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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.56-Linda Dupre Hull: Sr. level financial managers are "problem-solvers" and not worker bees.

Linda Dupre Hull, age 67, provides powerful insights into a childhood where at age 12 she became a partner with her father in developing the family budget and managing the family finances out of the necessity of ensuring the family could survive off of his earnings. She shares the backdrop of being a life-long resident of New Orleans; a city defined by its history of segregation and poverty, and coming to understand very early on the absolute necessity for adopting a personal budget, managing your finances and growing your personal wealth by purchasing a home as early as you can in life and vacating the role of a renter. She shares her advice for baby boomers trying to decide whether to take their social security benefits at age 62 or "wait" for full retirement. This is an interview every woman (and person) can learn from!

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Ep.52-Ellen Walsh: A Global Perspective of Discrimination

Ellen Walsh reflects on a childhood filled with the joy and discoveries of living in Hawaii, Japan and Iran, along with the pain-filled memories of living in Mississippi in the mid-to late-1950s; a state where segregation was the "law of the land" and witnessing her mother's pain as a brown skinned Polynesian married to a white Portuguese engineer. Her mother was directed to the "colored door" while her father was directed to the front door. Her mother chose to stay home rather than bear the repeated humiliation only to encounter another form of humiliation as a "western woman" living in Iran during the 1960s when her husband became a civil engineer with an American firm. Ellen shares the impact from a society where women were marginalized by being denied the benefit of education, the inability to have their own independence through something as seemingly "small" as the right to drive a car, and living by cultural mores that said "a woman's place is in the house". It was another period of time where her mother became a recluse rather than live by the norms. But, it also fueled both her father and mother to ensure all four daughters would return stateside and go to college as a means of validating their value as women and ensuring their economic independence. She now believes that her motivation to earn her B.S., M.S. and complete her doctoral studies was highly influenced by these multi-cultural experiences. She believes that if all Americans traveled outside the U.S. they would find that people are more alike than they are different and that they want the same things for themselves and their children.

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Season 3 Ep.48-Diane Jackson-Chapman: Standardized Tests Said Below Average to Average - Now Have My PhD

Dr. Jackson-Chapman revisits memories of growing up in the days of a vibrant, thriving Gary, Indiana; a steel-mill city devasted by the decline of manufacturing in the 1980s-90s and the disinvestment that followed. She reflects on her lessons-learned as a young parent determined to fully achieve her academic and professional dreams. She discusses the many women (and 2nd husband) who became the "wind beneath her wings" propelling her across the finish line with her PhD and all while taking on a 2nd marriage and raising a total of 5 sons. She also talks about becoming a contributor to the 21st C agenda for educational reform and volunteering with multiple nonprofits to fuel the dreams of women and young people.

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Being the “first and only” created childhood isolation and periods of self-doubt, but in the end, worked to underscore the old adage: “what don’t kill you only makes you strong” Iris went on to achieve multiple successes as a serial entrepreneur and gaining national recognition . .(Click on Read More)

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Ep. 7 - Singleton B. McAllister: I Found a Way to Make the Law!

As a child of the segregated south and daughter of the first black state’s attorney in Maryland, Singleton shares the varied influences of parents, mentors and elected officials on her career trajectory and commitment to domestic and global social change.  (Click on Read More)

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Ep. 11-Carolyn Hayden: I Realized My Work Could Have a Social Impact

Carolyn Hayden shares her entrepreneurial history as a a regional contractor for American Express before Visa was VISA; on becoming one of the nation’s first black female owned and managed Ford dealerships; and launching an international management consulting firm ...(Click on Read More)

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Ep. 13-Carolyn May: “This is the Time the Torch is Passed to a New Generation” – President John F. Kennedy

A young, animated, Carolyn May worked on Capitol Hill during that period of American history subsequently dubbed  “the Camelot years”:  that period etched in America’s memory as the magical era of the “Kennedy years”,  and in the public’s memory as an era ....(Click on Read More)

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From a childhood of segregation, low-expectations of girls and women and the battle to define her sexuality, Teresa Ann Harris, shares her journey from military service, to homelessness, addiction and recovery with college graduation at age 40 followed by a stellar civil service career with ...(Click on Read More)

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Cathy Gibson left east Texas at age 18 to enter a Virginia girls college in the early 1960s as an “outspoken bigot” and graduated a Big 10 University four years later with a degree in Urban Education committed to increasing the literacy rates of inner city youth, and ...(Click on Read More)

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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. 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)

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Ep. 32-Anita Harden: Mentors Made the Difference

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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 (Click to Read More)

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Ep. 40-Patzetta Trice: Don't allow Anyone to derail your dreams: "Own
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Ep. 44-Verna Jones-Rodwell: Hope, Health and Healing in Elected Office

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Season 3 Ep.48-Diane Jackson-Chapman: Standardized Tests Said Below Average to Average - Now Have My PhD

Dr. Jackson-Chapman revisits memories of growing up in the days of a vibrant, thriving Gary, Indiana; a steel-mill city devasted by the decline of manufacturing in the 1980s-90s and the disinvestment that followed.

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Ep.52-Ellen Walsh: A Global Perspective of Discrimination

Ellen Walsh reflects on a childhood filled with the joy and discoveries of living in Hawaii, Japan and Iran, along with the pain-filled memories of living in Mississippi in the mid-to late-1950s; a state where segregation was the "law of the land" and witnessing her mother's pain as a brown skinned Polynesian married to a white Portuguese engineer. Her mother was directed to the "colored door" while her father was directed to the front door.

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Ep.56-Linda Dupre Hull: Sr. level financial managers are "problem-solvers" and not worker bees.

Linda Dupre Hull, age 67, provides powerful insights into a childhood where at age 12 she became a partner with her father in developing the family budget and managing the family finances out of the necessity of ensuring the family could survive off of his earnings.

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