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Candid conversations with Women in business and entrepreneurs. Celebrating the successes of women in business, digital , e-commerce , STEM ,content creators and entrepreneurs , a candid conversation about their success , passion , drive in their industries making them #IRLTrailblazers

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    • Society & Culture

Candid conversations with Women in business and entrepreneurs. Celebrating the successes of women in business, digital , e-commerce , STEM ,content creators and entrepreneurs , a candid conversation about their success , passion , drive in their industries making them #IRLTrailblazers

    EP47: Aundrea Cline Thomas Unveils the Secrets to Intentional Living & Professional Evolution

    EP47: Aundrea Cline Thomas Unveils the Secrets to Intentional Living & Professional Evolution

    EP47 , Our next guest is Aundrea Cline Thomas , Founder  & CCO of Mountain Court Media  , Speaker and Podcast Host of " the next best thing " and an  Emmy award-winning journalist , She  joins us to recount the pivotal moments of her professional journey. From honing her craft as a local news reporter in Georgia to becoming a media entrepreneur, Aundrea’s narrative is a testament to the courage required for transformation and the rich rewards that come with embracing change.

    Aundrea unpacks the power of expanding your circle beyond comfort zones and industries. She walks us through the evolution of her career, revealing the emotional investment needed when charting new territories and the strategic foresight to plant seeds that bloom into opportunities. Her story isn't just a career playbook; it's a blueprint for personal development and mastering the art of connection.

     Embark on this reflective exploration and find inspiration in Aundrea's commitment to intentional living and the profound effects of nurturing one's voice and following up on every chance for connection.

    Chapters

    00:12  Introduction and Background
    09:41 Financial Preparedness and Creating Optionality
    10:32 Navigating Opportunities Through Networking
    15:18  Navigating Career Change and Technology
    25:42 The Importance of Consistency in Building a Brand
    26:31 Navigating Success and Self-Care Balance
    33:42 Prioritizing Self-Care and Growth
    35:36 The Transformative Power of Therapy and a Supportive Squad
    40:44 The Power of Finding Your Voice
    43:19 Podcasting as a Journey of Self-Discovery and Impact
    50:22 Trailblazer Takeaway Tips

    Watch Youtube version here :https://youtu.be/7yIYsduDZSs
    Find Aundrea:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aundreact
    https://www.instagram.com/mountaincourtmedia/
    https://www.instagram.com/thenextbestthingact/
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFkxUkBZcqCcmc9T5heyg9w
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    Watch and subscribe to my YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/@Thetrailblazersexperience
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    • 52 min
    EP46 Billie O'Connor : C-Suite Leader Crafting Success through Strategic Leadership

    EP46 Billie O'Connor : C-Suite Leader Crafting Success through Strategic Leadership

    Discover the transformative power of finance through the captivating journey of Billie O'Connor, the financial strategist and mind behind Nova, as we unravel her progression from finance skeptic to strategic maestro. In our latest episode, Billie's narrative transcends mere numbers; it embodies the essence of data-driven leadership across diverse sectors. Witness firsthand how mastering the finances of a business is akin to unlocking a secret code, one that can propel both operations and outcomes to new heights. For anyone curious about the influence of finance in retail and beyond, Billie's story serves as a riveting testament to the importance of understanding a business from the ground up.

    Prepare to be enthralled by our robust conversation on the art of crafting high-performance teams, where we underscore the critical role of attitude and potential over just experience. I share invaluable insights on the dynamics of building teams that excel, and managing stakeholder relationships with a blend of authenticity and strategic finesse. Whether it’s handling tough discussions or aligning communication with organizational goals, our episode is a treasure trove of wisdom for those balancing the delicate act of meeting investor expectations while staying true to their company’s mission.

    In the spectrum of leadership, trust and adaptability shine as indispensable elements, and our discussion with Billie illuminates these concepts with practical depth. We dissect the essence of successful business transactions and the significance of aligning communication styles to various audiences, always anchored in the pivotal foundation of trust. Moreover, we delve into the personal pursuit of passion and balance, recognizing these as the catalysts that infuse our professional lives with vigor and meaning. For both seasoned and emerging leaders, this episode is a guide to maintaining authenticity as you navigate the path to success.

    Chapters
    00:11 Introduction and Career Journey
    05:10 Using Numbers and Data to Make Informed Decisions
    09:36 Adaptability and Self-Awareness in Leadership
    13:13 Fostering Trust and Calling Out Bad Behavior
    14:17 Managing Stakeholder Relationships for Transaction Success
    29:58 Defining Work-Life Balance and Self-Care
    34:37 Building Connections and Sharing Experiences
    39:53 The Importance of Self-Awareness and Curiosity
    42:07 Future Aspirations: Working with Smart People and Learning

    Watch episode on Youtube :https://youtu.be/6YRnmzBhpgA
    Find Billie :
    Linkedin : https://www.linkedin.com/in/billie-oconnor
    NOVA  : https://uk.linkedin.com/company/nova-your-peer-to-peer-networking-group


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    Watch and subscribe to my YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/@Thetrailblazersexperience
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    • 45 min
    EP45: Diane Randall Crafting a Life of Health , Wellness & Success :How to Jumpstart your Life

    EP45: Diane Randall Crafting a Life of Health , Wellness & Success :How to Jumpstart your Life

    EP45 My next Guest is Diane Randall ,who has a wealth of experience in the wellness industry as an author of Jumpstart your Life , consultant, college instructor, professional speaker and host of the Plant Based Curious Podcast
    Embarking on a transformational journey often begins with a single step, and for Diane Randall, that step was a leap into the holistic wellness realm. From the chaos of her past—a story fraught with stress, divorce, and loss—she emerged as an empowering voice in the wellness industry. Our latest Trailblazers Experience Podcast episode brings this incredible narrative to the forefront, as Diane shares not just her trials but also the triumphs that have shaped her into a sought-after wellness consultant and speaker. Her insights on the interconnectivity of our physical, mental, and spiritual health are not just theoretical musings; they're the scaffolding of her life's work.

    Navigating the labyrinth of wellness and business is no mean feat, especially when confronted with the hidden adversaries in our food. The episode takes an unexpected turn as a retired chemist pulls back the curtain on additives that escape our notice, underscoring the often overlooked impact of corporate interests on our plates. But amid these revelations, we find a beacon of hope in the Yuka app, which promises a clearer path toward healthy consumption. Diane's narrative continues, weaving in tales of aligning career goals with personal health values—proving that the journey toward wellness is as much about community as it is about individual determination.

    The crescendo of our conversation arrives as we map out the actionable steps toward crafting the life you yearn for, with Diane's story as our compass. Picture a corporate culture where personal development isn't just a buzzword but the bedrock of productivity and fulfillment—a vision made more tangible in the aftermath of a world grappling with pandemic-induced shifts. As Diane's presence leaves us invigorated, we close the episode with a call to our listeners to share their own steps toward transformation. Your feedback is the next layer in our ongoing dialogue, and as your host, I'm eager to explore these strategies with you as we continue to journey together.

    Chapters
    00:00 Introduction and Background
    01:16 Early Years and Career Journey
    05:25 Working on Personal Development
    08:00 Becoming a Wellness Expert
    10:42 Starting the Plant-Based Curious Podcast
    15:41 Impactful Conversations on the Podcast
    25:17 Discovering What's Important
    26:15 Work-Life Balance and Boundaries
    26:48 Making Yourself a Priority
    28:24 Self-Love and Self-Care
    29:53 Motivation to Write 'Jumpstart Your Life'
    30:56 Creating a Plan for Life Improvement
    33:10 Taking Responsibility for Personal Growth
    35:18 Work-Life Balance in Corporate Culture
    37:06 The Positive Impact of Remote Work
    39:11 Embracing Change and Empowerment
    40:03 Diane's Experience on the Oprah Winfrey Show
    44:01 Incorporating Wellness Practices into Daily Life
    46:23 Trailblazer Takeaway Tips

    Watch YT Episode  https://youtu.be/ZVtGCa6bVa
    Find Diane here 
    https://www.dianerandallconsults.com/about-diane-randall/
    Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/dianerandallconsults/
    Instagram : http://www.instagram.com/dianerandallconsults
    Podcast :https://www.dianerandallconsults.com/podcast-2/


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    • 46 min
    EP44 Sally Heath Minto: Charting a Progressive Path in your Career

    EP44 Sally Heath Minto: Charting a Progressive Path in your Career

    Sally 's story isn't just a career narrative; it's a masterclass in adaptability and seizing the ever-evolving opportunities of the retail and beauty industries. From her serendipitous start on the shop floor to her trailblazing strides in e-commerce, Sally's journey is a testament to the power of not adhering to a grand plan in a world where technology turns on a dime. If you've ever questioned the importance of versatility in your professional path or how to pivot with poise, Sally's reflections, filled with personal anecdotes and hard-earned wisdom, will resonate deeply.

    This episode isn't just about recounting milestones; it's about the rich tapestry woven from every decision and opportunity that comes our way. Sally takes us through her transformative work at New Look, her bold advocacy for her own worth, and the joy found in lifting others as they climb the corporate ladder. Her insights into the gender dynamics within the workplace and the critical role of nurturing a supportive team environment will make you reconsider how you approach leadership and team building. And for the many balancing career ambitions with family life, Sally's experiences are a guiding light on how to navigate these challenging waters without sacrificing one's personal goals.

    Turning the page to Revolution Beauty's inclusive mission, we gain first-hand knowledge of what it means to democratize an industry and the relentless passion required to maintain a customer-centric approach that truly listens to feedback. Sally's dedication to crafting an enriching work culture and her bold moves in creating the Revolution Academy highlight the significance of inclusivity and development of future talent. By the time we wrap up our conversation with Sally, you'll feel equipped with a newfound perspective on leadership, the power of community, and the balance of personal and professional fulfillment—all shared over a candid dialogue that's as enlightening as it is inspiring.

    Chapters
    00:00 Introduction and Background
    02:08 Starting in Retail
    05:32 Transition to E-commerce
    06:45 Importance of Human Connection
    08:30 Challenges Faced by Women in the Workplace
    09:56 Resilience and Overcoming Challenges
    11:36 Leadership and Empowering Others
    22:49 Imposter Syndrome and Cultural Fit
    28:51 Building a Strong Team
    29:40 The Importance of Company Culture
    30:34 Aligning with Business Values
    32:50 Revolutionizing the Beauty Industry
    35:06 Working with a Spouse
    39:12 Self-Care and Work-Life Balance
    50:14 Supporting Entrepreneurs
    54:14 Trailblazer Takeaway Tips

    Find Sally :https://www.linkedin.com/in/sally-h-aba78a23/ 
    https://youtu.be/lM40GbExYaI
    Listen : to the audio version Apple Spotify .Amazon Music Google Podcasts
    Watch and subscribe to my YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/@Thetrailblazersexperience
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    • 48 min
    EP43 Kamini Wood: A Life Coach's Guide to Authentic Growth and Self-Confidence

    EP43 Kamini Wood: A Life Coach's Guide to Authentic Growth and Self-Confidence

    Have you ever felt like you're constantly chasing perfection and people-pleasing to the point where it's taking over your life? Kamini Wood, our esteemed guest for this special International Women's Day episode, bravely shares her personal evolution from tackling these very struggles as a mother of five to empowering individuals through life coaching. Her journey is nothing short of remarkable, revealing an intimate look at how her own challenges paved the way for her to support others in their quests for growth and self-improvement. With her company, Live Joy Your Way, and the Rise Up program, she's crafted a haven for those looking to find authentic joy and break free from the chains of 'comparison syndrome'.

    Navigating the complex world of teenage self-confidence and social pressures is a task that many of us can find daunting. Kamini and I traverse her childhood experiences, discussing the intricate dance of seeking acceptance as a person of color in a predominantly white community, and how these early life lessons inform her current coaching strategies. Whether you're a parent, a mentor, or someone who remembers the pangs of adolescence, this conversation offers sage advice on fostering self-esteem and identifying the root of happiness within ourselves.

    As we wrap up our conversation, Kamini candidly discusses the unique challenges and triumphs of building a life coaching practice, from overcoming skepticism to celebrating client breakthroughs. We explore the delicate dance of mentorship, the non-negotiable need for life coaches to be versed in trauma-informed practices, and how the ripple effects of personal empowerment can extend into corporate well-being. For anyone curious about the tangible steps towards achieving a harmonious work-life balance or seeking a nudge to trust in their path, this episode serves as an empowering guide to embracing life's journey with confidence and joy.

    00:00 Introduction and Background
    03:35 The Impact of Social Pressures on Teenagers
    06:01 Comparison Syndrome and Overcoming False Beliefs
    08:28 Creating Joy and Fulfillment in Life
    10:14 Understanding the Role of a Life Coach
    11:29 Utilizing Somatic Work and Breath Work
    14:54 Standout Moments and Achievements
    19:09 Passion for Empowering Individuals
    20:25 Carving Out Time for Self-Care
    23:53 Incorporating Breath Work into Coaching
    25:49 The Importance of Networking and Mentorship
    30:38 Embarking on the Journey of Becoming a Life Coach
    32:04 Aspirations for the Coaching Platform
    34:02 Trailblazer Takeaway Tips

    Find
     Kamini Wood :https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaminiwood
    https://www.kaminiwood.com/
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/riseup-live-joy-your-way/id1502109850
    Instagram :@itsauthenticme
    Watch :https://youtu.be/Flex19iHWyE
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    Watch and subscribe to my YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/@Thetrailblazersexperience
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    • 34 min
    EP42 Sarah Middleton: Mastering Career Shifts from Marketing to Mergers and the Pursuit of Work-Life Harmony

    EP42 Sarah Middleton: Mastering Career Shifts from Marketing to Mergers and the Pursuit of Work-Life Harmony

    Have you ever stood at the crossroads of a career shift, wondering how to leap from one field to another? Sarah Middleton did just that, transitioning from a seasoned Marketing Director to a dynamic force in Mergers and Acquisitions. Our latest episode uncovers how she navigated the complexities of integrating smaller companies within a larger brand, emphasizing the art of rebranding startups and the power of effective internal and external communication. Discover the secrets to leveraging the strengths of a larger organization to foster growth and secure more significant contracts.

    Embarking on a new career path can feel like uncharted territory, but it's a journey ripe with hidden passions and opportunities. Reflecting on my own pivot from scientific research to B2B marketing, we discuss the impact of graduate programs, mentorship, and the unexpected twists that can lead to fulfilling roles in consultancy and sustainability. We unpack the importance of keeping an open mind and how a collection of skills and experiences can propel you into opportunities that once seemed out of reach. It's about the adventure of uncovering what truly impassions you and the mentors who help light the way.

    As we navigate the working world, we're often reminded of the fragile balance between professional success and personal well-being. Our conversation takes a deep dive into the significance of integrity and finding a work-life fit that honors both professional ambitions and personal health. From the challenges of working mothers to the broader implications of mental health awareness, we explore how nurturing an environment of openness can lead to richer, more satisfying career paths. Join us and be inspired by Sarah's story, one that champions resilience, community support, and the courage to embrace change while staying true to oneself.

    Chapters
    00:00 Introduction and Overview
    00:40 Sarah's Role in Mergers and Acquisitions
    05:13 The Challenges of Retiring a Brand
    07:18 The Impact of Communication in M&A
    09:16 Sarah's Unexpected Career Path
    11:23 The Influence of Upbringing and Education
    13:15 Milestones and Achievements
    16:08 The Evolution of Priorities and Ambitions
    22:47 Core Values and Ethics
    26:20 Challenges Faced, Including Menopause
    32:17 The Impact of Focusing on Menopause
    33:22 Improvements for Men and Women
    35:47 Work-Life Fit
    38:12 Balancing Work and Life
    40:17 Setting Non-Negotiables
    42:37 The Importance of Fitness
    44:48 Building Foundations in Your Career
    46:12 The Role of Networking and Mentorship
    52:19 Career Aspirations and Goals
    56:50 Trailblazer Takeaways

    FInd Sarah :https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahcmiddleton/
    Watch : https://youtu.be/A474g3_AKJc


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    Watch and subscribe to my YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/@Thetrailblazersexperience
    Follow Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/thetrailblazersexperience/

    • 58 min

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