EP31-Life is to Participate, Not to Spectate with Kathrine Switzer

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Deb has the great privilege to interview the amazing and inspirational Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered registrant in 1967, during which she was accosted by a race official for merely being female. In this episode, Kathrine talks about her life as a child and how her experiences prepared her for the race of a lifetime.


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EP29-Girls with Guts: An Analysis with Deb Gonzales

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In this episode, Deb Gonzales uses the author’s note from her debut non-fiction picture book GIRLS WITH GUTS: THE ROAD TO BREAKING BARRIERS AND BASHING RECORDS as the basis to analyze the foreboding competition demonstrated in the NCAA championship game between Baylor and Notre Dame. Deb explores the performance of two key players and their coaches, proving that they depict the ultimate expression of what it means to play like a girl!


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EP28-The Answer Is Very Clear...You Can Do Anything with Ashley Wiles

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In this episode, self-proclaimed ‘rule-breaker’, mental health advocate, and entrepreneur Ashley Wiles discusses how her once challenging relationship with her mother served to inspire her life’s work - mentoring young girls with the values and skills needed to achieve any goal they desire. As founder of Sole Girls, Ashley encourages her young athletes to improve their outlook on life by becoming physically active and engaging in the 3 C’s of her program - confidence, community and concentration.

About Ashley Wiles:

Ashley Wiles, founder and Head Coach of Sole Girls, Youth Speaker, Life Coach, 3x Iron(wo)man, Ironman 70.3 World Championship competitor and Mental Health Advocate.  Growing up in a family of runners, Ashley started running at 5 years old, and now runs and competes in triathlons around the world.

While working as a life coach, dealing with anxiety and then seeing Amanda Todd’s video in 2012, she created Sole Girls.  Ashley was named top 10 young entrepreneurs to watch in Vancouver by the Globe and Mail, and top 5 motivators in Canada by Impact Magazine; and recently the 2016 Most Inspiring Coach in North America by Brooks Running.

Ashley has spoken At TedxKidsBC, Rogers Arena, SheTalks as well as schools in Canada and abroad. She travels to teach workshops for adults and girls, hold leadership summits and empower others.

Sole Girls was named top 5 small business in BC with a Community Impact by Small Business BC, and has expanded to license sole girls curriculum globally.  She travels to teach workshops for adults and girls, hold leadership summits and empower others.

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EP27-Just Being With the Dogs Is Winning with Terry Lynn Johnson

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In this episode, author and musher Terry Lynn Johnson, most likely one of the bravest women Deb has ever met, talks about the dangers she’s confronted in the freezing wilderness of Ontario, Canada and how those experiences have become fodder for Terry’s amazing, adventure-packed books for kids.

About Terry Lynn Johnson:

Terry Lynn Johnson writes middle grade adventures based on her experiences living in northern Ontario, Canada. She might have fallen through ice a time or two, been dragged by a dog team, blown up a wood stove, been attacked by a sloth (slowly), nearly drowned on a portage, and chased a bear with a chainsaw. She owned eighteen sled dogs, but now owns one border collie who is almost smart enough to type out her own adventures.

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EP26-Why Not Me? Can I Try? with Debbie Clarke Moderow

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Debbie Clarke Moderow describes the her intimate connection with her dogs as friends and teammates. She explores the complexities she experienced as being a devoted mother and the pull of independence required to become an elite athlete. Debbie hails from a fascinating lineage of strong, athletic women who were willing to challenge societal norms in different ways, a calling that has been passed on to her daughter, Hannah. In this episode, Deb encourages young athletic girls to ask questions, demand answers, and to give it your all in anything you choose to do.

About Debbie Clarke Moderow:

Debbie Clarke Moderow is the author of Fast Into the Night: A Woman, Her Dogs, and their Journey North on the Iditarod Trail. The memoir recounts her experience running Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and explores her deepening and inextricable bond with her team of Alaskan huskies. The memoir, her first book, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in February 2016 and will be released by Boreal Books of Red Hen Press in June 2018. Debbie earned a BA from Princeton University in 1977 and an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writing Workshop in 2013. She and her husband Mark live in Denali Park and Anchorage Alaska.

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EP25-The All-American Baseball League: They've Defined My Life with Sue Macy

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Sue Macy is passionately steeped in the history of the female athlete. Writing their stories has been her life’s work. She’s met the most accomplished females competitors of all time, face-to-face. Donna De Varona, Althea Gibson, and those incredible women of the All American Girls Baseball League to name just a few. She has been privileged to do so because she honors their legacies with her words, and her heart. In this episode, Sue talks about being athletic as girl and yet stymied by the limitations of growing up in a pre-Title IX era.

About Sue Macy:

Sue Macy is a published author and an editor of children's books and young adult books. Some of the published credits of Sue Macy include Swifter, Higher, Stronger: A Photographic History of the Summer Olympics, Bull's-Eye: A Photobiography of Annie Oakley (Photobiographies), Freeze Frame: A Photographic History of the Winter Olympics.

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EP24-The Protective Bond of a Team: We Had Each Other with Katie Mather

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In this episode, Katie describes the special bond players have with their teammates and coaches. Katie also, quite candidly, discusses a terrifying experience in which her fierce sense of athleticism could have, quite possibly, saved her life.

About Katie Mather:

Katie Mather is a former teacher, a devoted mother, a writer, a civic leader, and the host of podcast Out Of Curiosity. She not only lives in Vermont an earned her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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EP23-We're Responsible to Pave the Way with Anne Torrez

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Anne Torrez is a mom, an athlete, an entrepreneur, a coach and founder of Tri It Your Way, a triathlon training service. Anne discovered her brilliance and value as a human being through competing in the triathlon. In this episode, Anne discusses the transformation she’s undergone from being a very shy girl to becoming a focused, determined athlete and how her evolution fuels her compassion to help others do the same.

About Anne Torrez:

Speaker, coach, and athlete Anne Torrez Is the founder of Tri It Your Way, an online and in-person coaching program for triathletes who want to improve their performance and efficiency. She dabbled in various sports and activities when she was younger, my true road to fitness and racing began when she was in grad school. Anne felt unhealthy and unsatisfied with her energy and happiness levels. Anne began with picking up recreational running and trail biking, and learning more about how to eat more healthfully. On a whim, she signed up for a triathlon to challenge and motivate herself. Anne didn't know much about structured training, and didn't know how to swim, but after training for and racing her first triathlon she was hooked! Before discovering this sport, and had never found something that excited her so much or gave her such drive and motivation to excel.

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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.

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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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