Tradeswomen Talk

Tradeswomen Talk

Tradeswomen Talk is a podcast inspired by the narrative of women and men of the building trades. We share stories, insights, and knowledge about how to survive and thrive in male dominated industries. People who work in trades peculiarly women have amazing life altering, mountain climbing stories to share. Their stories goes far beyond them finding their niche in construction. Join us as we discover their truth together and be inspired.It's our time to do more than survive. It's our time to thrive! We Can Do It!


May 8, 2022 38 min

With excitement…introducing …..
Hellen Harris retired union labourer ( Andrea Harris Mom ) and
Carey Mercer local 28 sheet metal worker ( Judaline Cassidy Daughter. 

This episode is special Mother’s Day episode is sponsored by our friends at RIDGID and Greenlee Tools.  These professional tool brands believe in empowering women and supporting the next generation of tradespeople.

Working in the trades can be a daunting challenging exper...

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With excitement…introducing  Ken Rusk

Ken Rusk is an Ohio-based entrepreneur and best-selling author of the New Times best selling Blue Collar Cash.

Ken started his first job as a ditch digger at age fifteen  and turned that into a successful company. He takes pride and ownership of  “million-dollar ditch digger"

On this episode we talk and learn from Ken why and how careers in the trades  can launch anyone wanting a successful li...

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With excitement…introducing …..
Jennie Ho
Jennie Ho is a global business entrepreneur and CEO of Beiter Technologies and Woodwell Tools Group  also known as MujingFang  a 2nd generation family-owned manufacturing business, best known for its  woodworking tools and premium laser levels. 
She holds an MBA and BS in business from UC Berkeley. Working for Fortune 500 companies gave her the added confidence  she needed to launch. Jennie ha...

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With excitement…introducing
Jacqueline Townsend
Brick by brick Jaqueline Townsend have building a foundation in her career as a Bricklayer for 17 years.
Jackie fell in love with this trade the after attending Chicago Women in Trades Technical Opportunities Program in the spring of 2003. From that moment her path was clear to her, succeed so others could follow.
Currently Jackie is the Bricklaying Instructor at Paul Simon Job Corps ...

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With excitement, let us introduce to you Dwayne Smith Alexander.

Mr Alexander is a proud first generation Jamaican American base between New York City and the Caribbean.  

He earned Bachelors of Architecture degree at Howard University and is a proud member of NOMA ( National Organization Of Minority) 

D’Smith does it all, he’s  is an architectural designer, urban theorist, singer/songwriter and real estate investor. In acting that wo...

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Hello fam.. we’re launching our  brand spanking new season of Tradeswomen Talk. 

Andrea and I have had the privilege of sharing the inspirational stories of women and men who believe that they have found their highway working in the trades. 

We’re passionate about bringing back a resurgence and appreciation for the trades! Why?  

  • We’ve always been essential.
  • We build nations.
  • 85% of construction workers love their jobs.
  • Jobs in construct...
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    With excitement, let us introduce to you Shamika & Jason Minisee
    Founders and owner of Presidential Concrete. 

    Partners in life for 18 years and partners in business for 17, Shamika, a business consultant, and Jason, a cement finisher, are the ultimate power couple. They started their company, Presidential Concrete, inspired by family and for family.

    Determined dreamers with parallel visions, Shamika and Jason are not only commi...

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    With excitement, let us introduce to you Gabrielle Shelton 

    Gabrielle is a sculptor, architectural metalworker, and founder of Shelton Studios Inc. in Brooklyn, NY has been described as “the rare combination of craftsperson and artist”(Becca Bull, 

    She’s been featured in numerous publications including Architectural Digest.
    Being a mother and wife sparks the creative magic within her to continue expressing herself throug...

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                         With excitement, let us introduce to you
                                         Beatrice Thompson 

    Two words that stands out when  you meet Beatrice Thompson determination and unstoppable.

    Determination is her habit to develop success.
    Unstoppable when she decided  who she wanted to become, Beatrice didn't let anything get in her way. She’s fearless, strong, compassionate , and filled with courage for the road a...

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                          With excitement, let us introduce to you
                                          Mr Dwight Threepersons.

    When you listen to his story, you hear his PASSION,  PURPOSE, AND POWER.

    Purpose: He succeeded on purpose.
    Power: He identify the problem and gives power and energy to the solution. He focuses on the actions that produce results.
    Passion: Passion is his key in leading, creating and believing in making it happen ...

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    October 18, 2021 46 min

    With excitement, let us introduce to you Hugo Sajid

    The one word that comes to mind when I listen his story is “Mindset”
    Mindset is all about the moment you wake up to the moment you rest your head at night.  
    He is speaking, feeling, and working his goals and mission into existence. 
    All challenges that arises he attacks them as “ fuel for my fire!”

    Yes, he is an apprentice for Plumbers Union Local 1; however, he has the mindset of a l...

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    June 23, 2021 36 min

    With excitement, let us introduce to you Tara Garner

    She is the founder and creative eye behind Under Construction Photography, social media and marketing development in the construction industry.  

    She hails from  a family of five generations of union Ironworkers.
    When you listen to her story she  radiates power and beauty in silence. 
    She continues to show us that silence stands up, shows up with love and fortitude.

    Pictures have no s...

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    With excitement, let me introduce to you Angela Cacace.
    She’s one of the star players pulling the pieces together for the circle of equality in the trades.  

    This circle is built on women builders, achievers, trailblazers, educators, and believers.
    This circle holds its strength through:

    Perseverance – appreciate where you are and have the courage to push forward.
    Fearless – when life becomes limitless
    Freedom – being yourself without p...

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    With excitement, Introducing the hosts of Tradeswomen Talk 
    Andrea Harris and Judaline Cassidy

    Andrea Harris
    Here is a quote about Andrea that will stand out when you hear her story
     “She led the way and embraced change”.
    Let’s take a quick walk through her career as a Mason. She initiated her career through Mason Local 780 where she worked on bridges, tunnels and high rises. She left high rise construction to enter the private secto...

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    With excitement, let us introduce to you Blayne Harding

    Blayne lives his life by one mantra 

    “No excuses no explanations”

    This mantra  has help him rise above difficulties and struggles both in his career and personal struggles . 

    Blaynes’ job as an  electrician is his career but, his passion is investing and teaching others that wealth comes from investment.
    Knowledge is the only currency is what he desires to share with his fellow c...

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    March 28, 2021 28 min

    With excitement, let us introduce to you Joe Maniscalco.

    Here is a word that will stand out when you hear his story "Activist ".
    Listed below are significant words he has confidence in Justice and Labor Movement. 

     Justice = Equality for workers.

     Labor Movement = Of the people.

     Justice and Movement definitely awaken an array of emotions: purpose, fear, fearless, freedom, and love.  

    He currently holds two (2) title pos...

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    Sarinya Srisakul

    The quote that describes her is “Her mission is bigger than herself”

    Her mission is her cause
    Her cause is making a difference
    Her mission thrives through passion, compassion, integrity, and action. 

    Freedom to become the first Asian woman firefighter in FDNY, and  first woman officer to be assigned to FDNY’s 14th Division laid the groundwork for her mission f...

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    February 28, 2021 36 min

    With excitement..... let me introduce to you
    Antonia Devine.

    Here are four (4) words that describe her: 

     DESIRE - The starting point of her achievement was DESIRE!  

     CHOICE - She CHOOSES to be the Architect of her future. 

     VISUAL - She visualised it and it happened.

     CREATE: She creates walls of joy, rooms with laughter, and windows that opens to possibility.

    She dared to think, believe and dream!
    She has created extraordinary achievem...

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    February 15, 2021 39 min

    With extreme excitement..... let me introduce to you 

    Wendy Webb

    Here is a quote that will stand out when you hear her story
    Preparation + Opportunity = Success.
    She just didn’t walk through the door of opportunity she made sure the door was left open for others to be able to see, create and become.

    Her road of opportunities commenced with graduating from high school, enlisting into the U.S. Army and continued with joining the ...

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    With excitement..... let me introduce to you 

    Sinade Wadsworth.

    The one word that describes Sinade is “DESTINY”

     DESTINY allowed her to see 

    DESTINY allowed her to finish

    DESTINY allowed her to become 

    DESTINY allowed her to receive change

    DESTINY allowed her to build

     She’s not just walking in her path towards destiny; she’s creating a road map of opportunities so others can see, finish, become, change, and build a life they truly desire....

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