Diaries of a Modern Trailblazer

Diaries of a Modern Trailblazer

Diaries of a Modern Trailblazer was created by Pamoja to share the amazing stories of movers and shakers forging their own paths, inspiring us all through our individual pursuits in life.

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March 30, 2024 11 mins

I believe in the importance of commitment in achieving our goals, so when I saw this quote "Motivation will follow commitment," it resonated with me, particularly as I continue on this journey of building Pamoja. This episode is a reflection and celebration of the commitments we make for ourselves. The sky is the limit and anything is possible!

Topics Covered:

  • Reflection of our biggest accomplishment
  • Little by little, a ...
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In this episode of "Diaries of a Modern Trailblazer," I had the pleasure of sitting down with the incredible Kamilah Thomas, a licensed mental health therapist, motivational coach, and women empowerment advocate. Together, we delved into Kamilah's inspiring journey, from her initial aspirations of becoming an attorney to her transformative shift into social work and entrepreneurship.

Kamilah shared her personal experi...

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January 28, 2024 13 mins

This year I'm operating on abundance, and as we wrap up the first month of the year I'm sharing what that means to me. 

Sometimes it can be scary to have big dreams and put yourself out there. But for me, what's the worst that can happen if I continue to push through, doing something that I love and enjoy?

Topics Covered:

  • Recognize the Power of Your Thoughts
  • Surround Yourself with People with an Abundance M...
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Born in Cairo, Egypt with aspirations to become an archaeologist, Jovanna later shifted focus stepping into the world of business launching a career in consulting, eventually merging her interest in technology and retail leading teams at Apple and Rent The Runway.

In addition to being a highly motivated career driven individual, Jovanna shares how she entered a new phase in life in 2023, becoming a mother while being inten...

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November 28, 2023 12 mins

I recorded this episode on my Birthday, November 27th.

As I celebrate my birthday today, I reflect on where I was a year ago and where I am today. I have a lot to be thankful for. Life is not black and white, and it's never going to be a straightforward path to achieve what you want.

I'm learning to appreciate the hurdles because it's growth at the end of the day. And that's what makes my story unique, but yet rel...

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Being a multi-hyphenate creative at heart, Adrienne Blanks has always balanced multiple projects at a time.

If you ask Adrienne, Nail Polish chose her and it ultimately became the vessel that steered her into business coaching after experiencing burnout in her very own creative venture. Adrienne has pushed the boundaries, and now she’s entering into a new era of purpose working with entrepreneurs to help find clarity and strategy in...

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If you've been tuning into this podcast, you know I've been very adamant about hitting a big milestone, which was to present a collection this month in September during Fashion Week. Well long story short, that didn't happen.

I’m not going to lie, I felt defeated, but that feeling lasted for a short period of time. Because I realized I’m exactly where I need to be. There is so much more for me to observe and learn ove...

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Taking the biggest leap of faith, Sasha Simmons shares the battles and the fears she faced when deciding to no longer associate herself with everything she knew and everything that defined her as a person growing up. She stepped away from her religious cult.

Today, Sasha is a professional speaker and empowerment activist helping people navigate life to the absolute fullness.


Topics Covered:

  • Being raised in a very strict relig...
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In the ninth episode, you’re hearing from yours truly, Stephanie—the Originator of this podcast and the Founder of Pamoja.

I'm being honest on this podcast about where I stand and what I'm going through because I want to share this journey. I want people to understand where I started, where I'm coming from, and witness the great progress of what it is I'm executing.

Not everything is rosy. Not everything...

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In this episode, I have a seat at the table with my Great Aunt Lil, my Maternal Grandma’s youngest sibling of twelve.

At 89 years young, Aunt Lil is what I call a Modern Trailblazer, with the wit and grit to do anything she sets her mind to. It was such a treat hearing her story and endless determination to reach her ultimate career goal of becoming a Social Worker.

It was also a great privilege to have access to some of m...

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Hailing from New York to Houston at a young age, Rozella Haydée White is the rose that grew from concrete. Rozella is none other than the Love Big Coach who focuses on nurturing and cultivating the transformative power of love, publishing her first solo book in 2019, “Love Big: The Power of Revolutionary Relationships to Heal the World.”

I’ve known Rozella for nearly a year and have learned so much from this phenomenal individual I ...

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Episode Summary:

The seeds were planted in high school—the thought of starting a fashion brand. Who knew that would stick with me. A thought that seemed so far fetched for a young girl from Texas City is starting to shape up as I mold this fashion brand, Pamoja, into something great.

Topics Covered:

  • My daily affirmation
  • One thing leads to another, the journey
  • Thoughts being the pre-requisite to manifestation
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Episode Summary:
Joanna shares her fruitful journey in building Soko Kenya, diving into the world of fashion as a vehicle for poverty reduction, positive change, and positive impact. Her idea to build a clothing factory in Kenya started off with 4 employees and has now grown to 150 employees with a sewing training program for employment, a charity, and period poverty school program. Joanna truly embodies success in the sense of...

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I dedicate this episode in memory of my father, Jerome Evans who made it very clear I can do anything I set my mind to. I am recording this episode in the home I just purchased in Houston, and sharing the hurdles I’m overcoming in product development which is a huge step towards progress in growing Pamoja. I have big plans, strong faith, and I believe anything is possible.


Topics Covered:

  • Walking in faith, s...
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I’m joined by one of my amazing friends from college, Christine Baptise-Perez, a mother and a lawyer who holds multiple hats on a journey making her life and community better.


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In this conversation Christine shares her story. Originally from Brownsville, Brooklyn NY, Christine shares how the pursuit for higher education as a first generation college student was ignited by her father who pushed her to ...

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In this episode, I take a step back at the end of the year and reflect on what I’ve accomplished as the founder of Pamoja and this new venture and leap of faith I’m stepping into, launching this podcast. Stepping outside of my comfort zone is only leading to continued growth. I have faith and the utmost belief that I can do anything I put my mind to. Great things are to come in the future!

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    Episode Summary:
    I’m joined by Zawadi Bryant, my amazing mentor who is the former CEO and Co-Founder of NightLight pediatric urgent care clinic, to discuss her entrepreneurial journey all the way from her humble beginnings. 

    Show Notes:
    In this conversation Zawadi shares her story. Prior to NightLight, Zawadi had a successful corporate career as an engineer. Entrepreneurship was not in her sight at all, but the opportunity ...

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