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Latest Trailblazers Impact episodes

Tai Christensen Podcast

By TrailBlazersImpact | January 14, 2021

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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Clare Price Podcast

By TrailBlazersImpact | January 7, 2021

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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Paula Ward Podcast

By TrailBlazersImpact | January 2, 2021

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

By TrailBlazersImpact | January 2, 2021

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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Mozhgan Wafiq Alokozai Podcast

By TrailBlazersImpact | December 29, 2020

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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Latest Community Trailblazers episodes

Lynne Sagalyn Podcast

By TrailBlazersImpact | January 10, 2021

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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Antonio Santaella Podcast

By TrailBlazersImpact | January 3, 2021

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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Robert Rozen Podcast

By TrailBlazersImpact | December 27, 2020

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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Carla A. Hills

By TrailBlazersImpact | December 27, 2020

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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Amy Glassman Podcast

By TrailBlazersImpact | December 20, 2020

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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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.