• 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 032- Margaret Schlachter, Obstacle Course Race Expert

    Margaret Schlachter

    Margaret Schlachter is a bit of a renaissance woman. She was one of the first women on the scene of obstacle course racing. After 10 years in education and coaching, Margaret found herself at a crossroads. She discovered OCR (Spartan Race, to be exact), began a website to document her training for World’s Toughest Mudder and became one of the top professional athletes in the sport. Margaret’s website, Dirt In Your Skirt, became the premier destination for all things OCR and was the impetus for her book, which is being re-released in September and is currently available for pre-order. Her career took some interesting turns and is ever-changing. These days she has a podcast, Dirt In The Skirt the Podcast, is often a contributor and writer for Outside Magazine, Trail Running Magazine, Self Magazine, Shape Magazine, The Huffington Post, Associated Press, and many more. In addition, she focuses a lot of time as a media consultant/director for various entities. This conversation is chock full of wisdom for anyone who wants to take the path less traveled.

    Thank you to Simple Contacts for being a sponsor of the pod! Please, help support us by checking them out. There’s a special offer in the episode.

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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 021 – Amy Trask

    Amy Trask

    This week’s guest is Amy Trask, the former CEO of the Raiders, author, CBS football analyst, and current chair of the board for the Big3. She was the first female executive of any NFL team. Her book, You Negotiate Like a Girl: Reflections on a Career in the National Football League, details Amy’s experiences as the first female executive in the league. Amy is a prolific tweeter, engaging fans and sports professionals alike on a daily basis about the industry. She speaks with Bobbi-Sue about her time at the Raiders, the Big3, and ice cream, among many other topics.

    Rating and reviewing the podcast not only helps us get heard by more people but also makes Bobbi-Sue feel good. This week, Bobbi-Sue is giving away one copy of Amy Trask’s book. To enter: 1) Rate and review LTPF; 2) Take a screen shot; and 3) Email the screenshot to LTPFPod@gmail.com by 11:59 pm EST on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 . One winner will be chosen from all timely received entries.

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  • Episode 020 – Kathrine Switzer, Women’s Running Icon and Founder of 261 Fearless

    Kathrine Switzer

    This week’s guest is one of Bobbi-Sue’s idols, Kathrine Switzer. Some of you may not recognize the name, but you will surely recognize the iconic photograph of her from the 1967 Boston Marathon when the race director tried to pull her off of the race course and her boyfriend blocked him. Yeah… THAT’S Kathrine Switzer. She was the first woman to run and complete the Boston Marathon as a registered participant, with a bib number. Kathrine took her celebrity and worked her entire life towards the empowerment of women. First she fought for the Boston Marathon to allow women to officially compete – it took 5 years after her race for that to happen. In 1974, she won the New York City marathon. She started the Avon Women’s Marathon race series which lead to the International Olympic Committee finally bringing the women’s marathon to the Olympics. She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2011 for creating a social revolution by empowering women around the world through running, Her bib number, 261, has become a symbol for fearlessness among women. When she realized the power that her bib number engendered in other women, she created 261 Fearless, a non-profit organization aims to break down the barriers of geography and create a global community for women runners of all abilities to support, encourage, and inspire each other towards a positive sense of self and fearlessness. In 2017, Kathrine ran the Boston Marathon wearing the same bib number. It was the 50th anniversary of her initial race. Bobbi-Sue fan girls real hard in this episode. It was a dream come true for her.

    Upcoming speaking events:

    • February 23, 2018, East Lansing, MI, Michigan State University’s College of Law Sports Law Symposium
    • February 24, 2018, Amherst, MA, UMass Women of Isenberg Conference
    • March 23, 2018, Tampa, FL, USF Women who Ignite Student Engagement (WISE) Symposium
    • March 26, 2018, Gulfport, FL, Stetson Law Women’s Week Panel

    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 at www.lifesum.com/ltpf.

    This week’s episode is also brought to you by Casper mattress. Casper is a sleep brand that makes expertly designed products to help you get your best rest, one night at a time.

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  • Episode 019 – Shannon Miller, Former Olympic Gymnast and Founder of Shannon Miller Lifestyle

    Shannon Miller

    Bobbi-Sue has a great interview this week with Shannon Miller, former Olympic gymnast and now a businesswoman. Shannon is the only woman, in any sport, to be inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame twice, as an individual and for her team. With seven Olympic and nine World Championship medals, Miller is one of the most decorated American gymnasts, male or female. Today, she runs Shannon Miller Lifestyle, a women’s health and wellness business.  In addition, Shannon is an outspoken advocate for research and prevention related to ovarian cancer as she is a survivor. Listen in as the women talk about what it was like for Shannon to retire at the ripe old age of 19, Shannon’s thoughts on moving forward from the Nassar situation, and how much they both love sleep.

    Bobbi-Sue will be at a few events over the next couple of months… if you’re able, swing by to say “hi!” First, Bobbi-Sue will be speaking at Michigan State University’s College of Law at the International Law Review’s Sports Law Symposium on February 23, 2018. The following day, Bobbi-Sue will be at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) Women of Isenberg event. She will be on a panel and part of a second discussion with Professor Nefertiti Walker. Some or all of these may be recorded for use as an episode over the next few months!

    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 at www.lifesum.com/ltpf.

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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 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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