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Author: Stephen A. Hart

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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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When Black males start to achieve, the mobility rates for our community will pick up exponentially.  That is the opportunity for us, but it is also the risk, if we don’t. Our featured guest today is Jim Shelton. James “Jim” Shelton is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Blue Meridian Partners. In this role, Jim is investigating new areas where significant focused capital can help solve problems at scale and advising Blue Meridian. Jim is also a founding partner of Amandla Enterprises, Senior Advisor for Education at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institute. Prior to this, he served as President and Chief Impact Officer of 2U, Inc. and was deputy secretary at the US Department of Education (and head of its office of innovation and improvement) under President Obama. There, he served as the Executive Director of the President’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative and served on and led multiple interagency efforts focused on poverty reduction, economic development, entrepreneurship, and increased opportunity, such as the Investing in Innovation Fund, Promise Neighborhoods, and ConnectED.
Instead of helping children beat the odds, our work is about changing the odds for children. Our featured guest today is Tonya Allen. Tonya Allen, a serial “idea-preneur,” serves as The Skillman Foundation’s president & chief executive officer. Her two-decade-long career has centered on pursuing, executing and investing in ideas that improve her hometown of Detroit and increase opportunities for its people, especially children, who live in under-resourced communities. In her current role, Allen aligns the complexities of education reform, urban revitalization, and public policy to improve the well-being of Detroit’s and the nation’s children. 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
The driver’s seat is mine.  I claim it.  I am responsible for my career.  I am responsible for the outcomes.  No one else. Our featured guest today is Simone Morris. Simone Morris is CEO of Simone Morris Enterprises LLC, a thought leader in diversity and inclusion, specializing in directing organizations to leverage inclusion as a core strategy for competitive advantage as well as providing coaching to empower women to get in the driver’s seat for their careers.  The firm is also a certified minority and women owned business. The company was founded in 2015 and is based in Norwalk, CT. Ms. Morris has a background that includes over two decades in Corporate America spanning information technology, commercial strategy and human resources. She has been recognized for her exceptional leadership skills and holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut. She is a certified coach as well as a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). She is also an adjunct faculty member for the American Management Association. Her key strengths include strategy, leadership, training and project management. She is skilled in creating and delivering training for and to adult learners. She is a member of the Association for Talent Development. Simone’s thought leadership can be found on various platforms (Glassdoor, Leadercast, Smart-Recruiters, Social-hire, and BambooHR) and she is also the author of The Power of Owning Your Career: Winning Strategies, Tools and Tips for Creating Your Desired Career and Achievement Unlocked: Strategies to Set Goals and Manifest Them.   CONNECT WITH SIMONE Website:     www.simonemorris.com Twitter:        @simonemorrisent LinkedIn:     Simone Morrise Enterprises LLC Instagram:   @simonemorrisent Facebook:   Simone Morris Enterprises
As leaders and those managing diverse talent, we should understand - How do we invest? How do we get the most out of our talent? How much of our talent are we willing to use? Our featured guest today is Minda Harts. Minda Harts is founder, speaker, adjunct professor, podcaster, seat creator and now an author. Minda is a California girl, who grew up in Chicago and today calls New York City home. In addition to her passion for helping women of color secure their seat at the table, she's also a lover of grits and rap lyrics.
Determine what makes you happy and find a way to make money doing that! Our featured guest today is Marvin Wilmoth. Marvin is Managing Principal and Co-founder of Generation Development Group, a boutique real estate development and consulting firm focused on providing housing solutions with the goal of creating transformational communities. Throughout the course of his career, he has been responsible for the financing, development and/or construction of over 1,800 units in multiple states and US territories with a total development cost of approximately $500 million dollars.  Marvin is also committed to civic service and was elected in November 2018 as the Vice Mayor and Harbor Island Commissioner for North Bay Village, Florida. Prior to being elected, Marvin served as Vice-Chair of the North Bay Village Planning and Zoning Board and Vice-Chair of the Charter Review Board. He is the recipient of several community awards including Success Magazine’s 2010 Top 40 under 40, 2012 Business Leader Magazine South Florida Movers and Shakers Award, and the 2016 BMe Community Leader Award. Marvin has also participated in several leadership programs including The Miami Foundation’s Miami Fellows Program,  Leadership Florida’s Connect Florida Program and The German Marshall Fund’s Marshall Memorial Fellowship. Marvin earned a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from Florida A&M University as well as an M.S. in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.
Happiness is a choice! It is an overarching quality of life that is rich in a variety of emotions, even including stress, sadness and disappointment. Our featured guest today is Rochelle Gapere. Rochelle Gapere is an Attorney, Happiness Coach and Entrepreneur. Known for bringing her charismatic personality and sheer joy for living to every experience and individual she encounters, Rochelle has mastered the art of living life fully and passionately. The release of her Amazon bestselling book, One Happy Thought at a Time: 30 Days to a Happier You, cements her lifelong practice of adding more happiness to this world by empowering others with science-based tools and techniques that help them lead happier, more fulfilling lives. Rochelle believes in living a life that is engaging at every level and utilizes practical techniques to teach audiences her unique approach to living a happy life.
Know your why! Why are you passionate about what you're passionate about? And why do you want to make that a career? Today's guest was one of those people who inspired me to launch Trailblazers.FM and was one of our very first conversations on the podcast back on on episode 7. Today, we spoke with Craig The Barber. Craig the Barber is Hollywood’s top source for men’s grooming needs, a role he has held for more than 10 years. But the true story is that Craig unknowingly began his journey toward becoming a master barber all the way back at the age of 14 years-old. Craig’s belief that being a well-groomed man does not mean going overboard and that any guy can take charge of his style and appearance with the right guidance. Craig is a true example of how following one’s passion will lead you to never “work” a day in your life because you will always love what you do. As he says himself, “Life is meant to be lived, not worked!”
Stay confident, and never let “I do not have enough money” prevent you from following your dreams. Today's guest is Henry Keculah. Henry was first featured on Trailblazers.FM episode 117 Henry Keculah, Jr., is the founder and CEO of 4.0 Growth Productivity Accountability (4.0 GPA.). Keculah is a first-generation American, and his parents immigrated to the U.S from Liberia.
Deep end leaders know that they have a particular calling on their lives and their primary job in life is to discover their unique purpose and mission. Today's guest is a part of the Trailblazers.FM family and I'm so happy to have him be part of the 2019 Trailblazers Masterclass series. I'm happy to introduce Shawn Dove. Shawn was first featured on Trailblazers.FM episode 16. In today's episode Shawn share some inspiration and wisdom about the 7 C’s of deep-end leadership:  Calling, Courage, Completion, Credibility, Collaboration, Change and Coaching.
When we bet on later, everybody loses because later is not guaranteed. The second week of our 2019 summer Trailblazers Masterclass series welcomes back Concita Thomas. Concita is a returning guest of Trailblazers.FM and was first featured on episode 66. Concita Thomas is a Food & Fitness Strategist behind ConcitaThomas.com. She is on a mission to help busy women on the go, gain freedom from being overweight and unfit while avoiding diet traps and fitness obsessions. She helps by sharing easy to stick to food and fitness strategies, sprinkled with a healthy dose of encouragement and inspiration.
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Demetrius

i enjoy their podcast always dropping gems 💎

Jun 10th
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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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