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Latest Trailblazers Impact episodes

Jennifer Brown Podcast

By TrailBlazersImpact | December 1, 2020

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

By TrailBlazersImpact | December 1, 2020

“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

By TrailBlazersImpact | December 1, 2020

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

By TrailBlazersImpact | December 1, 2020

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

By TrailBlazersImpact | December 1, 2020

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 product…

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Latest Community Trailblazers episodes

Muriel Tillinghast Podcast

By TrailBlazersImpact | November 29, 2020

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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Carla A. Hills

By TrailBlazersImpact | November 29, 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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Norman McLoughlin Podcast

By TrailBlazersImpact | November 22, 2020

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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Joseph Shuldiner Podcast

By TrailBlazersImpact | November 16, 2020

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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David Stevens Podcast

By TrailBlazersImpact | November 8, 2020

Close the Diversity Gap in Housing Ep. 56 – David Stevens wants to close the diversity gap in housing and allow more inclusion for a better and diverse America. He would like to see a country where the economic gap is less wide and both the majority and the minority have safe affordable places to…

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Adrienne Whitehead, Atlanta, GA

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

Unabyrd Wadhams, Baltimore, MD

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

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

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

Jason Lee, San Diego, CA

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