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A Winning Mindset: Lessons From The Paralympics

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A Winning Mindset, an award-winning partnership between the International Paralympic Committee and Allianz, is a fascinating journey into the minds of Paralympians, with experiences that can benefit your own personal and professional life. The official podcast of the Paralympic Games provides a platform for Para athletes to talk about their empowering and inspirational stories and allows each athlete to showcase their true personalities. WINNER OF BEST BRANDED PODCAST AT THE 2021 WEBBY AWARD ...
 
Michael Rasile has conversations with athletes on their stories. From Gold Medal Winners to unfortunate injuries, for the amount of blood, sweat, and tears our athletes put in on a daily basis to be the best in the world, the least we can do is learn more about what they endure. Trials and tribulations, short comings and over coming the odds, these are the stories of Our Athletes from their mouth to your ears. DISCLAIMER: Our Athletes is not endorsed by or affiliated with the United States O ...
 
Hi, this is Lisa Borders. On this podcast, I'll connect with people from all walks of life, sharing stories of overwhelming adversity, transmuting the shadow, and experiencing moments of illumination. We'll be reflecting on the lessons we're learning along the way to fulfilling our potential and being our most authentic selves. Thank you for joining me, this is Enlightened. Bonus episodes and deeper discussion with the Enlightened community at www.lisaborders.us
 
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The world of intellectual impairments is explored in the latest episode of A Winning Mindset with British Paralympic swimmer, Jessica-Jane Applegate. In the final episode of this second series, Jessica-Jane discussed her journey with an intellectual impairment. From struggling at school to being diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, the athlete from Gr…
 
Sebastian Magenheim, the German wheelchair basketball sensation, takes time away from his new career with Allianz to discuss the importance of being able to adapt to changing roles in life. Magenheim, who took to the court at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, expresses how his sporting career has prepared him for his current position with Allianz, …
 
It’s A Winning Mindset first as we are joined by Canadian husband-and-wife duo Billy Bridges and Sami Jo Small to discuss how teamwork and how they support one another to achieve their goals. Billy (a Paralympian) and Sami (an Olympian) tell the stories of what makes their relationship so strong and explore the need for everyone to have a support g…
 
German vision impaired skier and biathlete Clara Klug delves into the mental side of her life and explains how the people around her have helped to make her the strong, independent and confident person she is today. Klug, who will compete at the 2022 Winter Paralympics, is joined by sister Pia to analyse the tricks and techniques she has to get the…
 
USA athlete Jaleen Roberts speaks honestly, openly and emotionally about life with bipolar disorder as part of the latest episode of A Winning Mindset. Roberts, a Team USA medallist at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, talks candidly about her journey with mental health and how the decision to check herself into a facility helped to understand herse…
 
Sumit Antil, the Indian gold-medal winning javelin thrower, speaks from the heart about the world of disability and how he found his purpose in life, in the latest episode of A Winning Mindset. Given a hero’s welcome after victory at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Sumit is focused on disability representation across India. Alongside his best frie…
 
TikTok sensation and Paralympic gold medallist Anastasia Pagonis joins A Winning Mindset for a fun-filled chat on all things success and defying expectations. Pagonis, who has built over a million followers across social media, made her medal- winning debut at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, but it is away from the swimming pool that she continues…
 
It’s time to get motivated by a true great. ‘Silver Bullet’ Marcel Hug takes time from his extraordinary 2021 to discuss the theme of motivation and how it leads to his perfection on and off the track. The multiple-time Paralympic gold medallist spoke to Andy Stevenson following his victory at the New York Marathon, opening up on what keeps him mot…
 
Hannah Macdougall, the Australian Para Swimming and cycling great, provides her expertise on how we can all maintain our wellbeing in our everyday lives. Macdougall, a medallist at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, has studied a PhD in the subject and discusses the importance of focusing on personal wellbeing as part of a healthy and happy lifestyl…
 
Millie Knight is first on the mic to discuss how having a support group in place is vital for anyone to succeed in life. Great Britain’s Millie Knight is a multiple-time Paralympic medallist in alpine skiing, taking to the slopes with her guide and friend, Brett Wild. Knight, who is visually impaired, speaks openly about the role Brett and many mor…
 
A Winning Mindset, an award-winning partnership between the International Paralympic Committee and Allianz, is a fascinating journey into the minds of Paralympians, with experiences that can benefit your own personal and professional life. The official podcast of the Paralympic Games provides a platform for Para athletes to talk about their empower…
 
SEASON FINALE SPECIAL! This week, Lisa welcomes Mike Krzyzewski to the Enlightened community. "Coach K," as he is known in the sports world, sits down for the seasons one finale of Enlightened to talk about four decades of making history as the head of Duke men's basketball, what it was like coaching the USA men's national team to three consecutive…
 
Episode three of this WeThe15 mini-series of A Winning Mindset: Lessons From The Paralympics sees Paralympic Games legend Tatyana McFadden quiz Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. As part of the WeThe15 global campaign, the IPC are working with over 20 organisations, including the United Nations, to spark global conversa…
 
Australian Paralympic sensation Ellie Cole speaks with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, on WeThe15’s global importance in the second episode of this A Winning Mindset mini-series. Bachelet, who prior to her role as UN High Commissioner served as the President of Chile, is a key figure in the world of accessibili…
 
Food media entrepreneur, Stephen Satterfield, joins the show this week to serve up a small batch sermon on the power of conviction and cuisine. The founder of Whetstone and host of Netflix's High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America talks champagne, terroir, and wine as a means of socioeconomic development. We examine how an…
 
To mark the launch of WeThe15, the biggest ever human rights movement to represent the world’s 1.2 billion persons with disabilities, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons speaks on the significance of WeThe15. The first episode in this mini-series of A Winning Mindset: Lessons From The Paralympics, American Paralympic m…
 
Hello, hello, hello! This is Lisa Borders and I just wanted to pop by to let you know we are taking a brief hiatus this week and we'll be back on August 24th with food writer and entrepreneur, Stephen Satterfield. Stephen is the host of this year's hit Netflix docuseries, High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America. If you're …
 
Golden Domers and moguls in the making, Ayden Syal and Brandon Wimbush, join me on this week's episode to share their Notre Dame origin stories and break down the novelty of the name, image, and likeness revolution in collegiate athletics. They also give me a glimpse into MOGL, their innovative startup created to help NCAA athletes navigate the com…
 
Former wellness coach, Toni Jones, is now an affirmation musician determined to help people revolutionize the way they think, behave, and move through life. This week, she joins me on the show to talk about the importance of grounding yourself in gratitude, what it truly means to 'speak to the times,' and why she believes music can be medicinal. In…
 
Renee Montgomery, the first WNBA player to co-own a WNBA team, comes to the pod this week to discuss everything from her decision to forgo the 2020 WBNA season, to 'controlling the controllables,' to her retirement in early 2021, to 'turning it up' both court side and in a corporate management role. We get into why she believes the lifestyle inhere…
 
Enlightened welcomes Women's Impact Network Scholars Idalis French and Katie Taylor to discuss the differing paths that led to their improbable, but unparalleled friendship. In the pod's first duo guest episode, we hear from two women who put to rest the age old notion that women don't support women. We discuss humble beginnings — and we chat about…
 
Longtime Duke University Athletic Director, Kevin White, joins the show this week to discuss the high stakes world of higher education. We talk about the four-pronged matrix needed for effective leadership shopping and the importance of institutional integrity. Kevin shares his personal feelings about being the outgoing leader of a legacy athletic …
 
Meet six Team USA athletes headed to Tokyo for the Olympics and Paralympics this summer. For the final episode of season one, Sasha revisits some of her favorite conversations with six Tokyo-bound athletes: Yul Moldauer (gymnastics), Matt Scott (wheelchair basketball), Haylie McCleney (softball), Alex Massialas (fencing), Heimana Reynolds (skateboa…
 
The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee has faced a firestorm these last few years with a series of independent investigations into a culture of silence and at times, the organization's underinvestment in athlete health and well-being. Board Chair Susanne Lyons comes on the pod this week to give us an honest look at the seesawing of serv…
 
The WNBA's Elizabeth Williams stops by the show to talk about the often unmentioned humanity at the heart of the Black Lives Matter movement. From the Atlanta Dream to her own American dream, Elizabeth reverses her own history of hesitancy and shares her methodical evolution with social justice in the United States. Together, we follow her journey …
 
Softball player Haylie McCleney joins Sasha this week. She explains what it means to be able to represent Team USA and be a part of softball's return to the Olympic Games this summer. Haylie and Sasha talk about how Haylie stays focused on her goals when faced with adversity. Haylie shares her passion for growing opportunities in women's sports bot…
 
Six-time NBA All-Star and two-time NBA Champion Pau Gasol comes on the show to talk about the importance of the international language of sports and share how his work as a UNICEF ambassador ignited an extraordinary passion for helping children. His life is full of surprising and moving anecdotes — and some funny ones, too! The story of Pau's comin…
 
Gymnast Yul Moldauer joins Sasha this week ahead of competing at 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Gymnastics. Yul walks Sasha through his career - from accidentally discovering gymnastics as a child to becoming the most decorated NCAA gymnast in history. Yul shares how he found his 'why' during the pandemic and how this reinvigorated his training as…
 
Former CNN Anchor, fellow Atlantan, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Brooke Baldwin, joins the show to drop some wisdom from her new book and we get some secrets from some of the world's strongest women — including and especially her! We travel the emotional arc of her career and explore the enlightened perspective she gained from having …
 
Tyler Merren, 4x Paralympian in goalball, joins Sasha this week. He shares how he found his love for the Paralympic-only sport of goalball, leading him to a nearly two decade career with the national team. Tyler also shares how sports became a guiding force as he progressively lost his vision throughout his young life. Sasha and Tyler discuss how T…
 
On this week’s episode, WNBA star Breanna “Stewie” Stewart calls in from Russia with some long distance love for the Enlightened community. We dive right in on her transatlantic travel, what it’s like to play with Sue Bird, and preparing to go for the gold again in Tokyo. She gets introspective about a life altering injury, her role in helping flip…
 
Creator, Community Builder, and Poet Alysha English sits down with me this week to unpack some deeply relevant and poignant experiences. Alysha shares stories about intuition, loss, and longing for home — and we confide in each other about the difficult choice between fitting in and taking up space. Together we discuss the very personal nature of a…
 
Dubbed the CEO Whisperer, world renowned executive coach Sanyin Siang joins me to talk about finding the blind spots in some of the world's most impactful companies and organizations. Sanyin and I discuss crossing ecosystems and the change that comes from minding the knowledge gap, rejecting assumption, and being deliberate with listening. Together…
 
Artist, alchemist, and activist Lizzy Jeff sits down with me this week for what can only be described as an awakening of the soul. We talk about changing the narrative around cannabis, the discomfort that comes with the fight for restorative justice, and the generational trauma she witnessed growing up in LA. On this episode, Lizzy provides an illu…
 
Molly Bloom joins Sasha for this week's conversation. Molly shares her story from competitive skier to running an underground high stakes poker game. Sasha and Molly talk about how being an athlete and suffering career-ending injuries shaped each of the incredible highs and lows in Molly's life. She also explains her decision to share her life stor…
 
On this week's episode, I sit down with Zander Lurie, CEO of SurveyMonkey, to hear stories about the importance of running a people-centric business. We discuss the nuts and bolts of working hard for your customer, the value of collective wisdom in the corporate landscape, and the necessity of addressing both the optics and operation of a company c…
 
Sasha's Olympic teammate Jeremy Bloom joins her for this week's podcast. Jeremy talks about his path to the Olympic Games in skiing while playing collegiate football and eventually being drafted into the NFL. Jeremy explains how he transitioned into the tech space and coped with the loss of his identity as an athlete. He shares what he's learned ab…
 
Acro yogi and Your Aligned Purpose founder, Andrew Sealy, joins me this week to discuss breath work, the value of meditation, and how having an 'innerstanding' can help lead to a better quality of life. We go beyond the traditional conversation around yoga as a self healing practice and explore its interconnectedness to Earth stewardship and ecocon…
 
Olympic Speedskater Maame Biney joins Sasha this week. Maame talks about her Olympic debut as the first Black women to represent Team USA in short track speedskating. She tells Sasha about learning to care for her mental health after the Olympics in 2018 and through the COVID-19 pandemic. Maame also explains how she began using her platform to push…
 
Four-time WNBA Champion, four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, and basketball legend, Sue Bird, stops by to share what parallel life lessons being a point guard has afforded her. She tells me about the importance of having a "see it, be it" moment and explains what conscious leadership looks like in today's America. Together, we examine the pitfalls of …
 
For years, I've been curious about blockchain technology and on today's episode, we have the expert — the man himself — Charles Hoskinson, founder of Cardano and co-founder of Ethereum. We discuss the challenges of cryptocurrency and he shares an enlightening perspective on how blockchain technology fosters enfranchisement. I loved hearing about 'b…
 
NBA Hall of Famer, Olympian, Atlanta Hawks co-owner, and my brother from another mother, Grant Hill, joins me this week to speak on some unspoken truths. We critique the Rooney Rule, discuss the inherent value of having a sports background in the boardroom, and he explains the impact of being a ‘glue guy.’ He gets personal about his experiences wit…
 
Alex Massialas, silver medalist in fencing, joins Sasha this week. They talk about Alex's rich family history in fencing and how his family has changed the career trajectory of today's fencers. Alex explains the mental side of fencing and how he gets in the zone to compete. Sasha asks Alex about using his platform to fight to restore 11 sports vars…
 
New Orleans native and former Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy, Janet Hill, joins me to share how a lightbulb moment at Wellesley set the trajectory for the rest of her life. The mother of Duke legacy and NBA legend Grant Hill, Janet talks about why her son’s friends referred to her as ‘the general,’ what it was like to parent from the Pentag…
 
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