Conversations with Champions Day 1
- Time(s): 2:00PM - 6:00PM
- Location: Albany Capital Center
2:00pm - Personal Best
What is the road to championship and what does it take to sustain high performance throughout life on and off the playing field? The speaker will be interviewed by Liz Plosser, Editor in Chief of Women’s Health.
3:30pm - Living and Competing in Two Worlds
How do you compete in a ruthless, competitive world and at the same time advocate for the traditions and beliefs of your ancient culture? A young Native woman of the Iroquois Nation speaks out on living in two worlds as a Haudenosaunee faithkeeper and champion U.S. lacrosse player. Kayleigh is 18 years old, a freshman at Kent State University, a member of the Women’s Lacrosse team at school, and member of the U-19 Haudenosaunee Women’s Team that will play in the world championships in August 2019. Kayleigh will be interviewed by Sara Tracey, senior editor Women@Work and Upstate magazine.
5:00pm - Mind/Body Rebalance
Recent research reveals that training regimens for female athletes, traditionally based on men’s routines, may be doing more harm than good. Dr. Kate Ackerman, Director of the Female Athlete Program at Boston Children’s Hospital discusses her work with reframing training protocols for optimal performance for women. Former gymnast Dr. Mara Smith helps athletes build mental skills enabling them to handle whatever comes their way. She has become a pioneer in the concept of Mental Strength and Conditioning. These two leaders bring us up-to-date on the critical importance and value of mind/body balance required to succeed on and off the playing field. Their conversation will be moderated by Bethany Bump, Health Reporter for the Times Union.