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Representation matters. The voice of successful black professionals makes a difference. Trailblazers.FM is an interview style podcast, where host Stephen A. Hart seeks out professionals of color in every possible venue, no matter how small. He is determined to find the best entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, creatives and business professionals, representing the most diverse viewpoints. Through these conversations, our listeners (the Blazer Nation) gain the know-how, confidence and mission fuel needed to blaze their own trail.
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Apr 25, 2016
Everette Taylor, Founder and CEO of MilliSense, also leads Growth and Marketing at Microsoft.  Previously, Everette was the Chief Marketing Officer for Sticker Mule, and also started the business website GrowthHackers. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn In this episode, we discussed: 04:00 -  Everette's inspiration to begin his own marketing firm 04:55 -  Who mentored him in his formative years in business 05:53 -  Some of the lessons he's learning right now while building MilliSense 07:15 -  He talked about a past challenge with GrowthHackers and what he did to overcome that 09:00 -  We discussed why product market fit is so important to young businesses 10:00 -  He shared some insight on growth hacks for social media 12:00 -  What small business owners can begin to do to build their social media communities 14:35 -  We also talked about how he stays motivated and keeps from getting stuck in comfort zones 15:20 -  What is on Everette's vision board for the next 10 years? Links and resources mentioned: EveretteTaylor.com Everette on Twitter Everette on Instagram Google Analytics Kissmetrics Everette's Fav App: Google Analytics Everette's Fav Book: Hooked by Nir Eyal & Ryan Hoover Everette's Bio Today, I'm pumped to finally have Everette Taylor on the podcast. He is a young, powerful influencer, Entrepreneur and Marketing Executive.  Presently, he is Founder and CEO of MilliSense (named after his mother Millicent) and leads growth and marketing for new projects at Microsoft. Throughout his career, Everette has maintained a strong track record of helping companies grow through creative data-driven marketing. He has been called a"marketing genius" by Forbes, a "marketing star" by Fortune Magazine, a "visionary businessman" by The Huffington Post, and "an innovator who's changing the consumer marketing game" by Black Enterprise.  Everette formerly served as Chief Marketing Officer for the popular e-commerce company Sticker Mule and also started the business website GrowthHackers with renown entrepreneur Sean Ellis and led marketing for the platform, taking it from zero to a thriving community that catapults the ideas and strategies of today's marketers to help them think outside of the box and establish their value in the industry. Thanks for Listening! We appreciate you visiting our site today and for helping to bring awareness to the Trailblazers.FM podcast. Please leave an honest review for The Trailblazers Podcast on iTunes & Stitcher! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show. Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to get automatic updates! It’s free! Subscribe / Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn  
Apr 18, 2016
Candace Mitchell, CEO and Co-Founder of Techturized, Inc., is a 2016 Forbes 30 under 30 recipient, and a business woman that's pushing hard to make her signature brand, Myavana, a household name among women of all ethnicities. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn Candace's Bio Candace Mitchell is Co-­founder and CEO of Techturized Inc., a high­-tech hair company based in Atlanta, GA. Their first product, Myavana, is a personalized hair care service that recommends products and services based on scientific analysis of consumer’s hair type and texture. She was recently named on the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the category of Retail and E­-Commerce. She graduated from Georgia Tech in 2011 with a B.S. in Computer Science. Her technology background includes undergraduate research in IT security and human­ computer interaction. She’s a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and leverages her passion for education to inspire youth to pursue STEM fields. She’s worked for Fortune 500 companies such as Siemens and PepsiCo, yet after a year in Corporate America, she decided to follow her dreams and vision of becoming an entrepreneur. The company has participated in the top startup accelerators in the country, DreamIt Ventures and Flashpoint @ Georgia Tech, and placed 1st in pitch competitions at SXSW Interactive, Technology Association of Georgia Business Launch, Shark Pitch Atlanta, PowerMoves NOLA, DREAM Project 2013 Conference, and landed a finalist spot at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference and the Southland Conference sponsored by Silicon Valley publication PandoDaily. They have been featured nationally on ‘The Real’ daytime talk show, Forbes Magazine, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris ­Perry show, ESSENCE magazine, Ebony Magazine, Black Enterprise, and Business Insider. Here's a sneak peek into today's episode: #BlackGirlMagic @candyvmitchell a @forbes 30under30 CEO shares her brand @Myavanahairhttps://t.co/FAhUNWgX2S pic.twitter.com/H091rlDVQb — Trailblazers Podcast (@tbpod) April 21, 2016 In this episode, we discussed: 04:30 -  What inspired her to go from a degree in Computer Science, to getting into entrepreneurship and starting her own business 08:10 -  How Candace transitioned from a full time in  corporate to making her startup a full time commitment 11:20 -  How business and personal mentors have help her grow and keep on track 14:05 -  How Candace went about getting capital to start the business and her advice to other entrepreneurs on preparing for that 16:10 -  Candace discusses the process of knowing your market through customer discovery 18:00 -  She shared a failure in business that helped her growth as an entrepreneur and leader 23:20 -  Getting into the 2016 Forbes 30 under 30 and what that's meant for her brand 25:15 -  How she's managed to market the brand in cost effective ways 28:45 -  What young girls and women with an interest in STEM can do to equip themselves for success Links and resources mentioned: Myavana.com CandaceVictoria.com Candace on Twitter Indra Nooyi - Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo Candace's Fav App: Google Calendar Candace's Fav Book: Super Rich by Russel Simmons Thanks for Listening! We appreciate you visiting our site today and for helping to bring awareness to the Trailblazers.FM podcast. Please leave an honest review for The Trailblazers Podcast on iTunes & Stitcher! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show. Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to get automatic updates! It’s free! Subscribe / Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn
Apr 11, 2016
C. David Moody, Jr, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of C.D. Moody Construction Company, Inc., a Black Enterprise BE 100s listed company for several consecutive years.  Mr. Moody is a graduate of both Morehouse College and Howard University.  Today, he runs one of Atlanta's top private companies, responsible for helping build several iconic landmarks. Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn In this episode, we also discussed: 04:30 -  Mr. Moody's experiences at both Morehouse College and Howard University 08:20 -  His plans and preparation before going into business for himself 09:35 -  The 10 lessons he learned while navigating the challenges and failures of running a business 10:20 -  How he overcame challenges of construction 12:45 -  What he attributes to his success and the success of his business 15:20 - What is success for him approaching 60 years of age 16:00 -  How he got his family to buy into his big dreams 18:00 -  What contributes to the high percentage of businesses today that are failing 21:00 -  What new business owners need to know to lay a better foundation to grow and succeed in business 22:30 -  Mr. Moody being abused as a child 23:30 -  How he fought through the decades of fear and finally got to a point where he could share his secret  with the world 29:20 -  His goals for Moody Speaks  32:10 -  An inspiring message of HOPE Mr. Moody was so humble and inspiring throughout this talk.  Here is a man who has accomplished so much, yet he came across as someone who felt blessed, and still appears to be hungry and eager to keep pushing toward his goals.  I especially loved his input on his idea of success as he nears 60, and how that's different than what he considered success in his 20s, 30s, 40s. Of course, this interview covered so much more than business, and I was delighted that I had this opportunity to help him share his platform for reaching out to the survivors of childhood abuse.  I learned a great deal in the process, and I firmly believe that this interview can and will help business professionals, business owners, survivors of abuse, and so many more. Links and resources mentioned: C.D. Moody Construction Company website Moody Speaks website David Moody on Instagram David Moody on Twitter David's Fav Book: The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge by Tony Dungy David's Bio Charles David Moody, Jr. is the President and Chief Executive Officer of C.D. Moody Construction Company, Inc. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Moody lived there until he was 14 years old. At that time, his family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where the University of Michigan employed his father. Mr. Moody graduated from Huron High School in 1974 and received his B.S. in Psychology from Morehouse College in 1978. After receiving his Bachelor of Architecture and five year professional degree from Howard University in 1981, he returned to Ann Arbor to work as an architect/field engineer for Bechtel Power Corporation. While in Ann Arbor, he also taught structural design and mechanical systems at Washtenaw Community College. In 1983, Mr. Moody relocated to Atlanta. In 1986, he completed his first project at Dobbins Air Force Base for the bonding company, after the untimely death of his employer, George Brown. At that point, Mr. Moody decided to establish his own firm. The first project of C.D. Moody Construction Company, Inc. was a joint venture with Otis Bellamy, of Bellamy Brothers, on the Underground Atlanta project in 1987. Since then, C.D. Moody Construction Company has grown from $1 million to over $70 million in annual revenues. C.D. Moody Construction Company has been ranked in the Black Entreprise Top 100 list for several consecutive years as one of the Nation's largest black owned businesses. The company provides a wide range of construction services including design/build, new construction, renovation,
Apr 4, 2016
Professor Monica F. Cox Ph.D. is the Inaugural Chair of recently created Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn Summary Bio: Dr. Monica Cox is a Professor and the Inaugural Chair in the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University Her research is focused on the use of mixed methodologies to explore significant research questions in undergraduate, graduate, and professional engineering education; to explore issues of intersectionality among women, particularly Women of Color in engineering; and to develop, disseminate, and commercialize reliable and valid assesment tools for use across the engineering education continuum. In 2011, she became the first African American woman to earn tenure in the College of Engineering at Purdue University In 2008 she also earned a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), which is the highest honor bestowed by the US Government on outstanding scientists and engineers Monica is the Founder and CEO or Prepared to Be A Pioneer, where she serves as a speaker and consultant Here's a sneak peek of what's inside today's episode: Prof Monica F. Cox Ph.D is such an amazing, yet approachable Pioneer for Women in #STEMhttps://t.co/ioadq3pWqj pic.twitter.com/nIZMgqVATA — Trailblazers Podcast (@tbpod) April 20, 2016 In this episode, we discussed: 04:00 -  The point she recognized her interest in S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) 05:00 -  Her early stage mentors, including her parents and professors at Spelman College 06:50 -  Her strategic approach to attaining the degrees she did and her desire to become a University President since the age of 19 07:45 -  We spoke about her new job at Ohio State and what her day to day there is like right now 10:15 -  We talked about perseverance and how she was able to push ahead through some of her road blocks as a pioneer 15:45 -  How often she looks at her goals and tracking them 17:20 -  We talked about what we as a community and for those of us as parents, can begin doing to expose our children to S.T.E.M. Links and resources mentioned: Prepared to Be a Pioneer website Monica Cox on Twitter Dr. Cox's Fav Book: Rework by Jason Fried Thanks for Listening! We appreciate you visiting our site today and for helping to bring awareness to the Trailblazers.FM podcast. Please leave an honest review for The Trailblazers Podcast on iTunes & Stitcher! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show. Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to get automatic updates! It’s free! [Photo credit belongs to Brent Russell] Subscribe / Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn
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