Our Mission (What We Do)
We are the first and only global storytelling platform for women Olympians and Paralympians. We champion elite women athletes, using sport as a conduit for issues such as disability bias, mental health, and pay equity. We host a podcast with listeners in 47 countries, create short form video content, and host online and virtual events
To provide opportunity for both athletes and listeners alike:
For women Olympians and Paralympians to share their dreams, struggles, and lessons of mental fortitude, overcoming stereotypes, and building resilience
For listeners to learn from the life-changing experiences of these elite women athletes and their mentors/mentees
We seek to learn and grow from the unprecedented, instilling hope in a time of uncertainty.
Photo credit to Aaron Anderson Visuals
CELEBRATE WOMEN ATHLETES
Celebrate the Tokyo women Olympians and Paralympians, digging into what being a top athlete means in real life.
CHAMPION THEIR KNOWLEDGE
Champion the knowledge these athletes and their communities have gathered.
Gain insight into the connectivity of our top athletes: every athlete got to where she is at least in part due to the support of others.
WHO WE ARE
Jamie Mittelman launched Flame Bearers as a COVID-adaption of a dream communications position she had been pitching to the International Olympic Committee — details here. She has a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Initially, this work was made possible with the support of the HKS Women and Public Policy Program and Harvard Innovation Lab. Since launch, countless individuals have joined the roster to help support the Flame Bearers brand in various manners. Each teammate has contributed hours of their time and energy to bring these stories to life. Current teammates include Marissa Potter, Director of Brand & Partnerships, Ravi Ranjan Rao, Videographer, and Elizabeth Michael, Learning Design Coordinator.
The platform is not about those sharing the stories, so if you want to learn about their journeys, you won’t get very far by listening to the episodes; they’re about the world’s top women athletes. That said, the Flame Bearers blog is keeping the grant-funding alive, so head on over to the blog to learn more.