Trailblazers Impact InterviewsIn TrailBlazers Impact Interviews, women and men share their secrets to success - and their heartaches -  in extraordinary stories. And some had very rough beginnings - but made it anyway. 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 and to blaze your own trail when there is no clear path ahead. If they can do it, so can you . . . by following their light . . . and then creating light for the person behind you.

Barbara Daniel

The Gender Equality Fight Isn't Over Yet Barbara Daniel Ep. 65 - Meet Barbara Daniel on TrailBlazers Impact Podcast, the publisher, and editor of the Cleveland Women's Journal, a digital and print magazine. The Cleveland Women's Journal is informative, educational, and objective. Their mission is to empower women through knowledge. ...
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Thresette Briggs

Emptying Out the 'Head Trash' Thresette Briggs Ep. 87 - Meet Thresette Briggs, interviewed on TrailBlazersImpact Podcast, a designer of innovative, integrated performance solutions, who has been called a 'voice' for high-performance. Thresette Briggs saw the joy and unintended consequences of entrepreneurship while growing up. Her father was a source ...
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Tara Peters

16 Year Old Teen Mom to PhD at 36 Ep. 26 - Meet Dr. Tara Peters, a trailblazing educator (devos.northwood.edu/our-faculty) who went from being a 16-year old teen mom to PhD at 36 - a great achievement! In this TrailBlazers Impact interview, she describes the challenges and difficulties in being ...
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Laura Piening

Finding Clarity Now Ep. 74 - In this episode of Trailblazers Impact Podcast, Nan McKay speaks with Laura Piening about her passion for building teams and helping individuals reach their maximum potential by finding clarity. She shares how she honed this passion over the years working in the organizational development ...
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Dawn Simmons

Finding A Passion in Fighting for A Cause - Prison Reform Dawn Simmons Ep. 77 BONUS - Dawn Simmons finds passion fighting for a cause, prison reform! Dawn Simmons shares her inspiring career journey and advice she has for other women. She is passionate about stopping mass incarcerations! Dawn Simmons ...
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Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

Winning The 'Board' Game Ep. 86 - Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire speaks with Nan McKay on the TrailBlazers Impact Podcast and is winning the corporate women on boards game! 2020 Women on Boards is the leading education and advocacy campaign driving the movement toward accelerating gender balance on corporate boards of directors. ...
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Jatrice Martel Gaiter

How Nonprofits Work to Serve the Less Privileged Society Jatrice Martel Gaiter Ep. 78 - Dee Dee Strum speaks with Jatrice Martel Gaiter on TrailBlazers Impact Podcast as she shares her journey on becoming a nationally recognized expert in the world of nonprofit management.  She speaks to the nation's imperative ...
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Cara Gillette

Community and the Joy of Bringing New Life in this World Ep. 34 - Cara Gillette tells her story from midwife to suddenly divorced mother of 4 to master's degree and a professional trainer and consultant. She shares her joy of bringing new life in this world and tells why ...
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Dr. Iris Ann Cooper

How to Overachieve Amid Haters Ep. 5 - Dr. Iris Ann Cooper had to learn how to overachieve during haters. Growing up in a turbulent era, she was interviewed for TrailBlazers Impact Podcast by DeeDee Strum and has been a Trailblazer in the financial sector for 26-years and clearly an ...
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Eileen Lenson

How to Move Through Adversity Ep. 84 - Eileen Lenson knows how to move during adversity. As a best self-development-and encouraging podcast of a successful female entrepreneur, Eileen Lenson is a social worker who has spent her entire professional career helping people develop coping skills for times fraught with adversity. ...
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Molly McKay Williams

The Fight for Same-Sex Marriage Ep. 42 - In this episode of Trailblazers Impact Podcast, Nan McKay speaks with her daughter Molly McKay Williams, former National Media Director of Marriage Equality USA, about her life in LGBTQ marriage equality activism. Molly dedicated 15 years of her life advocating for LGBTQ ...
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Carena Lemons

From Attorney to Movie Star Carena Lemons Ep. 58 -  One day she was an attorney going to work in an office in a suit. How did she get from attorney to movie star? In this episode of Trailblazers Impact Podcast, Nan McKay has the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Carena ...
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