Coping in Crisis
Season 1

Nan McKay

Nan McKay

Ep. 1-Is Coronavirus the New Way of Life?

We’ve all been a situation where we felt totally out of control and the only solution was to wait and see what happens.  Nan McKay believes that quarantine is much harder for families when parents are faced with so many distractions working from home while wanting the best for their kids. We are lucky that we still feel a connection to people through communication modes.


Jennifer L.W. Fink

Ep. 2-Avoiding a Mental Breakdown at Home

Isolation for Jennifer is a natural habitat. With a special skillset to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic as someone who is used to working remotely, she is still finding it difficult and provides some tips to adapting time management in the home environment. Coping with the crisis is not easy. She shares some tips on handling kids including teenagers in these uncertain times. LISTEN to her story on TrailBlazersImpact.


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Josh Koskinen

Ep. 3-Crisis Lessons from Y2K to Pandemic

With experience in dealing with a crisis, John Koskinen talks about the measures he took in dealing with the challenges of the 2000 economic crisis. His role in the government at that time was to coordinate people working on the crisis from all over the world which ultimately worked well. LISTEN to his story on Community TrailBlazers.




Case Lane

Ep. 4-Recast Yourself in a Crisis

This time could be an opportunity to start projects or businesses that you’ve always wanted to start. Learn  how to manage all the extra time in the new routine the Covid-19 crisis is creating. Case Lane  shares 10 tips from her new book- Recast yourself- to both professionals and those planning to start a business. LISTEN to her story on TrailBlazers Impact.



Eileen Lenson

Eileen Lenson

Ep. 5-Physical Distancing Not Social Distancing

People are wired to like predictability, which is why we have both positive and negative reactions to situations. Rapid changes like the Covid-19 crisis bring out uncertainties that result in feeling helpless. Eileen Lenson shares how her family is coping with isolation and the importance of a lockdown in California.
LISTEN to her story on TrailBlazers Impact podcast.

Vanessa Elle Wilde

Vanessa Elle Wilde

Ep. 6-Finding Opportunities in Crisis

We are being forced to slow down and reassess our lives- this is an opportunity to open up a completely different world.
Vanessa Elle Wilde is doing well coping with isolation by reevaluating what is important and benefitting to her, her family, and her clients. In her 14 days of isolation, she started her very first virtual improv class and a YouTube channel. LISTEN to her story on TrailBlazers Impact Podcast.


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Karel Ford

Ep. 7-Preparing for A Virtual Conference.

The Covid-19 crisis is being felt by the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women as they are having a hard time figuring out if a women empowerment conference will happen. Karel Ford explains how prepared they are to hold a virtual conference with their women students from Rwanda, Afghanistan, and across the USA if things don’t change for the better in the coming weeks. LISTEN to her story on Peace Through Business Podcast.

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Barbara Daniel

Ep. 8-Shifting to A Digital Magazine at A Cost

Magazine publishers like Barbara Daniel have resulted in publishing digital issues and putting the print versions on hold indefinitely. They are also focusing their content around mental and physical wellness during the pandemic to suit their clients’ needs. They have decided not to charge their print subscribers – at least for now – to bring them the magazine in times of crisis. LISTEN to her story on TrailBlazers Impact Podcast.

David Smith

David Smith

Ep. 9-Ideas That Redefine Crisis

We need to redefine the use of the word crisis from a mere inconvenience to serious situations like the COVID-19. David shares how housing, financial, and government policy are major aspects that affect health care. He describes how he adopted the hierarchy of needs concept into workable ideas in times of crisis. Learn useful tips for productivity while working from home and still protecting your business and employees. LISTEN to his story on Community TrailBlazers Podcast.

Betsy Muller

Betsy Muller

Ep. 10-Adapting to Unfamiliar Feelings

Now is the perfect time to be a witness to your own process by accepting your feelings. Betsy explains why we have to accept the reality of the COVID-19 crisis to best cope with its outcome. She is leading a free daily group intervention to help people overcome the overwhelming responsibilities that come with working from home. SHOP for her book The Comeback. LISTEN to her story at TrailBlazers Impact podcast.

Nan McKay

Nan McKay

Ep. 11-Tools for Productivity

Tomorrow is now uncertain and it seems we’re all walking on eggshells in the wake of the pandemic. It is up to us to either reel on the situation or step up to do what’s necessary to survive. We have to think of a new way of life that the situation of the pandemic is creating- since we don’t know what we don’t know. She believes we are all in this together- which is why she gives tips on how to work remotely in this time of crisis. Plus, she shares her favorite technology apps that are helpful to work productively.


Brianna McDonald

Ep. 12-Effects Of COVID-19 On Investing

The early-stage companies are going to have a hard time finding investors and will have to look for other ways to keep enough cash reserves during the COVID-19 pandemic. Brianna explains why she is certain that fundraising and venture community is going to shift, and a lot of early businesses are going to fail due to the crisis. She shares how she is dividing her time working from home and dealing with family distractions. LISTEN to her full story on TrailBlazers Impact podcast.

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Jamie Amelio

Ep. 13-Staying Bothered During Crisis

Jamie’s life’s mission is to teach people how they can help others- and now during the COVID-19 crisis, she is teaching them how to help their neighbors. She shares how she is staying bothered in Texas by figuring out whom to help most and how. She also talks about the hardships that exist and keeping at bay the elderly people who’re at a higher risk of contracting the virus. Learn how Jamie and her six children are coping with the crisis. LISTEN to her full story on TrailBlazers Impact podcast. SHOP for her book.

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Antonio McGinnis

Ep. 14-Disaster Management in the Public Sector

As Interim Executive Director of a housing authority, Tony McGinnis has to keep operations going for the residents of Public Housing and for owners to continue to get paid so residents aren't evicted. The pandemic has forced creativity in split shifts and new procedures to streamline operations and be prepared before the next disaster hits. As a former basketball star and coach, he talks about how it has affected him personally. LISTEN to his full story on TrailBlazers Impact Podcast. BUY his book.

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James Hindman

Ep. 15-The Art of Positivity

We need to keep the right spirit in mind and believe that this too we shall overcome. There is no problem that we are going to face or have faced in the past that we won’t overcome even though the price might be overwhelming. Learn why it is important to believe in the art of the possible- keeping a positive and optimistic mindset to better cope with a crisis.

He is an outstanding 85-year-old role model! LISTEN to his full story on Community TrailBlazers Podcast.

Jillian Ryan

Jillian Ryan

Ep. 16-Doing the Right Thing

Doing the right thing for all the right reasons! Jillian Ryan has founded a "give back" company to help abused or trafficked women. Learn how she repositioned her company in two ways during the pandemic. Hear her full story on TrailBlazersImpact, Season 5.

Helen Dunlap

Helen Dunlap

Ep. 17-From a 100,000 Mile Traveler to a COVID-19 0 Miler

The COVID-19 crisis has Helen Dunlap, like many other frequent fliers, sitting in a chair at home instead of an airline seat. She shares how the required use of technology has totally changed her outlook from cautious to long-term positive! LISTEN to her full story on Community TrailBlazers.

Marisa De Lecce

Marisa de Lecce

Ep. 18-COVID-19 Hermoza Heroes, Masks, and Recipes

As a Hermoza swimsuit designer wear online store owner, Marisa de Lecce is engaging the community by selecting a Modern-Day Hero, making and giving away masks, and participating in a cooking challenge #QuarantineCookingRecipeExchange.

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Gordon Firemark

Ep. 19-COVID-19: The Theater Is Dark

As an entertainment lawyer, Gordon Firemark shares that business has been slow since the forced closure of entertainment centers due to COVID-19. Gordon has turned to the digital space to get creative and become more visible. Watch his video on, Coping In Crisis channel.

Linda Gorin

Linda Gorin

Ep. 20: Operation Health Care Worker Gifting

The Gift Basket Association, which Linda is a member of, has a national movement to donate a gift box filled with healthy, sweet and savory goodies to doctors, nurses and health care workers in hospitals or facilities dealing with the Pandemic.