Fixing The American Athlete, Sports Game Changers & Innovators
An Introduction to Fixing The American Athlete Podcast Series - We misguide and coddle athletes. We don't properly coach and have created a generation of robots that lack creativity, can't think on their feet, can't problem solve and are prone to injuries - leaving them at a competitive disadvantage. Now we are seeing the consequences - Our US Men’s World Cup Team failed to qualify for the last World Cup, and most recently lost to Canada. When was the last time an American male won a major tennis event? We were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the FIBA Basketball World Cup in September 2019. This series cuts to the chase, asks hard questions and delivers innovative solutions.
Scott first came to my attention over Instagram in 2018. I was inspired by his entrepreneurial passion, branding expertise and authentic approach to business. Scott Lancaster is the Managing Director of Clementine House Branding Agency and author of the recently self-published book ‘Parallel: Exploring how meaningful connections are created in life, love and business’.Scott helps business and people connect better, guiding the brands he works with to redefine their message and stand out in the world, as opposed to simply adding to the noise. His agency brings affordable branding services to those hungry to compete with the best in their industry.
Episode 6 - Domestic Violence Awareness with Lenzi Dodgen & Scott Lancaster - Part 2
Conversations That Matter with Ron Gray
In part 2 of my conversation on domestic violence with Lenzi Dodgen & Scott Lancaster, we talk about why victims stay with their perpetrator, the stigma around domestic violence and support for survivors. In the United States, an average of 20 people experience intimate partner physical violence every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually.1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. This includes a range of behaviors and in some cases might not be considered “domestic violence”.1 in 10 women have been raped by an intimate partner. Data is unavailable on male victims.On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines nationwide receive over 20,000 calls.An abuser’s access to a firearm increases the risk of intimate partner femicide by 400%.Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.Intimate partner violence is most common against women between the ages of 18-24.19% of intimate partner violence involves a weapon.source: ncadv.orgIf you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.For anonymous, confidential help, 24/7, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)
Episode 5 - Domestic Violence Awareness with Lenzi Dodgen & Scott Lancaster - Part 1
Conversations That Matter with Ron Gray
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional/psychological abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence varies dramatically. (source: www.ncadv.org) Domestic violence occurs in every community. It affects women and men, gay/straight, all races and religions, income levels and education. (source: www.ncadv.org) 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. This includes a range of behaviors and in some cases might not be considered “domestic violence”. (source: www.ncadv.org) I recently had an important conversation about Domestic Violence with Lenzi Dodgen, Survivor Advocate & Prevention Professional; and Scott Lancaster, Children’s Advocate and current Program Manager at Greenhouse 17 in Lexington, KY. Part 1 of 2 podcasts with Lenzi and Scott includes the staggering prevalence of domestic violence in the US, warning signs and an in-depth look at what precipitates intimate partner violence and how our culture contributes. The knowledge and perspective Lenzi and Scott share are very enlightening. This is an educational and empowering discussion. My biggest take-away is men must join the conversation women have been having for generations. It’s the only way to shift our culture to one of respect and equality, from in-the-home to the workplace. I hope you’ll take time to listen and share the conversation with others.
I sat down in my kitchen with Erica and we Skyped Cody in for a chat about life on Broadway, earning success early in your career, building relationships (and friendships) in theatre and the movie-like moments that changed both of their lives. Voices don't get much bigger than Erica Black. Following her Dora-award nominated performance as Scaramouche in the original Canadian company of We Will Rock You, she starred as Mary Maguire in the world premier of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Boys in the Photograph and Lucy in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown (Stratford). Other credits include The Wedding Singer (Stage West), Songs for a New World (Angelwalk) and Penny Pingleton in Hairspray (Charlottetown). Starting June 16, you can catch Erica in Kinky Boots at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto! Cody recently wrapped his role of Franz in Rock of Ages on Broadway. His previous credits include Rock of Ages (original Toronto company), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Boys in the Photograph, Richard in A New Brain, Joseph in Joseph…Dreamcoat and Billy in Cedar Fair’s Twistin’ to the ’60s. You can follow Erica and Cody on Instagram: @wildthingvintage (Erica) and @codyscottlancaster. You can also find Erica's vintage shop, Wildthing Vintage on Etsy!