• 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 023 – Stacey May Fowles, Baseball Writer

    Stacey May Fowles

    Bobbi-Sue interviews award-winning novelist, journalist, and essayist, Stacey May Fowles for this week’s interview. Stacey May Fowles is the author of the Baseball Life Advice e-newsletter. She released a book by the same name this past year which is an essay collection that looks at topics ranging from bat flips to bandwagoners, from the romance of spring training to the politics of booing. Stacey May is not afraid to broach the subjects of mental health, sexism, and other cultural issues related to baseball in her writing. This is a wide-ranging interview that touches on all these topics plus women in sports journalism, cute animals, and pregnancy aversions. She has also written three novels all linked below.

    Big thanks to our sponsors this week: EasyKicks, Ruby Receptionists, and Florida International University Online! Please go check them out.

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  • Episode 017 – Whitney Holtzman, President/CEO Social Victories

    Whitney Holtzman

    Bobbi-Sue could not stop laughing during this interview. Whitney Holtzman is the President/CEO of Social Victories, a marketing and social media consulting company for those in the sports world.  While the conversation is light and funny early on, the women get into a deep discussion regarding race towards the end. Whitney has always taken the road less traveled when it comes to career choices. She started by interning with her local MLB team, moved on as a production assistant for Turner Sports and ESPN, parlayed the ESPN position into a position with the new ESPNW, and answered a craigslist ad for the job that would set her on the path to her current life. A social media expert, Whitney has not only worked for major brands like MLB but also for professional athletes and their businesses. She is now a go-to person for any athlete, sports organization, or business related to sports when it comes to social media and digital marketing strategy. If you’ve noticed an uptick in instastories from the LTPF Instagram, you can thank Whitney! Some of the names Whitney drops are big ones and the influence they’ve had on her career and personal life have been immense. Get ready to learn more about Brandon Marshall, Gary Vaynerchuk, and the RISE organization. The moral of Whitney’s story thus far is “If you don’t know what you want to do, it’s OK, because my job didn’t exist when I was in high school.”

    Rating and reviewing the podcast not only helps us get heard by more people but also makes Bobbi-Sue feel good. She reads two of those reviews after the interview. Let us hear from you!

    Don’t forget that applications for The Winning Edge Leadership Academy are due February 1st! Don’t miss out on your chance to spend a few days with amazing mentors like ESPN College Gameday’s Maria Taylor (with a guest appearance by Bobbi-Sue)!

    Finally, this episode is sponsored by LifeSum. LifeSum is an app that helps people achieve healthier and happier lives. It’s your body, it’s your health. Your health is worth investing in. The LifeSum app helps you keep track of your health by logging meals, exercise, water intake, etc. It also gives you access to healthy eating plans based on your current lifestyle and what your goals are. Examples of some of the plans include Cleaning eating and the Ketogenic diet. They provide you with a broad range of recipes so that you never lose inspiration. LifeSum’s 3-week weight loss program can help you kickstart your weight loss journey the easy way. You can even add friends on there. Want to do a challenge with me? Check it out here!

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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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