LEEDS, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: A Channel 5 microphone before day three of the 2nd NatWest Test match between England and Pakistan at Headingley on June 3, 2018 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Visionhaus/Corbis via Getty Images)
LEEDS, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: A Channel 5 microphone before day three of the 2nd NatWest Test match between England and Pakistan at Headingley on June 3, 2018 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Visionhaus/Corbis via Getty Images)

GSM Live: Tough Conversations for 2021

Why this matters

What tough conversations do we need to have in 2021 that will lead to real change in sport?

This event took place on 1/21/2021. Listen to the full discussion here. To stay up to date, sign up for our newsletter. 

As we flip the calendar from 2020 to 2021, it is easy to think that things will simply return to 'normal.' A vaccine has begun rolling out, professional sports are coming back - sans bubbles - but last year has proved to us that sport will not be the same going forward.

We spent a lot of last year learning about racial inequities, humanizing athletes and acknowledging the need for change. Coming into this new year, how do we move from acknowledgement into action? And what are the tough conversations we need to have in sport for 2021?

It's time to have the those conversations on mental health, youth sport and DE&I (diversity, equity, and inclusion). On this show we talk to the experts who are doing the work to create solutions that impact the future of sport.

Joining the discussion:

Jeremy Goldberg | President of LeagueApps
Jeremy Goldberg is the President & Quarterback of LeagueApps, a sports technology company headquartered in New York City, where he oversees the marketing, business development, community and impact functions.  LeagueApps, the operating system and community for the youth sports industry, is on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing tech and media companies in North America, and was recently named the Top 25 Best Employers in Sports by Front Office Sports.  Jeremy is also an operating partner at 212MEDIA, a venture development firm that produced LeagueApps, Homer (backed by Sesame Workshop and Lego Ventures), Saavn (exited to Reliance Jio), and LiftMetrix (exited to Hootsuite).  Previously, he served in technology strategy roles at the Mitchell Madison Group and Generate Insights and was the Founder and CEO of poliVOICE. Jeremy is also passionate about his causes, having worked in various capacities for Obama for America and Seeds of Peace, founded and Co-Chairs the PLAY Sports Coalition, and serves on the boards of Seeds of Peace and Search for Common Ground, and on the Women in Innovation (WIN) Advisory Council. Jeremy holds a bachelor’s degree with Honors from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs.

Ashland Johnson, Esq. | Attorney and Founder of Inclusion Playbook
An attorney, equity and inclusion strategist, and former Division I athlete, Ashland Johnson has over a decade of civil rights experience working with social justice communities, advising sports leaders, and serving in leadership roles in advocacy organizations. Ashland has extensive experience working with major sports leagues and associations, including the NBA, NCAA, NFL, USOC, and various national governing bodies to strengthen their social responsibility programming, policies, and platforms at the intersection of inclusion, race, gender, and the law. She recently authored the groundbreaking report, Play to Win: Improving the Lives of LGBTQ Youth in Sports which provides critical insights and action steps for more inclusive sporting spaces.

Dr. Wilsa Charles Malveaux, MD MA | Sport Psychiatrist & Former Elite Athlete
Dr. Wilsa Charles Malveaux has a focus on Sports Psychiatry, helping athletes with mental illness, performance, life/career transitions, and overcoming unexpected setbacks. She has successfully worked with athletes at varying stages of their career, including high school, collegiate, professional, and retired athletes. Dr. Charles-Malveaux currently lends her expertise as a psychiatric consultant to the U. S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), to a professional sports league, and multiple professional sports teams, and organizations. She is also the Western Regional Trustee, Region IV for the Black Psychiatrists of America (BPA); and CEO and President of WCM Sports Psych.

Led by:
Scott Brooks, PhD | Sociologist and Director of Research for the Global Sport Institute at Arizona State University

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