2017 Lead Sports Summit Wrap!

2017 Lead Sports Summit Wrap!

The first ever LEAD Sports Summit took place in Austin, TX from September 2-4, 2017.  The entire weekend exceeded our expectations and we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet and build relationships with all 76 young swimmers.

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Each girl left with experiences they'll never forget, friendships, swag, and memories, but most importantly, they left with a stronger and more empowered sense of self than when they came. Jenn Brunelli, Elizabeth Beisel, Christie Shefchunas, Missy Franklin, Kara Lynn Joyce, Madisyn Cox and Eva Fabian took the stages at LEAD with confidence, compassion, and the desire to break down barriers, relate, inform, and empower.

"I want to keep growing the event. Listening to Missy talk about perseverance, the only thing I could think of was how there are so many girls that would benefit from being in this room, and I want to give more girls that opportunity."

- LEAD Founder Kara Lynn Joyce

LEAD Summit Press:

Olympic Channel: Olympians come together to empower young swimmers

SwimSwam: Olympians give praise to the inaugural LEAD Sports Summit

5:10 with Haley Chura

5:10 with Haley Chura

Welcome to 5 in 10, a series of 5 questions in 10 minutes "For Women Who LEAD." Our first 5:10 For Women Who LEAD features professional athlete and all-around tough chick, Haley Chura. After suffering a brutal broken leg injury from a head-on car/bike crash, Haley stormed back to win the IronMan Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in June 2017.  

We have 5 questions for Haley to find out a little more about what/who inspires her and what drives her to become a champion.

1. KLJ: What did you aspire to be when you were younger?

HC: When I was younger, the very first thing I wanted to be was a paleontologist to study dinosaurs. I grew up in Montana and dinosaurs were a big thing there - don’t all little kids have an appreciation for that stuff??

KLJ: You actually became a CPA for a while.

HC: Yes! I was an accountant which was my slightly older aspiration, and I actually did that and it was a good job.

KLJ: And now you’re a professional athlete?

HC: Yeah! Life doesn’t always turn out how you expect.  

2. KLJ: What would you tell your younger self about your life now?

HC: I think I would just say learn as much as you can and appreciate every moment that you’re in because things WILL change. Appreciate the phase you’re in; appreciate being a kid swimming, being a high school swimmer, being a college swimmer, being in your early 20’s and swimming masters etc. Just appreciate each step because it changes so much and nothing will ever stay the same. Be present.

3. KLJ: What brings out your confidence when you’re feeling low?

HC: I did struggle with confidence issues a LOT in the earlier part of my swimming career, and even through college. I think I get confidence now from experience, from knowing that I’ve been in this position before, and even if things didn’t go perfect, everything was still okay in the end.  I get confidence from my training and from the people around me. If the people around me believe in me, that breathes life into me and really helps build my confidence.  

4. KLJ: Who inspires you?

HC: Oh my gosh, there’s so many! Even now in my triathlon days, I’m inspired by my time at the University of Georgia and being with such a strong group of when was so inspiring for me. I grew up a lot while I was in college swimming and I think back to that all the time.  Things my former teammates said, even you, Kara, were things that really stuck with me. I get inspiration from the athletes that I currently coach. It’s hard for everyone and we’re all just doing our best, that effort that they all put in truly inspires me.  

5. KLJ: What do you want to want to say to the next generation of Young Women Dreamers?

HC: I would really want to say; believe in yourself. You can do great things - really great things. I’d also say; build each other up. I think we did a great job of that at University of Georgia, you can be competitors, teammates and best friends. If you work together, everyone is going to get better. I try to apply that to everything in my life.  

Rapid Fire:

KLJ: Name one woman you think embodies confidence?

HC: You! I think there was a time, maybe our freshman year before NCAA’s and you were not going into the meet seated first in the 50 free and you said to me “I can win this” and then you did. I learned from you that it’s okay to say you can win, or you can drop time, or you can do something amazing, even small things - when you say them outloud it’s incredibly powerful. I don’t know if that’s a cheater answer because I’m talking to you, but it’s true!

KLJ: Who was your role model at age 10?

HC: I always looked up to the older girls on the swim team. I was living in Bozeman, MT at the time and I can think back to the high school aged girls and a few of them swam in college. I think that had a huge effect on me - when they would come back and tell these stories about being on their teams and how much fun it was and 10 year old me thought; I want to do that! That was a really important thing for me to be exposed to at a young age and it made me start striving to compete in college.

KLJ:  What’s your favorite pump-up song before a race?

HC: Oh, Taylor Swift! I have to say Taylor Swift. Shake it Off is so good! You can’t listen to that and not get excited.

KLJ: What’s your favorite way to relax?

HC: Sleep. I learned that one from you too, Kara. I think sleep is really important and it’s something I didn’t do enough of when I was younger. Now I believe that that’s when you get stronger. If I’m awake, I’m typically reading - I love reading and I’ll read anything. It’s healthy to always be learning!

KLJ: What’s your Starbucks order?

HC: I’m so boring, just regular coffee with cream - unless it’s a Friday! On Fridays I will get a latte after Friday morning practice. Fancy Friday coffee, treat yourself!


Follow along with Haley's journey at HaleyChura.com

LEAD Summit Update, 5/16

Summit Updates & San Antonio Appearance

Last week, we announced Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin as our Special Guest Mentor, and we hope you are just as excited as we are! Over 40 girls from across the country have already signed up for the first ever LEAD SportsSummit - more than half of the 70 available spaces. With the all-star lineup of speakers and mentors, our attendees are in for a fun and impactful weekend! 

From June 23-25, LEAD Founder Kara Lynn Joyce will be attending the George Block Invitational in San Antonio, Texas to talk to parents and swimmers about the LEAD experience and other exciting LEAD events that we will be able to share with you soon. Stay tuned for more information!

Speaker Spotlight

Jennifer Brunelli is a former National Team and NCAA All-American swimmer from the University of South Carolina. She is currently the dietician for the NFL's Carolina Panthers and works with several other sports teams and athletes of all levels. Her passion has always been empowering young female swimmers to take control of their nutrition in order to fuel their bodies best for swimming and for life. 

Working with Jenn, attendees will learn how to fuel pre- and post-workout, individualized fluid intake to promote lower injury risk, and meal frequency and changing your body through diet and macronutrients. Jenn's combined background in swimming and nutrition makes her a perfect fit for our LEAD squad!

Leadership Corner

Empowering young girls and women is a movement we strive to take part in each and every day. In the Leadership Corner, we spotlight important stories on girls and women who inspire us.

LEAD Summit Update, 5/9

LEAD Summit Update, 5/9

Special Guest Speaker Announcement

The LEAD Sports Summit is extremely excited to announce that our Special Guest Speaker and Mentor is...

Missy Franklin!

Missy has inspired thousands of young girls and women around the world since her performance in the London 2012 Olympics where she earned 4 gold medals and 1 bronze medal. We are so honored for Missy to join the LEADteam and empower the girls participating in the event. 

I could not be more excited to be a part of the first ever LEAD Summit. I am so proud of everything this summit stands for and am honored to be a part of something so special.
— Missy Franklin, LEAD Special Guest and Mentor

Speaker Spotlight

Missy Franklin is a 2-time Olympian (2012, 2016) and 5-time Olympic gold medalist. She is the current world record holder in the 200-meter backstroke. Missy co-starred in the inspiring documentary film Touch the Wall with LEAD founder Kara Lynn Joyce as they trained for the 2012 Olympic Trials. She is also the author of Relentless Spirit: The Unconventional Raising of a Champion, along with her parents. 

As LEAD's Special Guest Speaker and Mentor, Missy will talk with participants about her journey in swimming and life, as well as her demeanor both in times of success and in failure.

Leadership Corner

Empowering young girls and women is a movement we strive to take part in each and every day. In the Leadership Corner, we spotlight important stories on girls and women who inspire us.

LEAD Summit Update, 5/3

Girls from NY to Hawaii Register for LEAD

Over the past two weeks, teenage girls all over the country from New York to Hawaii have signed up for the LEAD Summit this September. LEAD is the first summit designed specifically for teenage girls, giving them access to the top female leaders in our sport. Each girl will come away from LEAD with the experience of being empowered by other girls and women.

There is something truly special about women helping other women.
— LEAD Founder Kara Lynn Joyce speaking at Starbucks Headquarters

Special Guest Announcement Coming Soon!

In six days, we will announce our Special Keynote Speaker and Mentor for LEAD - we cannot wait! She represented Team USA with both LEAD founder Kara Lynn Joyce and LEAD Mentor Elizabeth Beisel... Stay tuned for the official reveal!

Speaker Spotlight

Christen Shefchunas is an author, professional confidence coach, and former Division I swim coach. She has worked with numerous athletes and Olympians, helping them find their confidence from within.

As a LEAD Summit mentor, Christen will work with participants on handling fear and pressure, teaching them about the truth of mental toughness, and helping them to create a life where confidence can thrive. 

Leadership Corner

Empowering young girls and women is a movement we strive to take part in each and every day. In the Leadership Corner, we spotlight important stories on girls and women who inspire us.

Thank you for being part of the LEAD Community!
We hope to see you in September! 

The LEAD Team

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Welcome to LEAD!

Welcome to LEAD!

Welcome to the LEAD Community!

Over the next few months, we will be sharing more about the first-ever LEAD Sports Summit taking place September 2-4, 2017 in Austin, Texas. 

As a part of the LEAD community, you will receive exclusive content from our all-star team of speakers and be the first to know about all of the exciting updates we have planned, including an e-book from LEAD Founder Kara Lynn Joyce and the announcement of our special guest speaker. 

Speaker Spotlight

Elizabeth Beisel is a 3-time Olympian and 2016 Olympic Team Captain. At the 2016 Golden Goggle Awards, Elizabeth won the inaugural Leadership Award, voted on by her peers. She qualified for her first Olympic Team at 15 years old and has been able to successfully navigate her career from a rookie to a team leader and captain.

As part of the LEAD Summit, Elizabeth will join Kara Lynn Joyce in sessions focused on leadership skills and team building exercises. She will kick off the event with a special keynote speech at the participants' welcome dinner. 

Leadership Corner

Empowering young girls and women is a movement we strive to take part in each and every day. In the Leadership Corner, we spotlight important articles and other stories on girls and women who inspire us.

Thank you again for joining the LEAD Community! We look forward to providing inspirational and empowering content, and we can't wait to see you in September! 

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