Contributers

 

ANDRE ALAN (EPD.2)

Football Coach. Former DI Football Player. Sports Performance Consultant. Clinical Sport Psychologist (in training).  

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Andre is a doctoral student studying clinical psychology, currently his research focuses on neuropsychological sex differences of concussions in female soccer players. In addition to earning his doctorate he holds a masters degree in sports psychology. His interests in athletics is not just academic: having played and coached high school football, college football, high school strength and conditioning, and collegiate strength and conditioning. In his spare time he is an avid lifter, photographer, and football fan!

 

Lauren Bealore (Epd. 6)

Crain's Twenty in their 20's. City Commissioner for Southfield, MI. Corporate Relations and Events Manager for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.

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Lauren is currently the Corporate Relations and Events Manager for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, a national lobbying organization that focuses on protecting conservation issues by holding elected officials accountable. Lauren is also an appointed and elected official, serving as a City Commissioner for the City of Southfield’s Total Living Commission and Precinct Delegate for Precinct 19 of the City of Southfield. Lauren has received notable recognition including Crain's Twenty in their 20's and over 100 publication features. 

 
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Sarah Cummings (EPD.3)

ESL Teacher. Former High School Varsity Athlete. Lifelong Sports Enthusiast.   

Sarah was born and raised in the tiny Southern Illinois town called Makanda. Growing up, she and her twin brother spent most of their time outside and played every kind of Varsity sport, including softball, basketball, soccer, and track. After high school, Sarah went to college at Southern Illinois University and graduated with a degree in Linguistics.  She is currently obtaining her Masters in TESL Education in Charlotte, North Carolina and teaches ESL at a middle school in South Charlotte.

 

Kalle Eko (EPD.5)

Social & Digital Expert. Photo Blogger. DI Runner.

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Kalle Eko is a social and digital media expert based in the Midwest. He has worked as the Senior Online Media Specialist for City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), the third largest community college district in the United States.  Before that, he worked as the Online Media Fellow in the Congressional campaign of Tammy Duckworth and prior to that as the first Social Media Fellow in Chicago's Office of the Mayor under Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Kalle currently serves on the advisory board of Social Media Week Chicago.

 

Kalle received his A.B. in history from Princeton University and his M.S. in journalism from the Medill School of Northwestern University. He also was a sprinter for the Princeton University Tigers and a state champion long and triple jumper in high school. 

 
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Jenn Freitag (Epd. 2)

Professor at The University of Dayton. Educator. Speaker. Performer. Activist.

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Jenn Freitag, Ph.D. is a scholar, activist, educator, speaker, and performer committed to ending gender violence. For over twelve years, she has been involved in anti-oppression and gender violence prevention work as a prevention educator, program administrator, crisis advocate, community organizer, and activist. She has extensive experience working in and with nonprofit agencies, city and county sexual assault response teams, PreK-12 school districts, college campuses, law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, and community groups.

Additionally, Dr. Freitag has founded and directed prevention programs that use interactive theatre as a tool to engage audiences. She currently tours “I Want My Jacket Back,” an interactive lecture and performance that combines stand-up musical comedy with facilitated dialogue about preventing gender violence. 

Jocelyn Geboy (Epd. 6)

Second City Network Writer. Columnist at Chicago Now (An Unquiet Chicagoan). Chicago Cubs Die-Hard Fan. 

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Jocelyn Geboy is a freelance writer and performer living in Chicago. She writes for the Second City Network and her own personal blog over at Chicago Now -- An Unquiet Chicagoan. She's the creator of the story series "The First Time," produced by CHIRP Radio, and hopes to get a one woman show on the books by the end of the year. She's a jill-of-all-trades (read: gun for hire), and looking forward to another exciting year with the boys over at Wrigley.  You can find her all over the web @smussyolay.

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Lacey Gibson (Epd.2)

Global Health Researcher. Food Writer. DI Runner. Yoga Teacher.

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Lacey Gibson is a Masters Student in Global Health & Population at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a Vinyasa yoga teacher, and a former NCAA Division I track/cross country runner. 

Her mission as a researcher, a writer, and a yoga teacher is to inspire mindful and passionate living. 

Ryan Cecil Jobson (Epd. 5)

Ph.D. in Anthropology and African American Studies from Yale University; high school baseball and basketball player

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Ryan Cecil Jobson is an anthropologist and cultural critic of the Caribbean and African Diaspora. He will receive his Ph.D. in Anthropology and African American Studies from Yale University in May 2017. He holds a B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in Africana Studies and Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was selected as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and Ronald E. McNair Scholar.

Ryan's research is principally concerned with postcolonial governance and extractive resource development in the Americas. His dissertation, "Fueling Sovereignty: Energy, Infrastructure, and State Building in Trinidad and Tobago," is a political ethnography of oil and natural gas development in the twin-island Caribbean petrostate.

Ryan's writing is featured in Current AnthropologyAnthropology of this CenturyCounterPunch, and Postcolonial Networks, and he is the obliged recipient of multiple grants and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Fulbright U.S. Student Program, and MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.

Ryan enjoys playing basketball in his spare time and is an avid supporter of the New York Yankees, New York Jets, Brooklyn Nets, and Chelsea FC.

Alexis Jones (Epd.4)

Speaker. Media Personality. Activist. Author. Founder of I Am That Girl and ProtectHer

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Alexis completed her Undergraduate and Masters from USC then founded the non-profit I AM THAT GIRL (501c3), which currently has 1.05M+ girls involved and just opened a chapter in its 20th’s country. Alexis quickly became an internationally recognized speaker, media personality, activist, and author. She also hosted a TV show on the red carpet, worked at Fox Sports, ESPN and various shows on MTV, CBS and TLC. Alexis hosted and organized the first TEDxAustin Women (the most globally streamed of 2014) and came on as the Executive Producer on the anti-bullying film, A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story which ended up winning 10 awards in 9 film festivals. Alexis most recently launched her new company, ProtectHer after she was invited to give a talk to the top eighteen quarterbacks in the country, on the importance of respecting women for a show called Elite 11. When the show aired, over night she was hired by D1 locker rooms all over the country and ProtectHer was born out of the urgency to inspire male athletes

 

Alexis has been invited to speak at The White House, The United Nations, Harvard, Stanford, SXSW, Sundance, ESPN, NIKE, Pepsi, DELL and recently gave her first TEDx talk. She has been featured as one of AOL’s MAKERS along with Oprah, Ellen, and Sheryl Sandberg. She was highlighted as Oprah’s #SuperSoul100, Fast Company’s “Female Trailblazers”, ESPN’s “Pop Culture’s Top 10,” #CreateCultivate100, as an Ambassador for L’Oreal’s new STEM and listed as one of DELL’s #Inspire100 List. She’s also been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, WSJ, NPR, USA Today, Huffington post, Fast Company, Sports Illustrated, and O Magazine.

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Wendell Matthews (Epd.1)

Fitness Entrepreneur. Owner of Physical Wealth.

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Wendell Matthews is a life-long athlete on a mission to build a healthier world. As the founder and owner of Physical Wealth, he provides an online platform where users and businesses can purchase affordable services from health and fitness experts. By providing a simplistic user-based platform, he is changing the way people engage with the health and fitness industry.

 

 

 
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Chris Mosier (Epd. 2)

VP Of Program Development & Community Relations For You Can Play. Founder of Transathlete.com. Hall of Fame Tri/Dualathlete.

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Chris Mosier is Vice President of Program Development and Community Relations for You Can Play, an organization that works to ensure the safety and inclusion of all in sports - including LGBTQ athletes, coaches, and fans. He is also founder of TransAthlete.com, a resource of trans-inclusive policies in athletics.

Additionally, Chris is a hall of fame triathlete and duathlete, and has been called "the man who changed the Olympics" by the BBC and New York Magazine. Chris is a barrier-breaking athlete with many firsts to his name; in 2015, he became the first openly transgender man to make a Men's US National Team when he qualified for the Sprint Duathlon team. As a result, he was a catalyst for change in the International Olympic Committee policy on transgender athletes, and in 2016 he became the first trans man to compete against men in a World Championship race. He is now a three-time member of Team USA in the sprint and long course duathlon (run/bike/run) and sprint triathlon (swim/bike/run). 

As a Nike-sponsored athlete, Chris's Nike commercial debuted in prime time in the 2016 Rio Olympics. In 2016 he was also the first trans athlete to be featured in the ESPN Magazine Body Issue, and was named "Person of the Year" by Outsports and to the OUT 100 list. 

 

 
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Melissa Ng (Epd.4)

Change Management Expert. Human Capital Strategist. Leadership Development.

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Melissa is a hands-on innovative Human Capital and Change Transformation leader with over 11 years of professional experience in corporate, media, and professional service sectors. She has extensive experience in executive coaching, diversity and inclusion, global transformation and employee engagement.

Melissa's career foundation is built on values and a belief in doing right by the world.  Her mission is to cultivate a future generation of leaders by guiding them along transformative journeys.

 
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Tiffany Patterson (Epd.3)

Podcaster. Writer. Educator. New Athlete.

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Tiffany Patterson is an educator, podcaster, and writer based in New York City. She holds BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as well as a Masters of Education from Hunter College.

Tiffany prides herself on being a life long learner and story teller. You can get to know her more on her podcast Get Caught Up with Tis & Tiff on iTunes and Google Play.

 

Vivian Shih (Epd. 6)

Artist. Designer. Athlete. 

Vivian is a Los Angeles based artist & illustrator. She is heavily involved in creating the L.A. community fitness events sponsored by UNDO-Ordinary - a fitness magazine for Urban Millennials.  

Vivian earned a BFA in Illustration from Art Center College of Design in December 2013. In her past life, she was a swimmer. Currently she's yogi. 

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John Skipper (EPD.1)

Musician. Designer. Activist.

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John $kipper is a songwriter, singer & rapper living & working in his hometown New York City. He is fueled by civilization, enlightenment & euphoria. $kipper's neo-romantic style, art pop lyricism & East Coast cadence fuses hip-hop & pop punk to a sound he calls "surfer rap."

 

 
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Eve Stern (Epd.4)

Journalist. Content Strategist. Managing Editor of Her Agenda.

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As the Managing Editor of Her Agenda, a digital hub of information and inspiration dedicated to ambitious and diverse millennial women, Eve thrives in spreading and sharing the stories of women through articles, interviews, and a database of curated career and networking resources.

Eve carries a BA in Black Studies and Sociology, and an MA in Urban Affairs. She utilizes her academic background to form a unique approach to writing - generating viral digital content while creating a larger space for underrepresented peoples, issues, and discussions. Her goal is to help organizations achieve the results they need fiscally, socially, and ethically.

 
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Maor Tiyouri (Epd.3)

Israeli Olympic Marathoner. 5000m Indoor & Outdoor National Record Holder. 

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Maor Tiyouri is an Israeli Olympic marathoner (Rio 2016), Israeli champion, and the national record holder in the 5000 meters indoors and outdoors. Currently, Maor resides in Boulder, Colorado. She is a member of the Boulder Track Club High Performance Team, and is coached by Australia's 3xOlympian Lee Troop.

Maor studied at the university of San Francisco, majoring in Exercise and Sport Science (14'). She competed with the San Francisco Dons as a member of four consecutive WCC cross country champion teams, made two trips to the NCAA Cross Country Championships with the team, and made three 10,000-meter semifinals and one 5000m semifinal appearance at the NCAA West Regional Championships (2012-2014).

Maor was born in Kfar Saba, Israel; She is the daughter of Irit and Gideon Tiyouri and the eldest sister to Kfir and Liraz Tiyouri. 

 

Alison Van Boening (Epd. 6)

Half Marathon Runner. Mom. Activist. Business Owner. 

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Business owner, mother of 2, friend, aspiring activist, big fan of distance running, attended 2 rugby practices in college, award winning parrot in high school one act play.