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And So She Goes
56 minutes | 7 months ago
21. Niki Noto Palmer, TV Host & Reporter, Podcaster
Her dream to be on a national stage came true, but it still didn't feel fulfilling. "When is enough, enough?" That's the question Niki Noto Palmer asked herself as she realized it was time to really look inward and decide on a shift. Growing up a boisterous child, she earned the "becoming a talk show host" superlative early on (in 4th grade to be exact). She took that and ran with it, covering everything from college basketball and football to hockey for ESPN, the ACC, the Atlanta Falcons, Fox Sports and more. She was living her dream of talking about sports on tv when she met her now-retired NFL player husband. When they started growing a family, Niki was faced with a decision she wasn't expecting. In this episode, we talk about whether being addicted to ambition is good or bad, and how you can still have a dream and choose to evolve.
54 minutes | 7 months ago
20. Caley Chelios, Reporter and Radio Analyst, Tampa Bay Lightning
Although her childhood was very unique, Caley Chelios didn't think it was all that different from anyone else's. She grew up at hockey rinks, watching her dad play in the NHL for many years. Looking back, it's the reason why she's dedicated her career to the sport. Caley was hired as an on-camera Reporter and Host for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2016 and has since expanded her role into the radio broadcast booth, providing color analysis for home and away games. Not sure if you've noticed but there aren't very many women doing color in the NHL. Caley spouts off a few of her favorites, the ones she looks up to and uses as motivation to press on in this male dominated space.
53 minutes | 8 months ago
19. Angel Gray, Sideline Reporter for Cleveland Cavaliers, Fox Sports Ohio
Growing up with 5 other siblings, being competitive is simply a way of life for Angel Gray. That mindset of always wanting to win has fueled her throughout her adulthood--as a collegiate basketball player at Florida State, and after college in her career as a sports broadcaster. In college, Angel competed at a high level on the court. After an injury sidelined her for some time, she knew she needed to find a way to keep sports in her life, even after the "ball stopped bouncing." That's where her broadcasting dream began to take shape.
50 minutes | 8 months ago
18. Amber Theoharis, Emmy Winning Journalist, Producer, VP Programming for WinQuik
It's not until you dig a little deeper into Amber Theoharis' career that you will learn that time and time again, someone else got the job she auditioned for. Luckily, she didn't let that stop her. It took Amber 9 years to make the jump from local TV to the national level. She's worked for Fox Sports, FS1, NFL Network, and Westwood One. She's covered Super Bowls, she's interviewed countless athletes, worked football sidelines, and hosted tons of live shows. She also produces documentaries, one that will be released on HBO very soon. She recently created a role for herself for a new gaming app, as the VP of Original Programming for WinQuik.
47 minutes | 8 months ago
17. Savannah Foster, NFL Agent & VP Client Relations, Athletes First
After moving to the west coast from Kentucky to try law school years ago, Savannah Foster decided to take a receptionist position at a full service agency representing professional athletes and coaches, called Athletes First. Year after year, she worked hard to prove she could do more. She grew into several roles in the company and now serves as the VP of Client Relations. She's also a certified NFL Agent who can hold her own in a negotiation room, even when visibly pregnant (yes, that actually happened).
41 minutes | 8 months ago
16. Justine Siegal, 1st Woman to Coach in MLB, Founder of "Baseball for All"
Justine Siegal became the first woman to coach a professional men’s baseball team in 2009, the Brockton Rox of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball. 2 years later, she became the first woman to throw batting practice for an MLB team during spring training. Since then, she has thrown BP to the Oakland A’s, the Tampa Bay Rays, St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, and the New York Mets. In this episode, we talk about how she got those opportunities, spoiler alert, it took a lot of no’s before she got a yes...we also talk about what it was like being the only female on a coaching staff, her vision for the future of women in coaching pro sports, and her nonprofit to promote equality in baseball, called “Baseball for All". She also has a PhD in Sports Psychology.
52 minutes | 9 months ago
15. Whitney Holtzman, CEO & Founder, Social Victories
After holding impressive roles as a reporter for ESPNW, a Social Media Producer for the MLB, and working as an Account Manager for VaynerMedia, she set out to carve her own path. Soon after making that leap, she booked her first client and created "Social Victories". Almost 3 years in, she's helped multiple professional athletes create a second career for themselves, and she's even written a book about her journey.
55 minutes | 9 months ago
14. Kathryn Tappen, Host and Reporter, NBC Sports
Growing up and spending all of her career in the Northeast has provided Kathryn really incredible opportunities to cover a multitude of sports, teams, and players. She knew that she wanted to a sports broadcaster from an early age (middle school to be exact) and after playing college sports, she worked hard to get into the business. In this episode, Kathryn and I talk about the NHL's new plan to return to game action, what players and coaches are thinking during this time, and how NBC Sports is planning their broadcast coverage. We dive into the beginning of her career in local news, learning how to take criticism from people you trust, and knowing it's okay to reach the top and still be working on yourself.
64 minutes | 9 months ago
13. Kimberley Martin, NFL Reporter, ESPN
In an effort to learn how to be a better ally to my black friends, neighbors, and colleagues, I had an open and honest dialogue with my friend Kimberley Martin. Kimberley and I worked together at Yahoo Sports. She recently made the jump to ESPN to cover and write about the NFL. She's a talented journalist, a generous spirit, and an honest human. I wanted to go to her to speak openly about race, social injustice, and how each of us play a part in all of it. The goal of this episode is to encourage you to have your own productive conversations with people you love and and maybe some folks you don't even know. Staying silent has proven to be ineffective and it's time we understand how to better serve and support the black community--our fellow human beings.
39 minutes | 9 months ago
12. Rashida Gayle, Sports Marketing Agent & Founder, TwentySix Marketing Agency
Last year, Rashida made history as the first African American woman to independently represent MLS and NFL athletes, at just 27 years old. How incredible is that? She has built relationships with many big name clients throughout the years like NFL Running Back Devonta Freeman, San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver Deebo Samuel, Patriots Wide Receiver N'Keal Harry, and a few MLS players. Although it hasn't been easy, her work ethic and determination to succeed has propelled her at a time when the world around her is uncertain. In this episode, we dive into the importance of genuine relationship building, pivoting when necessary, and knowing your value. We also discuss the need for more diversity in sports marketing.
56 minutes | 9 months ago
11. Katie George, ESPN and ACC Network Host & Reporter
Growing up with two older brothers who rarely let her play outside with them, Katie George learned early on what fueled her-- being told "no". Figuring out how to navigate that word would not prove to be an easy task, but one that would eventually lead to her landing her dream job. Katie is a homegrown, down to earth Kentucky girl who lives and breathes Louisville sports. She grew up there, played college volleyball there, and after a stint in Milwaukee, lives there today. You wouldn't know it watching her give live reports from the sidelines of college football games, but Katie didn't make it to ESPN overnight.
52 minutes | 10 months ago
10. Fielding Jamieson, Strategy Director, Global Sports Venture Studio at R/GA
As a former athlete, Fielding Jamieson always knew she wanted to work in sports. When she landed an internship with NBC Sports out of college, she found she had a knack for innovation. Since then, she has dedicated her entire career to helping big corporations leverage new technologies to grow. Her client list includes Adidas, Dick's Sporting Goods, Fox Sports, MLB, MLS, UEFA and more, who all rely on collaboration and new ideas from startups to stay a step ahead of competition. In this episode, Fielding and Amanda talk about the importance of being a doer, and what it takes to succeed in the tech industry. She gives great insight into a side of sports that we all experience regularly, but rarely know how it comes to fruition. She sheds a light on women in leadership roles around her and how she hopes to grow the number of females in tech and innovation in the years to come.
54 minutes | 10 months ago
9. Cayleigh Griffin, Houston Rockets Host and Reporter, AT&T SportsNet
After growing up in a basketball family and playing herself, Cayleigh made the decision in college to put the ball down and pick up a microphone instead. Since then, she's has had the privilege of working for 3 NBA teams, the San Antonio Spurs, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and now the Houston Rockets. We talk about what it’s like working for 3 powerhouse teams in the NBA, interviewing big names like Russell Westbrook, and James Harden, and Coach Popovich, and so many others. Cayleigh had an unfortunate setback early in her career that she talks about, and we also get into whether or not basketball will be played again this season. Cayleigh offers great insight into life as a reporter in the NBA, the camaraderie between other females around the league, and her relationship with her mentor, Doris Burke.
47 minutes | 10 months ago
8. Marissa Mast, Sr. Director of Social Media & Brand Strategy, Arizona Coyotes
With a background in entertainment news, Marissa talks to Amanda about how being openminded led her to her current role with the Coyotes. They discuss how Marissa has had to adjust her social strategy for the team due to COVID-19 and how their perspective has changed. She talks about the growth of women leaders in the NHL, genuine ways to grow your personal brand, and how becoming a mom has made her more successful in her role with the Coyotes.
34 minutes | 10 months ago
7. Kirsten Grohs, Atlanta Falcons Manager of Football Administration
This episode is all about expectations and how to let them go. Kirsten is someone who changed expectations for herself in order to become successful. She grew up in Canada, dabbled in modeling and then fell into sports. After realizing that she loved football, she decided she wanted to work in the NFL. Knowing she wasn’t the only one with that dream, she figured out a way to separate herself from others in the job application process...she did make it into the league, and has since held very impressive jobs, even being one of the highest-ranking women on an NFL team at just 28-years-old... Kirsten is thoughtful, kind, super intelligent, hardworking, and dedicated. She’s worked as a scouting coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, the Director of Business Ops for the Mamba Academy before it was what it is today (RIP Kobe), she’s been the Manager of Football Administration for the Jaguars, and a Contract Research and Salary Cap Analyst. Currently, she is the Manager of Football Administration for the Atlanta Falcons.
42 minutes | a year ago
6. Laura Rutledge, ESPN and SEC Network Host and Reporter
If you watch Laura on tv, you already know she is poised and bubbly and so smart. In this interview, she really opened up about so many specific things like when she learned how to be herself on camera, how she overcame an obstacle during her first MNF broadcast, her struggle getting pregnant and then adjusting to becoming a mom once it happened, how she navigated her pregnancy with a public career, and so much more. Amanda and Laura also talk about how different the NFL Draft process is with COVID-19 and the shelter in place guidelines.
23 minutes | a year ago
5. Katie Sowers, San Francisco 49ers Offensive Assistant Coach
As a former professional athlete, Katie Sowers had to learn to teach when she decided to get into coaching. Her dream was to make it to the NFL, and her journey has not only led her there, but also to a Super Bowl appearance. Katie talks to Amanda about the attention she's received as the first female to coach in a Super Bowl and what the mindset of the team is since the loss. They also talk about how her players are staying motivated during COVID-19 quarantine and who she admires the most in her life.
42 minutes | a year ago
4. Jessica Blaylock, Fox Sports Florida Reporter, Miami Marlins and Florida Panthers
As a reporter for Fox Sports Florida, covering the Florida Panthers and Miami Marlins, Jessica joins Amanda to discuss what the cancellation of sports means for her, how she got her start in sports, and what she's learned along the way. She also talks about how sports talk radio has made her better for tv, and the importance of having confidence in yourself, even when it's hard.
41 minutes | a year ago
3. Sage Steele, ESPN SportsCenter Anchor
ESPN's SportsCenter Anchor Sage Steele joins Amanda to talk about her recent experience hosting a live show from a volcano...they also dive into their first meeting at an airport, which leads to why we should all be kind to strangers. Sage details a time in her life when she had to choose between having a family and chasing her dream job--spoiler alert, she now has both. Sage has been working in sports broadcasting for many years and shares some of her favorites to cover over the years.
29 minutes | a year ago
2. Jamie Hersch, NHL and MLB Network Host and Reporter
In this episode, Jamie Hersch talks to Amanda about the all-female show on NHL Network on International Women's Day, how she started in news and transitioned to sports, and what it's been like juggling a demanding career with a new baby. We recorded this interview before sports were cancelled due to the spread of Coronavirus.
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