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204: Iman McDonnaugh-Brown Blends Trinidadian Heritage and Family Values with Her Entrepreneurial Spirit
Episode 2617th June 2024 • Holding Down the Fort by US VetWealth • Jen Amos
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204: Iman McDonnaugh-Brown Blends Trinidadian Heritage and Family Values with Her Entrepreneurial Spirit

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How does your cultural heritage influence your personal and professional life? For Iman McDonnaugh-Brown, she shares her journey from a modeling career to founding "We Are Wonderfully Made," a business that celebrates her Trinidadian heritage through natural and flavorful pepper sauces.

As a military spouse, Iman navigates the complexities of frequent moves and building a business that reflects her family's legacy. Moreover, Iman opens up about the profound impact of losing her son, Andreas Darius Brown, and how this personal tragedy has deepened her commitment to family, resilience, and making a positive impact through her entrepreneurial ventures. Listen in as Iman discusses the power of embracing one's roots, the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship, and the enduring strength of family bonds in the face of loss.

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  • Read about Jen's family history and story about her father in the book, Silent Soul: The MM1 Alfonso Apdal Amos Story (The Price of Freedom Chronicles - Cold War Era)

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