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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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Just what I was looking for

By The real rich G - Oct 16 2019
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I’ve been searching for a good podcast. Something enlightening and informative but also entertaining and not boring. This is perfect great host and awesome guest that comes out every week. Also just the right amount of time. Keep it up!

Awesome content

By TFrederickD - Oct 10 2019
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Great job my brother. I love the fact that God shines in your podcast. Will share some of your podcast highlights on my various social platforms and hopefully it will encourage others to listen.

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198 Ratings
Average Ratings
187
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Just what I was looking for

By The real rich G - Oct 16 2019
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I’ve been searching for a good podcast. Something enlightening and informative but also entertaining and not boring. This is perfect great host and awesome guest that comes out every week. Also just the right amount of time. Keep it up!

Awesome content

By TFrederickD - Oct 10 2019
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Great job my brother. I love the fact that God shines in your podcast. Will share some of your podcast highlights on my various social platforms and hopefully it will encourage others to listen.
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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.

Rank #1: 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 #2: Patrice Washington: The Truth About Wealth | 106

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"If you would stop making it all about money, all the money you want will come." Known as America's Money Maven, Patrice Washington is a nationally recognized best-selling author, transformational speaker, and a leading authority on personal finance, entrepreneurship and success for women and youth. Patrice’s wisdom on money matters has been tapped as a recurring voice by national brands such as NBC, FOX News, Black Enterprise, The Huffington Post, Essence Magazine and more. She’s most known as the personal finance voice of the top-rated and nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Radio Show  where she hosts her own weekly segment, Real Money Answers with Patrice Washington.  Full Show Notes: tbpod.com/patricewashington Follow TRAILBLAZERS.FM on Twitter: Twitter.com/tbpod Follow TRAILBLAZERS.FM on Instagram: Instagram.com/tbpod

Feb 12 2018

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Rank #3: Dr Clarence M. Lee Jr: Create a Mindset That Persists | 84

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Discover some of the top excuses that make people quit, and hear what we must begin to do to create a mindset to persist. Today's featured guest is Dr. Clarence M. Lee Jr. Dr. Lee is a nationally celebrated author, international speaker, and CEO of CMLEEJR Companies. LLC, a personal development brand that conducts seminars on high performance and mental conditioning for teams, organizations and students.

Aug 28 2017

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Rank #4: 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 #5: Nicole Walters: 3 Critical Steps to Achieving Your Goal of Full-Time Entrepreneurship | 90

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Nicole Walters explains what inspired her to quit her six figure job in front of 10,000 people on Periscope, then go on to earn a million dollars in revenue within 18 months. She explains her motivation and drive behind the work she's doing today. Best part is she shares some nuggets of wisdom on the 3 steps we must engage to move towards that desire of full-time entrepreneurship. Questions I asked Nicole: What unexpected blessing in your life are you most grateful for? Why were you inspired to quit your job on Periscope in front of 10,000 people? How did you make that first million? What's something that people who don't have money, wrongly assume about wealth? What's driving you today to do the work you're doing? What are the critical steps to move forward toward a goal of full-time entrepreneurship? What are the traits that make an entrepreneur a good sales person? What are some non-negotiable daily habits? What's your best advice to parents to raising awesome kids? Share one action our future entrepreneurs should commit to this week, to help them blaze their trail? I am only limited by what I can dream and pray for The bible talks about how your provision resides in your purpose. When you are closely aligned with what you are suppose to do and when you are using the gifts God has given you to serve others then you see bounty. And I can honestly say that's what happened. I took the smarts that I had and I started applying it to the place that I could serve the most, and I started seeing rewards for that. Both financially, emotionally and spiritually. It's really been a blessing. I had multiple income streams ... my business was not based on a single source of income. One of the biggest mistakes people make when they are getting into consulting, is they exchange time for money.

Oct 09 2017

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Rank #6: Keisha Smith-Jeremie: Discover 3 Things That Make Great Leaders Great! | 61

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Keisha Smith-Jeremie is the Chief Human Resources Officer for News Corp, the largest news and information services provider in the English-speaking world with over 25,000 employees globally. In addition to her role as Chief Human Resources Officer, she has global responsibility for Corporate Security, Philanthropy and Global Environmental Impact. Keisha is also a Hudson Institute certified Executive Coach and the founder of Aerial View Life & Career Coaching.

Mar 20 2017

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Rank #7: TB 50: 6 Parts to an Investable Business Plan with Cheree Warrick

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Cheree Warrick writes business plans and creates financial forecasts for companies seeking funding from banks and angel investors. Cheree’s goal is to help over one thousand companies receive over $1 Billion in financing. She has helped clients from various industries (including dog daycare, restaurant, driving school, and catering company) raise the capital they need for growth. She has also coached or written business plans for close to 100 entrepreneurs. Cheree’s Episode Outline: [03:45] What are you most grateful for right now? [05:50] What ignited your passion for business and finance? [08:30] What happened in that experience that made you realize there was something more to it? [10:30] What makes your heart sing in this work that you’re doing? [11:30] What are the parts of a solid business plan? [16:30] What are some of the obvious pitfalls that cause business plans to miss their mark and not be funded?

Jan 09 2017

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Rank #8: 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 #9: TB 33: Ace Chapman is Blazing A New Trail For Buying Businesses

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In this episode, I asked Ace questions like: 05:25 Why is buying a business more profitable than building a business from scratch? 08:15 How can someone buy an existing business with no money down? 13:30 Ace describes his revenue sharing model with his clients 14:20 How can you grow a business, then sell it for maximum value? 17:00 What's one of the biggest mistakes you've ever made buying or selling a business? Resources mentioned in this episode: -The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries -Slack -LinkedIn Groups -Alvin's Favorite Books: Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?: How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion-Dollar Business Empire Ace Chapman Links: -AceChapman.com -Ace Chapman on Snapchat: Ace.Chapman -Ace Chapman email: ace[at]acechapman[dot]com -Ace Chapman on: Instagram/Twitter - @acechapman -YouTube: search - Ace Chapman Ace Chapman's Bio Rescuing small businesses is all the rage on television. Whether it's Jon Taffer with Bar Rescue, or Tabitha Coffey's Salon Takeover. Despite the fact that none of them do it, these TV shows are fueling interest in a new trend. Move over Real Estate Flippers, Ace Chapman is building a nationwide group of business flippers. Ace bought his first business at 19 with some savings from a summer job and caught the business buying bug. He leveraged $3,000 he saved working the summer before college into buying a business for $70,000. Over the last 16 years he has bought 40 businesses. Everything ranging from a Mortgage Company to a Clothing Retailer. And right now he is seeing an explosion in the market for businesses under $2,000,000. "There are millions of Baby Boomer business owners who will bring their business to market in the next decade so they can retire. During the recession, many baby boomers wanted to sell their company but decided to hold off until better economic times." At the same time many entrepreneurs are realizing the risks associated with starting from scratch are too high and are deciding to buy an existing profitable business instead. Business sales saw a spike in 2013. While we saw a 68% increase in 2013 according to BizBuySell.com, business brokers expect 2014 to be even bigger. And while private equity firms are well positioned to take advantage of this increase in inventory, very few are paying attention to what Ace calls the Micro-Private Equity Market. Ace began working with first time business buyers of business buyers and helping them find, do due diligence, and finance small business acquisitions. "I have had a lot of people who find me and ask to invest in my deals. I'd rather show you what I am doing than take your money and have to split my returns." Since starting his network of business buyers, he has helped members close deals all over the country. From 2 Sylvan Learning Centers in Seattle, to a software company in Pittsburgh and from a fitness gym in Huntsville, to a Catholic retailer in South Dakota, these were all deals done in recent months by the network. Business buyers are attracted to buying a business instead of starting one for obvious reasons. It's easier to get financing to buy an existing business than to start a new one. Bankers and investors are more comfortable in dealing with businesses which already have proven work results. Starting a new business requires investments in a period of 3 to 6 months, and many entrepreneurs never get to the period of earning. When buying an existing business you have an idea of what your salary is going to be on day one. Business buyers do not have to go through hiring and training new employees, developing operation systems, and marketing plans. They start day one improving the business instead of building each department from scratch. Still Ace says buying a business is risky, especially if you do not know what you are doing. "Whenever you are buying a business you are looking at the past, there is no guarantee that those numbers reflect the future", says Chapman. "You should find a business broker or advisor who has your best interest at heart. The more experience you and your advisors have, the easier it is to find the hidden landmines in any business.

Sep 12 2016

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Rank #10: Build, Grow, and Expand the Legacy Wealth Perspective of Black Men | 191

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The Black Male Equity Initiative is an interactive exploration of what wealth and equity look like and how you can build it. The intent of the Black Male Equity Program is to establish a foundation from which to build, grow, and expand the Legacy Wealth perspective of black men by measuring and monitoring four specific milestones and results of a black male cohort. Our episode this week is a panel discussion about the first cohort of the Black Male Equity Initiative that took place in Detroit, Michigan. Our featured guests today are Dr. Pamela Jolly, Christopher Rutherford and Richard Grundy. Dr. Pamela C.V. Jolly is Founder and CEO of Torch Enterprises Inc, a strategic investment firm committed to minority business growth and development. Torch Enterprises has assisted over 1000 entrepreneurs, national non-profits, trade organizations, the Federal Government, foundations and financial institutions. Christopher Rutherford is a Promise of Place Manager in Detroit, developing strategies with community based organizations to improve life outcomes for Black men and boys. Chris has dedicated over 30 years in Michigan, helping young people from all communities to access opportunity. Richard Grundy is the cofounder and CEO of JOURNi. JOURNi is a non-profit focused on decentralizing tech education for Detroiters. Through partnerships with workforce development agencies, schools, and other organizations, JOURNi has been able to train hundreds of youth in web-development and entrepreneurship skills vital to closing the digital divide in Detroit.  My ask today is that you’d help share this episode. If you're posting to social, please tag Trailblazers.FM. Our handle on twitter and instagram is @tbpod

Sep 30 2019

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Rank #11: 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 #12: 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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Rank #13: 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 #14: 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 #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: Dr. George Fraser: Closing The Wealth Gap | 105

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"By 2053... black median families will own zero wealth if current trends continue." Dr. George C. Fraser is the Chairman and CEO of FraserNet, Inc., a company he founded some 30 years ago, to lead a global networking movement for people of African descent. He spent 20 years in leadership positions with Procter & Gamble, United Way and Ford Motor Company before starting his own business in 1987. Dr. Fraser is the author of 6 best-selling books. He has been named as one of the best speakers in America, and President Barack Obama recently awarded Dr. Fraser “The President’s Lifetime Achievement Award”. Today Dr Fraser and I discussed his love/hate relationship with black history month, and what’s required for us as a community to begin to close the wealth gap between African Americans and other groups. Full Show Notes: tbpod.com/georgefraser Follow TRAILBLAZERS.FM on Twitter: Twitter.com/tbpod Follow TRAILBLAZERS.FM on Instagram: Instagram.com/tbpod

Feb 05 2018

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Rank #17: 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, "Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living And Crowning The Queen Within” 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 #18: Quiana Murray: How Corporate Sponsors Can Help Fund Your Dreams and Grow Your Business | 116

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Business growth strategist Quiana Murray has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs learn how to acquire sponsorship for their businesses, events, products and services. Having left her comfy corporate job to launch her first business (only to watch it all fall flat), she knows the importance of being able to create a business that you not only love, but one that allows you to thrive! Now Quiana uses her experiences and expertise to help entrepreneurs be smart, make more money, increase their influence, and do work they enjoy by offering smart strategies to help them partner with large corporations that will help fund their dreams!

Apr 23 2018

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Rank #19: Chazz Scott: 7 Tips to Master Your Mind and Obtain Mental Peace | 178

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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 Science degree in Computer Science and a Master’s of Science degree in Cyber Security from Hampton University. Chazz is the Founder & Chief Creative Optimist of Positively Caviar, Inc. based in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Positively Caviar, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) that focuses on empowering, inspiring, and motivating all human beings, with a special emphasis on youth, to instill mental resilience by way of positive thinking. His team travels across the Mid-Atlantic delivering high-intensity speaking engagements and hosting their signature BUILD Self-Empowerment workshops that are designed to understand and apply the secrets and science behind the human mind. When Chazz is not eradicating negativity, he is hunting hackers as a full-time Cyber Security Engineer at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency defending our Nation’s Cybersecurity infrastructure and satellites.

Jul 01 2019

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Rank #20: 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 full show notes for today's episode. 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 leave us a 5 star review for The Trailblazers Podcast! (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

56mins

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