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TrailBlazers Impact transports the listener into the journey of contemporary history-makers with “her-story” of the range of influences, challenges and strategies that made way for women with an ordinary start to go on to rack up extraordinary achievements. These stories touch your heart and soul and make you realize it is possible to prevail even in the face of gender bias and/or racial discrimination to blaze your own trail when there is no clear path ahead.

TrailBlazers Impact transports the listener into the journey of contemporary history-makers with “her-story” of the range of influences, challenges and strategies that made way for women with an ordinary start to go on to rack up extraordinary achievements. These stories touch your heart and soul and make you realize it is possible to prevail even in the face of gender bias and/or racial discrimination to blaze your own trail when there is no clear path ahead.
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TrailBlazers Impact transports the listener into the journey of contemporary history-makers with “her-story” of the range of influences, challenges and strategies that made way for women with an ordinary start to go on to rack up extraordinary achievements. These stories touch your heart and soul and make you realize it is possible to prevail even in the face of gender bias and/or racial discrimination to blaze your own trail when there is no clear path ahead.

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Episodes

Ep.59-Carnela Renee Hill: The power of ‘walking afraid’

12/11/2019
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Design is about more than aesthetic choices for Carnela Renee Hill. It’s building relationships and new opportunities for strengthening others. Hill shares her journey of tackling each day as it comes, relying on belief that God will guide her in what she sees as her ministry. Her design business accelerated in 2015 when she was invited to help decorate the White House at Christmas for an HGTV special. She's the owner of the CR Hill Design Group, which is the culmination of a journey out of...

Duration:00:23:25

Ep. 58-Carena Lemons entertainment law and an acting career.

12/8/2019
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Carena Lemons can seemingly do it all, with a successful law practice and an acting career. In this episode, Lemons explains how career choices are often intertwined, lending strength from one to another. Her Raleigh, N.C.-based law firm, which she’s worked hard to build over the last 13 years, is strengthened by her knowledge of the entertainment industry. With that experience, Lemons has done considerable work in entertainment law and can connect well with her clients. As for acting,...

Duration:00:33:36

Ep. 57-Jewel Burks Solomon advocate for representation in and access to the technology industry.

12/4/2019
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The joy of entrepreneurship was instilled in Jewel Burke Solomon at a young age. Growing up in Mobile, Alabama, she was inspired by the pride her parents had in their business and the sense of respect the community showed them. Her childhood was filled with warm memories of international travel and a passion for the arts. An entrepreneurial drive set in early, as she sold her own paintings while in high school. Solomon thrived while at Howard University, parlaying her success to an...

Duration:00:35:05

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

12/1/2019
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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,...

Duration:00:37:16

Ep.55-Rocio Cavazos: Engineer Turned Successful Investor.

11/27/2019
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Growing up in a society where gender bias was prevalent, Rocio Cavazos always found that she was attracted to professional industries where women were few and far between. She started out as an engineer then later transitioned into finance where she worked on Wall Street for 12 years in another male dominated industry. Being passionate about empowering women and wanting to create an impact through social purpose led her to focus on micro-finance where she could empower low income women in...

Duration:00:24:53

Ep.54-Teri Ljeoma: Successful Stocks Trader Top 4 Trading Secrets

11/24/2019
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Teri Ljeoma shares her 4 secrets to trading in the stock market. Her interest in the stocks market started when she was in high school, and she worked on Wall Street to learn the trade. She credits her mother and her grandmother for her success today, her drive to persevere and that motivation to keep going. Creating her course "Trade and Travel" has been one of her major contributions, teaching individuals how to invest in the stock market and how to make their money work for them. The...

Duration:00:30:24

Ep.53-Jennifer L.W. Fink: Single Parenting, Depression, and Writing about Boys

11/20/2019
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Jennifer gives her thoughts on the journey of raising four boys, much of the time by herself as a single parent. She has struggled with depression, thinking that depression equals sadness and when people aren’t exhibiting sadness, she felt they must be pretending. She talks about her real love, writing, and her transition, starting with journalism, to becoming an award-winning freelance writer. Surviving a divorce, home schooling, and parenting and then getting remarried, she has experience...

Duration:00:39:04

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

11/17/2019
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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. Knowing that one out of four women is impacted by domestic violence, she wanted to accomplish two goals: provide more shelters for abused women while giving more economic power to women to make choices to support other women. She also has built a phone app to locate women-owned businesses near you. Since women make 80%...

Duration:00:35:31

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

11/17/2019
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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...

Duration:00:35:45

Ep.51-Betty Lou Larson: Insight into the reasons and magnitude of homelessness.

11/13/2019
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Working for Catholic Charities as a homeless advocate, even into retirement, she still represents the organization's priorities in homelessness at the State Legislature. She provides an insight into the reasons and magnitude of homelessness. She talks about Housing First as the best, but expensive, program and provides an example of how this worked for a chronically homeless mentally disabled individual. She has worked in transitional housing as a bridge, especially for families, and...

Duration:00:32:07

Ep.50-Debbie Feinberg: Living her convictions to stay close to her authentic self.

11/10/2019
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Debbie grew up in an environment of helping others and was a creative entrepreur as a child. She talks about her Jewish heritage and living in Israel for a year during a particularly tumultuous time politically. We went on to talk about children and gun violence, including her fears for her own children. She discusses living her convictions and staying close to her authentic self at all times. We discuss roles for women, both traditionally and today. We discuss her career, focused on...

Duration:00:33:35

Ep.49-Sharon Hirota: Quit my Job or Stay?

11/6/2019
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Sharon Hirota, a native of the Big Island of Hawaii, was faced with a difficult decision. Her boss had resigned, she was chosen to replace him, and then he decided not to quit. She was at a crossroads. Should she go back to her old job or should she leave? She had been with the agency for 16 years. She had demonstrated her creativity. When her housing program needed a shot of creativity in decreasing the waiting list turnover, she developed a new program for families on the waiting list,...

Duration:00:35:01

Bonus: Kent Watkins: I Helped Write the Civil Rights Act

11/3/2019
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Kent’s podcast is a gift for students of history! He was directly involved in the passage of the The Civil Rights Act of 1964, a landmark civil rights and labor law in the United States that outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Kent gives us inside information on how the law actually was passed and what it is like to participate in the March on Washington. He also describes his work at HUD as Secretary Weaver’s Chief of Staff and involvement in...

Duration:00:33:35

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

11/3/2019
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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...

Duration:00:34:16

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

10/30/2019
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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. In this episode of Trailblazers Impact, Janice transports you to the scene of the bombing and makes you feel like you were...

Duration:00:38:33

Ep. 46-Brianna McDonald: A Champion Against Bullying

10/27/2019
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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. As President of Keiretsu Forum Northwest, a funder of women-owned businesses, she explains how company investment works and how women-owned companies can qualify for funding. She discusses alternative investment opportunities in futuristic companies. She talks...

Duration:00:31:31

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

10/23/2019
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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. One of her most signficant contributions was the development of public transportation which made it easier to get to work because of the high cost of living. She founded a cooperative for...

Duration:00:27:16

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

10/16/2019
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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. If you liked what you heard, please hit the SHARE button above and share this episode with your...

Duration:00:19:54

Ep. 44-Verna Jones-Rodwell: Hope, Health and Healing in Elected Office

10/12/2019
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Verna Jones-Rodwell shares her early start as a community organizer and advocate for affordable housing and community development where she worked to improve the living conditions of Baltimore's poorest families. At age 34 she launched her first campaign for political office seeking to represent her district in the Maryland House of Delegates. She talks about the lessons learned after losing that race, but vowing to herself that she would not be defeated. She subsequently won her next four...

Duration:00:28:55

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

10/11/2019
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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...

Duration:00:43:37