TrailBlazers Podcast Season 2

Susan Fielder

Ep. 21: Susan Fielder: Part 1 and Part 2 (Bonus). Losing a Loved One

Growing up in a privileged family, her world fell apart when her Father's businesses went bankrupt. She was 19 at the time. Her life changed forever. She was raised in the fast-food business in Kansas City...(Click on Read More)

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Ep. 22- Rae Meadows: Tips from an Award-Winning Author

After feeling unfilled in several jobs, a friend asked Rae what she would really like to do and she answered, out of the blue, “Be a writer.” That statement turned out to be utterly life-changing. She talks about how she crafts...(Click on Read More)

Emily Alcantar

Ep. 23-Emily Alcantar: Balancing an Executive Job with Family Needs

Emily grew up in Texas in a Latina family. At the age of 5, she still wasn’t able to speak fluent English even thou she was born in America. She started out in the STEM field as an Engineering. But later decided she wanted to do something else.  She develops her...(Click on Read More)

 

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Ep. 24-Caramella Watkins: Research, Publish & Present! If You Want to Call Yourself a "Scientist".

Carmella Davis Watkins became a research scientist and meteorologist after completing her undergraduate degree in mathematics at the University of Maryland College Park accomplishing advanced studies in meteorology at Penn State. She became a trailblazer dedicating her ...(Click on Read More)

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Ep. 25- Robin Kardon: How to Get Published

Robin grew up in a dysfunctional family looking for love, craving attention. She shares what she learned did and didn't work. She went on to lawyer, pilot, interview coach, author. She explains the process of writing and publishing...(Click on Read More)

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Bonus Episode- David Northern: Overcoming Challenges, a Change in Direction and a Determination to Make a Difference

David’s biological father was a gangster; he was in the burn unit with severe burns in 3rd grade, and he grew up in the murder capital of the...(Click on Read More)

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Ep. 26- Tara Peters: 16 Year Old Teen Mom to PhD at 36

Tara describes the challenges and difficulties of being pregnant in high school and then being a teen mom. She is a role model for teens facing the same issues today. She credits her family for helping her raise her son who has become an attorney today...(Click on Read More)

Jocelyn Bronson

Ep. 27- Jocelyn Bronson: Don’t Listen to the Negative Voice in Your Head

Jocelyn’s journey to finding self is a journey shared by so many other women caught between the world of “low expectations of women” to her world of high expectations for herself. She shares her story of moving from a young “self”, replete with marital trials...(Click on Read More)

Emily Loya

Ep. 28- Emily Loya: Lost My Dad to the Bermuda Triangle

Emily shares her early childhood family tragedy of losing her father, a 1934 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, who went on to become a navy flight, and was subsequently "lost", along with his entire flight crew, in the infamous "Bermuda Triangle" towards the close of WWII; her early years of nursing at a time when "doctors were Kings"...(Click on Read More)

Diana Vellos Coker

EP. 29- Diana Vellos Coker: Be a Voice for Those Who Can’t Speak for Themselves

Being the daughter of a Belizean immigrant, Diana Vellos-Coker decided to become an immigration lawyer to bring about a change she saw needed in the immigration system. She had to convince her father that being...(Click on Read More)

Penny Wing

Ep. 30- Penny Wing: Building Companies, Aging Parents, and Marriage.

Penny shares the story of her globe-trotting life from England and Germany to Japan and back to America. She describes making the challenges associated with the transition between a variety of countries cultures. She shares with us...(Click on Read More)

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Ep. 31- Janice Greene I Lived in Two Different Worlds: Black and White

Janice established the distinction between purpose and mission and what she wanted personally in childhood. She talks about how to wend your way through the corporate environment to survive. She shares...(Click on Read More)

Anita Harden

Ep. 32-Anita Harden: Mentors Made the Difference

Anita talks about her personal battles to overcome recurring attacks of self-doubt fighting back the absence of self confidence born of her introverted personality but all the while recognizing her abilities to achieve each goal she established. Her career was fueled by mentors and personal cheerleaders helping her to elevate from nurse to (Click on Read More)

Janise Graham

Ep.33- Janise Graham: I Have Clubs, Too!

Working within a male-dominated industry, she discusses how she dealt with the challenge of fitting in. She talks about knowing your history so you know how to move forward in life and the importance of women knowing who they are and their purpose. (Click on Read More)

Cara Gillette

Ep.34- Cara Gillette: Community and the Joy of Bringing New Life in this World

One life-changing moment changed the way she looks at human rights. She believes every woman should give birth the way she feels most comfortable and there is no wrong way or one more spiritual than...(Click on Read More)

Lisa Preston

EP. 35-  Lisa Preston: "No Secrets in This Family" 

Lisa provides advice on how to guard against child abusers by talking with your children. She has climbed Kilimanjaro and several other mountains. She worked in the police department in vice, crimes against children...(Click on Read More)

Mildred Morgan Ball

Ep. 36-Mildred Morgan Ball: A TV Commercial Star at Age 80

Mildred Morgan Ball provides her journey on a career peppered with being the "first and only", starting with her high school career in the late 1940s, and continuing through a career of promoting gender and racial equity for young athletes and the performing arts. Her father became a widower with eight children to raise when she was age (Click to Read More)

Elsie Escobar

Ep.37- Elsie Escobar: She Podcasts! 

From teaching yoga to podcasting yoga classes, Elsie is a woman icon in podcasting with 4 shows including She Podcasts! With a background in acting, she transitioned successfully into a different medium and works for Libsyn hosting company.  (Click on Read More)

Raynette Halvorsen Smith

Ep.38- Raynette Halvorsen Smith: I Discovered I Was the Only Female in my Profession!

Raynette shares her first-hand experience with the disparity in pay of women professors and the resulting changes, in part due to Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the advent of the birth control pill and the ... (Click on Read More)

Marisa De Lecce

Ep. 39-Marisa De Lecce: New Swimsuit Line Featured in Oprah!

In this episode, Marisa takes us on her journey that started with a career in healthcare and moved into launching a now very successful swimwear line, Hermoza Swim. With Colombian and Mexican parents, her family went from rags to riches through hard work, dedication and perseverance. Before starting the swimwear line, she worked for the non-profit, Rivers of Hope,Click on Read More)

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Ep. 40-Patzetta Trice: Don't allow Anyone to derail your dreams: "Own
Them"

Patzetta Trice recounts a childhood fueled by the leadership and sage advice her father shared with his daughters to include the values of "Faith, Family and Community". Living these values became her personal mission informing the professional and civic outcomes that led to the receipt of local, national and global awards. (Click on Read More)