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Dee Dee transports listeners through stories of ordinary women who came to demonstrate extraordinary achievements to prevail even in the face of gender bias and/or racial discrimination.

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Ep.40-Patzette Trice: Own Your Dreams

Patzetta Trice recounts a childhood fueled by the leadership and sage advice her father instilled in his daughters which includes the values of "Faith, Family and Community". Living these values became her personal mission and eventually led to the type of professional success that garnered her local, national and global awards. She shares her personal perspective on what success means to her as she climbed the corporate ladder at GM; often "embraced", but also the recipient of gender and racial bias at times. Never one to quit, she prevailed, and in the end, leveraged her top corporate positions to secure funding for local non-profits that focus on youth and resources for girls and women. She shares her greatest triumph which was being asked by three successive governors, representing both major political parties, to serve as co-chair of the Indiana Commission for Women. There she worked with girls and women in both urban and rural communities and was able to help frame and push-out state administrative and legislative initiatives to increase and improve public policies to provide aid to women and girls across 92 counties.

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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 four and keeping his promise to his wife and their young children to "keep them all together". A steel mill worker, this "Super-man", as she describes him, instilled in them all the value of education, their duty to family and a deep commitment to community, and the legacy of seven of the eight children going on to earn one or more college degrees. Armed with these values, even today at age 84, she is actively engaged with multiple community-based nonprofits while enjoying her time as a grandmother with a public profile for women who" retire in order to re-fire", as demonstrated by her current career as a TV commercial actress and community "grandma".

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