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Empowered women and men share their secrets to success in extraordinary stories. Stories that touch your heart and soul and make you realize it is possible to prevail even in the face of gender bias and/or racial discrimination to blaze your own trail when there is no clear path ahead. Super entrepreneurial "how-to's" to help you launch your own business!

TrailBlazers Impact Nan McKay

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Empowered women and men share their secrets to success in extraordinary stories. Stories that touch your heart and soul and make you realize it is possible to prevail even in the face of gender bias and/or racial discrimination to blaze your own trail when there is no clear path ahead. Super entrepreneurial "how-to's" to help you launch your own business!

    How to Live Intentionally | Diane Forster

    How to Live Intentionally | Diane Forster

    Are the limiting beliefs you’re harboring for yourself what’s stopping you from living intentionally? Diane Forster explains how you can shift your mindset and start dreaming again. She shares how she’s helping her clients start living plus much more (note Career below). Diane is the model of online marketing and branding, and we provide links for many examples of what she has created. She is a TV star with her own channel, a podcaster, a coach, and much more. One of the most amazing women for today’s environment I have met!
    In this episode, she talks about her billion women’s mission and how she’s doing it. Listen in to learn how to live intentionally focusing on positive thoughts rather than living up to the external circumstances. You will also learn how to build your worthiness muscle so you can become confident and fulfill the freedom and creative expression you crave as a woman over 50.
    Key Takeaways:
    How to shift your mindset from harboring limiting beliefs and only focusing on positive thoughts How to stop living up to the external circumstances and decide to live intentionally How having a TV show can transform your career or business, plus how you can do it How to do things with an intention for your audience and brand Take today and start living towards your dreams intentionally figuring out what’s right for you

    • 46 min
    How to Develop Resiliency Against Adversity | Robin Smith Roberson

    How to Develop Resiliency Against Adversity | Robin Smith Roberson

    When it comes to being resilient and overcoming several adversities along the way, Robin Smith Roberson knows the journey all too well. She shares her story of resilience and how she overcomes each challenge to emerge a winner and an entrepreneur.
    She is the managing director at North America for GetWilbur.com and the president of Livegenic, where her team is focused on providing claims engagement technology within the insurance industry. In this episode, Robin talks about her personal challenges and how they influenced her to become the entrepreneur she is today.
    Listen in to learn the importance of having proof of business or a detailed business plan to present to investors and increase your chances of qualifying for funding. You will also learn how to show up as a female leader powerfully, confidently, and authentically in male-dominated scenarios.
    Key Takeaways:
    How practicing gratitude can help you get through tough times and maintain a positive mindset How to maximize your time as an entrepreneur to build a successful business and have a life How to increase your chances of getting funded by presenting proof of business to investors The importance of having the confidence to just go for it and start to avoid regret How to powerfully, confidently, and authentically show up around men as a female leader The importance of having consistent deep belly breaths for better physical and mental clarity

    • 52 min
    The Manhattan Doughnut Queen | Leslie Polizzotto

    The Manhattan Doughnut Queen | Leslie Polizzotto

    Leslie Polizzotto is the co-founder and owner of The Doughnut Project, a hand-crafted gourmet doughnut shop in the West Village of Manhattan. She is a former litigation attorney and when the opportunity to help open a doughnut shop was presented, she took the leap, creating one of the leading doughnut brands in the United States. In this episode, Leslie shares how she has changed the course of her path unafraid and her experience starting a business later in life.
    Listen in to learn about the right qualities of an entrepreneur and why you need to possess them to be successful. You will also learn how to work smart and choose the right social media platform for your business to help push your brand out there.
    Key Takeaways:
    Why you should never give up on your dream or sit on a life path that you’re not happy with Manage your expectations by understanding that no one will care for your business as you do Why you need to be motivated, disciplined, competitive, and determined to succeed in business How to choose the right social media platform for your brand and be consistent with it How to find success working smart on your business while still taking care of yourself How to apply your acquired knowledge and abilities when starting a business later in life

    • 42 min
    Creating Equity for People with Disabilities in The Workforce | Nadine Vogel

    Creating Equity for People with Disabilities in The Workforce | Nadine Vogel

    Nadine Vogel is the CEO of Springboard Global Enterprises, which is home to Springboard Consulting, Disability Mama, The WIP Group and The Springboard Foundation, which is an affiliated charity. Springboard Consulting works with corporations around the world to mainstream people with disabilities in the global workforce, workplace, and marketplace. In this episode, Nadine explains how she became passionate about people with disabilities and started a business about them after a longstanding corporate career. Listen in to learn how to prepare your business with the right tools to welcome people with disabilities that arose from covid-19. You will also learn how to hire smart and trust your intuition to avoid making many mistakes as a new entrepreneur.
    Key Takeaways:
    How to choose a business niche by being different, passionate, and an expert in it Evaluate your stronghold in corporate and apply it when you transition into business Learn to rely on your intuition to avoid making mistakes as a new entrepreneur How to hire, manage, and be accommodating to disabled employees within your business The power of having a strong and consistent team to help grow your business The importance of recognizing and accommodating mental health disabilities in the workplace

    • 44 min
    Steel Toes, Stilettos and LEAN | Shannon Karels and Kathy Miller

    Steel Toes, Stilettos and LEAN | Shannon Karels and Kathy Miller

    Shannon Karels and Kathy Miller are manufacturing leaders and experts in lean transformation. They have collaborated in establishing a business OPSisters and have recently published a book on the subject, called Steel Toes and Stilettos. In this episode, Shannon and Kathy explain the main elements of lean manufacturing/enterprise and their journey to creating a successful business as partners. Listen in to learn about lean manufacturing in creating an inclusive work environment that engages people during culture change. You will also learn the importance of knowing your worth and understanding your uniqueness to market your business.
    Key Takeaways:
    How to use all of your talents and have a fulfilling career in lean manufacturing as a woman How to create a plan and learn all the processes required to quit your job and start a business Have the right network, resources, and a lot of help when starting a business The importance of staying true to yourself as a business partner and individually How to build relationships when undertaking the journey of starting a business

    • 27 min
    Supply Chain Diversity After the Pandemic | Christopher Sawchuk

    Supply Chain Diversity After the Pandemic | Christopher Sawchuk

    Christopher Sawchuk is the principal and global procurement advisory practice leader at The Hackett Group. He’s a globally recognized expert on the topic of supply chain management. In this episode, Christopher shares his insights on supply chain diversity and how the pandemic has shifted the procurement industry. Listen in to learn about the massive opportunities available for diverse suppliers and how to become visible as a supplier to bigger organizations. You will also learn how organizations are proactively enhancing and measuring supply chain diversity as an initiative.
    Key Takeaways:
    The importance of diversification in supply bases in organizations How to become visible as a supplier through networking and participating in events Be transparent about your business information like performance on the databases

    • 50 min

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Wonderful interviews!

Great podcast for inspiring and interesting conversations, so much valuable information!

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