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Housing and community development's evolvement rests on the shoulders of women and men who have played a strong role in developing affordable housing and communities throughout the country. Their stories provide a human historical perspective on our cities and the housing within our cities.

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Housing and community development's evolvement rests on the shoulders of women and men who have played a strong role in developing affordable housing and communities throughout the country. Their stories provide a human historical perspective on our cities and the housing within our cities.

    Connecting People to Opportunities Across America: CEO Circle

    Connecting People to Opportunities Across America: CEO Circle

    Join In a lively discussion among five leaders of the CEO Circle regarding managing nonprofits for excellence and connecting people to opportunities across America. this episode, we feature members of the CEO Circle who are the CEOs of community development and justice organizations. They are leaders in their fields working to create new ways for communities to enrich where people live and connect them to the opportunities they need. Listen in to learn how to leverage your experience as a leader of color in community development to better serve communities of color.
    Key Takeaways:
    The importance of strengthening and realigning communities of color to bounce back after the COVID-19 crisis How to leverage your personal experiences as resources as a CEO of color How to find better recruitment methods to help with diversity in the housing and community development sector How to economically grow America by changing our systems to create racial equity and inclusion www.TrailBlazersImpact.com

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    A Legend of Building Cities and Parks: Leonard Zax

    A Legend of Building Cities and Parks: Leonard Zax

    Leonard Zax is the CEO of the Hamilton Partnership, a nonprofit organization that led the effort to create the Paterson Great Falls National Park in his hometown of Paterson New Jersey. He has degrees in law and city planning from Harvard University and has worked for more than thirty years on community development projects across the country. In this episode, Leonard talks about his extensive role at HUD and his contribution to the preservation and revitalization of cities. Listen in to learn the importance of designing cities in a way that protects them from natural disasters like storms and hurricanes. You will also learn the importance of preserving new cities’ uniqueness across the country.
    Takeaways:
    Why you shouldn’t have a strategic plan for your life and instead allow its serendipity Learn what it takes to develop large complex projects that can transform a city, neighborhood, or reservations Having genuine hope to continue transforming our cities uniquely for today and the future
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    • 37 min
    Is Workforce Housing Viable?

    Is Workforce Housing Viable?

    David Engel shares his successes and challenges working in affordable housing for decades and the concern he still expresses for the industry. He has a unique perspective since he worked in research at HUD, not production. His thoughts on the impediments to affordable housing and what is needed for the future are important take-aways! Listen in to learn the importance of making workforce housing affordable to cater to workers who otherwise can’t afford homes. You will also learn how zoning has over the years constricted housing supply leading to unaffordable houses in many areas.
    Key Takeaways:
    How shared housing can reduce housing cost for the low-income population Why housing affordability should be prioritized in growth economies How to innovate the housing sector and make housing sustainable and affordable

    • 27 min
    How to Be an Economic Development Leader: Jeff Finkle

    How to Be an Economic Development Leader: Jeff Finkle

    As President and CEO of the International Economic Development Council, Jeff Finkle is a recognized leader and authority on economic development. In this episode, Jeff talks about his role as an assistant secretary at HUD in the mid-80s and his contribution to economic development. One of the many things you will learn in this interview is how to create a foundation which serves people in need. Jeffrey talks about his time at HUD, how economic development is going to become even more important in the future and gives some great advice to young people ready to start a career. Listen in to learn about the internal and external challenges that organizations face in their day-to-day operations. You will also learn the importance of having education, practice, and patience in your career of choice before seriously venturing into it.
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    How to Create Thought Leadership: Alison Gross

    How to Create Thought Leadership: Alison Gross

    Ep. 74 – Alison Gross weaves a fascinating story of handling global events in Monte Carlo to coordinating the Maccabi  games and a world sailing race in the U.S. She started a business during COVID and explains how the new normal will be different but will adapt. She then talks about adaptive reuse and how cities like New York will change. And she talks about the 5 reasons for optimism for 2021, thinking about which things will make the largest economic impact, starting with the COVID passport. Listen in to learn the importance of articulating your business message realistically and sustainably. You will also learn how to adapt your business to the changes brought by the pandemic to enjoy success going forth.
    Key Takeaways:
    How to be courageous enough to chase after your career dreams How to build your business upon thought-leadership to better reach your clients Take a personal responsibility towards making a difference in climate change www.TrailBlazersImpact.com 

    • 30 min
    How to Impact Lives as an Attorney: Lisa Walker

    How to Impact Lives as an Attorney: Lisa Walker

    Lisa L. Walker has discovered the way to both succeed as an attorney while satisfying her other passion, impacting lives. Housing Development Law Institute, referred to as HDLI fills a unique need – a one-stop shop for attorneys in affordable housing. Both housing authorities and private real estate owners rely on HDLI as the go-to place for the latest developments in the affordable housing world.
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