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172 Episodes
Burnout is an epidemic that is killing doctors and patients alike. Did you know that the number one cause of death for female physicians under 35 is suicide. Yes, Physicians have the highest rates of suicide of any career and female physicians are 250% more likely to commit suicide than any other occupation. Our featured guest today is Dr. Thandeka Myeni. Thandeka Myeni, MD, MPH, affectionately known as Dr Thandi, is a board-certified ophthalmologist with double specialty training in glaucoma, cataract surgery and LASIK.    Dr. Myeni received her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and later earned a master’s degree in Public Health from Harvard University. She obtained her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and then completed her medical internship at Boston University Medical Center.    Her ophthalmology training began with a residency at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC. She has completed two fellowships, one in Glaucoma at the top-ranked Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, and another in Cataract and Refractive Surgery with Dr. Paul Koch who has consistently been ranked among the top cataract surgeons in the country.    While Dr. Myeni was born and raised in the United States, her family is originally from Southern Africa. She spent a large part of her childhood in Swaziland.  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
The human spirit is incredibly resilient and we all have the ability to create the life we want. It's about making mental shifts, implementing proven mental techniques and, of course, taking action (even if you can only see the first step of the staircase). Our featured guest today is Gloria Mitchell. Gloria Mitchell went from being homeless to coaching multimillionaires.   Along her journey, Gloria overcame a difficult upbringing, an illness that left her short-term memory in the bottom 1% of the population, and a battle with homelessness that once even caused her to resort to sleeping in a Walmart dressing room!   For many that is where the story would have ended.   But not for Gloria. She went on to obtain an MBA from Stanford University and is now a highly sought-after personal crisis and performance coach who helps high-level entrepreneurs and public figures perform at their highest level and deal with the pressures that come with being at the top.   She has spent over 15 years studying human resiliency and her clients include top-earning entrepreneurs, professional athletes and celebrities. 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
Finding your path in life, staying true to yourself and leaving a lasting positive impact on the world. Our featured guest today is Maya French. Maya French is a Co-Founder of Koia, the protein packed, 100 percent plant-based beverage that uses natural ingredients to deliver deliciously nutritious flavors. Maya struggled with food-based allergies, such as being lactose intolerant her whole life, until she discovered the benefits of plant-based proteins when college friend and fellow Koia Co-Founder, Dustin Baker, was testing out recipes in his Chicago kitchen. At this moment, Maya realized her calling was to create a functional product that would contribute to providing consumers with a healthier lifestyle. With only experience in journalism and fashion retail, Maya took a leap of faith into unknown territory to follow her dreams and partnered with Baker to launch Koia.  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
Through experiential marketing we create environments for our clients to touch and feel their consumers and in parallel let their consumers touch and feel them in their environments. Our featured guest today is Marcus Damas. Marcus Damas is an Entrepreneur, retired professional basketball player, and devoted husband and father based in New York City. Before playing in Sweden’s professional basketball league for the Solna Vikings, Marcus played Small Forward for the Towson Tigers, Towson University’s NCAA Division 1 team in the state of Maryland, where he is on the top 20 all-time scoring list. Following his basketball career, Marcus returned to New York City to pursue a career in creative leadership as the Founder and CEO of Fueled by Culture. Fueled by Culture is a burgeoning creative marketing agency that specializes in connecting and empowering brands with influencers through innovative content and experiential event programming. FBC clients and partners include Avion, Lyft, Hooch, and Postmates to name a few. Marcus Damas is also a key note speaker at marketing conferences around the world. 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
Anyone with the right work ethic, leadership skills, and dedication can build a multi-million dollar business. Our featured guests today are Steve and Pasha Carter. Pasha Carter is an NFL Cheerleader turned Multi-Millionaire, who took a $500 investment and turned it into a multi-million dollar empire. She’s an internationally sought after speaker, trainer and Direct Sales Expert. Steve Carter is a Howard University alum who also built a multi-million dollar networking business. Steve now travels the country training and teaching others how to build successful businesses of their own. He’s now one of the most powerful success coaches in the world. Together, this is America’s favorite business couple and I’m so happy to share this conversation with our community. 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
It’s not enough to just be the first or the largest, you have to pave the way for the next. Our featured guest today is T. Dallas Smith. Dallas is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at T. Dallas Smith & Company. He leads all new business development initiatives.  His role includes overseeing all brokerage affairs related to the company and providing chief liaison services to key clients. Dallas began his commercial real estate career in 1982 at Atlanta Air Center Realty under the guidance of Thomas W. Tift as leasing and management representative for the portfolio. In 1989, he became the first African-American broker at Cushman & Wakefield of Georgia.   His affiliation with the company opened doors for many minority brokers. In 1995, he pioneered the brokerage division for H.J. Russell & Company, an African-American owned construction and management firm, where he served as VP of the Brokerage Division. Dallas led the company initiative of acquiring 40 parcels of real estate, a full city block in the intercity of Atlanta resulting in a mixture of office, retail and multifamily developments now valued at over $20 million.   In 2006, with the blessing of the late Herman Russell, Dallas opened T. Dallas Smith & Company, specializing in tenant representation. T. Dallas Smith & Company has led projects across the country with metrics exceeding more than seven million square feet of commercial property leasing and acquisitions and five thousand acres of land purchases. Since its inception, the team has grown exponentially successfully leading transactions totaling over $15 billion in aggregate value. Dallas is an innovator and thought leader in the commercial real estate community and is intentional about cultivating and developing diverse talent to help shape the commercial real estate industry. 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
"You’re going to have your valley moments. You’re going to fail. You’re going to hit road blocks and delays. When those seasons come about and they will, just keep going. Keep watering the seed you'd planted. Keep giving it good soil and sunshine. And just be patient. Have faith and believe in yourself and what’s to come" Today is a solo episode from your host, Stephen A. Hart. Stephen A. Hart is the founder of Isles Media, LLC, and a Brand Alignment Strategist who guides busy entrepreneurs and leaders through a clear and proven process to build, market and grow their amazing personal brand. Trailblazers.FM, is the #1 interview style podcast, hosted by Stephen A. Hart, that explores stories of today’s successful black professionals. The podcast has featured more than 150 black professionals and has been heard by more than 200,000 from 126 countries around the world. Stephen is a dynamic speaker on the topics of personal branding, entrepreneurship, marketing and podcasting, and is part of the 2016 class of the Black Enterprise 100 Modern Men of Distinction. Stephen has also been featured on the home page of Apple Podcasts, Thrive Global, BET’s Centric TV, and 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
Discover this go-to resource that helps when something bad happens to someone that you care about — whether it’s death, a serious illness, divorce, or a miscarriage. Our featured guest today is Marisa Renee Lee. Marisa Renee Lee, Co-Founder of Supportal, a platform that makes it easier for you to respond when someone you care about is facing a life-changing challenge, is a cross-sector leader dedicated to engaging the private sector to solve public problems. Marisa previously served as the Managing Director of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.  Prior to joining MBKA, Marisa served in a variety of roles in the Obama administration including the Deputy Director of Private Sector Engagement and as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Domestic Policy Council and at the Small Business Administration. Marisa began her career in international finance at Brown Brothers Harriman and during her time there, she founded The Pink Agenda, a breast cancer non-profit, in honor of her mother Lisa. Almost a decade later, The Pink Agenda is now a national organization of young professionals committed to raising money for breast cancer research and direct care service programs in partnership with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Marisa has been a featured speaker at several forums including SXSW. Marisa has also written op-eds on grief, race, opportunity, and economic mobility for CNN, Philanthropy News Digest, News One, Huffington Post, and other outlets. In 2017 she was selected as a member of the “Power 100” by Ebony Magazine among other community crusaders she admires. Marisa Renee Lee is a graduate of Harvard College and an avid Green Bay Packers fan.  She resides in Falls Church, Virginia with her husband Matt and their dog Sadie. 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
"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
"Up until 2011, neither the VA or HUD even counted homeless women veterans as a homeless population. They didn't even know that they existed or tracked them!" Our featured guest today is Jas Boothe. Fmr. Army Major Jas Boothe is a Chicago Native, Disabled Veteran, Cancer Survivor, Filmmaker and Speaker who gave over 17 years of service to this great nation. Jas Boothe is the President and Founder of Final Salute Inc (; providing homeless women Veterans with safe and suitable housing. Final Salute Inc is the only non-profit in the DC Metro are that specifically supports the unique housing needs of homeless female veterans and their children; there are currently 55,000 homeless female Veterans nationwide. Jas founded Final Salute Inc. due to her life being torn apart by Hurricane Katrina, homelessness and cancer in 2005. Jas was a single mother in the Army Reserves who was headed to Iraq. Due to her efforts and tireless advocacy, Final Salute Inc has raised over 3 million dollars, supported over 5,000 women Veterans and children and provided over 12,600 days of housing since 2011. My ask today is that you’d share this episode. If you're posting to social, please tag @tbpod and use the hashtag #missionfuel
Comments (1)

Gary Moore Jr.

Truly enjoyed this episode and was a huge wake up call. Thank you for your time and what an AWESOME start to the work week hearing this GREAT story!

Mar 18th
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