EP22-There's No Glory in Easy with Kim Chaffee

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Author Kim Chaffee candidly discusses the inspiration for her incredible debut non-fiction picture book HER FEARLESS RUN: KATHRINE SWITZER’S HISTORIC BOSTON MARATHON, and how the experience has had a lasting impact on her life. Motivated by a deep dedication to health and family, Kim’s caring and humble spirit is demonstrated by the philanthropic organizations she has developed and participated in. Listeners will want to cheer Kim on as #ThisWriterRunsBoston in support of Switzer’s 261 Fearless.

About Kim Chaffee:

Former teacher, Kim Chaffee is the debut author of the epic non-fiction picture book HER FEARLESS RUN: KATHRINE SWITZER’S HISTORIC BOSTON MARATHON to be launched in April, 2019. While working on Kathrine Switzer’s story has taught Kim that running in magic and with each step comes strength. Kim is a cofounder of New in 19, a group of authors and illustrators with trade picture books debuting in 2019.

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EP21-Big Goals Require a Long-Term Mindset with Silvia Acevedo

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Author, reporter, and avid athlete, Silvia Acevedo, shares her passion for competitive speed skating, a sport she discovered as an adult. Silvia explores the diligence and devotion required to achieve personal and professional goals, on the ice and in all other aspects of life. She states that to crush lofty goals, an individual must own a daily commitment to work on them, little by little, each and every day.

About Silvia Acevedo:

Silvia Acevedo is a journalist and novelist. In her 20 years in news, she’s interviewed presidential candidates, covered national and international stories, and given breaking news reports for CNN and local TV and radio stations around the country. She’s guest hosted a television morning talk show featuring the lighter side of news on Milwaukee’s NBC station. Silvia currently freelances at various news publications and performs voice-over work.

All her years reporting objective fact enticed her to delve into her imagination in her off time. Ms. Acevedo brought fiction — particularly mythology — back into her life. Once she did, the gods of old pestered her until she relented to write about one in particular. The result is the God Awful series of books, starting with God Awful Loser, its sequel, God Awful Thief, and a final book on the way.

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EP20-Do the Thing You Think You Can't with Michelle Cooper (aka Hella Waits)

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Michelle Cooper describes the tender and supportive side of the physically active, and sometimes violent, sport of roller derby. She explores ways that the sport challenges the heart and soul of each competitor. Michelle also explains the notion that there are times in life that we have to borrow another’s belief in ourselves when we no longer have the strength to do so alone.

About Michelle Cooper:

Michelle Cooper is not your average Author | Speaker & Business Alchemy Advisor – in fact, she’s not your average anything!

At the heart of all of it, Michelle is an Influencer dedicated to shifting the conversation around money, shame, our perception of personal value and how we co-create the reality of our dreams. Michelle is a no-holds-barred financial powerhouse with a passion for seeing others succeed.

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EP19-It's About Consistency Over Time with Laura Kebart

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Educator and entrepreneur, Laura Kebart, describes how her dedication to fitness and passion for education combine to create a life full of creativity, healthy activity, and service. Laura shares that the secret to the establishment and achievement both athletic and professional goals is consistency over time. Laura’s lifetime commitment to marathoning serves as the inspiration for all that she does - personally and professionally.

About laura Kebart:

Languageartsteachers.com is a website and small business created by Laura Kebart, a certified (grades 6-12) middle school Language Arts teacher and M.Ed. dedicated to helping educators teach awesome lessons each day of the school year while still having a life outside the classroom for both themselves and their families.

Laura has spent nearly 20 years teaching English / Language Arts to grades 6-12 AND as in instructional coach. Now she serve super-crazy-busy Middle School ELA teachers who are sick to death of sacrificing their personal / family time prepping for class.

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EP18-Solely Responsible for Many Beating Hearts with Hannah Moderow

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Hannah Moderow’s lifelong passion for the frigid Junior Iditarod was birthed when she began dog sledding independently at five years old. In this episode, she describes the dangers and delights of being a “musher,” as well as the loving bond she shares with her sled dogs. For Hannah, dog sledding is a family tradition, one that will, most likely, be celebrated for generations to come.

About Hannah:

Hannah Moderow is a lifelong Alaskan. She holds an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BA in English and art history from Cornell University.

Hannah decided to become a writer when she was in elementary school because she loved words and stories and adventures. LILY’S MOUNTAIN is her first novel.

Growing up in Alaska, Hannah was lucky to spend a lot of time outdoors hiking, camping, skiing, and dog sledding. 

Hannah raced in the Junior Iditarod while in high school. After graduating from college in 2006, she spent a year living at her family’s kennel in Denali National Park so that she could mush across the state of Alaska in the 2007 Serum Run expedition from Nenana to Nome, Alaska.

Hannah currently lives in Anchorage with her husband, daughter, and sled dog. On a clear day, she can see Denali. When she's not spending time outside with her family or writing stories, she works at Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington. 

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EP17-Every Girl is Full of Power with Rhonda Fields

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Rhonda Fields is the Executive Director of the Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan. In this episode, she and Deb discuss the transformational effect that participation in athletics has on a girl, how teamwork opens one’s perspective of the world, and the joy she experiences when witnessing one of her girls crossing the finish line.

Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Meeting twice a week in small teams, we teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.

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EP16-Commitment: Figure Out a Way to Make it Work with Jen Mueller

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Sportscaster Jen Mueller openly shares how the values she was taught as a child have shaped the professional she is today, how leadership is developed through sport, and how speaking with confidence impacts the perception of competence. Jen has created a fascinating career founded on being genuinely interested in others and discovering unique ways to connect with them - on and off the field.

About Jen Mueller:

Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, pursued a career in sports broadcasting after repeated comments of “talks too much” from teachers and family members. Jen currently works as a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast on ROOT SPORTS and as the Seattle Seahawks sideline radio reporter.

Jen founded Talk Sporty to Me in 2009 as a way to leverage sports fandom in business conversations. She provides practical conversation strategies based on more than 15 years spent in sports broadcasting.

Jen is the author of two books, Talk Sporty to Me: Thinking Outside the Box Scores and Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day for Business.

A life-long sports fan, Jen spent 10 years as a high school football official. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2000 with degrees in broadcast journalism and public policy.

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EP15-What's the Point of Not Letting Girls Play with The Girl Scouts: Cadette Troop 45003

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Following a presentation focusing on the premise of GIRLS WITH GUTS: THE ROAD TO BREAKING BARRIERS AND BASHING RECORDS, Deb records a brief Q & A session in which members of Girl Scout Troop 45003 respond to the foreign notion that there was once a dangerous time in history when females were not welcome in the athletic arena. Initially, the girls found the concept to be outlandish and quite humorous. Later, after the awareness that, historically a girl’s freedom to compete was threatened, Troop 45003 recognized in a potential call to action.

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EP14-Title IX: Civil Rights for Women with Author Karen Blumenthal

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Karen Blumenthal, brilliant author and historian, chronicles spirited events that took place leading up to and following the passage of Title IX. She states that, even more than laws passed during the Civil Rights Movement, Title IX is the most significant equal rights law for women. As a young girl, Karen “desperately” wanted to be a true athletic competitor. Today, she celebrates the fact that young women are freely encouraged to do so.

About Karen Blumenthal:

As a long-time journalist, Karen Blumenthal writes nonfiction for young people with the belief that nonfiction brings context to a complicated world. She is particularly fascinated by social change, how it happens and why. As a financial writer, she aims to write from the consumer’s and investor’s point of view, trying to answer their questions, cut through the marketing hype and arm them with useful insights that will help them make better and more-rewarding decisions.

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EP13: It's Okay to be Afraid with Cori Myka

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In this episode, Cori Myka shares how her life-long passion for swimming has guided her life’s work. As a young girl, Cori found a confidence, contentment, and a sense of belonging in the pool. As an instructor of adults, she’s grown to admire her students’ courageous efforts to face their fears, both in and out of the water. Cori talks about empowering her students to understand the stages of panic and to trust themselves to know what to do because, she believes, they are already perfect and whole inside.

About Cori Myka:

Cori started her swim teaching career at the young age of 14, when she volunteered at a local pool in her native Southern California community.  In 1999, she co-founded Orca Swim School, together with her husband Bruce.  In 2004 she was thrilled to work with Melon Dash to learn Miracle Swimming for adults.  Cori became one of the first people certified to teach this breakthrough method of swim instruction.  It has shaped the focus of her business and ignited her passion for teaching adults to swim, especially those with a fear of water.  This teaching method  became so important that the focus changed to include teaching others how to use  Miracle Swimming. She began working with Melon to teach new instructors, and has taught her own staff to use Miracle Swimming, as well.  

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EP12-Risks are Worth It with Lindsay Leslie

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In this episode, Lindsay Leslie candidly shares how her connection with athletics saved her life. She shares how her past athletic experiences became the source she needed to pull on in efforts to find the strength to heal from a potentially devastating illness. Lindsay’s motto is “Once an athlete, always an athlete.” Lindsay discussed how sports gave her the confidence required to take risks in her craft, and in her life.


About Lindsay Leslie:

A diary keeper, a journal writer, a journalism major, a public relations executive—Lindsay Leslie has always operated in a world of written words. When she became a mom and began to tell her kids bedtime stories, Lindsay connected the dots to children’s literature. She likes to bring her unique outlook on life, quirky humor, and play with words to the page in picture books.

Lindsay has always been an athlete of some sort. She played basketball, ran track, and played volleyball up until her high school years, and then volleyball became everything. Lindsay played varsity as well as club during those years. She also competed in club athletics throughout college. As an adult, she completed both a sprint- and Olympic-distance triathlon, was an avid cyclist for many years, and is now into weightlifting and running. Being an athlete is an “everyday thing” for her, and it shows.


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EP11-Broken, Yet Undaunted with Kaitlyn Bean

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Kaitlyn Bean is truly a girl with guts. In this episode, Kaitlyn describes a horrific car accident she experienced, one that left her with two broken legs and a crushed heal. Doctors told her that she would, most likely, recover to walk with a limp and that her running days were over. Determined to prove them wrong, Kaitlyn summoned all the mental strength she could muster. Miraculously, exactly one year after her accident, Kaitlyn crossed the finish line of the Livingston Manor Half Marathon!

About Kaitlyn Bean:

Katie Bean has been a camping and youth development professional since 2012. Katie has helped lead successful and engaging resident camp and outdoor education experiences for thousands of campers throughout her career, promoting character values and inclusion among staff and campers alike. She is also passionate about sharing the value of health and fitness with her colleagues in the camping community. She is currently serving as a camp director in New York, though she is proud to call West Michigan her home. In her free time, Katie enjoys long-distance running, reading, and trying the many small-town restaurants sprinkled throughout the Catskills.

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EP10-Fencing Found Me with Olympian Felicia Zimmerman

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In this episode, two-time Olympic contender Felicia Zimmerman talks about her childhood experiences as a shy girl who became empowered the first time she placed a fencing mask on her face. Her sister, Iris, has had a life-time impact on Felicia’s competitive nature, developing confidence, and as a joint business owner. Listen as she describes what it felt like to compete in the Olympics with her sister by her side.

About Felicia Zimmerman:

Felicia Zimmermann is the only woman to win NCAA titles in foil (1998) and epee (1999). A team captain and Block S winner, she was known for her ability to out-think opponents and versatility with any weapon. Zimmermann captured four U.S. foil titles – only two women have won more – and was the first American fencer to claim the World Cup overall championship in under-20 category. She competed in the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics, helping the U.S. finish fourth in team foil in Sydney. In 2013, Zimmermann was inducted into the U.S. Fencing Hall of Fame and, most recently, the 2018 Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame. She lives in Egypt with her husband, Tamerzein. An accomplished pianist, she earned a degree in mechanical engineering, speaks three languages, and works as a management consultant. Zimmermann and her younger sister, Iris, who won an NCAA foil title for Stanford in 2001, are co-owners of the Rochester Fencing Club.

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EP09-The Power of a Mentor with Shannon Anderson

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Shannon Anderson is a remarkable woman, to say the very least. This woman of faith is a mother, teacher, a Regional Advisor for the SCBWI-Indiana Chapter, a blogger, multi-published author, marathoner, and has earned the prestigious honor of being the Person of the Year for the RJ Runyan Foundation. In this episode, we learn about the power of a mentor who encouraged her to always “Go for the Gold!”

About Shannon Anderson:

Shannon Anderson was born and raised in Indiana.  She earned her Bachelor's Degree from Franklin College, her Master's Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, and later pursued a licensure to teach high ability students from Ball State University. She’s an elementary teacher and children's book author. As the Regional Advisor for the Indiana Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, she attends and plan many writing conferences. She’s on the board of directors for the Indiana State Reading Association and the high ability coordinator for her school system for K-5 grade students. She shares my home with her husband, Matt, two daughters, Emily and Madison, and dog, two cats, and a gecko. She enjoys presenting, teaching, writing, traveling, and running very early in the mornings.


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EP08-A Book and Its Cover with Debbie Gonzales

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Deb discusses the inspiration, creative process, and dedication for her debut picture book, GIRLS WITH GUTS!:THE ROAD TO BREAKING BARRIERS AND BASHING RECORDS. In this episode, she highlights some of the vignettes featured in the book, the passage of Title IX, and impact the tenacious female athletes of the past have had on the educational and sporting opportunities girls engage in today.

Launch date - May 14, 2018. Preorders now available.

Launch date - May 14, 2018. Preorders now available.

About Debbie Gonzales:

Debbie Gonzales is a career educator, curriculum consultant, former school administrator and adjunct professor, and once served as a SCBWI RA for the Austin Chapter. Deb currently devotes her time to writing middle grade novels, crafting teacher guides and various other freelance projects. She's the author of six “transitional” readers for New Zealand publisher, Giltedge, and the forthcoming non-fiction picture book Girls with Guts: The Road to Breaking Barriers and Bashing Records (Charlesbridge, 2019). A transplanted Texan, Debbie now calls beautiful Ann Arbor, Michigan home where she lives with her husband John and spunky pup, Missy. Deb earned her MFA in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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EP07-A Desire to Belong with Mary Atkinson

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In this episode, Deb and Mary discuss the connection her protagonist Tillie has with her sport, her family and friends, and her inner desire to belong. They explore how the sport of skating serves to empower Tillie to eventually become accept her authentic nature, as well as to embrace life on life’s terms.

About Mary Atkinson:

Mary Atkinson is the author of the award-winning TILLIE HEART AND SOUL (Best of Kirkus Indie 2017, Moonbeam Golden Award Pre-Teen Fiction 2018). She is also the author of OWL GIRL and MARIO’S NOTEBOOK. Her poetry has appeared in magazines and anthologies and her fiction and non-fiction have been published widely in educational markets. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. She lives in Maine where she enjoys walking her dog, Maisie, in the woods and by the sea. She does not know how to roller skate.

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EP06-An Analysis of the Athletic Protagonist with Shannon Gibney

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Deb deep dives into literary analysis in both of Shannon Gibney’s incredible YA novels. Using Deb’s MFA thesis as a guide, the two explore the sports novel as a medium granting athletic protagonists a feeling of authenticity, emotional resonance, and genuine challenges - both on and off of the field.

About Shannon Gibney:

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, activist, and the author of See No Color (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), a young adult novel that won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Young Peoples' Literature. Gibney is faculty in English at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, where she teaches critical and creative writing, journalism, and African Diasporic topics. A Bush Artist and McKnight Writing Fellow, her new novel, Dream Country, is about more than five generations of an African descended family, crisscrossing the Atlantic both voluntarily and involuntarily (Dutton, 2018).

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EP05-Movement is Transformational with Lisa Hesse

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In this episode Deb and Lisa engage in a thoughtful conversation about body image, the mind-body connection, the transformational effect athletics has on girls of all ages. As a teen coming-of-age on the cusp of the passage of Title IX, Lisa shares how her life-long love of sport has served to be salvation for dark times in her life.

About Lisa Hesse:

Lisa is a national board certified professional health and wellness coach, yoga instructor, and personal trainer. She’s dedicated to assisting her clients in achieving their health and wellness dreams and creating sustainable, positive and strength based super powers of joyful living. Lisa’s a licensed exercise physiologist, certified personal trainer, cancer exercise specialist, yoga instructor, and certified running coach who lives and works in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Building a Community from Your Podcast: An On-Air Coaching Call with Carol Cox

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Summary:

“My dream is bigger than my fear.”

Have you ever felt like that?

My guest today, Debbie Gonzales, heard that from a guest she interviewed on her brand new podcast and she said it’s what pushed her forward to launch.

In this on-air coaching call, Debbie asks me questions about launching her podcast, including:

  • Creating a community of listeners

  • The magic number for a Facebook group

  • Tips for working with a podcast editor/team

  • Imposter syndrome

  • How I felt when I published my first episode

  • Promotion strategy when launching

  • And more

About Carol and Speaking Your Brand:

The Speaking Your Brand podcast is hosted by Carol Cox. At Speaking Your Brand, we help women entrepreneurs and professionals create their signature talks and gain more visibility to achieve their goals. Our mission is to get more women in positions of influence and power: on stages, in businesses, on boards, in the media, in politics, and in our communities. Check out our coaching programs and workshops at https://www.speakingyourbrand.com.

EP04: The DNA of Rock Climbing with Kristin Lenz

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Deb explores Kristin’s love of nature, mountains, and the treacherous sport of rock climbing. It’s astounding to know that Kristin’s life-long passion for scaling the dangerously sheer edges of a mountainside inspired her award-winning novel The Art of Holding On and Letting Go. In this episode, Deb and Kristin engage in a deep-dive literary analysis of the novel and the inspiration that lies behind it.

About Kristin Lenz:

Kristin Bartley Lenz is a writer and social worker from metro-Detroit who fell in love with the mountains when she moved to Georgia and California. Now she’s back in Detroit where she plots wilderness escapes and manages the Michigan Chapter blog for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Her debut young adult novel, The Art of Holding On and Letting Go, was the 2016 Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize winner, a 2016 Junior Library Guild Selection, and chosen for the 2017-2018 Great Lakes Great Books state-wide literature program. 

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