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Stephen A. Hart explores the stories behind today's most successful black entrepreneurs, leaders and professionals.Listeners gain access to the knowledge, resources and tools of these accomplished professionals and come away with the know-how, confidence and motivation needed to blaze their own trail.

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Stephen A. Hart explores the stories behind today's most successful black entrepreneurs, leaders and professionals.Listeners gain access to the knowledge, resources and tools of these accomplished professionals and come away with the know-how, confidence and motivation needed to blaze their own trail.

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Life Changing!

By Darrel R - Feb 19 2020
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This podcast is hands down my favorite, I just started listening to podcast last year and my good friend and CPA told me about this podcast and it has been absolutely amazing for me, I started a trucking company last year and since I’ve started listening my goals have changed tremendously! I now have BHAG! I started from the beginning and I listen to nothing else every day, I’m up to EP 186. it’s a motivation that I need, thank you so much for what you do, this makes me want to be a better man and roll model!

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By Frank Mcfly YFW - Nov 17 2019
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Dope podcast hope to be on the podcast one day ! Love all of the gems ! Black excellence !

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206 Ratings
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195
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Life Changing!

By Darrel R - Feb 19 2020
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This podcast is hands down my favorite, I just started listening to podcast last year and my good friend and CPA told me about this podcast and it has been absolutely amazing for me, I started a trucking company last year and since I’ve started listening my goals have changed tremendously! I now have BHAG! I started from the beginning and I listen to nothing else every day, I’m up to EP 186. it’s a motivation that I need, thank you so much for what you do, this makes me want to be a better man and roll model!

🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾

By Frank Mcfly YFW - Nov 17 2019
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Dope podcast hope to be on the podcast one day ! Love all of the gems ! Black excellence !
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Rank #1: TB 11: C. David Moody, Jr. – Award Winning CEO of One of the Nation’s Largest Black Owned Construction Firms

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C. David Moody, Jr, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of C.D. Moody Construction Company, Inc., a Black Enterprise BE 100s listed company for several consecutive years.  Mr. Moody is a graduate of both Morehouse College and Howard University.  Today, he runs one of Atlanta's top private companies, responsible for helping build several iconic landmarks. Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn In this episode, we also discussed: 04:30 -  Mr. Moody's experiences at both Morehouse College and Howard University 08:20 -  His plans and preparation before going into business for himself 09:35 -  The 10 lessons he learned while navigating the challenges and failures of running a business 10:20 -  How he overcame challenges of construction 12:45 -  What he attributes to his success and the success of his business 15:20 - What is success for him approaching 60 years of age 16:00 -  How he got his family to buy into his big dreams 18:00 -  What contributes to the high percentage of businesses today that are failing 21:00 -  What new business owners need to know to lay a better foundation to grow and succeed in business 22:30 -  Mr. Moody being abused as a child 23:30 -  How he fought through the decades of fear and finally got to a point where he could share his secret  with the world 29:20 -  His goals for Moody Speaks  32:10 -  An inspiring message of HOPE Mr. Moody was so humble and inspiring throughout this talk.  Here is a man who has accomplished so much, yet he came across as someone who felt blessed, and still appears to be hungry and eager to keep pushing toward his goals.  I especially loved his input on his idea of success as he nears 60, and how that's different than what he considered success in his 20s, 30s, 40s. Of course, this interview covered so much more than business, and I was delighted that I had this opportunity to help him share his platform for reaching out to the survivors of childhood abuse.  I learned a great deal in the process, and I firmly believe that this interview can and will help business professionals, business owners, survivors of abuse, and so many more. Links and resources mentioned: C.D. Moody Construction Company website Moody Speaks website David Moody on Instagram David Moody on Twitter David's Fav Book: The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge by Tony Dungy David's Bio Charles David Moody, Jr. is the President and Chief Executive Officer of C.D. Moody Construction Company, Inc. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Moody lived there until he was 14 years old. At that time, his family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where the University of Michigan employed his father. Mr. Moody graduated from Huron High School in 1974 and received his B.S. in Psychology from Morehouse College in 1978. After receiving his Bachelor of Architecture and five year professional degree from Howard University in 1981, he returned to Ann Arbor to work as an architect/field engineer for Bechtel Power Corporation. While in Ann Arbor, he also taught structural design and mechanical systems at Washtenaw Community College. In 1983, Mr. Moody relocated to Atlanta. In 1986, he completed his first project at Dobbins Air Force Base for the bonding company, after the untimely death of his employer, George Brown. At that point, Mr. Moody decided to establish his own firm. The first project of C.D. Moody Construction Company, Inc. was a joint venture with Otis Bellamy, of Bellamy Brothers, on the Underground Atlanta project in 1987. Since then, C.D. Moody Construction Company has grown from $1 million to over $70 million in annual revenues. C.D. Moody Construction Company has been ranked in the Black Entreprise Top 100 list for several consecutive years as one of the Nation's largest black owned businesses. The company provides a wide range of construction services including design/build, new construction, renovation,

Apr 11 2016

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Rank #2: TB 21: How Indigo Ocean went from being a $23/hr contractor to a business owner with a $300k contract

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Indigo Ocean Dutton is the founder of Aspiratech, Awaken Business Consulting, and Phone Buddies Peer Counseling Community. She is the author of Being Bliss and Micro Habits for Major Happiness. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn Indigo and I discussed: 03:00 -  Whether there was any significance or meaning to the name Indigo Ocean 04:00 -  Her life's story leading up to her time spent in Bali 09:00 -  What provided the winning mindset to achieve so much after leaving Bali 13:45 -  How she went from being a 1099 business consulting contractor making $23/hr, moved up to $75/hr and then jumped ship to running her own show and getting a $300k contract inside of 2 years 25:00 -  What gets her out of her comfort zone and reaching for new and higher heights  29:30 -  She shares two (2) effective foundation steps every new entrepreneurs must get right  Links and resources mentioned: Indigo's Website Indigo Ocean on LinkedIn Indigo Ocean on Twitter Indigo Ocean on YouTube Indigo's Fav Book: The Power of Myths by Joseph Campbell Indigo Ocean's Bio Indigo Ocean Dutton, MA is the founder of the Aspiratech corporate business technology consulting and training firm and Awaken Business Consulting business development programs for spiritually oriented entrepreneurs. Indigo is also the founder of the Phone Buddies Peer Counseling Community, one of her service projects. She is also the author of Being Bliss and Micro Habits for Major Happiness. Indigo received her MA in Integral Counseling Psychology from the CA Institute of Integral Studies and her BA in International Commerce from Brown University. Indigo’s background working with youths stretches over several decades. Most recently she has taught meditation to incarcerated teenagers as an instructor at Mind, Body Awareness Institute, developed and taught a teen entrepreneur development workshop at Berkeley Youth Alternatives, and served on the Board of Directors of Future Leaders Institute. Before returning to CA in 2007, Indigo worked as a school based Behavioral Health Specialist for the state of Hawaii. Indigo began volunteering in her teens, creating a county Youth Council at the age of 15 and a summer crafts camp for younger children later that same year. She has been a dance teacher, land trust community builder, and radio talk show host, among her many work/service endeavors over the years. Thanks for Listening! We appreciate you visiting our site today and for helping to bring awareness to the Trailblazers.FM podcast. Please leave an honest review for The Trailblazers Podcast on iTunes & Stitcher! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show. Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to get automatic updates! It’s free! Subscribe / Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn

Jun 20 2016

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Rank #3: Dwayne Watkins: Why Wedding Photography is the Hardest Style of Photography | 02

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I AM SO EXCITED TO INTRODUCE TODAY’S SUPER SPECIAL GUEST, DWAYNE WATKINS OF TEAMDWP STUDIOS. Dwayne is a published and award winning, International Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer. Dwayne captures emotions in a wedding that will have you feeling like you were actually there.  The colors, the feeling, and the energy come alive in every photo he captures. Essence magazine awarded him the  and he was featured in a Huffington Post article for 28 FairyTale Wedding Photos that capture the magic of love .   Beyond his accolades, Dwayne is an amazing person that I knew would be a terrific guest for this show because of his drive, his ambitious but humble character, and just being an all-around great guy.   IN THIS EPISODE, WE DISCUSSED: The people that inspired him to get into photography Daily rituals that help to sharpen his mind The big lessons learned as a photographer and business man Why wedding photography is the hardest style of photography you can choose The reasons he credits with experiencing success

Feb 08 2016

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Rank #4: Tonya Rapley: A Candid Chat About Money, Credit and Financial Planning | 56

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Tonya Rapley is a nationally recognized millennial money expert and founder of the award-winning site, My Fab Finance. She was deemed the "New Face of Wealth Building" by Black Enterprise magazine and was selected as a Modern History Maker by TV One. Her mission is to help millennial women break the cycle of living paycheck to paycheck and look fabulous while doing it.   Episode Outline 03:10 What are you most grateful for right now? 03:30 What got you interested in Finance? 04:15 What was the back story for putting this brand in place? 06:25 What MyFabFinance does today? 08:00 What steps did you take to build your personal brand over the past several years? 11:25 What have you had to give up to grow up? 14:00 The biggest misconceptions people have about their credit and finances? 21:20 What's the best wisdom you'd like to impart to those willing to listen? 23:20 Why black people struggle with investing for the next generation? 33:20 What's one action we should take this week to blaze our trail?

Feb 20 2017

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Rank #5: Latham Thomas: Explore Self Care Strategies for Today's Modern Women on the Rise | 88

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Latham Thomas is founder of Mama Glow, a maternity lifestyle company. Latham is also one of Oprah's Super Soul 100 and an author, who just published her highly anticipated second book,  which debuts September 26, 2017. In today's episode, Latham shares her mama glow journey, talks about her inspiration for starting and managing a business while being a single parent and we discuss her new book and what women can expect from it. Latham shares her meaning of self care and shares a few self-care practices that we can incorporate in our everyday lives.

Sep 25 2017

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Rank #6: Mignon Francois: Turning $5 into a $10 million business | 163

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"Little becomes much when you place it in the master's hands!" Our featured guest today is Mignon Francois. Mignon Francois is the Founder and CEO of The Cupcake Collection (TCC). While crunching numbers and creating the craze are amongst her job requirements, her favorite responsibilities within this role are giving hugs, listening, and mentoring her team and other up and coming entrepreneurs who seek after her grass roots experience. Using her “Follow Your Spirit” approach, Mignon developed an iconic flavor that drew lines and attention to the hip nature of her Historic Germantown neighborhood that hadn’t seen this concept developed prior. The success of TCC thereby became icing on the cake amongst the existing North Nashville restaurateurs that would ignite a new movement to the area for other business concepts that might not otherwise have considered doing business in North Nashville. Since planting its roots in 2008, Mignon’s business savvy has earned her the titles of “Woman of Legend and Merit” by Tennessee State University, “Emerging Business Leader of the Year” and Black Enterprise Magazine “Family Business of the Year Award”. My ask today is that you’d help share this episode. If you're posting to social, please tag @tbpod and use the hashtag #missionfuel

Mar 18 2019

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Rank #7: TB 34: Princeton Grad, Entrepreneur & Educator Nicole Campbell on The Importance of Just Taking One Step Forward

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Nicole's Episode Outline: 03:55 What is it about academia and being an educator that's so fascinating to you? 05:50 Are you able to give your students more than the knowledge to prepare for college? Are you able to relate some of your experiences to them as well? 06:30 What's been the biggest thing you've identified as holding your students back from achieving their maximum potential? 09:00 Are you challenged with helping your students to develop their soft skills? 11:00 As an entrepreneur, what's the biggest mistake you've made and how did you overcome it? 14:00 Do you have coaches and mentors that help guide you and your business forward? What's your support system like? 19:30 What is your advice to an aspiring entrepreneur wanting to plan, grow, and succeed on their journey? 23:00 What can we look forward to from you on your vision board for the next 10 years and beyond? 35:10 Nicole imparts an inspiring final word to help us blaze our trail 36:40 How will the world be different because you pursued what you were most passionate about? Resources mentioned in this episode: Robin Sharma Brian Tracy Instagram: @thelcshow Nicole's Favorite Books: No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline by Brian Tracy Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism by Cornell West Connect with Nicole: AIM Educational Services website Nicole Campbell's personal website Nicole on Instagram: @nicolemclarencampbell @nicspire @aimeduservices Nicole McClaren Campbell's Bio Nicole Campbell is an educator, entrepreneur and professional speaker. Driven by a passion for empowerment, she represented Jamaica at MIT’s Junior Summit and was selected to address then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan at just 13 years old. She was subsequently featured in local and international media, including CNN and Nickelodeon and was chosen as one of "20 Teens Who Will Change the World" by Teen People Magazine. She is a graduate of the St. Andrew High School for Girls, and completed her high school studies at Phillips Academy 'Andover' in Massachusetts, before going on to earn an undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University in 2006. Nicole also studied at Stanford University’s Summer Institute and the University of London, where she earned a Masters Degree in Globalization and Development. Nicole returned to Jamaica immediately to join the Ministry of Education where she served as Senior Policy Analyst to the then Minister of Education, now Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness. At 25, Nicole resigned from the Ministry to start AIM Educational Services - with just two students. Nicole sites her decision to tap into her passion for human development in education as one of the best she’s made. Today, AIM sees hundreds of students and delivers an average return of over 5000% to parents – results Nicole attributes to a strong, motivated team whose focus remains on possibilities, not problems. She recently started the AIM Higher Foundation with a mandate to identify, develop and empower promising low-income students so that they too can access unlock their potential through access to tertiary education. Parents seek Nicole for the impact she has on their teenagers – how she pushes them to adopt empowering perspectives and to create possibilities for their futures, with their present actions. Her passion for empowerment extends beyond the classroom to the boardroom and beyond. Noted for her no-nonsense, yet practical approach, Nicole addresses corporate and public audiences on the subject of maximizing potential in their personal and professional lives. Each year she speaks at high schools across Jamaica and has spoken for companies including Access Financial, Caribbean Broilers, JMMB, Sagicor Jamaica and Scotiabank. She also serves as a Board Member of the Early Childhood Commission and the CHASE Fund in Jamaica. In her own words, “everything that I do is really an extension of my passion to empower people - to me, nothing can match the excitement and sense of fulfillment I get from helping people to grow in confidence and realize their potential.” She is wife to reggae artiste Assassin aka Agent Sasco (Jeffrey Campbell), mom to 4-year old LC, 3year-old Joshua and ‘bonus-mom’ to 10-year-old Ally. She loves taking videos of her kids and posting them to her favourite social media platform: Instagram. A self-professed inspirational quote junkie, her personal motto is “AIM High and Be Bold” and her mission is to squeeze every ounce of life, from life. Thanks for Listening! We appreciate you visiting our site today and for helping to bring awareness to the Trailblazers.FM podcast. If you're an Apple user and listening through the Podcast App, please help us out by leaving an honest review for The Trailblazers Podcast on iTunes! Ratings, reviews and subscribes are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They help us expand our reach and increase our downloads. Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to get our new episodes each and every Monday morning. It’s absolutely free and highly valuable to helping you go above and way beyond toward blazing your trail!

Sep 19 2016

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Rank #8: TB 27: Tameka Montgomery Shares How To Gain Access To SBA Guaranteed Loans, Local Resources/Advisors and More

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Tameka Montgomery was appointed by President Obama to lead the Office of Entrepreneurial Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration.  In her capacity as Associate Administrator, she is charged with driving programs and policies that support national entrepreneurial training and education programs such as Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, Regional Innovation Clusters, ScaleUp America, online education and the national SCORE mentoring program. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn In this episode, we discussed a lot and I asked Tameka several questions, including: 03:10 Could you tell us a little about what it is that you do in your day to day at SBA? 05:50 What have been the biggest lessons you have learned about yourself during the term of this appointment? 07:00 Could you maybe dispel the myth about SBA providing direct funds and loans, and maybe explain a few of the ways the SBA is able to assist a startup & existing business with getting access to capital? 08:45 What % of SBA guaranteed loans are going to minority and women owned businesses? 11:45 How can we go about gaining access to SBA guaranteed loans / funding? 13:20 How can we connect with local Small Business Development Centers? 13:55 Are these local centers and agencies independent of the Small Business Administration? 14:15 The costs of working with business advisors through SBA and their partner resource agencies 15:30 The scope of the resources available to individuals locally across the U.S. 17:15 Tell us about some of the biggest mistakes you've seen entrepreneurs making as it relates to marketing their business? 18:30 Are Small Business Development Centers able to assist with the market research needs of business owners? 20:00 What are some effective strategies that you and your team have been able to work with businesses across the country and help them not only experience staying power, but help them grow steadily over time? 22:30 What would be 2 or 3 fundamental lessons you'd want me to take hold of in the process of that pivot to entrepreneurship? How can I begin to lay the right foundation to grow and succeed on my entrepreneurial journey? 27:00 What's next for you? Are there any big goals and plans on your vision board that you'd care to share with us? Links and resources mentioned: Small Business Administration website Tameka Montgomery on LinkedIn Tameka's Fav Resource: Trip Case App Tameka's Fav Books:  The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller   Tameka Montgomery Bio Associate Administrator, Office of Entrepreneurial Development US Small Business Administration. In 2013, Tameka Montgomery was appointed by President Obama to lead the Office of Entrepreneurial Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration.  In her capacity as Associate Administrator, she is charged with driving programs and policies that support national entrepreneurial training and education programs such as Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, Regional Innovation Clusters, ScaleUp America, online education and the national SCORE mentoring program.  Ms. Montgomery believes that small businesses truly are the economic backbone of our nation.  She has a passion for equipping individuals with the tools needed to achieve the American Dream of building a successful and thriving small business. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Montgomery was the executive director of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation as well as the executive director of the nationally recognized Denver Metro Small Business Development Center (Denver Metro SBDC) for more than seven years. While there, she provided vision, leadership and strategic direction to develop and deliver programming and services for small businesses. Under Montgomery’s leadership,

Aug 01 2016

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Rank #9: Steve Vassor: Elevate and Accelerate Your Leadership Journey: C.L.I.M.B. | 87

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Steve Vassor is a proud Dad, husband, mentor/coach, man of faith and action. He enjoys travel, and as a former DJ loves rap, his musical first love. He is a sought-after speaker and facilitator who earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mental Health from Morgan State University, and a Master’s in Social Service Administration from Case Western Reserve University. As the Campaign for Black Male Achievement’s Director of Rumble Young Man, Rumble!, Steve is supporting the work of leaders, she-roes and heroes in the Black male achievement movement and field. Throughout his career Steve served, supported, led, organized, trained, planned with and funded youth and community serving organizations and agencies. He served on committees, commissions and Boards focused on improving life chances for children, youth and families and has also launched three social enterprises.

Sep 18 2017

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Rank #10: Minda Harts: What Happens When Women of Color Are Prepared For Their Seat At The Table | 60

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Minda is the founder of The Memo LLC, a premiere career development platform for women of color. The Memo helps women of color prepare for their seat at the table with education, community, and access. In 2016, she was nominated as a Change Maker at The White House State of Women Summit.

Mar 13 2017

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Rank #11: Dr. Nekeshia Hammond: Building and Growing A Successful Psychology Practice | 03

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On today’s episode, my friend Dr. Nekeshia Hammond gives us some great insights into how she built her practice over the past seven years, while also multi-tasking her role and responsibilities as a wife, mother and an entrepreneur. Dr.  Hammond is a licensed psychologist, speaker, and author, as well as the owner of Hammond Psychology & Associates, P.A., a private practice dedicated to helping children, teens, families, and adults.  She has owned her business for the past seven years, and she has enjoyed helping numerous families.

Feb 15 2016

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Rank #12: Eric Thomas: Why You’re Not Where You’re Supposed To Be | 192

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Eric Thomas, aka E.T. The Hip Hop Preacher kicks off our first episode of the 2019 Trailblazers.FM Entrepreneurs series.    “The version of you that you are right now is keeping you from being everything you should be. Who you are right now is responsible for why you're not where you supposed to be…. who you are is keeping you from being who you should be and your dreams though, are the only thing that's telling you “Come on. Let's go!” Your dreams are the only thing that's telling “You can do more. You can have more. You can be more! Come on, come on, come on! Don’t be comfortable. Don’t sit. DON’T SETTLE!”   My ask today is that you’d help share this episode. If you're posting to social, please tag @tbpod and use the hashtag #TrailblazersFM

Oct 07 2019

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Rank #13: Sarah Ribner: How To Win The Pitch on ABC's Shark Tank | 79

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Discover the problem that lead Sarah Ribner and her life long friend and partner, creating their product.  We discuss what went into them building their pitch and the research required to not only get featured but negotiate a winning outcome with one of the sharks. Sarah shares how they went from doing 500 units prior to the airing, and experienced an almost immediate back order of over 120,000 units. You've got to hear about the challenges they faced and what they did to help calm the customer service headaches that developed as a result.   View the  at tbpod.com   Thanks for Listening! I appreciate you visiting our site today and for listening to this episode.   If you're listening through the Apple Podcast App, please help us by partnering with us to grow this movement. The first step to helping us reach more trailblazers is to ! (Please click the link from your cell phone, then click the REVIEWS tab). Ratings, reviews and subscribes are extremely helpful to expanding our reach within the Apple community.

Jul 24 2017

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Rank #14: 10 Secrets to Your Best Marriage Ever | 68

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The media, especially celebrities on reality shows, downplay the value of marriages. Society today would have you prioritize self before all else.  But I'm feeling a calling on my heart today to remind everyone listening, including myself, that nothing is more important in a marriage than the relationship between husband and wife.    For today's episode I wanted to highlight the impact and the importance that a healthy marriage plays in blazing new trails.

May 08 2017

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Rank #15: TB 25: Melissa Carter Embarked on a 150-pound Weight Loss Journey that Inspired a Career and Life Transformation

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Melissa Carter is the founder of "IGNITE WITH MELISSA", LLC. She holds an MBA and is a former music industry corporate executive turned Life Empowerment and Strategy Coach. After years of morbid obesity preventing her from tying her own shoes, depression, failed relationships, and a core belief system of not being "good enough," Melissa embarked on a 150-pound weight loss journey that inspired a career and life transformation.   Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn In this episode, I asked Melissa several questions, including:  What are you most grateful for right now?  What ignited a desire in you to want to get into the music industry?  What are some of the big lessons you learned while working with these music brands?  How do you explain what's inside you, that allowed you to get up each day with positive gratitude and fight the natural urges ... that ... most of us have to remain in the place of comfort... eating what we love to eat ... making a 1,000 excuses why we can't change our outward appearance?  Talk about your support system that helped you through your dark valleys?  What are you doing today as a Holistic Life Coach and what does your day to day look like?  You're having a bad day, bad week, bad month. You're facing business challenges, family issues, someone you know is ill, life is happening ... right ... How do you handle your clients and your work and push through those moments when life is happening?  Do you think that despite losing your relationship and the pain of going through other loss, you gained clarity and revealed your purpose? Links and resources mentioned: IgniteWithMelissa.com  Melissa on Instagram  Melissa on Twitter Melissa's Fav Books:  Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck Melissa Carter's Bio Melissa Carter is the founder of "IGNITE WITH MELISSA", LLC. She holds an MBA and is a former music industry corporate executive turned Life Empowerment and Strategy Coach. After years of morbid obesity preventing her from tying her own shoes, depression, failed relationships, and a core belief system of not being "good enough," Melissa embarked on a 150-pound weight loss journey that inspired a career and life transformation. Melissa recreated her whole life from the inside out.  Facing her deepest fears, demons, and past through her Believe.Commit.Live  process she rewrote and rewired her thought patterns, self care practice and belief system that now supports her living a powerful life. A life of purpose, love, abundance and contribution. She now pays forward what she believes is a second chance at life through her Life Empowerment and Strategy coaching practice. Through her three-step approach to life, Melissa is confident that you can transform YOUR life to be anything you want as long as you BELIEVE.COMMIT.LIVE with love, integrity, dedication, and gratitude and of course a KEEP IT REAL and POSITIVE attitude.    Thanks for Listening! We appreciate you visiting our site today and for helping to bring awareness to the Trailblazers.FM podcast. Please leave an honest review for The Trailblazers Podcast on iTunes & Stitcher! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show. Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to get automatic updates! It’s free! Subscribe / Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn

Jul 18 2016

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Rank #16: TB36: Tiffany Southerland on Turning Your Past Experiences Into Future Strengths, Blessings and Opportunities

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Tiffany F. Southerland is a lawyer by training and change agent at heart. She attained 3 degrees from 2 different Ivy League universities, before starting her career as an attorney at an AMLaw 100 law firm in Philadelphia. She transitioned from practicing law to a career in higher education as Associate Director of Admissions, Diversity and Inclusion at a law school and later returned to the law firm where her career began as Manager of Professional Recruitment. Tiffany's Episode Outline: 02:50 What are you most grateful for in your life right now? 03:30 Did you envision becoming a lawyer, coach or speaker at an early age? 04:40 What is like being a black woman with multiple degrees from two different Ivy League schools? 07:00 How can young girls best position themselves to get accepted to an Ivy League university? 08:30 Why did you choose the educational path of studying Human Development and Social Work, before going to law school? 11:15 Did your educational path inspire the trifecta of writing, speaking and coaching? 12:20 Why did you decide to do a TEDx talk? 15:00 What was the reception to your TEDx talk? 16:15 What steps did you take and are still working on to continue to become a great public speaker? 18:00 How can someone wanting to do a TEDx go about securing that opportunity? 19:30 Do you have coaches and mentors who help guide you and hold you accountable to your own goals? 20:45 What's on your vision board for the next 10 years and beyond? 23:30 What's something small you've done this month that you're proud of? 25:00 Why is volunteering so important to you and giving back of your time, talents, and treasures? 26:15 Impart an inspiring parting message that will help our community to blaze their trail Full bio at: tbpod.com/tiffanysoutherland

Oct 03 2016

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Rank #17: TB 14: Silicon Valley Founder Clarence Wooten Sold His First Startup for $23 million and Now Tries To Help Others Founders Through VentureFund.io

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Clarence Wooten is a Serial Entrepreneur, Investor and Public Speaker in Palo Alto, California. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn Clarence Wooten's Bio Clarence Wooten is a serial internet entrepreneur who has been creating and building Internet startups since 1998. Back then he co-founded and was CEO of ImageCafe.com, an online superstore of pre-fabricated websites for small businesses. ImageCafe was acquired for $23 million by Network Solutions/Verisign in November 1999, 7-months after launch and just before the dot com bubble popped. After being an entrepreneur based in Maryland his entire career, Clarence moved to Palo Alto, CA in early 2011 -- to the heart of Silicon Valley, with the goal of doing it bigger and better. In pursuit of this goal, he recently founded VentureFund.io where he serves as CEO; and co-founded Progressly where he serves as Chairman. VentureFund.io is a real-time traction marketplace that makes it easy for founders to build relationships with investors simply by sharing a live-feed of their startup's growth data. Our goal is to reduce selection bias and make access to capital performance driven. Clarence is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and was honored as a distinguished alumnus in 2010. In this episode, we discussed: 03:18 -  What Clarence does in his day to day roles at VentureFund.io and Progressly 05:18 -  Why he's enjoying the work he's currently doing 06:00 -  Who inspired his direction to go into business and investing 07:27 -  The biggest lessons he learned as a business owner over nearly 20 years in business 09:45 -  A story about an early roadblock on his career journey that almost tanked his business and how Clarence pushed through 11:35 -  When he began learning about the investor side and the process of becoming an investor 14:45 -  Explained what VentureFund.io is and does 15:50 -  Clarence defines "startups" 16:45 -  Explained the Traditional (TVR) and Traction methods for raising assets for  your startup 22:15 -  What might be contributing most to businesses that are failing 23:50 -  How he keeps pushing himself to new and higher heights Links and resources mentioned: ClarenceWooten.com Clarence Wooten on Twitter VentureFund.io Progressly Clarence's Tool:  Techmeme.com  Clarence's Fav Book: Once You're Lucky, Twice You're Good: The Rebirth of Silicon Valley and the Rise of Web 2.0 Thanks for Listening! We appreciate you visiting our site today and for helping to bring awareness to the Trailblazers.FM podcast. Please leave an honest review for The Trailblazers Podcast on iTunes & Stitcher! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show. Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to get automatic updates! It’s free! Subscribe / Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn

May 02 2016

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Rank #18: Paul Carrick Brunson: Lessons of Fatherhood, Marriage, Relationships, and Entrepreneurship | 77

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How do you approach creating and negotiating a win-win situation in large media deals? Mentor, Entrepreneur, and Television Host, Paul Carrick Brunson (@PaulCBrunson) is recognized as one of the most influential small business leaders in the world. The former Investment Banker founded PCBA in 2009, an award-winning matchmaking agency that was acquired in 2016. Appearing as the co-host on Oprah Winfrey Network’s Lovetown, Oprah Winfrey notes, “Paul is much more than a matchmaker!” Debuting in 2017, Paul is hosting and executive producing a primetime docu-series on ABC. Paul also hosts Our World by Black Enterprise, a weekly syndicated network and cable TV show where he interviews today's top newsmakers and business leaders. View the . Thanks for Listening! I appreciate you visiting our site today and for listening to this episode. If you're listening through the Apple Podcast App, please help us by partnering with us to grow this movement. The first step to helping us reach more trailblazers is to ! (Please click the link from your cell phone, then click the REVIEWS tab). Ratings, reviews and subscribes are extremely helpful to expanding our reach within the Apple community.

Jul 10 2017

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Rank #19: Squeaky Moore: How to Pitch Your Content, Product, or Self | 78

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Squeaky Moore is an independent content creator, producer, director, writer, and actress. As a mompreneur, she freelances as a development and pitching consultant and strategist. As a writer, director and producer, Squeaky’s mission is to enlighten, uplift, and inspire. She recently authored a book for content creators after journeying to pitch her film and television projects 100 times. The book, #100Pitches: Mistakes, I’ve Made So You Don’t Have To, is a film and television pitching guide geared towards independent content creators and about her pitching journey, the do’s and don’ts of pitching television and film projects.   View the  at tbpod.com   Thanks for Listening! I appreciate you visiting our site today and for listening to this episode.   If you're listening through the Apple Podcast App, please help us by partnering with us to grow this movement. The first step to helping us reach more trailblazers is to ! (Please click the link from your cell phone, then click the REVIEWS tab). Ratings, reviews and subscribes are extremely helpful to expanding our reach within the Apple community.

Jul 17 2017

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Rank #20: Shawn Dove: Become a Gold Digger | 16

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Shawn Dove serves as the CEO of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), a national membership organization dedicated to ensuring the growth, sustainability and impact of leaders and organizations focused on improving the life outcomes of America’s Black men and boys.   Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn In this episode, we discussed: 05:45 -  Shawn's dream as a young black child  08:05 -  Who Shawn describes as his most valuable mentor growing up in New York  10:30 -  CBMA's back story and what he does in his day to day role 15:35 -  The biggest lessons he learned about himself in the process of growing CBMA 20:00 -  How great leaders can continue to have vision and be successful 24:00 -  Shawn's blind spots as a leader 26:00 -  Why it's so important to lead with generosity in your relationships 29:00 -  What to do when speaking publicly, to make ourselves unforgettable 32:30 -  What he'd do if he were the head of our nation's educational system 36:40 -  The effects of being a husband and father of 4 children on his career journey 47:00 -  Shawn's inspiring poem: "Discover your G-Spot and Become a Gold Digger" Links and resources mentioned: Campaign for Black Male Achievement Shawn on Twitter Shawn's Fav App: Apple's Podcast App Shawn's Fav Book: Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice - Dennis Kimbro Shawn's Bio Shawn Dove serves as the CEO of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), a national membership organization dedicated to ensuring the growth, sustainability and impact of leaders and organizations focused on improving the life outcomes of America’s Black men and boys. Started by the Open Society Foundations in 2008 as the nation’s largest philanthropic initiative on this issue, Dove’s leadership has propelled CBMA into becoming an independent entity, growing its membership to more than 4,000 leaders representing over 2,000 organizations nation-wide. For more than a decade, Dove has demonstrated catalytic leadership in helping to establish and develop the field of Black Male Achievement. He has served as a lead organizer of the Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys & Young Men of Color; brokered a partnership between Open Society Foundations, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the City of New York to launch the NYC Young Men’s Initiative; and helped seed the launch of the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. Under Dove’s direction, CBMA’s efforts led to the creation of the nation’s first-ever Black Male Achievement fellowship for social entrepreneurs in partnership with Echoing Green, and he played a key role in the formation of Cities United, a national strategy that facilitates partnerships between mayors, municipal leaders and community-based organizations to eliminate violent deaths of Black men and boys in over 70 cities. Prior to heading up the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Dove held over 20 years of leadership experience as a youth development professional, community-builder and advocate for children and families. He began his professional career as Executive Director of The DOME Project, a NYC-based youth development organization, then went on to become Director of Youth Ministries for First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, NJ, where he managed the 7,000-member institution’s youth development initiatives, strategic partnerships and cross-ministry collaborations. Dove also served as the New York Vice President for MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership, during which time he successfully doubled the organization’s membership of mentoring programs and created The Male Mentoring Project, a city-wide public awareness and recruitment strategy to grow more African American and Latino male mentors in New York City. As Creative Communities Director for the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, Dove led and managed the technical assistance,

May 16 2016

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