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Read the powerful stories of leaders from our Gold Medal Leadership Experience and learn from their inspirational leadership stories

We’ve interviewed our friends from the Gold Medal Leadership Experience: Elite athletes and other leaders who support the athletes behind the scenes. Read on to hear their inspiring stories and the leadership lessons they’ve learned through their journeys!

Resilience: From Corporate America to the Bobsled Track

2019-10-07T16:13:44-04:00October 7th, 2019|Gold Medal, Leadership Lessons from Sports, Meet Our Gold Medal Leaders|

Lauren Gibbs seems fearless. When you watch her TEDx talk, it’s easy to think she’s effortlessly courageous and resilient. Hearing her reflect back on her experience of becoming an Olympic silver medalist in bobsled, it sounds like she took the huge leap from her 6-figure corporate job to the U.S. Olympic bobsled team without a [...]

How to Manage Change When it’s Impossible to “Bounce Back”

2019-06-03T10:44:00-04:00May 16th, 2019|Gold Medal, Meet Our Gold Medal Leaders, Uncategorized|

What happens when you’re on track for success and your suddenly blindsided by an unexpected obstacle? For John Register, unexpected change came in the form of a literal hurdle as he was training for the US Olympic Trials in track and field. As his body flew over the final hurdle during a training session, his [...]

Key to Teamwork from a World-Record Holding Guide Runner for Parasprinters

2019-04-24T21:44:22-04:00January 24th, 2019|Gold Medal, Leadership Lessons from Sports, Meet Our Gold Medal Leaders, Team Leadership Tips, Uncategorized|

Imagine barrelling down a track at high speed, tethered to a visually impaired runner. That person is 100% reliant on you to tell them where to turn, when to speed up, and when to slow down. But you can only do that if you are in-sync with your teammate about their needs. When you don’t [...]

Para-athlete Guide Wesley Williams’ 5 Tips for Better Workplace Communication

2019-04-24T21:46:26-04:00October 2nd, 2018|Blog Series, Gold Medal, Leadership Lessons from Sports, Meet Our Gold Medal Leaders, Team Leadership Tips, Uncategorized|

  Communication and teamwork are critical to success in the workplace. No team knows that better than Lex Gillette, a blind Paralympic long jumper, and his guide, Wesley Williams. For the past 11 years, Williams and Gillette have trained together at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. And their partnership has led Gillette [...]

What Leaders Can Learn from Team USA’s “Mom” Sherry Von Riesen

2019-02-27T16:52:03-05:00September 25th, 2018|Building Trust, Gold Medal, Leadership Lessons, Leadership Lessons from Sports, Meet Our Gold Medal Leaders|

The United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs is teeming with leaders -- coaches, sports psychologists and highly driven athletes. But there’s one person at the complex who's particular style of leadership greatly enhances the culture. She is guiding and leading with her listening, nurturing, and empathetic demeanor. Meet Sherry Von Riesen. Known as [...]

10 Inspirational Leadership Insights from Blind Long Jumper Lex Gillette

2019-05-03T14:27:09-04:00August 16th, 2018|Building Trust, Gold Medal, Leadership Lessons, Leadership Lessons from Sports, Meet Our Gold Medal Leaders, Team Leadership Tips|

At the age of 8, Lex Gillette learned that one day soon, he’d be permanently blind and his life would be altered forever. Months earlier, after getting out of his bath one night, Gillette noticed his vision was blurry. His mom rinsed his eyes with water and sent him to bed hoping he could see [...]

10 Leadership Lessons from Elite Rugby Star Alev Kelter

2019-04-24T21:51:08-04:00July 30th, 2018|Blog Series, Gold Medal, Leadership Lessons, Leadership Lessons from Sports, Meet Our Gold Medal Leaders|

Alev Kelter thought her Olympic career was over before it began when she received the phone call that inspired her comeback. It was from Ric Suggitt, the head coach of the U.S. Women’s Rugby team. Even though Kelter had never touched a rugby ball before, he asked her to try out for the team based [...]