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Each week on Leveling the Playing Field, Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard interviews women in all stages of their careers in the sports industry about their lives, career paths, and passions. While women have been making advances in sports since Title IX was passed, there is still more work to be done.  Bobbi-Sue's goal with each interview is two-fold: Highlight women making their mark on the industry, and provide young women with a resource to learn about the varied careers and paths to make it in sports. These conversations show an authentic and open side of these badass women rarely seen in public.  Visit www.LTPFPod.com for more information.

Leveling The Playing Field Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard

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Each week on Leveling the Playing Field, Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard interviews women in all stages of their careers in the sports industry about their lives, career paths, and passions. While women have been making advances in sports since Title IX was passed, there is still more work to be done.  Bobbi-Sue's goal with each interview is two-fold: Highlight women making their mark on the industry, and provide young women with a resource to learn about the varied careers and paths to make it in sports. These conversations show an authentic and open side of these badass women rarely seen in public.  Visit www.LTPFPod.com for more information.

    Leveling The Playing Field: Cheryl Reeve, Head Coach/GM of the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx

    Leveling The Playing Field: Cheryl Reeve, Head Coach/GM of the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx

    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!

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Leveling The Playing Field: Dari Passarello Herman, Owner of SparklySoul Headbands

    Leveling The Playing Field: Dari Passarello Herman, Owner of SparklySoul Headbands

    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 Google Play!

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Leveling The Playing Field: Sarah Axelson, Sr. Director of Advocacy at the Women’s Sports Foundation

    Leveling The Playing Field: Sarah Axelson, Sr. Director of Advocacy at the Women’s Sports Foundation

    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!

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Leveling The Playing Field: Stefanie Jewett, CEO/Founder of Activvely

    Leveling The Playing Field: Stefanie Jewett, CEO/Founder of Activvely

    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!

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Leveling The Playing Field: Shelly Boyum-Breen, Author & Founder of the Foundation IX & Let Me Play Grants

    Leveling The Playing Field: Shelly Boyum-Breen, Author & Founder of the Foundation IX & Let Me Play Grants

    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.

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    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!

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Leveling The Playing Field: Celeste Bell, MLB’s Senior Director, Talent Acquisition

    Leveling The Playing Field: Celeste Bell, MLB’s Senior Director, Talent Acquisition

    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 @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!

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Martybest ,

A great mix of info and insight

I found from my friend Katie Lentz. Her interview was fabulous and I loved your style of interviewing. There is so much to life that seems so easy or hard but breaking it down to making steps to achieve is a wonderful message.

16WhiskeySoursInOneNight ,

Scope and Originality

This podcast covers a lot of new ground and finds topics that aren't being discussed elsewhere. Topic selection and guest selection are important aspects of a show, and this podcast does extremely well in both.

Veganarchafeminist ,

Purrfect name!

I went to law school in an effort to level the playing field, so I was excited to see this podcast being launched! Indeed, it does the aforementioned! I truly appreciate the positive energy of this podcast acknowledging speaking about mental health. Wow, I'm listening to the podcast right now and as soon I typed "launched" I heard the word launch and now as I typed "mental health" I heard it spoken. I'm tuned in!

UPDATE: This pod is life affirming to the fullest extent of the law!

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