• Episode 48 – Jessica Muroff, CEO of Girl Scouts of West Central Florida

    Jessica Muroff, CEO of Girl Scouts of West Central Florida

    Jessica Muroff

    After a really tough couple of weeks for a lot of women in this country, this week’s guest brings a lot of hope because she’s helping to empower young girls to be go-getters, innovators, risk takers, and leaders. Jessica Muroff is the CEO of the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida.  As a former girl scout herself, Jessica truly believes in the mission driving the girl scouts organization. Her career began in marketing, particularly in the financial sector, and then after some time serving on the board of a non-profit, she took the leap to be CEO. When she moved over to the role at the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, she says it was her dream job and she knew she had to try for it.

    This episode is brought to you by the Sports MBA program at San Diego State University. Every January, the school year kicks off with a behind-the-ropes volunteer experience at the Farmers Insurance Open, the local PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines. Every weekend after that, there’s a sports event going on nearby, and you can count on SDSU Sports MBA students working behind the scenes. In 2018, students worked events like NCAA March Madness, the Rugby Sevens World Cup, the CAA World Congress of Sports, the Major League Rugby Championship Game, the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, charity events, surf festivals, and more. Applications are now being accepted through November 1st. Apply today at SDSU.edu/sportsMBA!

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  • Episode 47 – Christina Unkel, Attorney, FIFA Referee, and Women’s Sports Museum BOD

    Christina Unkel, FIFA Referee, Women’s Sports Museum Board Member, Attorney

    Christina Unkel

    This week’s episode is with Christina Unkel, one of three American female FIFA referees. Christina began refereeing at the age of 10. She worked her way up the ranks (once she realized that there were ranks to climb) and now has a FIFA badge. You can find her traveling across the world to referee elite women’s soccer matches. Oh… and her day job is as an attorney. Not only that, but Christina has two other businesses that she has started and manages. Plus, she is on the board of directors for the Women’s Sports Museum. We talk about all of that! In addition, Bobbi-Sue mentions a few events she’ll be attending in the next few weeks. Keep sending us those ideas for our 50th episode!!

    This episode is brought to you by the Sports MBA program at San Diego State University. Students arrive on campus every January for three consecutive semesters, taking classes in the spring, summer, and fall, followed by a six-month on-site consultancy with a sports organization for the final term. Each year, SDSU Sports MBA accepts only 20 to 25 students from around the globe for an intensive, rigorous year of building an analytical MBA toolkit while studying the complexities of the sports business industry. The program’s location in Southern California gives students access to a wide variety of opportunities from pro and college sports to apparel and lifestyle companies. Applications are now being accepted through November 1st for a January 2019 start. To start an application or learn more, visit SDSU.edu/sportsMBA.

    Christina Unkel on the pitch

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  • Episode 46 – Dr. Caroline Silby, Sports Psychologist

    Dr. Caroline Silby, Sports Psychologist

    Dr. Caroline Silby

    So… Our 50th episode is rapidly approaching. Can you believe it?! FIFTY. I want to do a few things to celebrate. First is to get to 100 ratings/reviews – can you all do that for me? We’re in the forties right now. Pretty please? It seriously helps move us along in the algorithms and helps people discover us.

    Second, I would like our LTPF instagram to hit 500 followers. So follow us @ltpfpod.

    Third… would you all buy swag?? What kind of swag should we sell? Ideas on what they should say?

    Oh and in other fun news… we are officially a media sponsor for the 3rd Annual Women’s Sports Museum gala. As mentioned last week, this museum is in the planning stages. I think they’ll have some very exciting announcements in the next few months. For now, the gala is their big fundraiser. It’s in Sarasota on October 19th – so if you’re in the Tampa/Sarasota area – buy a table or ticket – or become a sponsor of the gala. I will be there. Along with some other fabulous women. This is really a cool venture. There is no women’s sports museum in the country. Check them out at womenssportsmuseum.org. You can donate, buy tickets to the gala, donate items/experiences for the raffle, or become a sponsor. And, if you’re planning on attending, Let me know! I would love to meet y’all.

    Now… this week’s guest is Dr. Caroline Silby, a sports psychologist.  She is a nationally recognized expert on the development of young female athletes, author of Games Girls Play: Understanding and Guiding Young Female Athletes,  and Adjunct Faculty Member at American University. Dr. Silby has worked on an individual basis with two Olympic Gold Medalists, ten Olympians, three World Champions, eleven National Champions, and over fifty National Competitors.

    We have a great conversation that ranges from her experience as an elite athlete, deciding to get into a field that was relatively unknown and had almost no women, writing a book, systemic changes that are needed to protect athletes, and the difference between what she does and what a therapist does.

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  • Episode 45 – Jenna Byrnes, SVP of the Oklahoma City Dodgers

    Jenna Byrnes, SVP, Oklahoma City Dodgers

    Jenna Byrnes

    This episode starts with Bobbi-Sue talking about the launch of the Tampa Bay chapter of WISE.

     

    Jenna Byrnes is the Sr. Vice President of the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the triple-A affiliate for the Los Angeles Dodgers. She started off at the Frisco RoughRiders. In both organizations, she has worked her way up the ladder. When she moved over to the Dodgers, she had to create a new sales team from scratch. She had an entire team starting all on the same day. She is known for developing her staff and building a culture of growth, both personally and professionally for her team.

     

    Big thanks to San Diego State University’s Sports MBA program for sponsoring this episode!

     

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  • Episode 44 – Kathy Burrows, CEO of Sold Out Seating

    Kathy Burrows, CEO of Sold Out Seating

    Kathy Burrows

    This week’s episode starts with Bobbi-Sue talking about the debacle at the US Open’s ladies finals and how mad she is about it. We move quickly to reminding everyone about the MLB PLayer’s Trust’s Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies. Go to Playerstrust.org to apply.

    Our guest this week is Kathy Burrows, CEO (“Chief Energy Officer”) at Sold Out Seating. Kathy began her career as a nurse and quickly realized that wasn’t her true calling. By participating in a volunteer sales club with the Cleveland Indians, she realized she was good at selling. However, she wanted to sell differently than others. She was very creative and saw how many opportunities were being missed by doing the old “dialing for dollars.” 

    She left her role with the team to start her own consulting company. It started as a way to help people learn how to sell. Over the years, however, she has created a name for herself as one of the best sales team developers/trainers. She goes into teams and helps them truly asses their sales staff and how to best engage them. She then works with individuals to develop as total professionals. Kathy is also known for overall leadership team training and development. 

    The conversation is more nuts and bolts than usual. Kathy talks about how to find the right fit for a job, how sales techniques need to evolve, and ways that organizations can keep great employees from leaving the industry.  

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  • Episode 43 – Melissa Ludtke, Pioneering Baseball Journalist

    News article on Melissa Ludtke and Jane Gross in 1978

    Melissa Ludtke

    Happy September! I always feel fresh and new, optimistic about the future at the beginning of the school year.

    Law School or Grad Students: Here’s something for you. If you are interested in labor law or studies, check out the Players’ Trust 2019 Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies. Up to 5 awards of $10,000 each!! Deadline is November 12, 2018. You can find more info at Playerstrust.org.

    We are coming up on the 40th anniversary of the landmark victory of Ludkte v. Kuhn, as commissioner of MLB. Melissa Ludtke, at the time a 20-something sports reporter for Sports Illustrated, was barred from entering the Yankees clubhouse while on assignment during the world series. MLB policies banned women from locker rooms at the time.

    Ludtke’s suit was about equal access. And the judge saw it that way. She moved on from sports a few years later and focused on societal issues of women and children.

    She is an author, filmmaker and award-winning journalist. She’s reported for Sports Illustrated, CBS News, and Time Magazine. Melissa won the Front Page Award from the Newswomen’s Club of New York, the Mary Garber Pioneer Award from the Association of Women in Sports Media, and the Yankee Quill Award for Lifetime Achievement, citing her distinguished history of fighting for equal opportunities for women sportswriters.

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  • Episode 42 – Laura Okmin, Fox Sports, Westwood One & GALvanize

    Laura Okmin

    Laura Okmin

    Laura Okmin

    Laura Okmin is one of the most recognizable faces and voices in sports broadcasting. Her relationships with athletes, coaches, and front office staff are what make her one of the most respected in the business. As a sideline reporter for NFL on Fox and Westwood One, she has one of the most coveted broadcasting jobs in the industry. What she does off the field, though, is what she’s truly passionate about. That’s why she started GALvanize – to help young women navigate the crazy waters of sports broadcasting. Bobbi-Sue and Laura go around the world in this conversation. They share a lot of laughs and … some tears. In a long but touching episode, the women talk about everything from dealing with aging in a part of the industry all about looks, to the death of a loved one, to how puppies make them smile. You don’t want to miss it!

    Laura Okmin interviews a player

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  • Episode 41 – Jean Afterman, Assistant General Manager of the New York Yankees

    Jean Afterman, Assistant GM of the New York Yankees

    Jean Afterman

    Jean Afterman is one of the most powerful women in baseball. As only the third woman assistant general manager in the big leagues, Jean is a force. She did not come into this role through a traditional path. She was a history of art major at Cal Berkley, had an acting career, and found a loophole to bring Japanese baseball players to the US. All before becoming the assistant gm of the Yankees! She is long rumored to eventually become the first woman in a GM role in MLB. But… if you ask her, she doesn’t want that gig. This is such a great interview with a legend in our industry!!

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  • Episode 40 – Janet Marie Smith, Sr. VP Planning & Development – Los Angeles Dodgers

    Janet Marie Smith, Sr. VP Planning & Development for the Los Angeles Dodgers

    Janet Marie Smith

    Janet Marie Smith’s imprint on the sport of baseball is seen by millions of people each year. As the architect/planner behind the Camden Yards ballpark, Turner Field, and renovations of Fenway Park and Dodger Stadium, she brought that intimate feel back to the ballpark experience. Her entrance into the sport was part luck, part persistence. She had no ballpark experience but knew that she could provide a unique perspective to Larry Lucchino and his crew for the Camden Yards project. This conversation covers her “non-traditional” entre into sport, the various projects she’s had the opportunity to work on, including one special project in the Dominican, and how she did it all while living in Baltimore. Yes, the entire time! Definitely another fun episode and full of information that Bobbi-Sue would never have thought about pre-podcast.

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  • Episode 38 – Nicole Pike, Managing Director of Nielsen eSports

    Nicole Pike, Managing Director of Nielsen eSports

    Nicole Pike

    We have our first guest in the eSports space this week! Nicole Pike is the Managing Director of Nielsen Esports. Nicole went to school thinking she would go into international affairs and politics. Instead, she ended up at one of the largest market and product research companies in the world working on eSports. She has been with Nielsen for almost her entire career.  Nicole tells Bobbi-Sue about her passion for figuring out what drives consumer behavior and how she landed in a space that didn’t exist just 5 years ago.  The discussion captures a lot of the background info on eSports and where it’s headed. Olympics, anyone? The dynamics with eSports and brand sponsorships takes the main stage during this conversation. Obviously, Bobbi-Sue asks Nicole about women in eSports, the lack of diversity overall, and how Gamergate-type events can be prevented moving forward. It’s a comprehensive look at a side of the sports industry that many, especially Bobbi-Sue, are trying to wrap their hands around.

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