Leveling The Playing Field
Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard
Radio Influence - Digital Audio
This week’s episode comes with a big announcement from Bobbi-Sue followed by an interview with Minnesota Lynx Head Coach and General Manager, Cheryl Reeve. After playing collegiate basketball, Cheryl immediately started her career as an assistant coach with her alma mater. Not only is Cheryl one of the most successful coaches in our time, but she’s also one of the most outspoken. She is a strong advocate for women and all marginalized communities. These and other topics are discussed in this final episode of LTPF with Bobbi-Sue as host. This week’s episode is presented by the Arizona Office of Tourism. This Spring, follow your favorite baseball teams to Arizona for Cactus League Spring Training, Amazing weather and landscapes, exciting outdoor adventure, incredible food – Arizona is the perfect home base for baseball fans. Plan your spring training getaway at VisitArizona.com/SpringTraining. You can follow the podcast on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LTPFPod or check out the website at LTPFPod.com. Bobbi-Sue can be found on Twitter at @BobbiSue. Please send us your comments and thoughts. You can also email us at LTPFPod@gmail.com. Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio, and Google Play!

This week’s guest is Dari Passarello Herman, former sports and entertainment attorney, who turned her love of running and disdain for existing headbands into a new business. She is the Owner/Creator of SparklySoul Headbands. Dari’s path is obviously unique given where she landed. Well before her entrepreneurial hustle started, however, she was blazing her own trail. As a law student, she chose to forego many of the typical steps (clerkships) and instead work directly with the those in sports and entertainment. She started out at Bob Woolfe and Associates in Boston, then she went to DC to work at FAME – another high end agency. It was while she was working as in house counsel at Nielsen that she discovered a problem that she knew she could solve – and the rest is history! This week’s episode is presented by the Arizona Office of Tourism. This Spring, follow your favorite baseball teams to Arizona for Cactus League Spring Training, Amazing weather and landscapes, exciting outdoor adventure, incredible food – Arizona is the perfect home base for baseball fans. Plan your spring training getaway at VisitArizona.com/SpringTraining. You can follow the podcast on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LTPFPod or check out the website at LTPFPod.com. Bobbi-Sue can be found on Twitter at @BobbiSue. Please send us your comments and thoughts. You can also email us at LTPFPod@gmail.com. Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio, and

Our guest this week is Sarah Axelson, Sr. Director of Advocacy at the Women’s Sports Foundation. Sarah was an athlete all through college and wasn’t quite sure what to do near graduation when she was alerted to an internship by a friend. She’s been with WSF ever since. She talks about her career but also talk a lot about what WSF does and how people can get involved. Two things Bobbi-Sue and Sarah talk about in depth are National Girls & Women in Sports Day and the newly announced Scott Pioli and Family Fund for Women Football Coaches and Scouts. This week’s episode is presented by the Arizona Office of Tourism. This Spring, follow your favorite baseball teams to Arizona for Cactus League Spring Training, Amazing weather and landscapes, exciting outdoor adventure, incredible food – Arizona is the perfect home base for baseball fans. Plan your spring training getaway at VisitArizona.com/SpringTraining. You can follow the podcast on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LTPFPod or check out the website at LTPFPod.com. Bobbi-Sue can be found on Twitter at @BobbiSue. Please send us your comments and thoughts. You can also email us at LTPFPod@gmail.com. Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio, and Google Play!

Stefanie Jewett, CEO/Founder of Activvely – a fitness app that matches people together as workout buddies or activity friends – joins Bobbi-Sue on this week’s episode of LTPF. Stefanie was not a sports girl growing up and truly thought her passion was in broadcast journalism. She had many interesting internships in politics and advocacy before giving taking one more shot at broadcast journalism. Doing so landed her a gig at CNN, where she stayed for 5 years before turning her attention to her business idea. This conversation includes a lot of discussion on women supporting other women, what tech startup life is like, and how sometimes you have to take a leap of faith. This week’s episode is presented by the Arizona Office of Tourism. This Spring, follow your favorite baseball teams to Arizona for Cactus League Spring Training, Amazing weather and landscapes, exciting outdoor adventure, incredible food – Arizona is the perfect home base for baseball fans. Plan your spring training getaway at VisitArizona.com/SpringTraining. You can follow the podcast on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LTPFPod or check out the website at LTPFPod.com. Bobbi-Sue can be found on Twitter at @BobbiSue. Please send us your comments and thoughts. You can also email us at LTPFPod@gmail.com. Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio, and Google Play!

This week, Bobbi-Sue speaks with children’s book author, Shelly Boyum-Breen. She is the author of the “Shelly Bean the Sports Queen” books. Growing up in MN, Shelly spent countless hours on the basketball court, neighborhood hockey rinks and local golf courses. She spent five years in the education field, coaching college and high school basketball and tennis.  Boyum-Breen then worked with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx organization.  Shelly served with the organization for four years and later moved into a sales consulting role serving the Lynx, the New York Liberty and the 10th Anniversary WNBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. Before writing the “Shelly Bean” series, Boyum-Breen was the Founder of Foundation IX and the Let Me Play grants supporting Minnesota girls’ participation in sports and fitness.  She and Bobbi-Sue talk about the impact that sports had on them growing up, how it was their safe place, and how important it is for young girls and boys of all types to see themselves in books about sports. This week’s episode is presented by the Arizona Office of Tourism. This Spring, follow your favorite baseball teams to Arizona for Cactus League Spring Training, Amazing weather and landscapes, exciting outdoor adventure, incredible food – Arizona is the perfect home base for baseball fans. Plan your spring training getaway at VisitArizona.com/SpringTraining. Zola, the wedding company that will do anything for love, is reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience to make the happiest moment in couples’ lives even happier. From engagement to wedding and decorating your first home, Zola is there, combining compassionate customer service with modern tools and technology. All in the service of love. To start your free wedding website and also get $50 off your registry on Zola, go to ZOLA.com/LEVELING. You can follow the podcast on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LTPFPod or check out the website at LTPFPod.com. Bobbi-Sue can be found on Twitter at

Celeste Bell, the Senior Director, Talent Acquisition for Major League Baseball. is this week’s guest on the pod. Celeste’s career has been full of twists and turns much like other guests. While in school, Celeste thought she wanted to be an athletic trainer until an internship showed her maybe that wasn’t her path. She then had a couple of other internships, including one with the LPGA that lasted a year. After that, she applied… and applied… and interviewed… and nothing. So, she became a flight attendant… as one does. She keeps interviewing until finally, she landed her first full-time job with the NBA. That job leads her to her next with MLB, where she’s worked for the past 10+ years. But wait… that’s not all. She’s about to make another pivot. It’s really an incredible story. Not only is Celeste a power player in the sports industry but she also gives back. She is on the national board for Play Like a Girl,  a hip, innovative and inspiring resource for women and girls, powered by a creative online network, targeted community outreach and popular live events. Based in Nashville, TN, Play Like a Girl is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing girls’ health and empowerment through the transformative power of sport and physical activity. To accomplish this, Play Like a Girl leverages the collective power of women to deliver early, positive experiences necessary for middle school girls to develop a lifelong passion for active play. Hope you enjoy this week’s show! This week’s episode is presented by the Arizona Office of Tourism. This Spring, follow your favorite baseball teams to Arizona for Cactus League Spring Training, Amazing weather and landscapes, exciting outdoor adventure, incredible food – Arizona is the perfect home base for baseball fans. Plan your spring training getaway at VisitArizona.com/SpringTraining. You can follow the podcast on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LTPFPod or check out the website at LTPFPod.com. Bobbi-Sue can be found on Twitter at

This week’s guest is Donna Orender. Donna is a powerhouse in the sports world. Not only did she play professional basketball in the original women’s basketball league, but she also spent 18 years at the PGA, and was the president of the WNBA during one of its most pivotal moments. During her time at the PGA and at the W, Donna helped create the way that professional golf and women’s basketball programming was created, packaged, and distributed. Her natural curiosity and propensity for asking “Why not?” have served her well. She is the CEO/Founder of Orender Unlimited and Generation W where she creates programming and events to empower girls and women. She wrote a book called “Wowsdom! The Girl’s Guide to the Positive and the Possible.” that focuses on teaching young girls (and the girls within us all) that they can do anything. Also in 2018, Donna was honored by the Women’s Sports Museum as with a Trailblazer award. Bobbi-Sue and Donna talk all about the various stops along Donna’s career path. Some notable quotes: “It’s this idea of building community, especially communities of women.  Who come together around something. It’s all about this singular purpose and focus that allows us to combine our differences and where we come from. All those differences kind of blend away as we unite about what we have in common and where we want to go.” “I think that I have a very active curiosity about life in general, about the opportunity to achieve, to bring your best to do your best, to further and advance whatever you’re working on behalf of others.  I have to accept at this stage of my life as I look at the patterns – and I always encourage people to look at the patterns of your life – they’re there to be seen, you have to take a step back and really look – that is something that I do that gives me pleasure to do because I am highly motivated by this idea of making a  difference. Making an impact. Being able to look at the white space that’s in front of you and say ‘OK what’s not there that could or should be.'” This week’s episode is presented by the Arizona Office of Tourism. This Spring, follow your favorite baseball teams to Arizona for Cactus League Spring Training, Amazing weat

This week’s guest is America East Conference Commissioner, Amy Huchthausen. She is the first woman to lead the conference and has received many industry accolades including being named to the Sports Business Journal’s “40 under 40” and “Game Changers.” Prior to being a Commissioner at the America East, she was with the NCAA and a few other conferences for various periods of time. Amy’s leadership has helped with America East grow its profile and serve its student-athletes in a new way. This conversation goes through Amy’s career in college athletics, the amazing initiatives that the America East has started which focus on inclusivity and mental health, and, of course, her dog Lucy. Bobbi-Sue and Amy are both law nerds and bookworms so get cozy in this cold weather to listen to this final episode of LTPF for 2018. Have a safe and happy holiday season! You can follow the podcast on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LTPFPod or check out the website at LTPFPod.com. Bobbi-Sue can be found on Twitter at @BobbiSue. Please send us your comments and thoughts. You can also email us at LTPFPod@gmail.com. Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio, and Google Play!

This week’s episode features Jaclyn Miller, the Director of Marketing & Communications for Up2Us Sports. Up2Us Sports is the nationwide leader in engaging, training, and supporting sports coaches to serve as mentors and role models to youth living in some of America’s most under served communities. Jaclyn’s commitment to giving back and working for nonprofits is evident in her career path and community work. She has worked for the Women’s Sports Foundation and served on the board of numerous organizations, most recently Athlete Ally. She’s also the first person from her school to graduate with a degree in sports management. This conversation focuses on Jaclyn’s path through nonprofit work, college athletics, the private sector and back to the nonprofit world, and highlights some amazing organizations using sports to do good. Make sure to check out the sponsor of this week’s podcast, Sustain Natural. They are a one-stop-shop for “vagina-friendly” products including condoms, lube, tampons and more. What do they mean by vagina-friendly? They mean organic, vegan, fair-trade, sustainably-made, and, of course, free of synthetic ingredients commonly found in some other brands. Right now, listeners of Leveling The Playing Field can get 20% off your first one time order and free shipping when you sign-up at SustainNatural.com and use code LTPF at checkout. You can follow the podcast on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LTPFPod or check out the website at LTPFPod.com. Bobbi-Sue can be found on Twitter at @BobbiSue. Please send us your comments and thoughts. You can also email us at LTPFPod@gmail.com. Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on

This week’s episode of Leveling The Playing Field is with Kate T. Parker. Kate is a photographer whose series of photographs titled Strong is the New Pretty went viral in 2015 after a failed gallery showing. The response was tremendous and she has since turned the series into a book called “Strong Is The New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves.” From there, she has released a guided journal for girls by the same name. In 2019, her next book, “The Heart Of A Boy: Celebrating The Strength And Spirit Of Boyhood,” will be released. Kate’s story is all at once unique and typical. She was an athlete all throughout her life, worked in TV/media, and then, as a stay at home mom, took up photography. This week, Bobbi-Sue and Kate talk about how Kate ended up with her own photography business, how failure drove her to push harder, and why our boys need space to be vulnerable just as much as our girls need to find their strength. You can follow the podcast on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LTPFPod or check out the website at LTPFPod.com. Bobbi-Sue can be found on Twitter at @BobbiSue. Please send us your comments and thoughts. You can also email us at LTPFPod@gmail.com. Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio, and

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! On this week’s show, Bobbi-Sue talks about some of the things/people she’s grateful for and she geeks out about the new planner she ordered for 2019. This is our first multi-guest episode and for really good reason. The co-founders of Asiya, Fatimah Hussein and Jamie Glover, join Bobbi-Sue to talk about the company they started to provide women with sports hijabs. Both women have fascinating backgrounds and by chance came together to create a company that has an immediate impact on young girls and women who want to participate in sport but maintain their modest belief system. We learn a lot about the barriers to participation in sport for Muslim women and girls through their story. In addition, we learn how we can help open more opportunities for young Muslim girls to participate by sponsoring athletes through their company. Also, the women are sharing something special with all of you so listen all the way to the end. Make sure to check out one of our newest sponsors, Sustain Natural. They’re committed to solving this problem. Sustain Natural is a one-stop-shop for “vagina-friendly” products including condoms, lube, tampons and more. What do they mean by vagina-friendly? They mean organic, vegan, fair-trade, sustainably-made, and, of course, free of synthetic ingredients commonly found in some other brands. Right now, listeners of Leveling The Playing Field can get 20% off your first one time order and free shipping when you sign-up at SustainNatural.com and use code LTPF at checkout. Zola, the wedding company that will do anything for love, is reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience to make the happiest moment in couples’ lives even happier. Zola takes the stress out of wedding planning with free wedding websites, your dream wedding registry, affordable save the dates and invitations, and easy-to-use planning tools conveniently allowing you to manage everything online and in one place saving so much time for couples. To start your free

This week’s episode is a special one just in time for Thanksgiving. It’s so important to take time to be grateful for the good things in our lives and to be grateful for what sport can do. Katie Lentz was in a head-on collision with a drunk driver just before her sophomore year at Tulane. She was in school in a pre-dental program and had planned on being a dentist. On multiple levels, surviving the crash was a miracle. Her recovery, and the way that sport played a part, was another. Soon after getting out of the hospital and returning to Tulane, Katie changed her career trajectory and focused on sport. She is now the Administrator for Major League Baseball’s Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) which helps those in the baseball family that need support (whether financial, medical, psychological). She has centered her career on the power of sport to do good. We are very thankful to have her on the podcast and tell her story. This episode is brought to you by the Sports MBA program at San Diego State University. Interested in working in the business of sports? Gain hands on sports industry experience while studying the analytical MBA toolkit in America’s Finest City. With access to a premier alumni network and a MLB operations trip to the Dominican Republic, there are so many reasons why the SDSU Sports MBA program was recently ranked first in the world for student and alumni satisfaction by SportBusiness International. Missed the deadline but still interested in requesting info for the 2021 class? The SDSU Sports MBA would love to help. Visit SDSU.EDU/SPORTSMBA now! The Blinkist app summarizes 2500+ bestselling nonfiction books into packs key insights that you can read or listen to in just 15 minutes. Over 7 million people are using Blinkist everyday to glean the insights they need to become their best selves. Right now, for a limited time Blinkist has a special offer just for our audience. Go to Blinkist.c

Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard’s guest this week is Janis Burke, CEO of the Harris County–Houston Sports Authority. She became the third chief executive and first woman to hold the position. In addition to overseeing the billion dollars of bond debt service for Houston’s professional sports stadiums, under her leadership, Houston has been awarded major sporting events to include: U.S. Olympic Trials, collegiate tournaments, numerous National and World Championships, AAU Junior Olympics, and the Transplant Games of America. She sits on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Sports Commissions, and has also been recognized locally by Conference USA and Rice University for her outstanding contributions and achievements as a woman in the Houston sports industry, identified by the Texas Executive Women’s Association as a “Woman on the Move,” and recently named one of “Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women.” Prior to her time at the Houston Sports, she worked in hospitality and events. An amazing story. She does not have a college degree and she proves that you don’t need one to succeed! This episode is brought to you by the Sports MBA program at San Diego State University. Interested in working in the business of sports? Gain hands on sports industry experience while studying the analytical MBA toolkit in America’s Finest City. With access to a premier alumni network and a MLB operations trip to the Dominican Republic, there are so many reasons why the SDSU Sports MBA program was recently ranked first in the world for student and alumni satisfaction by SportBusiness International. LAST CALL! Applications are due RIGHT NOW. Visit SDSU.edu/sportsMBA now! For years, the co-founders of Holly & Tanager searched for the perfect backpack tote to carry their items in an organized manner. Holly & Tanager handbags were born to keep up with your busy schedule while taking organization to the next level. Holly & Tanager designed The Professional backpack tote to live up to the needs of the on-the-go, in-the-know, jet-setting, trendsett

Quick “mini-sode” for LTPF listeners. You can now join the Leveling The Playing Field Group on Facebook. Bobbi-Sue also reminds y’all to go out and vote and, if you’re in Florida, vote “yes” on the voting rights amendment. You can follow the podcast on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LTPFPod or check out the website at LTPFPod.com. Bobbi-Sue can be found on Twitter at @BobbiSue. Please send us your comments and thoughts. You can also email us at LTPFPod@gmail.com. Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio, and Google Play!

Happy 50th episode!! Bobbi-Sue celebrates by making a few announcements. Keep your eyes open for a private group on Facebook, merchandise, and a new website. And, of course, lots of gratitude to you, our listeners, and Jerry and Jason at Radio Influence. This week’s episode is with Tracie Speca-Ventura, Founder & President of Sports and the Arts. Tracie’s path includes nannying for… wait for it… Pete Rose. She tells the story of the day he found out he was banned from baseball. She continued to nanny for various celebrities and athletes while building her business. It was a tough beginning but she used charity events as a way to get exposure and make connections. These connections led to massive art collection projects at Levi’s Stadium, Yankee Stadium, and many more. This episode brings a side of the sports world that we haven’t talked about – art – and it’s fascinating. This episode is brought to you by the Sports MBA program at San Diego State University. Interested in working in the business of sports? Each year, SDSU Sports MBA accepts a new class of students from around the globe to study the analytical MBA toolkit while learning the complexities of the sports business industry. The SDSU Sports MBA 18-month program offers hands-on sports industry experience combined with practical skills from expert faculty PLUS access to a premier alumni network. Thinking about it? Don’t wait! Applications are due November 1st. Visit SDSU.edu/sportsMBA now! For years, the co-founders of Holly & Tanager searched for the perfect backpack tote to carry their items in an organized manner. Holly & Tanager handbags were born to keep up with your busy schedule while taking organization to the next level.

This week’s episode starts with Bobbi-Sue talking about her experience at the Women’s Sports Museum Gala where trailblazers Donna Orender, Justine Siegal, the IAWA, and Lauren Holtkamp-Sterling were honored. She is so proud that the first event that the LTPF sponsored was this event. In addition, Bobbi-Sue shares about speaking on a panel at a legal conference this week and how it made her feel. While at said conference, Bobbi-Sue was “recognized” by a listener which was a first. The interview this week is with Anna Karefa-Johnson, the Vice President of Events & Programming for the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality, also known as RISE. Anna is a Community Engagement and Experiential Marketing Professional, passionate about the intersection of sport, community impact, and philanthropy. Her career path shows her commitment to utilizing sports for good. She has previously held positions at the NFLPA, Lakers, Ravens, a certain Tampa team, the Pac-12, and UMCA Sports. Anna is full of tidbits for people trying to figure out their place in the sports industry. This episode is brought to you by the Sports MBA program at San Diego State University. Interested in working in the business of sports? Each year, SDSU Sports MBA accepts a new class of students from around the globe to study the analytical MBA toolkit while learning the complexities of the sports business industry. The SDSU Sports MBA 18-month program offers hands-on sports industry experience combined with practical skills from expert faculty PLUS access to a premier alumni network. Thinking about it? Don’t wait! Applications are due November 1st. Visit SDSU.edu/sportsMBA now! Prep Dish is a healthy meal planning service. When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a done-for-you grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. You’ll do your chopping and mixing ahead of time, leaving you with zero decisions to be made at

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! Prep Dish is a healthy meal planning service. When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a done-for-you grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. You’ll do your chopping and mixing ahead of time, leaving you with zero decisions to be made at dinner. You’ll save time and have amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with a Trio of Roasted Vegetables or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. The founder, Allison, is offering listeners a free 2-week trial to try it out. You can’t beat that. Check out prepdish.com/ltpf for this amazing deal! Again, that’s

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 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. You can follow the podcast on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LTPFPod or check out the website at LTPFPod.com. Bobbi-Sue can be found on Twitter at @BobbiSue. Please send us your comments and thoughts. You can also email us at LTPFPod@gmail.com. Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts, Stitch

This week’s episode starts with a bit of news! Our 50th episode is coming up! Tell us how we should celebrate. Help us get to 100 reviews on Apple Podcasts and 500 followers on Instagram! Also, we’re thinking of selling swag! Tell us what you want to see in the store. In addition, we’ve become “big time.” LTPF is a media sponsor for the 3rd annual Women’s Sports Museum gala being held in Sarasota on October 19, 2018. Check out womenssportsmuseum.org for info on how to get tickets, donate, become a sponsor, etc. Bobbi-Sue will be there and is excited to meet you! Our guest this week 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. 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 spring, summer and fall, followed by a six-month on-site consultancy with a sports organization for the final term. From start to finish, the entire process takes only 18 months for a fully accredited MBA with a focus on sports business. Applications are now being accepted through November 1st for a January 2019 start. Apply today at SDSU.edu/sportsMBA!

This episode of Leveling The Playing Field starts with Bobbi-Sue talking about the launch of the Tampa Bay chapter of WISE. There were no less than six former guests and at least one future guest in attendance. Make sure you join the chapter if you’re in Tampa. If not, check out where the closest chapter is and join! It is a great way to network with women in the industry. Our guest this week is Jenna Byrnes. Jenna is the Senior 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. This episode is brought to you by the Sports MBA program at San Diego State University. A unique feature of the program is its study abroad trip to the Dominican Republic. This hand-on course explores each step of a prospect’s path to the big leagues, from skinny kids on makeshift playing fields to the high-pressure world of scouts, agents, and contracts. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is only available through SDSU Sports MBA. Apply today at SDSU.edu/sportsMBA! You can follow the podcast on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LTPFPod or check out the website at LTPFPod.com. Bobbi-Sue can be found on Twitter at @BobbiSue. Please send us your comments and thoughts. You can also email us at LTPFPod@gmail.com. Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts,