Info

Trailblazers.FM

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.
RSS Feed Subscribe in Apple Podcasts
Trailblazers.FM
2018
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2017
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2016
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2015
December


Categories

All Episodes
Archives
Categories
Now displaying: May, 2016
May 30, 2016
Tiffany Hardin developed Gild Creative Group, a consultation firm providing cultural engagement activation strategies for brands & advertisers. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn In this episode, we discussed: 04:30 -  What provided her a winning mindset on such a big stage 09:15 -  What inspired her to start her own consulting firm 12:30 -  Gild Creative Group and what she does as the Cultural Engagement Strategist 19:30 -  Mentors that are helping guide her forward 20:30 -  How family affected her entrepreneurial journey 22:15 -  Some of the biggest lessons she learned while building Gild 25:20 -  Fears of failing to achieve set goals or responsibilities that follow 28:30 -  How she keeps herself from falling into comfort zones with her work 31:20 -  2 things Tiffany is working on right now as part of her future vision/goals Links and resources mentioned: Tiffany Hardin's Website Gild Creative Group She Knows Now Tiffany on Twitter Tiffany's Fav App: Weather App Tiffany's Fav Book: Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Go Big Tiffany Hardin Bio Tiffany Hardin developed Gild Creative Group, a consultation firm providing cultural engagement activation strategies for brands & advertisers such as Mother Industries, Civic Entertainment and Doner Agency.  Additionally, she consults creative talents such as media savant, Karen Civil, fashion expert, Vanessa Simmons, and, hip hop artist, Kris Kasanova on developing their brand as a business, as well as, developing key brand partnerships. Dedicated to paying it forward, she is also an adjunct professor at NYU- Clive Davis School of Recorded Music. Hardin is the founder of She Knows Now, a platform dedicated to collecting and sharing the insights of confident, driven women who share what they each know for sure. She served on the boards of SoundCtrl, Music Unites, Council of Urban Professionals, and AdColor, and, currently serves on the leadership board of Live in The Grey. She is an avid speaker on Influencer Marketing, Women in Entrepreneurship, Music & Branding, Social Media Marketing, and Music/Tech at conferences such as Social Media Week, Internet Week, SXSW, AdColor and Adweek. Hardin had previously held positions at Violator Management, Monami Entertainment and Translation LLC prior to her entrepreneurial endeavors. 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 PHOTO CREDIT: SAM TEICH
May 23, 2016
Dr. Jason Carthen is a former NFL football player for the New England Patriots and a highly sought-after international speaker in the areas of leadership, motivation and identifying your purpose in life. He has delivered his own unique brand of inspiration, passion and practical ideas to people in over 1000 audiences worldwide. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn In this episode, we discussed: 05:00 -  Dr. Jason's dream as a kid  06:00 -  Lessons learned playing under New England Patriots Coach Bill Parcells 09:00 -  Difficulty letting go of football and pivoting to the next chapter of his life 12:00 -  Mentors that guided him through his transitional years after football 13:00 -  What Dr. Jason attributes to his tremendous success today 14:45 -  How family factors into his entrepreneurial endeavors 17:30 -  What Dr. Jason does to keep pushing forward to new and higher heights 19:30 -  Steps someone starting over or pivoting needs to know 36:45 -  4 foundations for success Links and resources mentioned: Jason Carthen Website Dr. Jason on Instagram Dr. Jason on Twitter Dr. Jason's Facebook Page Send a text "ispeaklife" to 38470, to sign up to his daily quotes Jason's Fav Apps: Evernote, ScreenFlow Jason's Fav Books: MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom, 52 Ways to Tackle Leadership for Your Success!: Lessons in Leadership and Life (Lessons for Leadership and Life Book Series) (Volume 1) Jason Carthen, Ph.D. Bio Known as The Leadership Linebacker™ Dr. Jason Carthen is a former professional football player for the New England Patriots and a highly sought-after international speaker in the areas of leadership, motivation and identifying your purpose in life. He has delivered his own unique brand of inspiration, passion and practical ideas to people in over 1000 audiences worldwide. He is the Founder of Speak Life University™, which provides Business & Leadership Development programs for anyone interested in increasing their capacity to influence others positively through exceptional leadership. A prolific author, Dr. Jason has written over 150 articles and published three books related to leadership, business and personal development. His fourth highly anticipated book, Destiny Focused Leadership™ details the key behavioral traits of successful leaders that want to live and leave a legacy for their followers. He is also the author of several best-selling Online Courses addressing Leadership, Business and Sales strategy. No matter where he may be speaking or who his audience may be, the foundation of Dr. Jason’s message remains the same. You can achieve any goal, you can overcome any obstacle and you can find solutions to your toughest challenges by suspending your beliefs about what is possible and what is not when it comes to achieving your Destiny! 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
May 16, 2016
Shawn Dove serves as the CEO of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), a national membership organization dedicated to ensuring the growth, sustainability and impact of leaders and organizations focused on improving the life outcomes of America’s Black men and boys.   Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn In this episode, we discussed: 05:45 -  Shawn's dream as a young black child  08:05 -  Who Shawn describes as his most valuable mentor growing up in New York  10:30 -  CBMA's back story and what he does in his day to day role 15:35 -  The biggest lessons he learned about himself in the process of growing CBMA 20:00 -  How great leaders can continue to have vision and be successful 24:00 -  Shawn's blind spots as a leader 26:00 -  Why it's so important to lead with generosity in your relationships 29:00 -  What to do when speaking publicly, to make ourselves unforgettable 32:30 -  What he'd do if he were the head of our nation's educational system 36:40 -  The effects of being a husband and father of 4 children on his career journey 47:00 -  Shawn's inspiring poem: "Discover your G-Spot and Become a Gold Digger" Links and resources mentioned: Campaign for Black Male Achievement Shawn on Twitter Shawn's Fav App: Apple's Podcast App Shawn's Fav Book: Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice - Dennis Kimbro Shawn's Bio Shawn Dove serves as the CEO of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), a national membership organization dedicated to ensuring the growth, sustainability and impact of leaders and organizations focused on improving the life outcomes of America’s Black men and boys. Started by the Open Society Foundations in 2008 as the nation’s largest philanthropic initiative on this issue, Dove’s leadership has propelled CBMA into becoming an independent entity, growing its membership to more than 4,000 leaders representing over 2,000 organizations nation-wide. For more than a decade, Dove has demonstrated catalytic leadership in helping to establish and develop the field of Black Male Achievement. He has served as a lead organizer of the Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys & Young Men of Color; brokered a partnership between Open Society Foundations, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the City of New York to launch the NYC Young Men’s Initiative; and helped seed the launch of the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. Under Dove’s direction, CBMA’s efforts led to the creation of the nation’s first-ever Black Male Achievement fellowship for social entrepreneurs in partnership with Echoing Green, and he played a key role in the formation of Cities United, a national strategy that facilitates partnerships between mayors, municipal leaders and community-based organizations to eliminate violent deaths of Black men and boys in over 70 cities. Prior to heading up the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Dove held over 20 years of leadership experience as a youth development professional, community-builder and advocate for children and families. He began his professional career as Executive Director of The DOME Project, a NYC-based youth development organization, then went on to become Director of Youth Ministries for First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, NJ, where he managed the 7,000-member institution’s youth development initiatives, strategic partnerships and cross-ministry collaborations. Dove also served as the New York Vice President for MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership, during which time he successfully doubled the organization’s membership of mentoring programs and created The Male Mentoring Project, a city-wide public awareness and recruitment strategy to grow more African American and Latino male mentors in New York City. As Creative Communities Director for the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, Dove led and managed the technical assistance,
May 9, 2016
Host Stephen Hart shares a unique story and discusses the 5 core themes evident in the first fourteen interviews of the podcast. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn Today's Show Notes: It was on my heart today to share a story with you all to set the stage for what I wanted you to take away most from today's episode. This story was originally told by a man by the name of Dr. Russell Herman Conwell, and he told this story more than 6,000 times all around the world. Dr. Conwell went on to become the founder of Temple University in Philadelphia. I was introduced to Dr. Conwell by his now famous inspirational lecture, Acres of Diamonds, and it has inspired me in so many ways and I'd like to take a couple minutes at the beginning of this episode today, to share a brief summary of this inspiring story with you. This is a true story of a persian farmer named Ali Hafed who was a wealthy man.  One day Ali Hafed heard tales about the exciting stories of other African settlers who had made millions by discovering diamond mines.  Now after he had heard all about diamonds, & how much they were worth ... he quickly became discontented.  Realizing the African continent was rich in diamonds, the farmer became determined to have a mine of diamonds for himself and so he sold his farm, left his family and went in search of diamonds. Ali Hafed spent the rest of his life wondering Africa and Europe, searching for diamonds without success.  Finally, broke and desperate, he threw himself into a tidal wave in Barcelona and drowned. Meanwhile, the man who had purchased Ali Hafed's farm, one day led his camel into the garden to find water to drink and as the camel put its nose into the shallow waters of that garden's brook, he found a large and unusual black stone in the stream which cut through the property.  It turned out to be a great diamond of enormous value.  and then he'd discovered that his farm was covered with all sorts of beautiful and valuable gems.  It was to become one of the world's richest diamond mines of all time.   the largest diamonds on earth came from that mine. You see, Ali Hafed had owned literally acres of diamonds but had sold them for practically nothing, to go in search of them elsewhere. If Ali Hafed had only taken the time to study, to know what diamonds looked like in their rough state, and thoroughly explored his land, his gardens and the streams he owned, he would have had the millions he sought, right on the land he'd been living on. The message of this story, that I hope to impart to you today is that each of you listening today, is at this moment, standing in your own acres of diamonds.  Together, we have heard so far from 14 trailblazers who are each experiencing success in their own lives.  They are each successfully mining their own acres of diamonds. If we can extract some wisdom from those interviews and have the patience to intelligently and effectively explore how that can be applied to the work we are doing today, we will most definitely find the riches we seek, whether financial or intangible or both. As Earle Nightingale once said on this very topic: "Before we go running off to what we think are greener pastures, let's make sure that our own is not just as green, or perhaps even greener.  while we are looking at other pastures, other people are looking at ours." Somewhere within the work you are doing today, there lurks an opportunity which could bring you everything you could possibly want for yourself and your family. I hope that these past 14 weeks have blessed you, as much as it's been a blessing to me.  I would never have guessed that in the first 3 months of this podcast,  we would have had an opportunity to talk with so many brilliant and amazing trailblazers who have pushed through their biggest failures and challenges to experience success. In the past few days, I discovered that the Trailblazers Podcast has already been download...
May 2, 2016
Clarence Wooten is a Serial Entrepreneur, Investor and Public Speaker in Palo Alto, California. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or TuneIn Clarence Wooten's Bio Clarence Wooten is a serial internet entrepreneur who has been creating and building Internet startups since 1998. Back then he co-founded and was CEO of ImageCafe.com, an online superstore of pre-fabricated websites for small businesses. ImageCafe was acquired for $23 million by Network Solutions/Verisign in November 1999, 7-months after launch and just before the dot com bubble popped. After being an entrepreneur based in Maryland his entire career, Clarence moved to Palo Alto, CA in early 2011 -- to the heart of Silicon Valley, with the goal of doing it bigger and better. In pursuit of this goal, he recently founded VentureFund.io where he serves as CEO; and co-founded Progressly where he serves as Chairman. VentureFund.io is a real-time traction marketplace that makes it easy for founders to build relationships with investors simply by sharing a live-feed of their startup's growth data. Our goal is to reduce selection bias and make access to capital performance driven. Clarence is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and was honored as a distinguished alumnus in 2010. In this episode, we discussed: 03:18 -  What Clarence does in his day to day roles at VentureFund.io and Progressly 05:18 -  Why he's enjoying the work he's currently doing 06:00 -  Who inspired his direction to go into business and investing 07:27 -  The biggest lessons he learned as a business owner over nearly 20 years in business 09:45 -  A story about an early roadblock on his career journey that almost tanked his business and how Clarence pushed through 11:35 -  When he began learning about the investor side and the process of becoming an investor 14:45 -  Explained what VentureFund.io is and does 15:50 -  Clarence defines "startups" 16:45 -  Explained the Traditional (TVR) and Traction methods for raising assets for  your startup 22:15 -  What might be contributing most to businesses that are failing 23:50 -  How he keeps pushing himself to new and higher heights Links and resources mentioned: ClarenceWooten.com Clarence Wooten on Twitter VentureFund.io Progressly Clarence's Tool:  Techmeme.com  Clarence's Fav Book: Once You're Lucky, Twice You're Good: The Rebirth of Silicon Valley and the Rise of Web 2.0 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  
1