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Ep. #51-Whitney Holtzman-CEO & Bestselling Author on using marketing to help athletes thrive with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Whitney Holtzman Whitney is the Founder and CEO of Social Victories, a marketing and branding firm for leaders in the sports world, and author of the best-selling book “You Are the First You.” Whitney has worked for many of the top companies in the sports world, including ESPN, Turner Sports, the Tampa Bay Rays, Major […]

Ep. #50–Lucas Caneda-Pro Rugby athlete on adversity & why Rugby is the “School of Life” with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Lucas Caneda Born and raised in Argentina and currently living in France, Lucas is global team leader at Uniqorn Incubator and a professional rugby player in Sarlat Rugby. He grew up as a die-hard rugby player starting at the tender age of 5. Even though he suffered what many thought would be a career-ending knee […]

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Ep. #49-Beth Gardner-Fmr Athlete & Life Coach on empowering lives impacted by addicts & cancer with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Beth Gardner Beth is a former athlete, Life coach and a breast cancer survivor. She has been nationally active over the course of two decades advocating with non-profit organizations such as LiveSTRONG, Susan G. Komen and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She co-founded a Row for the Cure Chapter in Philadelphia by creating a row-a-thon […]

Ep. #48-Jonathan Jones-Author & Host on strategies to set athletes for success with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Jonathan Jones Jonathan is a best-selling author, 2-time TEDx speaker, and host of Beyond the Ball! He serves and supports student-athletes and young professionals who believe in self-investing, monetizing their message, and leaving a legacy. He strives to add value to each and every audience that he has the opportunity to share making certain that […]

Ep. #47-Brian Luckett-NJCAA VP of External Affairs on Student-Athlete success with JUCO with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Brian Luckett Brian serves as the NJCAA Vice President for External Affairs & Development. Luckett is responsible for the NJCAA’s comprehensive development strategy and oversees NJCAA Championship TV, in addition to managing all relationships with external clients. Before coming to the NJCAA National Office in 2018, Luckett served as the senior director of marketing and […]

Ep. #46-Jacob Turner–xPro Financial Q.B. on helping athletes build sustainable lifestyles with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Jacob Turner Jacob is a former top 10 MLB draft pick and MLB player. He was drafted in the 1st round in 2009 and went on to play for the Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, and Washington Nationals. Also, he continued his professional career internationally in South Korea where he played […]

Ep. #45-Harry Swayne-xNFL Pro on leadership, development, self-identity, D&I in sports with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Harry Swayne Harry was born in Philadelphia and attended Rutgers University, receiving a B.S. in Sport Management. He received numerous Big East honors and was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 7th round of the 1987 NFL draft. After playing defensive line for three years, he made the difficult switch in 1990 to […]

Ep. #44-Michael Kaplen-Brain Injury Lawyer on challenging the NFL, brain injuries & settlement with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Michael Kaplen Michael is a partner in The Brain Injury Law Firm®, De Caro & Kaplen, located in New York and representing victims of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other injuries caused by vehicle collisions, pedestrian, unsafe buildings and construction sites and medical malpractice throughout the nation. Michael is board certified as a Civil Trial […]

Ep. #43-John Sovec, MA – Therapist and Coach on tapping into one’s energy with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

John Sovec John Sovec is a therapist/coach with a private practice in Pasadena California who works with clients on career transitions, goal setting, and motivation. He is the clinical consultant for The Life Group LA, adjunct faculty at Phillips Graduate Institute and guest lecturer at Alliant University and USC School of Social Work. He is […]

Ep. #42-Tadeo Arnold–Celeb. Trainer & XPro discusses his online program for student athletes with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Tadeo Arnold Tadeo is a tri-Lingual (Portuguese, Spanish and English) X Pro Brazilian Soccer Player, who is a highly sought-after fitness trainer and International Fitness Guru. Tadeo trains everyday people, D1 soccer players, high school athletes, basketball players and celebrities like Kerry Washington, Jesse Metcalf, Debbie Allen and many more. Tadeo founded Cuerpaso which combines […]

Ep. #41-Sivonnia DeBarros- S&E Lawyer describing the importance of self-celebration and self-worth

Sivonnia DeBarros Sivonnia DeBarros – the Protector of Athletes – is a first-generation lawyer and law business owner, woman in business and a former track and field Division-I College athlete. DeBarros has represented pro athletes from the NFL, MLS, NBA-G League, and Pro-Table Tennis sports; 7-figure National Brands and NY Times Best-Selling Authors by helping […]

Ep.#40-Dr. Shaniqua Jones-Expert on restorative methods for women & families with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Dr. Shaniqua Jones completed her doctoral degree in Interdisciplinary Leadership with a specialization in higher education in May 2016. Her diverse background in academics and her profession as well as her personal journey has allowed her to understand the concerns of those she serves. With a proven professional code of high standards within the post-secondary […]

Ep. #39-Stacia Crawford-PR Pro on empowering and helping entrepreneurs land media placements with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Stacia Crawford An award-winning journalist with more than 3 decades of experience in the broadcasting industry, including 26 years as a TV producer in Chicago. Her vast experience as a television news producer has positioned her to be a skilled communications specialist, media trainer, and PR strategist.  As a news producer, she understands what editors, […]

Ep. #38-Kristen Olson-Fmr. Athlete & Podcaster discusses gracefully disrupting the Status Quo with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Kristen Olson Kristen Olson is a former two-time Captain D1 Lacrosse athlete at George Mason University, Host of Turmeric & Tequila podcast, with 18+ years of brand development in integrated marketing strategies, strategic territory management and relationship building. Her background encompasses strong work ethic and commitment to organizational objectives within highly competitive athletic apparel market. […]

Ep. #37-Myriam Glez – Fmr. Olympic Athlete educating Pro-Athletes on retirement planning with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

MYRIAM GLEZ Myriam Glez is a two-time Olympian in Synchronized Swimming. She competed for the French Team in Sydney and for the Australian Team in Beijing. Outside of her sport career, she attended business school, worked in marketing and sponsorships in multiple countries for a hotel company for 10 years. More recently, Glez was a […]

Ep. #36-Greg Dale, PHD-Removing pressure & creating an imprint for legacy building with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Greg Dale, Phd. Dr. Greg Dale is the Director of Sport Psychology and Leadership Program for Duke Athletics. In his sport psychology role, Dale provides consultations for individual athletes, coaches and staff members. In addition, Dale provides team building services for athletic teams and other units within the athletic department. In his leadership role, Dale provides leadership […]

Ep. #35-Dr. Gregory Charlop-Mental Health for Athletes & Showing Gratitude with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Dr. Gregory Charlop improves the lives of retired athletes (pros and amateurs) with high-performance wellness solutions. His solutions include expert advice on diet, nutrition, sleep, supplements, and mental health. Retired athletes know their bodies are no longer at their best. They no longer have a team of experts managing their diet and exercise routines. They […]

Ep. #34-Fabienne Raphaël-Fmr. Pro Athlete turned Business Coach helping you to fire your boss with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Fabienne Raphaël is an online business coach, speaker and podcaster. With her one-on-one coaching and mastermind group, she helps high achievers monetize their knowledge so they can fire their boss.   Her background in radio and television hosting allowed her to conduct unique interviews on her top ranked Marketing to Crush your Competitors podcast, where […]

Ep. #33-Danielle Berman-TWN Podcast Host on Helping Athletes create Impact with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Danielle Berman has dedicated her career to helping athletes understand their full potential. She works to provide athletes with resources and a community to help them succeed in all aspects of their lives. Her focus on the athlete as an individual rather than a cog in the sports industry machine has helped her create unique […]

Ep. #32-Tiffany Lockett-Fmr. WBB Player, Coach creating mental fortitude with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Veteran coach, Tiffany Lockett, was the former Head Coach at Trinity Washington University after serving as an Assistant Coach at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. There, she helped guide the Terriers to their best record in 7 seasons. Before spending the 2017-18 season in Maine, Lockett, who has lived in the DC metropolitan area for […]

Ep. #31-Emila Deneke & Toya Gordon-PSU Students about their show “Too Much Info” with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes.

Emila Deneke & Toya Gordon Toya and Emila, Penn State University Students, are the creators and hosts of “Too Much Info” a sports show that’s about everything but sports. The show is dedicated providing a platform for minority athletes to showcase their interests, passions and hobbies off of their field of play. Toya and Emila […]

Ep. #30-Sivonnia DeBarros, the Protector of Athletes on the Dreamer and thanking your inner child.

Sivonnia DeBarros – the Protector of Athletes – is a first-generation lawyer and law business owner, woman in business and a former track and field Division-I College athlete. DeBarros has represented pro athletes from the NFL, MLS, and Pro-Table Tennis sports by helping them to properly set up businesses, put proper agreements in place and […]

Ep. #29-Sivonnia DeBarros, the Protector of Athletes – Reflecting on 2020 and Setting Intentions for Year 2021

Sivonnia DeBarros – the Protector of Athletes – is a first-generation lawyer and law business owner, woman in business and a former track and field Division-I College athlete. DeBarros has represented pro athletes from the NFL, MLS, and Pro-Table Tennis sports by helping them to properly set up businesses, put proper agreements in place and […]

Ep. #28 – Rod Wynn –Pro Bass Fishing Athlete on overcoming adversity & the art of pro fishing with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Rod Wynn is a California native, father, and professional bass fishing athlete. At just the tender age of five years old, Rod exhibited the sheer determination for fishing and loved every moment of it. As he grew older, he and his brother would get money from his mother to buy bait and go fishing. To […]

Ep. #27–Dr. James Krause–Fmr. AD & D1 Coach on Character, Attitude, Education, & Counsel with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Dr. James Krause Dr. James (“Jim”) Krause, President of Winning Sports Programs and Board Chairman of WSE International, brings a wealth of experience to anyone in coaching. Coach Krause has had a 25+ year coaching career with stops at every level, including top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Oregon basketball team […]

Ep. #26-Sivonnia DeBarros-Business, Sports & Entertainment Lawyer, & Protector of Athletes on legacy planning in 4 quick steps

Sivonnia DeBarros Sivonnia DeBarros – the Protector of Athletes – is a first-generation lawyer and law business owner, woman in business and a former track and field Division-I College athlete. DeBarros has represented pro athletes from the NFL, MLS, and Pro-Table Tennis sports by helping them to properly set up businesses, put proper agreements in […]

Ep. #25-Taj Dashaun-Author of Thrive After Sports on helping retired pros transition with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Taj Dashaun is a former Division-1 college football player for Stony Brook University. When his football career ended, Taj struggled heavily with depression. Because he was so focused on the game, he never fully developed a clear vision for his life. After several years of stumbling around in the emotional darkness of uncertainty, Taj began […]

Ep. #24 – Toccara Ross – Pro WBB Player on Writing, Owning, & Telling your own story with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes.

Toccara Ross Toccara is a professional Athlete currently competing in her 12th season abroad. Off the court, she is a vibrant visionary and a uniquely experienced youth mentor with over 10 years of experience that spans from the professional athletic world to cross-cultural community development. Fascinated by gender conversations, generational influences, youth and sport empowerment, […]

Ep. #23 – Sivonnia DeBarros – S&E Lawyer, and Protector of Athletes on breaking down the fx Voids over Deficits + Deposits.

Sivonnia DeBarros – the Protector of Athletes – is a first-generation lawyer and law business owner, woman in business and a former track and field Division-I College athlete. DeBarros has represented pro athletes from the NFL, MLS, and Pro-Table Tennis sports by helping them to properly set up businesses, put proper agreements in place and […]

Ep. #22 – Megan Perry – Sports Veteran on taking initiative & navigating motherhood in sports with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Megan Perry Megan is a sports management veteran with 10+ years of industry experience working for the WNBA President’s Office, CBS Sports, and most recently launching her own consulting platform to advance women and minorities in sports, media, and entertainment. Megan spent 8 years in the WNBA President’s office as part of the Basketball Operations […]

Ep. #21 – Kim Hale – Celebrity Dancer Publicist on breaking barriers in Entertainment with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes.

Kim Hale is a celebrity publicist. Kim has appeared in episodes of The Late Late Show with James Corden and Ellen.  Kim has served as Director and Choreographer of the 2nd Annual ANOC Awards Dinner and Gala which aired on NBC Sports Network and was part of the Creative Team of the Special Olympics Opening […]

Ep. #20 – Gary Santaniello – New York Times Sports Journalists on Diversifying Hockey with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes.

Gary has been involved in journalism in one form or another since graduating from college, first in newspapers, then in magazines, and now as a freelance writer and adjunct professor in the Mass Communications department at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y. Gary’s articles have appeared in various sections of the New York Times, the […]

Ep. #19–Christian Ross–Co-owner of Upnext Sports Consulting discusses on supporting pros with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Christian Ross Christian is the co-owner of UpNext Sports Consulting, a company that provides strategic communications that allow its clients to effectively communicate and bring their visions to life. Christian brings her expertise in brand perception, event management, and social media marketing to provide UpNext Sports Consulting by tailoring client messages to their target audience […]

Ep. #18 – Jori Davis – Pro WBB Athlete & Founder of WeVolv on supporting Expat Pros with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes.

Jori Davis Jori Davis is an accomplished global professional basketball player. The New Orleans-native has played pro in six countries. She completed a standout career at Indiana University as the 10th all-time leading scorer at the school and was drafted 33rd overall by the Indiana Fever in the 2011 WNBA Draft upon graduation.  Jori is […]

Ep. #17-Wesley Alston -Sports Agent on building supporting Pro-Athletes on and off the court with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Wesley Alston Alston has worked with and represented players ranging from the National Basketball Association to internationally. As a certified agent by the National Basketball Players Association, he has handled contract negotiations, marketing, and other off-the-court matters for more than ten years. He is a graduate from Boston University where he majored in accounting, allowing […]

Ep. #16 – Isaiah Pace – MBB Coach & Diversity Leader on true diversity & inclusion in sports with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes.

Isaiah Pace Coach Isaiah Pace started his coaching career as a volunteer assistant coach at Daytona State College. Following this experience, he graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s in Sport & Exercise Science with a minor in education. Later he began working with the Orlando Magic as a youth basketball coach […]

Ep. #15-Cristin Dent-Fmr. Cheerleader & Founder of Dear Athletes, Inc on athlete hunger & NIL with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Cristin Dent Cristin is a Los Angeles native and serves as the President of Dear Athletes, Inc. a new company that protects college athletes from being taken advantage of by staffing them with careers & internships, providing immediate COVID-19 relief, & food assistance. Within the first three months of launching Dear Athletes, Cristin successfully partnered […]

Ep. #14 – Taneka Rubin – Pro WBBA Athlete & Entrepreneur on her book Winners Win & Purpose with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes.

Taneka Rubin Taneka Rubin is a professional basketball player overseas, entrepreneur, and author of the book, Winners Win. Taneka graduated from Florida A&M University (FAMU) with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. She also graduated from the University of East London with a Master’s in International Business. Taneka has lived in five different countries where she’s […]

Ep. #13 – Andra Rasby – Fmr. Athlete & Owner of Sub Guru on entrepreneurism & making an impact with Sivonnia DeBarros, protector of athletes.

Andra Rasby Andra Rasby is a former Division One athlete who understands the sports and fitness industry from the inside out. Andra holds an MBA with a concentration in Sports Business and a certified Yoga Instructor. As both a Client and Instructor, Andra is familiar with Group Fitness and the operations behind the Instructor Substitution […]

Ep. #12 – Jachai Taylor – Aspiring Pro MBB Player on humility, the game, and removing stigmas with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes.

Jachai Taylor Jachai is a basketball player from Waukegan, Illinois.  Jachai Attended Waukegan High School and was named honorable mention all-state, twice the Central Suburban League Player of the Year, twice MVP of his varsity team, 2013 Oswego Player of the Game, a 2014 Grant Thanksgiving Tournament All-Tournament Team selection, 2015 Rotary Club of Waukegan […]

Ep. #11 – Stuart Hart – NU WBB Coach talks COVID-19 and student athlete shifts amongst NIL with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes.

Stuart Hart enters his fourth season as the head women’s basketball strength and conditioning coach at the University of Nebraska in 2020-21. In his first year at Nebraska in 2017-18, Hart helped the Huskers make huge strides in all aspects of performance and conditioning. The Big Red produced the nation’s top turnaround on the court, […]

Ep. #10 – Tiffany Kelly – Founder of Curastory talks NIL & pathway to profit with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes.

Tiffany Kelly is a sports entrepreneur, data scientist, public speaker, and philanthropist. She is currently the Founder & CEO of Curastory, the easiest way to get started creating videos while first focusing on a unique market, professional athletes and student athletes. Before making her leap into the world of startups, she joined ESPN Stats & […]

Ep. #9 – Malcolm Lemmons – Former Pro B-Ball Player on creating a legacy with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes.

Malcolm Lemmons is a former professional athlete turned author and entrepreneur. He is the host of the Players Point Podcast, where he interviews current and former athletes about their stories and backgrounds. Lemmons is also the 2-time author of the books, Lessons from the Game, which highlights his story through basketball and some of the […]

Ep. #8 – Omari J. Garrett – Athletic Director & Mentor on the importance of mentorship with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes.

Omari J. Garrett is an educator, coach, and high school Athletic Director who has spent the last 15 years in education in various roles. Omari views education as more than just learning facts, but as an overall youth building experience. As a product of Chicago Public Schools, Omari studied Biology at Norfolk State University (an Historically Black […]

Ep. #7-Marcus Wingate-Branding Professional on the nuts & bolts of branding for pro-athletes with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Marcus Wingate Marcus joined Wasserman in 2019 and advises brands + properties through strategy development, partnership measurement, sponsorship valuations, and partnership management. Prior to joining Wasserman, Marcus served as a business intelligence analyst for the Tampa Bay Lightning, USF Athletics, and SME Solutions Group, Inc. Marcus earned his MBA from the University of South Florida […]

Ep. #6 – Renee Montgomery – WNBA Player and business owner discusses educating Pro-Athletes with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes.

Recently completing her 11th season in the WNBA, Renee Montgomery is a two-time WNBA Champion and current member of the Atlanta Dream. During the offseason, she has been an in-studio analyst/host for NBA TV, ESPN, and a Fox Sports South as well as serving as a host for Food Truck Diaries on WSB-TV. An experienced […]

Ep. #5 – Porche D. Grant – Talks Athlete Transitioning, Trusting Yourself, and the Process with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes.

Porche D. Grant On this episode, Miss Porche D. Grant discusses Transitioning for Pro-Athletes with Sivonnia DeBarros, the protector of athletes. Miss Porche D. Grant is on a mission to help student athletes understand a tough lesson – life after sports. Once known as an elite Division I, Big East collegiate athlete, that provided an […]

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Ep. #4-Lerentee McCray-NFL Jaguar Player discusses becoming a pro-athlete & strategic planning with Sivonnia DeBarros, Protector of Athletes

Lerentee McCray Lerenteé McCray is an American football outside linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League. He played college football at the University of Florida. McCray was signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He has also been a member of the Green Bay Packers and Buffalo […]

Ep. #3 – Otis Hudson – Financial Advisor & Former NFL Player discusses financial planning for athletes with Sivonnia DeBarros.

Otis Hudson Otis is an experienced and knowledgeable financial advisor, ready to work with you and your family’s financial future. Otis started his career with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management as a financial planning specialist, working with over 300 financial advisors helping clients plan for retirement before joining Merrill Lynch.   Most of his childhood was spent in […]

Ep. #2 – Sivonnia DeBarros – Protector of Athletes – Introduces herself and what led her to introducing What Are You Sporting About?

Sivonnia DeBarros Sivonnia DeBarros – the Protector of Athletes – is a first-generation lawyer and law business owner, woman in business and a former track and field Division-I College athlete.   DeBarros’s practice areas are Business, Employment, Sports, and Entertainment. DeBarros is passionate about helping athletes, women, and first-generation business owners because she understands the […]

Ep. #1 – Sivonnia DeBarros – Business, Sports & Entertainment Lawyer – Introduces & Talks about her journey on What Are You Sporting About?

Sivonnia DeBarros Sivonnia DeBarros – the Protector of Athletes – is a first-generation lawyer and law business owner, woman in business and a former track and field Division-I College athlete.   DeBarros’s practice areas are Business, Employment, Sports, and Entertainment. DeBarros is passionate about helping athletes, women, and first-generation business owners because she understands the […]

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