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A conversation with born helper Dr. Haydée Cuza

Writer, researcher, EdD, mother, friend, wife — Haydée Cuza doesn’t fit into only one box, and that’s a very, very good thing. She’s been an anchor in the OwnTrail community for some time, and it was an honor to talk with her more deeply about her journey through life. I couldn’t think of a more …

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Insights from chief inspiration officer Liana Fricker

Liana Fricker is a lot of things, but her very real title of Chief Inspiration Officer sums it up best. The UK-based, California-bred optimist is blazing her trail her way — bringing her creative flair for leadership and advocacy for women in business and underrepresented founders together as the founder of the Inspiration Space. She …

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Learning, teaching and trekking with Upasna Gautam

Upasna Gautam exemplifies embracing the journey. While that experience looks different for everyone, the intention, awareness and iterative approach in the trail she’s blazing paints a clear picture of the life she’s building. The TEDx speaker, CNN product manager, hiker and lifelong learner shared more about her journey with us, including lessons from mentorship, advice …

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Sana Akhand is blazing trails for connection in New York City

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Sana Akhand wants New Yorkers to connect with their city and each other. She founded Jet Black Social Club, which beta launched in August 2020, to provide the localized content, events and community she felt missing. With 1,700 clubhouse members to date, she’s preparing the transition to safe in-person events all while being open about …

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Lizzie Ann Jones and vulnerability as a superpower

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Lizzie Ann Jones sees careers as stories, and hers has included chapters at major tech companies (Amazon, Expedia), running a career strategy firm (Hey Lizzie Ann) and pursuing an MBA to further hone her business fundamentals and empathetic leadership approach. Sharing her story with her network of 36,000 professionals on LinkedIn, Lizzie is blazing trails …

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Different trails through career transitions

Whether by choice or chance, career changes are a fact of professional life. A 2019 survey found 49% of full-time workers have experienced a major career change, and 65% say they’re either thinking or have thought about making a dramatic shift. It’s also common to feel alone in the moment, especially when social media shows an artificial …

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10 women, 10 different paths to starting a business

Women are answering the call of entrepreneurship — in the U.S., women started an average of 1,817 businesses per day in 2019. But what does that look like, really, to a woman aspiring to found a company? Current research like this is helpful in proving that she’s not alone in pursuing this goal, but it doesn’t tell …

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