Championship Traits For Life - Dr. Cassidy Preston

What are your metrics for success? Dr. Cassidy Preston of Consistent Elite Performance joins WIN to talk about how overcoming adversities during his time in sports had led him to a profession centered around helping others do the same. Dr. Preston and his team have used their combined education, athletic careers, and coaching experiences to create a mental performance system to guide elite athletes to clearly understand what mental skills they need to work on and how to do it.

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Championship Traits For Life - Tina Whitlock

Tina Whitlock is a tech fellow with the St. Louis Cardinals organization. A former all-American with the South Carolina Gamecocks –  a team she helped lead to the College World Series – Tina also played for the US National team in addition to making the professional softball ranks.

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As playing turned to coaching, Tina interviewed with several MLB teams before she received a call back from the St. Louis Cardinals organization through a program that was specifically created to train prospective major league coaches and scouts. She became one of five women coaches in the minors with the role in addition to being the Cardinals’ second woman hire.

She is both a trailblazer and a leader in baseball and sports in general.

Championship Traits For Life - Lauren Ammon

Lauren Ammon, is a certified professional coach that has dedicated her personal life to helping student-athletes. After spending 17 years as a swimmer, Lauren entered into what would become a successful career in Human Resources for many years. What we find amazing about her, is in spite of her success in that industry, she decided to take the leap away from the safety net of a career she was accustomed to, and dive into coaching full-time. It’s a journey we set out to uncover during our time with her.

Lauren is the founder of Performance Reimagined, an organization focused on helping student-athletes reach their full potential.

WIN: Championship Traits For Life - The Journey From Hockey To Hell And Back with Brady Leavold

Traveling to Hell and Back can hurt just as bad (if not worse) than a check to the head. Just as Brady Leavold was skating his way to a bright future of playing professional hockey, he hit rock bottom. And we’re grateful he found his way back to solid ground (well… ice, but you get the point).

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After his life took a dramatic turn towards addiction, crime, homelessness, and jail, he began sharing his story of pivotal moments that changed his life.  He now spends his time educating others, and guiding those who are struggling out of the darkness.

Brady created and hosts “Hockey 2 Hell and Back” – a podcast that dives into mental health for hockey players, and is the founder of Puck Support, which has the mission of “Igniting Change In Mental Health & Substance Misuse By Setting The Hockey World In Motion while also Honoring Those Lost to addiction and suicide.”

Researching the Impact of Communication and Media with Sydney Brammer

“You can be impacted, really either way, by your media use.” In this episode, we continue our exploration of the relationship between media and mental fitness and the ways in which younger generations handle it. Jenn is joined by Sydney Brammer, a doctoral student and graduate part time instructor in the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University. Sydney dives into her current research on the connections between body image, interpersonal communication and social media and how ’Z-llennials’ (part Gen-Z and part Millennial) are normalizing content that discusses topics such as mental health. 

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Plus, Sydney shares a personal tidbit on how she creates mental fitness balance in her busy schedule of studying, producing academic papers and teaching.


Show Notes

00:00 Sydney Brammer, Doctoral student at Texas Tech University, introduces herself to the PMM audience, detailing what encouraged her to pursue a PHD in Communications

04:56 Sydney describes her current research – the connections between body image, interpersonal communication and social media; how she views the media as a professional and her findings

12:22 Jenn and Sydney offer commentary on objectivity and subjectivity in media consumption

14:58 Sydney and Jenn discuss how media movements have both positive and negative consequences, namely the body neutrality movement

21:10 Sydney defines mental fitness in her own life

23:49 Being a’ Z-llennial’ (part Gen-Z and part Millennial), Sydney expresses why her generation produces media that normalizes the mental health discussion, in sharp contrast to prior generations 

28:20 Sydney flexes her mental fitness muscles through scheduling time carefully, spending time with friends and focusing on creating balance between work and leisure

32:30 Sydney leaves parting words for the PMM audience

Life After The Military: General (Ret.) Mike Eastman

Do you know that over 200,00 men and women exit the military every year? Do you know that problematic transitions are the #1 cause of veteran suicide? 

Do you know that the likelihood of a veteran committing suicide increases 2-3 Xs in the first 12 months of exiting the military? The Department of Veterans aAfairs has labeled this 12-month period the “deadly gap!”

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In this week’s episode of Life After the Military, Lee and Howie interview BG (Ret) Mike Eastman, the Executive Director of the Army ETS Sponsorship Program.

Mike talks candidly about the harsh realities and challenges of navigating the rough waters of the transition process if a transitioning service member waits too long to plan, prepare and execute like he did.

Mike provides valuable context about the vision and mission of the Army’s ETS Sponsorship Program. He describes how this program helps transitioning service members, their spouses and family members land more softly, successfully and with less stress as they start their post-military careers.


Show Notes

00:00 Lee opens the show, introducing General (Ret.) Mike Eastman to the PMM audience

1:44 General (Ret.) Mike Eastman tells us his transition story and discusses his role as the Executive Director of the Army ETS Sponsorship Program

3:24 Mike discusses the harsh realities of transitioning, and how the Army ETS Sponsorship program connects local, community-based sponsors to transitioning service members through its various unit-based offerings across the country

13:58 Lee points out how major or even seasonal transitions can affect the human psyche

16:44 Lee asks the question, would service members be negatively impacted if they began the transition process on the first day of service?

21:39 Howie reflects on Mike’s story, outlining some important additions to the Soldier for Life program

26:29 Mike Eastman explains the ingenious and complex way that the ETS Sponsorship program connects veterans to Veteran Service Orgs (VSO’s)

32:31 Lee and Mike discuss the “silent partner” in the military transition – veteran families

43:26 The group has a serious discussion about military transitions and military deaths

​​46:15 Howie describes his experience training to become an ETS sponsor

48:49 Lee presents Mike’s book title

50:37 Using the movie “300” as a reference, Mike encourages a healthier perception of service members

52:12 Mike tells the audience how he practices mental fitness on a daily basis

55:13 Lee, Howie and Mike close the show

WIN: Championship Traits For Life - Tackling Barriers and Blazing Trails With Carly Helfand

Carly Helfand is setting the example for women to always have a seat at the table in the sports industry. A table in which 84% of athletic scouts’ seats are occupied by men.

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During her time as a scouting assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carly won a Super-Bowl ring, served as a recruitment specialist with UPENN football, and is a graduate of Drexel University’s top-level Sports Management program. She currently works for NBC Universal and is the founder and co-host of the Next Woman Up podcast, which highlights the journey of women in sports and the role that we all play in evolving that medium.

In this episode we explore the mentality it takes to pave the way for a career in the sports industry as a woman, the gender stigmas that still exist, and the resilience of the champion that is Carly Helfand.

How Gen-Z is Shaping Mental Health Coverage with Elizabeth Burns

“My definition of mental fitness is when my thoughts, ideas and actions all align.” Jenn welcomes Elizabeth Burns, a rising senior in journalism at Texas Christian University and host of the “Bubble Wrapped” podcast, to the show.   

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She discusses what brought her to this major and how that pursuit connects to her personal mental fitness journey. As a part of Gen-Z and future member of the media, Elizabeth also examines how the younger generation is shaping the progression of reporting and communication around mental health.



00:00 Jenn introduces Elizabeth Burns, a rising senior at Texas Christian University and host of the “Bubble Wrapped” podcast

1:45 Elizabeth explains the title of her podcast, discussing her roots in St. Louis and living in a “bubble”

4:12 Jenn asks Elizabeth, “what led you to decide to study journalism”?;  they go on to discuss the importance of writing in modern times

6:45 As a part of gen-z, Elizabeth explains how her approach to journalism is different from that of journalists in previous generations

9:11 The discussion shifts to the legitimacy of “street” journalism versus mainstream media, and the role of mental health in future journalism

14:58 Elizabeth defines mental fitness on her terms

18:36 Jenn and Elizabeth discuss how exposure to mental health and mental fitness themes much earlier in life has affected gen-z journalists

22:21 Jenn talks about how current audiences gravitate toward smaller, “micro” news outlets for authenticity, rather than large news corporations

27:04 Elizabeth leaves parting words for the PMM audience – how journalists can provide positive mental health content



“I like to do things that make me happy.” – E

“Everything I do, I try to have it aid in my mental fitness journey.” – E

“Being able to set yourself up for success… [and] be really in tune with yourself is important.” – J

“Once I became passionate about journalism, I realized that was something I thought would be fun for me for the rest of my life; which was really important to me.” – E

“…writing is something that a lot of folks don’t really have these days.” – J 

“We just need to smash the generational stereotypes.” – J

“Journalists aren’t just competing with news organizations down the street, anyone can be a journalist these days.” – E

“How can we bring authenticity and authority back to the media as well?” – J

“I think the future of journalism in the way we’re taught is very unpredictable.” – E

“My definition of mental fitness is when my thoughts, ideas and actions all align…” – E

“Alignment is where a lot of us get caught up…. Having the alignment of all your senses is important.” – J

“…understand how to quiet the voices that are out of alignment.” – J

“We’re aware of so much and we’re exposed to so much information… it can feel so disconnected…” – E

“Protecting your own light throughout your journey is like the most important thing.” – J

Life After the Military: Pete Tingstrom, LTC (Retired)

If you are a transitioning service member getting ready to exit the military, check out our latest episode of Life After The Military with LTC (Retired) Pete “Aloha” Tingstrom.

In this episode, Pete candidly admits that he waited way too long to start his planning to exit the military and what that cost him by creating unnecessary stress.

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Pete shares how he leveraged the use of veteran services organizations to help him develop and execute his transition plan.

Learn how Pete used the power and value of networking, which not only helped him find his first job after military retirement, but also led him to start his own business as an entrepreneur.

Pete gives great insight on the different work experiences he had that included government contracting, entrepreneurship, and taking on the challenge offing the campaign manager for an Army veteran running for Governor of the State of Hawaii, Lynn Mariano.

Learn how Pete uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to strengthen his mental fitness and deal effectively with his challenges.


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Show Notes:

00:00 Pete details his transition history; how taking a chance on LinkedIN led to his first government contracting role

08:15 Howie recaps the very important details and the steps Pete took to land his first contracting role; the group discusses the problem with feeling overly-responsible for your work

13:34 The discussion shifts to highlight the immense value of veteran service organizations (VSO’s)

18:35 Pete has experience in a variety of fields including government contracting, consulting, and even acting – in this segment he shares how his additional careers began and some strong lessons he learned in business

28:53 Howie reiterates Pete’s points, offering excellent advice on negotiating offers and self-valuation in government contracting

36:35 Pete dives into his work as a campaign manager for Lynn Mariano, candidate for Governor of Hawaii

42:23 Lee gives Pete the title for his autobiography (unwritten), then asks the question, “How do you manage and strengthen your mental fitness?”

49:53 The group remarks on servant-leaders like Pete, imploring the audience to help others

54:39 Lee closes the show

Championship Traits For Life - Mental Fitness, Football, and Podcasting with Captain Cons

Today’s guest is one of the hosts from the extremely popular podcast, Zero-Pod-thirty, on Barstool Sports. Connor Crehan has also served in the US Army, having graduated from West Point, where he was a varsity Quarterback for the Academy – following a stellar High School football career. Above all, Captain Con, or Con as he’s known on Twitter, is clearly a mental fitness advocate, and we dove into that with him on WIN.

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