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Game of Her Own, hosted by Front Office Employee turned Coach & Consultant Jahaan Blake, highlights the inspiring journey of influential women working in the sports industry. These candid interviews offer unique advice and strategies specific to the sports industry that you won't be able to find anywhere else.

During Jahaan's eighteen years of working in sports, including three major league teams, her favorite part of the job was helping others see their full potential. Now she's sharing what she's learned with high achieving women just like you! Whether you want to break into sports, take your performance to the next level or own your place at the executive table, her customized coaching programs are designed to accelerate the achievement of your goals and create the career you've always dreamed of having.

Want to learn more about how Jahaan can support your career?
Email her at jblake@thejblakegroup.com or send her a DM on Instagram @jahaanblake

Game of Her Own Jahaan Blake

    • Sports
    • 4.9 • 57 Ratings

Game of Her Own, hosted by Front Office Employee turned Coach & Consultant Jahaan Blake, highlights the inspiring journey of influential women working in the sports industry. These candid interviews offer unique advice and strategies specific to the sports industry that you won't be able to find anywhere else.

During Jahaan's eighteen years of working in sports, including three major league teams, her favorite part of the job was helping others see their full potential. Now she's sharing what she's learned with high achieving women just like you! Whether you want to break into sports, take your performance to the next level or own your place at the executive table, her customized coaching programs are designed to accelerate the achievement of your goals and create the career you've always dreamed of having.

Want to learn more about how Jahaan can support your career?
Email her at jblake@thejblakegroup.com or send her a DM on Instagram @jahaanblake

    208. The Power of a Team with Editor and Author of The Tigerbelles: Olympic Legends of Tennessee State, Aime Card

    208. The Power of a Team with Editor and Author of The Tigerbelles: Olympic Legends of Tennessee State, Aime Card

    In this episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with Aime Card, the editor and author of "The Tigerbelles: Olympic Legends from Tennessee State." Aime's work is nothing short of remarkable, as she undertakes the significant challenge of chronicling the journeys of extraordinary female athletes. These women not only excelled in their sport but also overcame obstacles and challenges along their paths.
    During our conversation, Aime shared a pivotal mindset shift that was instrumental in her ability to engage in self-promotion and successfully market her book. She unveils her "secret sauce" for approaching each day with confidence, shedding light on how she managed to push past limiting beliefs and not give in to intimidation.
    Aime also reveals an intriguing part of her journey—the initial attempt to pitch the book idea to a male colleague, hoping he would write it, and the response she received. This moment, among others, is a testament to her resilience and determination.
    This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the power of perseverance, the art of storytelling, and the impact of championing underrepresented voices in sports history. Join us to discover the inspiring story behind The Tigerbelles: Olympic Legends from Tennessee State.
     
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    Links:
    Book | The Tigerbelles: Olympic Legends of Tennessee State: https://shorturl.at/owBLO 
     
    Connect with Aime:
    Website: https://www.aimecard.com/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aimecardauthor/ 
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aime-card-579a1270/ 
    Substack: https://aimealleycard.substack.com/ 
    For the past several years, Aime Alley Card has been researching, interviewing, and writing about the Tennessee State Tigerbelles and those who supported them along their path. She conducted and reviewed hundreds of hours of interviews and read just as many books and articles, ranging from concurrent to retrospective. She is a nonfiction editor for Pangyrus Literary magazine and a board member for the Women’s National Book Association, Boston Chapter, and serves on her town’s cultural council supporting educational programs.

     
    Music By: Quanzaa 

    • 36 min
    207. Unapologetically Showing Up For Yourself with the Founder of Sportsimist, Saria Parker

    207. Unapologetically Showing Up For Yourself with the Founder of Sportsimist, Saria Parker

    She is the visionary force behind one of your favorite brands for women in sports. She's fearless, innovative, and making waves in the industry. She is the founder of Sportsimist—Saria Parker!
    In this enlightening episode, Saria opens up about her dynamic path through the world of sports and the creation of Sportsimist. Join us as she shares insights into moments of doubt, revealing why there was a time she almost walked away from Sportsimist. Discover the inspiration behind her diverse collections and learn how she celebrates her achievements.
    Saria also dives deep into the art of negotiation, offering valuable tips on how to approach discussions with poise and assurance.
    This episode is a treasure trove of motivation and wisdom, showcasing Saria's journey of perseverance, creativity, and empowerment. 
     
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    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jahaanblake/
     
    Links:
    Sportsimist: https://sportsimist.com/ 
    Sportsimist Coaching Program: https://sportsimist.com/products/group-coaching-program 
     
    Connect with Saria: 
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saria-parker-mhr-366621b6/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sportsimist 
    Saria Parker is a woman in sports advocating for representation in all areas. She has worked at Fanatics for almost three years, and is transitioning soon to her dream role at the NBA. Saria has held positions from Human Resources, Merchandising, and now Diversity and Inclusion. 
    In addition to her Sports background, she owns and operates a quickly growing lifestyle brand, Sportsimist. The mission is to empower women in sports while offering trendy apparel, accessories, and home decor. Saria is passionate about inspiring the next generation to work in sports, especially women of color and showing all women that you are never alone. 
     
    Music By: Quanzaa 

    • 38 min
    206. Navigating Mental Health in Sports Leadership with Fulham Football Club’s Director of Safeguarding and Inclusion, Eleanor Rowland (Part 2)

    206. Navigating Mental Health in Sports Leadership with Fulham Football Club’s Director of Safeguarding and Inclusion, Eleanor Rowland (Part 2)

    Welcome back to the second installment of our two-part episode featuring Eleanor Rowland, the Director of Safeguarding & Inclusion at Fulham Football Club. In this episode, Eleanor opens up with incredible vulnerability about her journey with General Anxiety Disorder and its influence on her professional life.
    Eleanor generously shares her personal strategies for preparing for public speaking engagements, offering insights into how she ensures comfort and confidence in these high-pressure situations. It's a candid look at the techniques that help her navigate moments that could otherwise be overwhelming due to her anxiety.
    Moreover, Eleanor takes us through the fascinating story of how she carved out her unique role within the club. She reveals the determination and vision required to transition her position from part-time to full-time, highlighting her innovative approach to shaping her career path.
    One of the most compelling parts of our conversation is when Eleanor discusses the concept of self-doubt. She reflects on moments when doubt crept in and how she chose to confront it head-on rather than allowing it to deter her progress. Her story is a powerful reminder of the strength that lies in acknowledging our challenges and actively working through them, rather than letting them define or limit us.
    This episode is not just about the successes and hurdles of a high-ranking executive in the sports industry; it's an exploration of resilience, mental health awareness, and the relentless pursuit of personal and professional growth. Join us as Eleanor Rowland shares her inspiring journey, providing valuable lessons on overcoming obstacles and thriving amidst adversity.
     
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    Links:
    Copa 71 Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXx5usO4v2E 
     
    Connect with Eleanor:
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eleanor-rowland-77060855/ 
     
    Eleanor is the Director of Safeguarding and Inclusion for Fulham Football Club. She is currently the only female member of the Club’s Management Board and is the only Director across the Premier League who holds this area of responsibility at the Board Level. Eleanor is passionate about Gender Equality and is working hard to promote females into coaching, operations, and senior leadership positions within the Club whilst also educating the workforce on the impact of violence against women and girls. She has recently commissioned a bespoke ‘Bystander in the workplace’ training, delivered by Kindling Interventions which is tailored specifically to focus on noticing and intervening in sexism, gender stereotyping, gendered microaggressions, and gender-based violence against women and girls. Fulham FC is the first Premier League Club to have embarked and committed to ALL staff receiving this training. Without these conversations, we can’t begin to make societal changes!
    Prior to this, she worked within the inspection team at the UK’s largest child protection agency, the National Society for the Prevention of Child Cruelty (“the NSPCC”), and a number of different crime prevention and substance misuse charities. Her skills and expertise are in safeguarding, inclusion of underrepresented groups, and community work.
    Chair of the Union Jax Foundation (UJF), the UK charitable arm of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Eleanor also provides oversight and support on the strategic direction of UJF and the growth of the grassroots game of American Football in the UK.
    She also has a passion for ma

    • 35 min
    205. Navigating Mental Health in Sports Leadership with Fulham Football Club’s Director of Safeguarding and Inclusion, Eleanor Rowland (Part 1)

    205. Navigating Mental Health in Sports Leadership with Fulham Football Club’s Director of Safeguarding and Inclusion, Eleanor Rowland (Part 1)

    Prepare to be captivated by our two-part episode, where I had the pleasure of chatting with Eleanor Rowland, the Director of Safeguarding & Inclusion at Fulham Football Club. For many of us here in the States, Eleanor's job title might sound unfamiliar, but that's exactly why this episode is a must-listen!
    Eleanor opens up about the intricacies of her role, delving into the challenges, the triumphs, and the inherent pressure that comes with her position. It's a rare glimpse into a critical aspect of sports management that often goes unnoticed.
    But there's more—Eleanor also shares her strategies for maintaining mental wellness, both for herself and her team. She reveals the importance of regular check-ins with a psychologist, a practice mandated for her team, underscoring the club's commitment to mental health.
    And you won't want to miss part two, where Eleanor gets even more personal. She talks candidly about living with General Anxiety Disorder while navigating the high-stakes world of sports as an executive. It's an enlightening conversation that sheds light on the balance between managing mental health issues and achieving professional success.
    This two-part episode is not just an exploration of a unique career path; it's a testament to resilience, mental health awareness, and the unseen challenges faced by those behind the scenes of our favorite sports organizations. Tune in—you're in for an inspiring journey.
     
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    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jahaanblake/
     
    Connect with Eleanor:
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eleanor-rowland-77060855/ 
     
    Eleanor is the Director of Safeguarding and Inclusion for Fulham Football Club. She is currently the only female member of the Club’s Management Board and is the only Director across the Premier League who holds this area of responsibility at the Board Level. Eleanor is passionate about Gender Equality and is working hard to promote females into coaching, operations, and senior leadership positions within the Club whilst also educating the workforce on the impact of violence against women and girls. She has recently commissioned a bespoke ‘Bystander in the workplace’ training, delivered by Kindling Interventions which is tailored specifically to focus on noticing and intervening in sexism, gender stereotyping, gendered microaggressions, and gender-based violence against women and girls. Fulham FC is the first Premier League Club to have embarked and committed to ALL staff receiving this training. Without these conversations, we can’t begin to make societal changes!
    Prior to this, she worked within the inspection team at the UK’s largest child protection agency, the National Society for the Prevention of Child Cruelty (“the NSPCC”), and a number of different crime prevention and substance misuse charities. Her skills and expertise are in safeguarding, inclusion of underrepresented groups, and community work.
    Chair of the Union Jax Foundation (UJF), the UK charitable arm of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Eleanor also provides oversight and support on the strategic direction of UJF and the growth of the grassroots game of American Football in the UK.
    She also has a passion for matters relating to equality and belonging, health, social justice, and how we continue to create a sustainable future in our professional and personal lives.
     
    Music By:  Quanzaa 

    • 25 min
    204. Embracing Vulnerability to Become a Great Leader with New York Red Bulls’ Chief Marketing Officer, Elisa Padilla

    204. Embracing Vulnerability to Become a Great Leader with New York Red Bulls’ Chief Marketing Officer, Elisa Padilla

    Get ready to be inspired by a true powerhouse in the sports world – Elisa Padilla. As the Chief Marketing Officer for the New York Red Bulls, Elisa has an incredible journey within the sports industry that you do not want to miss. Believe it or not, her impressive background combined with strategic networking played a key role in securing her current position.
    Here's what you learn in this empowering episode:
    Discover how Elisa navigated the interview process and how she verified if the culture at Red Bulls truly lived up to the promise they made.
    Uncover why Elisa never enters a room assuming she's the smartest one there, and how this mindset contributes to her success.
    Gain insights into Elisa's leadership style, and how she guides her high-achieving team with transparency.
    Understand the measures Elisa takes to manage self-doubt and imposter syndrome, offering valuable lessons for us all.
    Elisa's insightfulness and vulnerability are such a gift!  You don't want to miss out on this gem of an episode. So listen, absorb, and let Elisa's journey inspire your own path forward.
     
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    Connect with Elisa:
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elisa-padilla/ 
     
    Music By: Quanzaa 

    • 40 min
    203. Getting Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable with Miami Heat’s Chief of Culture and Inclusion, Clara Stroude-Vazquez

    203. Getting Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable with Miami Heat’s Chief of Culture and Inclusion, Clara Stroude-Vazquez

    In this special episode, brought to you in partnership with Everything in Sport Women's Edition Conferences, I’m excited to introduce you to one of their powerhouse speakers,  the Miami Heat’s Chief of Culture & Inclusion, Clara Stroude-Vazquez. My friend, let me tell you, she dropped gem after gem on this episode. You’re going to love it. She gives us a sneak peek at what it was like to be a speaker at the conference and how she handled her nerves before taking the stage. We dive into her 20 years with the Heat, how she went from intern to the C-suite and how she advocated for herself along the way. We also discuss her big leap from Marketing Manager to Director of Culture. This episode is everything you didn’t realize you needed.Join me and Clara for an inspirational conversation.  
     
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    Email: jblake@jahaanblake.com
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    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jahaanblake/
     
    Connect with Clara: 
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cstroude/ 
    Clara Stroude-Vazquez is a 20-year veteran of the HEAT. In her current role, she oversees the organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. In addition, she is the champion of HEAT Culture, helping employees to understand and live out the franchise’s values. She also works to develop strategies and implement programs that inspire, motivate, and develop employees.
    Clara is an alumna of East Carolina University. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Andreas School of Business at Barry University, where she completed her graduate studies. In addition, Clara is the chapter president of WISE (Women in Sports and Events) South Florida.
    An East Coast girl, Clara grew up in the Washington, DC, area after spending most of her formative years on the Caribbean islands of Grenada and Barbados.
     
    Music By: Quanzaa 
     

    • 31 min

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57 Ratings

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Uplifting and insightful

Jahaan has SO MUCH insight to share and is a top tier interviewer. We need more content like hers in the world. Definitely worth listen after listen! ❤️❤️❤️

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Empowering and Insightful

So many great takeaways from so many smart and successful women — both from Jahaan and from her guests! Jahaan is a great interviewer and is able to ask thought provoking questions while being empathetic. Definitely a must listen for anyone who wants to further their career or take new chances!

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Insightful, empowering

Jahaan seems to make all of her guests feel extremely comfortable talking with her, opening up and sharing such impactful words about their careers! Such an empowering podcast

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