Jenn Foster and Melanie Johnson co-owners of Elite Online Publishing, interview Jamie Mittelman, founder of Flame Bearers, about her vision for addressing the gender disparity in sports media coverage and her commitment to providing a platform for unheard voices.
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What You’ll Learn In This Episode:
- Amplifying women’s voices in sports media.
- Inclusivity in sports communities.
- Connecting with unheard voices.
“Some of my most joyous memories and also some of the hardest lessons that I learned came from sport and it was a way to bring people together. And some of the bonds I formed with my teammates, with my coaches were really lifelong friendships.” (03:42)
“I think we’re at a turning point in women’s sports where we have an opportunity to support women from all backgrounds, and I think it’s really important that we elevate everyone together and it’s not just women from certain countries and popular sports, but really that we tell all of their stories.” (13:09)
“We work with women at the highest level of sport, but really at our base. We’re a community of women change makers who use sport as a conduit to talk about issues that impact everyone.” (16:41)
About Jamie Mittelman and Flame Bearers:
Jamie has a background in media, having managed a $30 Million media portfolio on behalf of the conglomerate of Yahoo, The Huffington Post, AOL, and Verizon. Her passion for sport, diversity, and inclusion inspired her to found Flame Bearers while receiving her Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School where she received an award for her significant impact on the Harvard community. Jamie’s work with Flame Bearers has reached 48 countries and recently received 4 Signal Awards in the categories of Diversity, Equity and inclusion, and Public Service and activism. Prior to Harvard, Jamie received her MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. Flame Bearers is the first global storytelling platform celebrating the stories of women Olympians and Paralympians. From household names to unsung heroes around the world, each featured story highlights the successes, struggles, and social issues that drive the world’s most prestigious athletes. Flame Bearers brings these champions’ stories to life via podcasts, videos, and live events.
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