About Flame Bearers

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


Purpose (Why)

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 

Our Goals



Celebrate the Tokyo  women Olympians and Paralympians, digging into what being a top athlete means in real life.



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.



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.

About the Hosts

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Learning Design Lead

Elizabeth Michael is a professionally trained broadcast journalist passionate and curious about storytelling. She is a seasoned bibliomaniac and audiophile enthusiastic about women in sports and is dedicated to using her explorative storytelling style to voice out for them.
Elizabeth believes that women are an integral part of society. This belief strengthens her commitment to Flame Bearers as she continues celebrating and creating more stories about women who achieve great things despite the odds.
Her devotion extends beyond sports. She's also a tremendous African culture promoter who aims at elevating African voices and changing the narratives of how people see the black continent.

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Ravij Ranjan Rap, is a professional freelance Video Editor and a storyteller. Driven by his passion for film editing and ads, Ravi currently pursues his Masters in film editing at Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata, India.
Ravi is an everyday knowledge seeker who finds solace in sports. He’s a jolly fellow whose professionalism has gotten him into association with various similar minds worldwide, with whom he has continued to impact positively in their lives.
Ravi's love for Flame Bearers extends from the beauty of the game and the story of each sports game. He always seeks exciting opportunities to discuss sports and is open to learning.

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Director of Brands and Partnerships

Marissa Potter: Believing in sports and that it connects us all, Marissa Potter has dedicated her life to sportsmanship and teamwork.
She’s passionate about working in a team with people who, like her, are prompt and active in achieving any set objectives. With that in mind, she’s committed to helping and growing mission-driven companies with inclusion, sports, and health & wellness at their forefront.
With over seven years in community engagement and brand building in the sports industry and partnerships with several Boston-based nonprofits, she has learned, developed, and improved critical skill sets that distinguish her, including supervision & team building.
She graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a BA in Sociology and Boston University’s Questrom School of Business with an MBA in Business Administration & Management, General.

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Jamie Mittelman


Jamie is an outdoors-loving, chocolate-consuming advocate for all things gender and policy. She holds a Master in Public Administration candidate from the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), where with the support of Harvard University's Innovation Lab and Women and Public Policy Program, Jamie launched the first and only global storytelling platform for women Olympians and Paralympians. She also co-chaired the HKS women's conference with virtual and in person iterations. She also has her MBA from Dartmouth's (Tuck) School of Business. At Tuck, Jamie consulted with the World Economic Forum and led the student delegation to win the World Government Summit's Global Universities Challenge. Prior to graduate school, Jamie worked in corporate social responsibility and nonprofit management, most recently managing a $30M media portfolio for charitable causes. She's deeply passionate about her family, friends, and leaving things just a little bit better.