• Episode 015 – Amy Jo Martin

    Amy Jo Martin

    This week’s guest is the amazing Amy Jo Martin. She is the host of the “Why Not Now?” podcast where she interviews people about the moment they realized they should go for that thing they’ve been thinking of doing. Amy Jo is a New York Times bestselling author, the woman who taught Shaquille O’Neal how to tweet, former CEO/Founder of Digital Royalty, keynote speaker, innovation advocate, and angel investor. She has been named the #3 most powerful person on Twitter by Forbes. The conversation this week goes all over the place but there is a heavy social media angle. The conversation is expansive, as always, and the women have a lot of fun.

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  • Episode 014 – Tera Black, COO of the Charlotte Checkers

    Tera Black

    Since it is January and I am quite literally freezing here in Tampa, it seems apropos that I have this guest on.  With me today is Tera Black, the Chief Operating Officer for the Charlotte Checkers, the American Hockey league affiliate of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes. Her career in hockey is expansive and includes roles in everything from travel coordinator to athletic trainer to equipment manager. in 2016 she was named the first-ever female winner of James C. Hendy Award as the American Hockey League’s Oustanding Executive, an award that has existed since 1962. Also in 2016. she was named to the Sports Business Journal Game Changers class.

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  • Episode 13 – Dr. Kelly Duggan, Owner of Physical Therapy U

    Dr. Kelly Duggan

    Happy New Year!  By the time you hear this it will be 2018. There are three times of year that I absolutely love: the beginning of the year, Boston Marathon time, and school starting time. Each feels like a new start. The Boston Marathon provides me with a kick in the pants. The start of the school year always makes me feel fresh and new. The beginning of the year is when I do all of my great planning and goal setting. Here are a few of my goals for LTPF in 2018: Consistently release new episodes of LTPF on a weekly basis, keep up with the blog, and add a new weekly content-type (maybe a blog post?). Personally, this will be the year when I *finally* stick to some sort of work out program. I will also *finally* travel outside of the country (nope, I’ve never been out of the country… eeek!). Send me a message with what some of yours are. How can I help you reach those goals?

    Housekeeping: This June the Winning Edge Leadership Academy, co-founded by Maria Taylor of ESPN’s College Gameday is hosting a retreat in South Florida. The application for the retreat is open to all current and former student-athletes who have a desire to work in sports business. Those applications are due on February 1. I will be there.

    Dr. Kelly Duggan is the owner of Physical Therapy U located in Bridgewater, MA. She is a graduate of Bridgewater State College and Massachusetts General Hospital’s Institute of Health Professions where she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Previously a physical therapist at a couple of other companies, she took the leap in 2016 to open her own business. Kelly is a mother of three. She has her own podcast: The Health and Fitness Connector Podcast, where she interviews guests who are in the health, fitness, and wellness industries.

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  • Episode 012 – Michelle Price, Director of Client Retention at the Washington Nationals

    Michelle Price

    This week on Leveling the Playing Field, Bobbi-Sue chats with a classmate from UMass – Michelle Price, Director of Client Retention for the Washington Nationals. Michelle has been with the Nationals for about 8 months. Her career began as an intern for the UMass Athletic Department, blimp crew and a stint as a customer service intern with the Hudson Valley Renegades, the Single-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. After college she worked with the Boston Celtics in a variety of ticket sales positions, eventually becoming #3 in group sales for the entire NBA. She moved over to the client retention side of tickets when she was with the New York Mets. Michelle talks about what making the move to a first-time manager was like and how she took the leap to department head with the Nationals. There is a lot of laughing! Bobbi-Sue shares a bit about her days as an intern with the UMass athletic marketing department including a wipe-out she took on the ice before a hockey game. Lots of good insight on a more traditional path in the sports industry. Lots of shout-outs to former and current UMass Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management professors!

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  • Episode 011 – Laura Moore, Executive Director – Girls on the Run Tampa Bay

    Laura Moore

    Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard speaks with the Executive Director of Girls on the Run Tampa Bay, Laura Moore. Girls on the Run is an organization that uses running to teach girls in 3rd – 5th grades life skills such as confidence, balance, and emotional control. Laura has built the Tampa Bay council from 6 locations to 40 in just 4 years! With a master’s degree in non-profit management, Laura started off at a domestic violence transition program. The women talk about non-profit management, running, domestic violence, and how people can get involved with a non-profit.  Zoey (Bobbi-Sue’s youngest furbaby) makes an appearance from time to time. Bobbi-Sue shares a story about her hooligan days as a track star. It’s a fun conversation with the very bouncy and smart, Laura Moore. Zoey, Bobbi-Sue’s cat, makes an “appearance” from time to time.

    *Content warning: The women discuss Laura’s past working at a shelter for women and children in domestic violence situations*

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  • Episode 010 – Shireen Ahmed, Sports Journalist

    Shireen Ahmed

    Bobbi-Sue speaks this week with Shireen Ahmed, a freelance sports journalist and one of the hosts of Burn it All Down, the feminist sports podcast you need. Shireen is an athlete, advocate, coach, mentor, and community organizer who works with Youth of Colour on empowerment projects. She and Bobbi-Sue discuss her life as a Muslim woman in sport, soccer, her advocacy work in social services, and cats… of course.

    And we are so excited by the number of you all listening! Thank you so much, please keep sharing.

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  • Episode 009 – Keri Potts, Sr. Director of Communications at ESPN – Part 2

    Keri Potts – Part 2

    Every 90 seconds, an American is assaulted. In this Part 2 of my interview with Keri Potts, Sr. Director of Communications at ESPN. We talk about her assault in Italy, how she escaped by jumping from rooftops, and the process to bring her assaulter to justice while she was in America. This may be a tough episode for some of you. Please, do what you need to do by way of self-care, even if that means not listening. For more resources please visit RAINN.org, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE, or use their online chat.

    I have minimal notes below because this is truly an episode that needs to be listened to.

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  • Episode 008 – Keri Potts, Sr. Director of Communications at ESPN – Part 1

    Keri Potts – Part 1

     

    Keri Potts is the Sr. Director of Communications for ESPN. Keri has been named one of PR Week’s 40 under 40, Presidential Volunteer Service Awardee, and ESPN’s Volunteer of the Year. She is the driving force behind ESPN hits such as the 30 for 30 films, College Gameday, and the SEC Network. A Scholastic All-American from Syracuse where she played volleyball, she graduated with both her undergrad and master’s degrees in only 5 years. Keri is on the Atlanta Hawks’ diversity council and she serves on the board of Pathways to Safety International. She is also a sexual assault survivor, certified crisis counselor, and advocate. In Part 1 of this interview, Bobbi-Sue and Keri discuss Keri’s career and life generally. In Part 2, Keri shares the story about her assault and the work she does now to help others who fall victim to sexualized violence.

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  • Episode 007 – Rashida Gayle, Director of Talent Marketing for TLA Worldwide

    Rashida Gayle

    Rashida Gayle is the Director of Talent Marketing for TLA Worldwide.  Previously, she was with the RG Management agency as Director of Marketing, Client Services. She is an FSU alum with degrees in women’s studies and political science. Rashida counts Devonta Freeman as one of her clients.

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  • Episode 006 -Tracy West, Tournament Director for the Valspar Championship

    Tracy West

    Tracy West, Tournament Director for the Valspar Championship, joins Bobbi-Sue on this week’s episode to discuss her career path. Having started her professional career doing market research and economic forecasting for the furniture and insurance industries, Tracy found her true calling after she began volunteering for a junior chamber organization on their Championship Tour event. Since then, Tracy has been running events from exclusive charitable runs that end on home base at Fenway Park to PGA tour events. Bobbi-Sue is fascinated by the ins and outs of running a PGA tournament and how fun it must be to have such a creative title sponsor such as Valspar Paints. Other areas touched upon include: how to get more women working in golf or the sports industry generally; a shared love of Dunkin Donuts; and why people from the Northeast need to understand that the sun in Florida is different and they need to wear sunblock.

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