Nan McKay Connects LLC

Our Mission

Our mission is to transport the listener into the journey of contemporary history-makers by bringing to life the memories of the barriers encountered and the strategies employed to go under, over, around or through every obstacle encountered.  It is our shared hope that these stories will inspire and motivate our listeners to bridge their dreams to action by hearing how others have struggled but gone on to achieve their dreams.

Our world-class team of talented people works hard to bring you these podcasts! They include our hosts and partners listed below plus Abby Wright from Jamaica, Tess Paul from Kenya,  David Swope from David Swope Audio., Debbie Feinberg from Jumpstart, and others listed on the Connect with Us page. 

Nan has been President of Nan McKay and Associates, Inc. since 1980. She started Nan McKay Connects LLC in 2019 and has started 6 other businesses over the last 50 years. She has received numerous awards including the Allan Anderson Award of Merit from Minnesota National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, the Section 8 Administrators Award, in 2018 the National Association of Women Business Owners' (NAWBO) Signature Award for Southern California, and in 2019 she was selected by NAWBO as the California Woman Business Owner of the Year. She was co-founder of Minnesota Women in Housing and has served on the Board of Directors for the National Leased Housing Association for many years. She has two buildings named after her in Minnesota, a 10-story elderly high-rise, the Nan McKay Building, and a family subsidized development, McKay Manor

Nationally recognized entrepreneur, social change agent and women's activist, Dee Dee Strum has to her credit a portfolio of accomplishments in the field of community development and business ownership as evidenced by many notable awards to include Small Woman-Owned Business of the Year (U.S. SBA-Indiana District); Indianapolis Mayor's Award for Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year; ICIC Top 100 Inner-City Corporations; Women's Enterprise Business Network Council (WEBNC) Great Lakes Region Outstanding Business Owner of the Year; NYC Network Journal's Top 25 Black Women In Business; NAWBO Indianapolis Trailblazer Award. Dee served a four-year term as national president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., serving as thought-leader and principal spokesperson, connecting 60+ chapters nationwide with the national organization.


Donna Miller, TBI Host

Donna Miller, CEO and Co-founder of Purse Power, has had more than 30 years of hands-on experience as an entrepreneur and executive in Fortune 500 companies.  She is an award-winning talent management consultant and a professional certified executive coach. Donna has a passion for making a difference and driving positive change. Donna is now focused on helping women, nationwide, to use their trillions of dollars of collective economic power to buy goods and services from companies that create, support and improve opportunities for women and girls. Donna is also a 3-time Journal Record Woman of the Year - 50 Making a Difference honoree (and Circle of Excellence Inductee in 2020) and is grateful to have been selected as one of the Oklahoma Hospitality Club's Ladies in the News and one of Journal Record's Oklahoma's Most Admired CEOs in 2020.


Kent Watkins, American Academy of Housing and Communities

Kent Watkins is the Founder and Chairman of the American Academy of Housing and Communities. With a long history of government involvement, starting with his involvement in writing the original Civil Rights Act to his championship of applied urbanism today.  He has advised Capitol Hill, the White House, HUD, and various interest groups to advocate for adequate budgeting and rulemaking in the area of affordable housing, transit-oriented development, climate/environment including education, jobs, solar energy, urban cybersecurity and block chaining.  He worked closely with the French embassy in D.C. as a co-sponsor of the recent bi-national urban climate change conference. He has lectured worldwide on a variety of topics.


Terry Neese, Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women

Dr. Terry Neese has been a global leader for decades. She is the woman behind the IEEW organization. She is a serial entrepreneur, founding both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Terry's two most successful organizations are Neese Personnel Services, now run by her daughter, Kim, and her current venture, the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women. She has instilled a sense of empowerment into everyone she meets; including, empowering women in war-torn and developing countries. She has received numerous awards and honors over the years including an Honorary Doctorate from Northwood University and a seat on the U.S. Afghan Women's Council alongside Mrs. Laura Bush and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Most recently she has received the Enterprising Women Legacy Award, the Journal Record's ''Oklahoma's Most Admired CEO's'' and the Sister Cities Global Vision Award. In 2018 she was honored as one of 100 Oklahoma Women Trailblazers, by the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma, in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Oklahoma women winning the right to vote. She has also been voted in the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Oklahoma since its inception in 2012.

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