Section One Leadership Conference

I really enjoyed speaking with high school coaches and athletic directors about bullying in athletics earlier this week at the Section One Leadership Conference. It was my first time speaking with fellow GO! Athletes Board Members Anna Aagenes & Sean Smith (shockingly) and it was a great session. Amazing stories and amazing athletes – it was great to hear their thoughts and bounce around ideas.

I also got to sit in on the athlete panel and hear the stories of Nora, Derek, Mai, and Matt as they talked to high school athletes. There were also sessions on responsible social media use, NCAA eligibility, and overall leadership.

I love events like this where we can really get the buy-in of the people who can help create change in their schools. Shout out to Anthony Nicodemo, who does a tremendous job organizing these events.

Photo credit: Anna!


Caitlin Cahow

As part of yesterday’s panel, I was fortunate enough to meet 2x Olympic medalist hockey player and US delegate to the Sochi Games¬†Caitlin Cahow. I’ve read a few interviews with and columns by her recently, one of my favorites being her piece online at USA Today – and it was great to hear her talk about going to Russia and get a brief glimpse into her experience as an out world class athlete. Caitlin is a great role model and representative of our country and I’m honored to have gotten a chance to meet her and hear her speak.


LGBTQ Athlete Panel at Harvard

Today was the Inaugural Harvard LGBTQ Conference, and I was fortunate enough to be a part of the LGBTQ Athlete panel. Moderated by Patrick Burke, the panel featured Jose Estevez, Caitlin Cahow, Nevin Caple, James Nutter, and me. Interesting to hear small pieces of so many perspectives and experiences – 45 minutes is not enough for this group!