The
Nan McKay
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Nan brings to life fascinating stories of women struggling through life to blaze their own trails when there was no clear path ahead.

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Ep.43-Sharon Cossey and Gail Gillespie: Life, Discrimination, and Divorce

Sharon, Gail, and Nan, long-term friends on a retreat in Las Vegas, talk about a variety of subjects from growing up experiences to going to Maya Angelou's Black Tie birthday parties given by Oprah to discrimination in the workplace and elsewhere.  Gail gives some great advice on choosing a marriage partner, surviving an abusive household, and being a young woman in today’s climate.

Molly McKay-Williams

Ep. 42. Molly McKay Williams: The Fight for Same-Sex Marriage

Daughter of Nan McKay, Molly shares what is was like being on the front lines of the fight for marriage equality in California for over 15 years. As co-founder and Media Director of Marriage Equality USA, Molly describes her journey through the the early days of marriage equality advocacy all the way through the day that LGBT marriage became legal. She shares what it was like to be Grand Marshall of the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade, then marrying a woman after marriage was legal, to the sadness of her marriage ending in divorce, and then later on, marrying a man and becoming a mother.

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Ep. 41-Case Lane: Prepare for the Future!

Having been to 100 countries and lived in 11 of them, Case Lane describes her experience as a foreign diplomat and global traveler. Educated in communications, political science, business, law and economics, her website, readyentrepreneur.com, provides advice to people thinking of starting a business all the way to experienced entrepreneurs. As an author, she discusses her process of writing and getting published. As a futurist, she has had a front row seat in Hollywood where she witnessed the transformation from physical to digital media in the entertainment industry. She has written several most read books that reflect her experience.

Nan McKay

Ep. 2 - “I Will Survive and Hold My Head High!”

Co-host and TBI founder, Nan McKay, shares her-story: where it all started in a little town in Illinois when her father was killed (Click on Read More button)

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Ep. 4 - Shaune Arnold: I Divorced my Parents at Age 14

Shaune describes her emotional escape from an abusive household into the foster care system. From parental...(Click on Read More)

Beth Cole

Ep. 6 - Beth Cole: “Segregation Now, Tomorrow and Forever!?" Hell, No!

Beth Cole’s history of activism and social change dates back to the presidential campaigns ...(Click on Read More)

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Ep. 8 - Mindy Bortness: As You Spend Your Days Is How You Spend Your Life!

Mindy Bortness powered through her own fears when fighting breast cancer to come out on the other side as an...(Click on Read More)

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Ep. 10 - Beverly Kuykenall: Win Over Hearts and Minds

Beverly shares her journey to marry-up humanitarian interests with business motivation she provides... (Click on Read More)

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Ep. 12 - Denise Muha: Always Tell The Truth on the Hill: Capital Hill, that is.

Be it Capitol Hill, the state capital or the chamber of your local city council, Denise...(Click on Read More)

Monica Sussman

Ep. 14- Monica Sussman: You Can't Do it All!

Monica recounts the struggle for acceptance as a female attorney and then as a pregnant...(Click on Read More)

Lyn Burton

Ep.16-Lyn Burton: Live with Integrity and Joy!

Lyn Burton shares her journey from professionally accomplished to spiritually fulfilled. (Click on Read More)

Desiree Doubrox

Ep.18-Desiree Doubrox: Don't Let Anyone Dim Your Light

Defining and executing “My” business...(Click on Read More)

Cath McBreen

Episode 20 Parts 1 and 2: Cath McBreen: Overcoming Dyslexia to Become an IVF Nursing Specialist and Matching as a Gestational Carrier

Cath achieved her...(Click on Read More)

George Dapra

BONUS Ep - Parts 1 and 2" George Dapra: Love in the Old Country and The War Against Organized Crime

In this compelling human event story...(Click on Read More)

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. 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)

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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)

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)

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)

Case Lane

Ep. 41-Case Lane: Prepare for the Future!

Having been to 100 countries and lived in 11 of them, Case Lane describes her experience as a foreign diplomat and global traveler. Educated in communications, political science, business, law and economics, her website, readyentrepreneur.com, provides advice to people thinking of starting a business all the way to experienced entrepreneurs.  (Click on Read More)

Molly McKay-Williams

Ep. 42. Molly McKay Williams: The Fight for Same-Sex Marriage

Daughter of Nan McKay, Molly shares what it was like being on the front lines of the fight for marriage equality in California for over 15 years. As co-founder and Media Director of Marriage Equality USA, Molly describes her journey through the the early days of marriage equality advocacy all the way through the day that LGBT marriage became legal.

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Ep.43-Sharon Cossey and Gail Gillespie: Life, Discrimination, and Divorce

Sharon, Gail, and Nan, long-term friends on a retreat in Las Vegas, talk about a variety of subjects from growing up experiences to going to Maya Angelou's Black Tie birthday parties given by Oprah to discrimination in the workplace and elsewhere.

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Ep. 45-JoAnn Yukimura: It's the Greatest Joy to See Things Work!

JoAnn Yukimura explains her love of Kauai, her early years on the island, and her efforts to preserve and protect her island home. As Mayor and County Councilperson for Kauai, she learned to use her voice to influence policy including restrictions on development for setback and height limitations.

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Donna Miller

BONUS Episode-Donna Miller: We Have It! Let's Use It! Women Helping Women

Donna Miller founded a company called Purse Power, providing everyone an opportunity to purchase from women-owned businesses, including businesses with 20% women on the board.

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Ep. 46-Brianna McDonald: A Champion Against Bullying

Brianna McDonald was bullied as a child, including being held under water in a lake by five girls, until it became so bad, her parents had to move to another town. It still affects her today as she struggles with the Imposter Syndrome.

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Janice Stewart

Ep.47-Janice Stewart: Birmingham Church Bombing: I Was There

One of our most powerful episodes to date, Janice Stewart describes seeing the 16th Street Church in Birmingham burning as she was headed to Sunday school. Sunday, September 15, 1963, at 10:22 a.m., the church became known around the world when a bomb exploded, killing four young girls attending Sunday School and injuring more than 20 other members of the congregation.

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