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Trailblazers is a new weekly education and business podcast, hosted by Stephen A. Hart, where we explore the stories of successful black professionals, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. Join us, as we highlight the knowledge, resources and tools of these accomplished trailblazers, to help provide the know-how, confidence and motivation you need to blaze your trail.

Trailblazers is a new weekly education and business podcast, hosted by Stephen A. Hart, where we explore the stories of successful black professionals, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. Join us, as we highlight the knowledge, resources and tools of these accomplished trailblazers, to help provide the know-how, confidence and motivation you need to blaze your trail.
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Trailblazers is a new weekly education and business podcast, hosted by Stephen A. Hart, where we explore the stories of successful black professionals, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. Join us, as we highlight the knowledge, resources and tools of these accomplished trailblazers, to help provide the know-how, confidence and motivation you need to blaze your trail.






Jim Shelton: The Opportunity and Risk of Black Male Achievement | 188

When Black males start to achieve, the mobility rates for our community will pick up exponentially. That is the opportunity for us, but it is also the risk, if we don’t. Our featured guest today is Jim Shelton. James “Jim” Shelton is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Blue Meridian Partners. In this role, Jim is investigating new areas where significant focused capital can help solve problems at scale and advising Blue Meridian. Jim is also a founding partner of Amandla Enterprises, Senior Advisor...


Tonya Allen: Changing the Odds for Detroit's Children | 187

Instead of helping children beat the odds, our work is about changing the odds for children. Our featured guest today is Tonya Allen. Tonya Allen, a serial “idea-preneur,” serves as The Skillman Foundation’s president & chief executive officer. Her two-decade-long career has centered on pursuing, executing and investing in ideas that improve her hometown of Detroit and increase opportunities for its people, especially children, who live in under-resourced communities. In her current role,...


Simone Morris: Get in the Driver Seat for Your Career | 186

The driver’s seat is mine. I claim it. I am responsible for my career. I am responsible for the outcomes. No one else. Our featured guest today is Simone Morris. Simone Morris is CEO of Simone Morris Enterprises LLC, a thought leader in diversity and inclusion, specializing in directing organizations to leverage inclusion as a core strategy for competitive advantage as well as providing coaching to empower women to get in the driver’s seat for their careers. The firm is also a certified...


How Minda Harts is Helping Women of Color Secure Their Seat | 185

As leaders and those managing diverse talent, we should understand - How do we invest? How do we get the most out of our talent? How much of our talent are we willing to use? Our featured guest today is Minda Harts. Minda Harts is founder, speaker, adjunct professor, podcaster, seat creator and now an author. Minda is a California girl, who grew up in Chicago and today calls New York City home. In addition to her passion for helping women of color secure their seat at the table, she's also a...


Marvin Wilmoth: A Unique Approach to Community (Real Estate) Development | 184

Determine what makes you happy and find a way to make money doing that! Our featured guest today is Marvin Wilmoth. Marvin is Managing Principal and Co-founder of Generation Development Group, a boutique real estate development and consulting firm focused on providing housing solutions with the goal of creating transformational communities. Throughout the course of his career, he has been responsible for the financing, development and/or construction of over 1,800 units in multiple states...


Rochelle Gapere: Why Happiness? | 183

Happiness is a choice! It is an overarching quality of life that is rich in a variety of emotions, even including stress, sadness and disappointment. Our featured guest today is Rochelle Gapere. Rochelle Gapere is an Attorney, Happiness Coach and Entrepreneur. Known for bringing her charismatic personality and sheer joy for living to every experience and individual she encounters, Rochelle has mastered the art of living life fully and passionately. The release of her Amazon bestselling book,...


Craig The Barber®: Finding Balance in Your Passion | 182

Know your why! Why are you passionate about what you're passionate about? And why do you want to make that a career? Today's guest was one of those people who inspired me to launch Trailblazers.FM and was one of our very first conversations on the podcast back on on episode 7. Today, we spoke with Craig The Barber. Craig the Barber is Hollywood’s top source for men’s grooming needs, a role he has held for more than 10 years. But the true story is that Craig unknowingly began his journey...


Henry Keculah: How To Pitch Like A Champion | 181

Stay confident, and never let “I do not have enough money” prevent you from following your dreams. Today's guest is Henry Keculah. Henry was first featured on Trailblazers.FM episode 117 Henry Keculah, Jr., is the founder and CEO of 4.0 Growth Productivity Accountability (4.0 GPA.). Keculah is a first-generation American, and his parents immigrated to the U.S from Liberia.


Shawn Dove: Navigating The 7 Cs of Deep End Leadership | 180

Deep end leaders know that they have a particular calling on their lives and their primary job in life is to discover their unique purpose and mission. Today's guest is a part of the Trailblazers.FM family and I'm so happy to have him be part of the 2019 Trailblazers Masterclass series. I'm happy to introduce Shawn Dove. Shawn was first featured on Trailblazers.FM episode 16. In today's episode Shawn share some inspiration and wisdom about the 7 C’s of deep-end leadership: Calling, Courage,...


Concita Thomas: 3 Easy Food Changes to Become More Consistent with Healthy Eating | 179

When we bet on later, everybody loses because later is not guaranteed. The second week of our 2019 summer Trailblazers Masterclass series welcomes back Concita Thomas. Concita is a returning guest of Trailblazers.FM and was first featured on episode 66. Concita Thomas is a Food & Fitness Strategist behind She is on a mission to help busy women on the go, gain freedom from being overweight and unfit while avoiding diet traps and fitness obsessions. She helps by sharing easy...


Chazz Scott: 7 Tips to Master Your Mind and Obtain Mental Peace | 178

People love to love life when life feels good. But when life sucks, what are you going to do to overcome that struggle? The first guest of our 2019 Trailblazers Masterclass Series is Chazz Scott. Chazz is a returning guest of Trailblazers.FM and was first featured on episode 135. Charles (Chazz) Scott is a published writer, motivational speaker, self empowerment workshop curator, and an accomplished computer security technologist from Ellicott City, Maryland. He holds both a Bachelor’s of...


Stephen A. Hart: 5 Takeaways That Helped Me Get The Best Job Ever! | 177

When someone googles you, the results they find are a digital first impression of you ... and what they see will leave them either more or less inclined to hire you. Our featured guest today is yours truly, Stephen A. Hart. Stephen A. Hart is host of Trailblazers.FM, a top interview style podcast that explores stories of today’s successful black professionals. The podcast has featured more than 150 black professionals and has been heard by more than 200,000 from 132 countries around the...


Ralph Graves, Jr: Discover The Keys to Being Unstoppable | 176

You are here for a reason and a purpose. Embrace the process not just the purpose. Our featured guest today is Ralph Graves Jr. Ralph D. Graves Jr. serves as Founder and Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Millville, NJ. Ralph Graves is a Motivational Speaker, Business Consultant and Author. He is the Founder and Vice President of City’s Hope Community Development Corporation and Founder of Project U.


Stephen Chandler: Begin to See God As A Non-Negotiable | 175

Discover how we can develop the routine and habits that will help us prioritize and grow as Christians. Our featured guest today is Stephen Chandler. Stephen Chandler is the bold, encouraging, life-giving Senior Pastor of Destiny Church. Since its inception in 2011, Destiny Church has grown to a community of thousands of people and is known for its exciting culture and focus on leading entire families to a passionate relationship with God. Stephen has a passion to see people discover their...


Robert Dawson: 360 Your Life, Relationships and Business | 174

No matter where you come from or what your past may look like, anything is possible with faith and a determination to win. Our featured guest today is Robert Dawson. High-Performance Entrepreneur, Dynamic Speaker & Business Consultant, Rob Dawson is internationally known for teaching people how to build successful businesses and bridge the gap between their dreams and their reality. His mission is to motivate, educate, and inspire over 1 BILLION people worldwide to live out their dreams and...


Andrea Evans: Blaze your Trail and Protect It! | 173

Understand the different types of intellectual property and their options. Our featured guest today is Andrea Evans. Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. is the founder of an intellectual property law practice, The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans. Attorney Evans career path is unique since she worked at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for approximately 5 years as both a patent examiner and a trademark examining attorney after graduating from law school.


Troy Rackley: Water Restoration by Design. What's in YOUR water? | 172

There is a difference between purified water vs restored water. "Just because it's clear doesn't mean it's clean”. Our featured guest today is Troy Rackley. Troy Rackley graduated from Ohio University in Industrial Engineering and received his MBA in Australia. He served 20 years hard time with Nestle, Coke, Pepsi, Campbells Soup and Sherwin Williams. In 2008, he began his entrepreneurial journey by starting his own company beginning with Executive Coaching and Manufacturing operations...


Dr. Thandeka Myeni: Be Your Own Health Advocate | 171

Burnout is an epidemic that is killing doctors and patients alike. Did you know that the number one cause of death for female physicians under 35 is suicide. Yes, Physicians have the highest rates of suicide of any career and female physicians are 250% more likely to commit suicide than any other occupation. Our featured guest today is Dr. Thandeka Myeni. Thandeka Myeni, MD, MPH, affectionately known as Dr Thandi, is a board-certified ophthalmologist with double specialty training in...


Gloria Mitchell: The Art of Bouncing Back From Homelessness to Coaching Multimillionaires | 170

The human spirit is incredibly resilient and we all have the ability to create the life we want. It's about making mental shifts, implementing proven mental techniques and, of course, taking action (even if you can only see the first step of the staircase). Our featured guest today is Gloria Mitchell. Gloria Mitchell went from being homeless to coaching multimillionaires. Along her journey, Gloria overcame a difficult upbringing, an illness that left her short-term memory in the bottom 1% of...


Maya French: How to Boot Strap and Grow a Successful Business | 169

Finding your path in life, staying true to yourself and leaving a lasting positive impact on the world. Our featured guest today is Maya French. Maya French is a Co-Founder of Koia, the protein packed, 100 percent plant-based beverage that uses natural ingredients to deliver deliciously nutritious flavors. Maya struggled with food-based allergies, such as being lactose intolerant her whole life, until she discovered the benefits of plant-based proteins when college friend and fellow Koia...