Empowering Women Through Sports

Empowering Women Through Sports

Interviews from female sport role models will share how sports have provided inspiration for achievement in all aspects of life, how sports build community and connection, how to respond to adversity and how sports help prepare for success.


August 31, 2021 45 min

“Pressure to an extent is derived from people believing in you and believing in your capability to win. Pressure is an opportunity to meet expectations, rather than a negative thing that would cause stress”

Frances Arnautou is wise beyond her years. Frances recently graduated from Yale where she played indoor volleyball as the setter, and was honored with awards that we’ll touch on. After graduating in 2020 she went on to play pro v...

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As you may know by now, this podcast is an inspirational tool, and illustrates through an athlete’s eye how beneficial sports can be throughout life. 
We hear from our interviewees how sports build confidence, and that through working together as a team, we can achieve great things.  
In this episode, I have the absolute pleasure of speaking with Robin Farina, a former professional cyclist who has transformed her cycling career and l...

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June 14, 2021 74 min

If overcoming adversity makes us stronger, Liz Clark is superhuman. 

In 2005, Liz left California's Santa Barbara harbor aboard SWELL, her 40’ sailboat in search of remote surf breaks from Mexico through Central America, Galapagos, French Polynesia and beyond. Every surfer’s dream, right? Well, this transoceanic wave hunt was an invite for adversity with the navigational, mechanical, gnarly weather and forecasting challenges, in...

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May 24, 2021 39 min

Kimmy Fasani -  Snowboarder, athlete, business owner, co-author of cookbook, mother of 2! Kimmy has been a leader in women’s snowboarding since she became the first female snowboarder to land a double backflip in the park and the powder in 2011. Since then, Kimmy has appeared in dozens of snowboarding film segments, graced the cover and pages of snowboarding magazines, promotes many brands as a sponsored rider and continues to push...

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This episode is about succeeding against the odds, and persevering through extremely challenging times. Crystal Robinson is a tremendous athlete. She is a multiple award winning, barrier breaking, hall of fame professional WNBA basketball player, she is considered the best player to ever come out of Oklahoma. Crystal took her basketball IQ and translated it into coaching for the WNBA and transforming college and high school program...

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Love to ski and bike? How about working with your best friend? Well, that’s what Kelli Hart and Melissa Alder are doing. They own a specialty ski and bike shop in West Yellowstone.  This episode is about how our love for sports can lead us to follow our passions into business and a career. Through sports and teams, we make meaningful friendships and create deep rooted relationships with like-minded people.  

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Phaidra Knight is multidimensional. She is the only African American inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame, she earned a law degree, is President of the Women's Sports Foundation, and recently launched  PSK Collective, a gen Z/Rugby inspired clothing line.  All of these achievements she says are much in part due to the support of her family and of course her sports career. This episode delves into the benefit of sports, ho...

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February 4, 2021 21 min

Celebrate with us - National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). My daughter, Quinn Ferguson hosts this episode as she interviews me to discover how sports play a role in my adult life.
It was president Ronald Reagan, in 1987 who signed this proclamation for National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). It’s the 35th annual now, and it acknowledges the accomplishments of female athletes, recognizes the positive influence of sp...

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January 22, 2021 40 min

Tennis - Stacy Margolin Potter achieved a ranking high of #18 in the world in women’s pro tennis. Stacy shares her story, from her early stages through college (USC #1 collegiate singles title)  Wimbledon and the US Open, and her career. Proper Nutrition, exercise and a balanced lifestyle are the key to maintaining focus and mental toughness. Stacy shares how she’s translated her tennis history and education into a rewarding busine...

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January 5, 2021 50 min

This episode is about determination. Annabel Heinemann is a mountain athlete in all types of skiing - alpine, telemark and backcountry. She is a ski patroller, mountaineer and mountain biker.  Determination is what Annabel possesses in her sports, as well as in her career and family. And, as you'll hear, determination has been needed to survive and thrive. 

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Perseverance, failure, tenacity and redemption – that’s the consistent theme of this episode.  Cassandra Cunningham is a former USRowing National team athlete who took her athleticism, rowing prowess and Physical Education master’s degree into a varied and fulfilling coaching career. The steps she took to get to her goals were consistent with who she is – someone who is not afraid of challenge and will not give up.  

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UCLA National Championship gymnast, Carmen Curtis  translates her talents into the world of Aerial Yoga and Aerial performance – think, Cirque du Soleil and acrobats flying high above a stage on bars or fabric ribbon props. The mind helped her through physical and emotional challenges, and working with teammates saved her soul. 
Search: The Aerial Studio or go to www.airealyoga.net   

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This short snippet tells what this podcast is about, why I'm doing it and hopefully generates some excitement! 

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Inspiration building conversations with female athletes on how their athletic endeavors have helped shape their lives.  This episode features professional surfer Mary Osborne who has used her sport as a platform for business, women's empowerment and environmental activism.   And something she says completely takes me by surprise. 

Mary Osborne on the web.

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