and practices. He lets us know what the current impediments are to …

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Black Women Entrepreneur Summit

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Black Women Entrepreneurs will be a focus of the Sister Cities Project impact efforts. In the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas’ 2018 report, “Building Entrepreneurship Ecosystems in Communities of Color,” the authors Dell Gines and Rodney Sampson outline a template for meeting the specific needs of small businesses owned by black women. Black women owned …

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Runa Magnus

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Divisive Black and White Thinking RÚNA MAGNÚSDÓTTIR, (Runa Magnus) created the antidote for divisive and black and white thinking in the #NoMoreBoxes Movement.  We all unconsciously box people, creating automatic perceptions and resulting conflict. Find out how a change in a little four-letter word can change your world. She believes that life doesn’t exist in …

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It Ain’t That Hard! Just Wear A Mask…

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National Public Radio (NPR) and other news outlets are currently reporting 22 states experiencing increased rates of infection from the novel coronavirus that can cause the disease, COVID-19.  These states are characterized as having either unchecked or escalating community spread. No surprises here since the health care professionals warned us this past spring that the …

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James Stockard

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Housing Is a Right, Not a Privilege Ep. 54 – “It’s time to ensure that no American has to worry about where they and their families will sleep tonight.” James Stockard, referred to as Jim, feels affordable housing should be a right, not a privilege. He links the lack of affordable housing to social justice. …

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Marcia Blum

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Adoption, Hospice, End-of-Life Reflections Ep. 107 – Marcia Blum is an amazing person. She is a retired social worker and mental health therapist. Listen as she describes pioneering open adoption, finding your birth parents, hospice care, and grief programs. Listen to her gift to listeners as she gives us 4 end-of-life reflections to help a …

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Courage in the Aftermath of George Floyd

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By Shawn McClondon The death and the circumstances surrounding the death of George Floyd has created an environment that has prompted and unearthed lingering wounds and questions. But questions like how we achieve racial justice for all or how we end racism sometimes seems too big to really wrap your head around. And that’s why, …

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Mark Willis

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Revival of Cities Ep. 53 – Mark Willis‘s life work is about stabilizing and revitalizing cities, with a strong focus on New York City, but creating theory and systems which would work throughout the country. He feels it is crucial to bridge between theory and practice when it comes to providing affordable housing and community …

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Neelam Chahlia

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Mrs. Washington America: A First! Ep. 106 – Visualize yourself standing on the stage, wondering who will be crowned, and then . . . they call your name. Neelam Chahlia tells us what it is like to win Mrs. Washington America and then to go on to the nationals. She created history by being the …

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Janice Greene

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I Lived in Two Different Worlds: Black and White Ep. 31 – How do you integrate yourself into a Black and White world where discrimination is the only language they speak? You learn to become a fighter for your own battles, pick the right people that help motivate you when the outside world doesn’t. That …

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Carolyn May

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Pass the Torch to a New Generation Ep. 13 – Carolyn May actually witnessed President John Kennedy’s Inaugural Speech on the steps of the Capitol to pass the torch to a new generation. She heard JFK beseech Americans to “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what You can do for your …

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100 Top Blogs for Women List!

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If you would like to be part of our Blog Community, just send us an email with 250-300 words at [email protected]  So FOLLOW US on this website and on our other sites. Read Feedspot’s other women blogs here.

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David Smith

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Part 2: The Affordable Housing Guru Reveals the Future Ep. 52 – Walk through an enclosed vestibule into a commercial building and mitigate safety COVID infection worries! Retrofit your house for safety! Change multifamily standards to ensure safety! Install an app that will let you know when someone with COVID is within your range. David …

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Ruth White

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What Do We Do with the Kids? Ep. 105 – What’s happening to children reaching an age to leave a foster home? What do we do with kids when there is not a good place to go?  Ruth White is the Executive Director of the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare. Children need better …

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SCOTUS Partisanship Relief

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By Karen Kendra Here we are at the political crossroads—-national election season.  As if the country isn’t polarized enough, the appointment of another supreme court justice has taken on an acceleration that leaves the country roiling. Each presidency considers a chance to place a qualified judge of similar and sometimes extreme ideology on the highest …

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BRAVA! Awards Silent Auction

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IT’S WINDING DOWN!  Bid or donate to help support scholarships through the BRAVA Silent Auction. A virtual event, the SILENT AUCTION supports women who want to attend our new Bank of America Launch and Grow Academy! Bid on items here. Be sure to register your information before you bid!  Bidding will be open until October 26 midnight! …

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Shaune Arnold

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I Divorced My Parents at Age 14 Ep. 4 – Shaune Arnold describes her emotional escape from an abusive household into the foster care system when she divorced her parents at age 14. From parental abandonment to foster care with sheer determination and grit, Attorney Shaune Arnold shares her journey from the darkest valley to …

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Gerald Benoit

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The Guru of Housing Vouchers Ep. 51 – Meet Gerald Benoit, referred to as Jerry, one of the icons from the 1970s and a member of the Academy of Housing and Communities. He started out by directing a Section 23 Leased Housing program for the department of HUD where he kept moving up to become …

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Teaera Strum

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Baltimore’s 40 Under 40 Ep. 104 – Teaera Strum is the COO of Strum Contracting in Baltimore city. She was selected as the Baltimore Business Journal’s Baltimore 40 under 40 in 2019. She was recognized for her business and civic accruement that she has contributed to in Baltimore city. At just the age of 36, …

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How to Breathe Easier With COPD

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By Jay Berger Even with advanced COPD you can improve your breathing and quality of life. With a chronic illness like COPD it’s common to ignore how you are feel and just plug ahead with the activity only to be short of breath when you stop. But once you get back in touch with your …

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Robin Kardon’s New Release

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Former trailblazing pilot R. D. Kardon has followed-up her debut novel FLYGIRL with a second book featuring the same main character in ANGEL FLIGHT. Robin writes about issues important to women, including workplace challenges such as discrimination and harassment, and on-the-job romance. In ANGEL FLIGHT, Robin Kardon addresses women’s medical issues and the main character’s …

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DeLois Strum

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Making Her Mark as a Black Woman in Community Development Ep. 50 – Meet DeLois Strum, referred to as DeeDee, CEO of M.D. Strum LLC and a 40+ year entrepreneur, a public speaker, an affordable housing advocate, who is currently involved in offshore wind as a renewable source of energy. DeeDee has worked in the …

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Where Do You Fit in the Remote Economy?

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By Clare Price. The remote economy, which opened for business full throttle in March, shows no signs of slowing down. Many companies have made remote workers their permanent work force into the foreseeable future. Others are trying the hybrid office-WFH approach. The move to remote work has had a profound impact on normal business operations, …

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Cassandra Williams

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Truth Telling in Hollywood Ep. 103 – Meet Cassandra Williams, the CEO and president of WET PR (Write, Edit, Tell it), a public relations firm in Beverly Hills, California. It has a unique approach to enhancing the image of people in the realm of the entertainment industry.  Cassandra was an opening act for Joan Rivers …

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Diana Vellos Coker

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Fighting for The Rights of Immigrants Ep. 29 – Diana Vellos Coker is a partner with the immigration law firm Larrabee, Albi, and Coker. Being the daughter of a Belizean immigrant, Diana Vellos-Coker decided to become an immigration lawyer to bring about a change she saw needed in the immigration system. She had to convince …

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Sharon Hirota

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Quit My Job or Stay? Ep. 49 – Imagine being in a situation where your boss resigns, you’re chosen to replace him, but then he decided not to quit? Big decision to make, right?  Well, that was Sharon Hirota a while back, at a crossroads whether to go back to her old job or just …

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Monica Sussman

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You Can’t Do It All! Ep. 14 – Has your career and being a mother collided? Imagine getting pregnant right after joining a new job in a firm that does not have a maternity policy. Monica Hilton Sussman recounts the struggle for acceptance as a female attorney and, then as a pregnant female attorney during …

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Christine Crandell

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Business in the New Normal Ep. 102 – The future is uncertain and unpredictable, just like nobody would have predicted COVID-19. But a successful B2B marketing expert like Christine Crandell knows all too well what will fail in the business world and what will excel, especially in what she refers to as “The New Normal.” …

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BRAVA! Award for Rising Star

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Friday, September 25, 2020 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm About this Event Come learn how these eight female entrepreneurs (been in business less than two years) have built a name for themselves in the San Diego community. Learn what each has done to help others rise with her and what impact her business has made in the community.  

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The College Career Center – A Hidden Gem during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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For recent college graduates, finding a job after graduation is not a hit or miss proposition. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged many graduates in their search for employment as unemployment claims have reached astronomical levels. A September 2020 Bureau of Labor Statistics news release estimated that, in August, 24.2 million individuals had been unable to …

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Bruno Fulda

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The French Global Change Agent Ep. 48 – Bruno Fulda is a Frenchman who is determined to bring real change on a global scale. He believes in regulated capitalism’s interface with climate change and why fighting poverty and inequality are some of the most important issues today. He discusses how sustainable development will address some …

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John McIlwain

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Easing the Housing Squeeze Ep. 3 – John McIlwain is a huge advocator for affordable housing and led his team in sorting out their differences and finding commonality in advocating for the renewal of the Section 8 program. He is also not very optimistic about the future of housing programs in the next 10 years …

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Nan McKay’s Story

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What is it like to build an entrepreneurial career from work in public service – is that possible?  And how do you transition every level of learning, even the experiences you had as a child, and taking on 17 jobs as a tennager, into your future success? What is that entrepreneurial journey like? In this …

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When An Icon Dies

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By Karen Kendra- We all knew it was coming, but against all odds, we hoped for a miracle anyway. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, known with affection as “The Notorious RBG” was a diminutive, but imposing fixture on the Supreme Court of the United States for over twenty-seven years.  Most of us thought it was longer.  Her voice …

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Shannon Polson

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True Grit – First Woman to Fly Apache Attack Helicopter Ep. 101 – Shannon Polson is a true Trailblazer, exemplifying true grit in courage, tenacity, and perseverance! She is a native of Alaska and at age nineteen she became the youngest woman ever to climb Denali, the highest mountain in North America. She then went …

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Anita Harden

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Mentors Made the Difference Ep. 32 – Anita Harden was the low self-confidence girl who fought off self-doubt all the time to become what she could have never imagined herself becoming, a hospital president. Anita talks about her personal battles to overcome recurring attacks of self-doubt fighting back the absence of self confidence born of …

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Money Talks: But What the Hell is it Saying?

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Join us to watch the wildly entertaining musical MONEY TALKS: But What the Hell is it Saying? the inspired true story of two women artists from Hawaii, a generation apart, who channel their financial woes into trying to write a Broadway musical about money. Playwrights Lucie Lynch and Marcia Zina Mager will lead a contemplative …

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Judith Hermanson

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Smart City. Just City. Ep. 47 – Judith Hermanson, President and CEO of IHC Global, brings a Smart City. Just City initiative to increase inclusiveness and equity in cities across the globe. The Smart City. Just City. Initiative will developand advance a policy framework that uses smart city techniques to attain a just city vision of an …

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Redefining Public Health Professional

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What’s a Health Professional? When stepping back a few years ago from a 40-year career as a national advocate for families of low incomes and the communities where they LIVE, I looked to the opportunity to help build the next generation of housing and community development practitioners. My platform for doing so became my alma …

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VOTE for Your Favorite Woman!

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NAWBO SAN DIEGO BRAVA AWARDS Want something fun to do?  Watch the finalists from NAWBO San Diego BRAVA! Awards and VOTE on your favorite! Each panel discussion will be released as a series of “shows” throughout September and October. Board member TrailBlazers: Ep. 50 Debbie Feinberg, Ep. 8 Mindy Bortness, and Ep. 2 Nan McKay

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Tony Markey

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The Grand Leap Ep. 100 – Tony Markey is one person that fully understands the advantages and disadvantages of taking the grand leap! He has taken many of them throughout his adult life and has never had second thoughts about it. Imagine applying for a science graduate job as an 18-year-old who just completed high …

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Sharon Cossey and Gail Gillespie

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Life, Discrimination, and Divorce Ep. 43 – What was it like as an African-American woman growing up in the U.S. in the 1960’s and 1970’s? Sharon Cossey, Gail Gillespie, and Nan McKay, long-term friends on a retreat in Las Vegas, have a candid conversation about a variety of subjects from growing up experiences to going …

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Teri Ijeoma

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Successful Stocks Trader’s Top 4 Trading Secrets Ep. 54 – Nervous about playing the stock market?  Teri Ijeoma gives us her tips and tells us how she shares her investing strategies with people all over the world. Her online classes and coaching calls will teach you how to invest. Named 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year …

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Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

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Sleep is important.  It restores energy and helps with immunity, learning, growth, and development.  During sleep, the brain is cleansed from waste products, including the abnormal proteins from PD that build up.  If your sleep is disruptive, it can cause physical and cognitive difficulties, and increase your risk for falls.  If you are having trouble …

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Sheldon Schreiberg

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Challenges? Not Me! Shel Schreiberg considers himself very lucky for not experiencing any challenges during his career in the affordable housing sector. He is also very modest in all the projects he and his team members contributed to bringing to fruition. He believes in the power of tax credits in ensuring and sustaining affordable housing …

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Carol Lamberg

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From Ashes to Triumph Ep. 5 – Building housing in New York isn’t easy. There’s lots of red tape and high housing costs, but none of that detracted Carol Lamberg from pushing through projects that later went on to flourish. Carol Lamberg was the executive director for the Settlement Housing Fund from 1983 until her …

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Bob Moss

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Innovate to Fix Housing Woes Ep. 4 – Bob Moss believes that in the next 50 years houses will be built overnight and all because of technology. He has been a witness of how technology has changed in the last 20 years and only imagines the future. He discusses that to meet the myriad of …

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Denise Muha

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Respect on Capitol Hill Denise Muha believes that the current conversations about affordable housing should provide a solution to the growing population that is unable to afford to rent decent housing. Denise Muha has been executive director of the National Leased Housing Association for more than three decades, working on national housing policy and advocating …

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Rita Venable

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A Community Change Agent When was the last time you volunteered in your community? Before COVID-19, Never? Did you know that by volunteering, you gain more experience and opportunities than you actually give? Rita O. Venable, community change-agent and women’s advocate with a 40-year history of activism is a champion for racial and gender equality …

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Purse Power Collaboration

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We are thrilled to announce a collaboration between Nan McKay Connects LLC and Purse Power. Donna Miller , CEO and Co-founder of Purse Power also has a passion for making a difference and driving positive change. Donna is focused on helping women, nationwide, to use their trillions of dollars of collective economic power to buy …

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John H “Jack” Sullivan

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The Good Fight Ep. 45 – Meet John H. (“Jack”) Sullivan – if it’s part of his passion – watch out!  If he wants something enough, he’ll fight for it until he gets it!  He tells about his activism in many arenas – internationally in 65 countries, as head of USAID’s Bureau for Asia and …

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Jillian Ryan

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Using a Business as a Force for Good Ep. 98 – Jillian Ryan’s passion translates into action! She’s built a great business . . . but WHY? Because the proceeds help support teaching sustainable skills to abused women! Jillian stands up for what she believes in – corporate social responsibility and making a difference! In …

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Case Lane

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Prepare for the Future! Ep. 41 – Case Lane has traveled to 100 countries…and what’s even more interesting is, she has lived in 11 of them. From one side of the Pacific to the other, Mexico to Tanzania, you name it! She is a global writer, a traveler, an entrepreneur, and an observer to the …

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Janice Stewart

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Birmingham Church Bombing: I Was There Ep. 47 – As a young girl, Janice Stewart was walking down the street to go to her church when she saw flames shooting up. Her friends were already there and inside. They were all killed. The “Birmingham Bombing”  was a white supremacist terrorist attack which occurred at the African-American 16th …

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Six Megatrends of the New Normal

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I’m an international business consultant in customer retention, transformation and strategy. I’ve written an informative paper on post-coronavirus called Six Megatrends of the New Normal, where I explain each one – and help portend the future. Watch me on youtube.com, Coping In Crisis channel https://youtu.be/soL-f2UsP2A or listen to my podcast on this site’s Coping In Crisis podcasts.

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Case Lane’s New Recast Book

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Do you want an online business, but have no idea how to get started? Trailblazers Impact guest Case Lane [Episode 41] has released Recast: The Aspiring Entrepreneur’s Practical Guide to Getting Started with an Online Business. The book is the first ten actions to take to help you move forward. Case is an entrepreneur, writer …

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Marcia Blum

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Omaha’s Tireless Giver Ep. 44 – Meet Marcia Blum, a retired social worker and mental health therapist. Listen as she describes pioneering adoption, hospice care, and grief programs. Listen to her gift to listeners as she gives us 4 end-of-life reflections to help a dying person. She continues to work tirelessly to help Omaha citizens …

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Christine Markey

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Singing on The Waters Have you ever wondered what life on the Queen Elizabeth II cruise ship was like? Christine Markey was an entertainer on that ship, singing on the waters, and recalls some fascinating stories about life on the ship. Truly, you won’t want to miss this one! • What people wore and did …

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Stockton Williams

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State and National Role in Housing Ep. 43 – Stockton Williams feels there is a devolution of housing to the state and local level. COVID-19’s effect is being felt and details the severe housing affordability challenge coming. He feels there will be a rise in delinquency and defaults in the housing sector and a stress …

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David Smith

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Sure! I Can Do That! Ep. 6 – A visionary, David Smith feels we need to answer “Sure! I can do that!” to create value in the sky. His vision of changes needed for the future to supply affordable housing include transportation, more highrises in urban areas, zoning and infrastructure. As the family composition changes …

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Elisabette Calero

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High Priestess of Culture in Puerto Rico Ep. 9 – Elisabette Calero came back to Puerto Rico, after a star-laden history as a dance prodigy in the States, because of her mother’s illness. She stayed and during the course of her still-evolving career, spent time dodging gangs’ bullets ricocheting against the walls of public housing …

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Jamie Amelio

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Staying Bothered and Teen Angst, Drugs and Suicide (2 episodes) Ep. 79 – Jamie Amelio’s heart was moved by a child in Cambodia who begged her for a dollar. She was bothered by why a child would need to be out asking for money, and the encounter stayed with her. This drove her to launch …

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Victoria Woods

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Want to Be a Millionaire? Victoria Woods Ep. 94 – From her Financial Diva podcast to her book, “It’s All About the Money, Honey” to her successful investment business, ChappelWood to her “how to’s” on her website, she’s a dynamo you won’t want to miss! The Financial Diva, Victoria Woods is the founder, CEO, and …

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Jean Chatzky

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Teaching Women How to Manage Their Money Jean Chatzky Ep. 85 – Are you one of the many Jean Chatzky fans as she is teaching women how to manage their money on multiple media sites? Would you like to hear about her growing-up years? Jean Chatzky shares not only her career journey but also her …

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Florence Champagne

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Turning Heart Pain into Purpose Ep. 95 – Florence Champagne is Chairperson and CEO of the Open My Heart Foundation. Florence suffered a heart attack in 2012 and, as a result, she had emergency open heart surgery. Due to being uninsured at the time, she did not readily receive the necessary diagnostic testing and life-saving …

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Malcolm “Mike” Peabody

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The Freedom of Choice Ep. 42 – Malcolm ‘Mike’ Peabody’s life has been founded on giving people the freedom of choice. He is known as the man who reinvented Public Housing. Giving people the ability to be like everyone else without discrimination The power of giving people the choice to do what they want to …

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Monica Sussman

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Break the Housing Gridlock Ep. 7 – Monica Sussman details how rising income inequality, neglected infrastructure needs, and excessive turnover at HUD fuel the challenges. She offers hope that young people will rise up to tackle these challenges, work hard, and not be discouraged by the seemingly huge odds against them. Why the poor are …

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Joyce Cowin

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Never Stop Learning Ep. 41 – Joyce Cowin of New York City is a 90-year-old Fellow of the Academy going on 55. She never ceases to amaze those around her with her activities and achievements. How to start a project that supports women no matter how small – why she founded the Cowin Financial Literacy …

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Laura Yamanaka

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A Champion in Leading Women Ep. 93 – Laura Yamanaka is a leader of women with an extensive history of leading and supporting women in business as the past president of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), President of the Los Angeles chapter, and Chair of the NAWBO Institute. She has been featured …

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Dwight Ink

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The Indiana Jones Of Public Administrators Ep. 40 – Meet Dwight Ink, a 97-year-old activist who has had a fascinating life and one of the best storytellers ever! His government career serving 7 Presidents is magnificent! How to learn to fight for what is right even when you could possibly lose your job From an …

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James W Loewen

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Racial History and Sundown Towns Ep. 39 – James Loewen’s gripping retelling of American racial history as it should, and could, be taught, Lies My Teacher Told Me, has sold more than 1,500,000 copies and continues to inspire K-16 teachers to get students to challenge, rather than memorize, their textbooks. Fighting for the true history …

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Sarahi Rodriguez Amador

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A Singer’s Life in a Cruise Ship Band Sarahi Rodriguez Amador Ep. 92 – What’s a singer’s life in a cruise ship band really like? Sarahi was born and raised in México and grew up between 2 worlds: Mexico the country of her mother with a strong sound of the fiesta and, Cuba the island …

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Lyn Burton

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Facilitating Leadership for the Affordable Housing Industry Ep. 38 – Lyn Burton, Executive Director of Affordable Housing Connections, is changing the mindset of affordable housing and providing an educational opportunity by facilitating leadership for the affordable housing industry for young people interested in making a difference. Educating on new careers in a new groundbreaking course …

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Marshall Kaplan

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A First-Hand Account of the History of HUD Ep. 8 – Marshall Kaplan has stamped his mark on community development under Presidents Kennedy, Nixon, and Carter. And he has some definite opinions on HUD! Factors that have blurred HUD’s history since its inception Why federal programs rarely worked and only some slight variations that didn’t …

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