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How to Empower Women Globally: Andrea Stevenson-Conner

By TrailBlazersImpact | March 4, 2021

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 Start a Niche Business without Fear: Rosemarie Harris

By TrailBlazersImpact | March 2, 2021

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

By TrailBlazersImpact | March 2, 2021

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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How to Protect Your Kids: Lisa Preston

By TrailBlazersImpact | March 2, 2021

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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Empowering Entrepreneurs Worldwide: Lisa Kleissner

By TrailBlazersImpact | March 2, 2021

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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How to Impact Lives as an Attorney: Lisa L Walker

By TrailBlazersImpact | March 7, 2021

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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MBA’s Affordable Housing Initiatives: Steve O’Connor

By TrailBlazersImpact | February 28, 2021

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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Asia and International Trade: Stanley Marcuss

By TrailBlazersImpact | February 21, 2021

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

By TrailBlazersImpact | February 21, 2021

    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…

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Emmy and ASCAP Winner: Earl Rose

By TrailBlazersImpact | February 14, 2021

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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Stories that Connect the Bridge from Your Dreams to Action

If they can do it, you can do it!

Nan McKay, a successful entrepreneur and champion of equality for over 40 years, interviews ordinary women with extraordinary achievements who hold out their hand to share stories and inspire you to take the next step to bridge your dreams to action. We bring you hope, courage and inspiration. For  entrepreneurs, activists, writers, and civil rights history buffs - let's build a community!


Nan McKay and Kent Watkins, founder and CEO of the American Academy of Housing and Communities, bring you an urbanist podcast about how our cities were built and what's in store for the future. For history buffs, urbanists, attorneys, financiers, government decision makers, developers. and international influencers. They were there!



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Adrienne Whitehead, Atlanta, GA

It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a year since your wonderful daughter, Molly, introduced us by phone, and we began talking about your desire to provide a platform by which women of all walks of life, of all ages, and of various ethnic backgrounds can share their experiences. You may recall my first question (really to myself): Is there a difference between “who I am” and “who I am NOW?” … to which you responded: “Life never quite turns out as we thought it would, and that’s an important lesson...” What has amazed me about the TrailBlazers podcasts is that even though I’m an African American woman, now enjoying my own version of retirement, I find that I can relate to, and (even at this stage of my life) have learned from, each of the featured TrailBlazers, especially their different approaches to problem-solving and challenges. Thanks for giving us this invaluable platform.

Unabyrd Wadhams, Baltimore, MD

As a long time housing official with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a woman who matriculated through diverse and challenging landscapes, I am incredibly thankful for the Community Trailblazers podcast and highly recommend it to others.

Eileen S. Lenson, MSW, ACSW, BCC, Irvine, CA

This website is clean and easy on the eye, heavily laden with excellent content yet easy to navigate.  While Trailblazers Impact would be a good resource at any point in our lives, it is especially valuable during these challenging times.  The pandemic has resulted in many of us slowing down, being more introspective, and pushing the reset button on our values and priorities. Trailblazers Impact isn’t just a good and timely read.  Nan McKay’s interviews of women who have experienced challenging events provide a tool that helps empower us in achieving our own personal goals.

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Jason Lee, San Diego, CA

What a treat to listen to Mr. Ink! Thank you, Nan, for letting Mr. Ink tell his story. What other format would take the time to let him roll out his story at his pace?   This was a great glimpse of how government and politics were run. It’s also a reminder that integrity and a belief in doing the right thing is timeless. It shows that what we think are unique issues that only impact us today are just  different versions of fights others have fought. Mr. Ink is a great example of doing the right thing even if it’s not the easy or popular thing to do. My favorite line of his was, “It seemed to be that people get weak kneed when they don’t need to.” He was talking about big things like standing up to systemic wrongs and fighting injustice and corruption, but he seemed to do the right thing naturally -- almost like breathing. I am sure there are more examples of courageous people like him driving our government forward, but especially in these times, we could use a lot more Mr. Inks in the world.