Our Company Beginnings and Podcasts at a Glance

Nan McKay

Nan has been President of Nan McKay and Associates, Inc. since 1980. She started Nan McKay Connects LLC in 2019 and has started 4 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


DeeDee Strum

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 national


TrailBlazers Impact Both Hosts

How far have women come to close the gender gap? The introduction provides facts about how much progress women really have made. Were the “olden days” really that good? Is history relevant today? If not, why do we sometimes feel like we are going backwards? And why tell the stories? So young women can learn through listening to the stories that you sometimes have to fight through the bad times to get to the best moments of your life. We want them to realize that, even in the face of gender, racial or cultural discrimination, even when there is no clear path ahead, there is a whole world of possibility out there for them, that they can continue to dream, that they can succeed, and that they have it in them to do it

Episode 1 – Introduction:  Is the Past the Present?