Black History TrailBlazers #12


Black TrailBlazers Making History

Activist, Entrepreneur, Author

Ep. 154 - Dr. Tiffany Manuel is the President and CEO of TheCaseMade, an organization dedicated to helping leaders powerfully and intentionally make the case for systems change. DrT grew up in Detroit, Michigan during one of the most turbulent times in the city’s history. It was because of the challenges of that experience that she champions better policy, programs, investments, and services that can transform our cities and communities for the better. It is also the reason that DrT has worked to expand opportunity, equity, and inclusion through 25+ years of professional and volunteer experience spanning the private and non-profit sectors, government, and academia. She is currently collaborating with Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law, on the Redress Racial Segregation Movement.

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Tara Jones-Williamson - Educator, Entrepreneur, Entertainer

Ep. 155 - Tara Jones-Williamson has paid off over $60k in debt as a single mother and created the Your Pretty Penny brand. She educates and empowers women to move from making poor financial and lifestyle choices to intentionally manifesting their best lives and achieving financial freedom. She’s a CEO, content creator, and success coach behind Your Pretty Pennies. ara is a 5-Star rated feminine financial coach who helps women pay off debt In two years or less. Tara has created the YPP brand to educate and empower women to move from making poor financial and lifestyle choices to intentionally manifesting their best lives and achieving financial freedom.

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Teaera Strum - Athlete, Executive, Environmentalist, Baltimore 40 Under 40

Ep.  104 - Teaera Rene Strum benefitted from Title IX. She lettered in high school lacrosse and field hockey which made way for her athletic scholarship to Trinity Washington University, a women's college affiliated with the Catholic church. There she majored in Communications with a minor in Women's Studies. So little surprise that she left college motivated to sustain opportunities for women and girls. Upon graduation, she completed a post-graduate summer job with Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC where she had the opportunity to work on the national agenda for women's reproductive rights. In the fall she landed a job with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at its headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana in the office of the VP for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This allowed her to continue to grow her expertise and opportunities to advance women's rights and opportunities in higher ed sports and hiring. Six years later she left NCAA with an MBA returning to Maryland with the goal of ensuring the welding business her father had founded would become sustainable for future generations. Here she found the opportunity to advocate clean energy in general, and offshore wind, in particular, leading the family business, Strum Contracting Co., to become the first certified minority business enterprise (MBE) in the nation to be awarded a construction-related contract for the new and exciting world of offshore wind development coming to the shores of America.

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Dorothy Vernon-Brown - Entrepreneur, STEM, Tech

Dorothy Vernon-Brown is the owner of AKB² Small Business Marketing where she coaches, consults, and speaks. She is at the forefront of today’s digital disruption and has been trained by the world’s leading digital experts and is a certified Digital Marketing Customer Acquisition Specialist and agency partner for the world’s leading chatbot platform. Dorothy is also the co-founder of which leverages the explosive power of digital automation including emails, chatbots, SMS, and mobile wallets so that business owners can quickly grow and scale by putting their marketing on autopilot. She is the proud recipient of the Woman of Honour Award given by Canada’s Black Business & Professional Association (BBPA) to women who have served the black community with distinction.

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Shannon Martin - Activist, Entrepreneur, Health Professional

Ep.  167 - Shannon describes herself as a survivor, an over-comer, and a geriatric millennial! As she nears age 40 and "aging out" she has a track record to brag about: over-coming childhood abuse, defying the odds of being born into poverty without solid parental or school guidance, forging her own path to college acceptance completing both a B.S. and M.S. in nursing, establishing two primary care practices and one nonprofit by her mid-30s. In short, she prevailed against the odds and gives of her time, talent, and treasure to young people with lives and stories like her through her nonprofit. She is the founder of JustBeDope, a movement that thrives on spreading love, peace, style, and positivity. JustBeDope is a movement to make people feel good and look good. She was recently recognized as “2021 Top Integrative Medical and Wellness Practitioners of Anne Arundel County” featured on CNN Headline News, OWN Network, Bravo, and MSNBC.

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Tiara Tucker - Activist, Entrepreneur, Executive/Manager

Ep. 197 - A dynamic dynamo, Tiara Tucker burst onto the entrepreneur scene with Tiara PR Network while maintaining a full-time job! She has worked with some of the biggest names in social justice. She has started her own YouTube channel, Speak Their Stories. You have to meet this game-changing woman! Tiara M Tucker is an Empowerment Connector who wears many hats like the Founder & Owner of Tiara PR Network, a social impact communications PR firm, and the President of Speak That! Movement, a non-profit organization. In addition, Tiara passionately leads her charitable non-profit organization, Speak That! Movement, which is on a mission to equip and empower professional women in business along their journeys of dream and goal realization. Tiara is also the creator, host, and executive producer of Speak That! Talks. Tiara was featured in Black Enterprise as one of "10 Amazing Black Women Making Moves Right Now." This same year, she was honored as a "40 Under 40" by the Dallas Public Relations Society of America and as a Junior League of Collin County Women of Influence Award nominee.

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