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For more than 25 years Laura Okmin has been covering the biggest names in sports on the biggest stages. But what Laura is most known for, and most proud of, is the connections she has cultivated over two decades of building relationships … not sources. Trust has been the foundation of every interview she conducts, the content she creates with her production company – and now her company leading the next generation of women sports broadcasters.
Laura’s passion is teaching companies, professional sports teams and executives how to build deeper relationships and connections. It’s what has gotten her to the top of her field and allowed her to stay there for close to three decades - as well as the reason she’s been able to grow outside of it. Covid-19 has made that skill even more essential. Knowing how to build an authentic bond isn’t important these days - it’s a necessity - whether it’s in person or virtual.
Laura has spent months virtually coaching Super Bowl Head Coaches, NFL coaching staffs, NFL teams, College Football programs, companies and groups of women, on how to build connections - whether it’s a small group or hundreds of people. The WHERE doesn’t matter. It’s all about HOW.
Laura will lead your group to grow closer than ever during this time, creating deeper and more meaningful relationships.
Always passionate about her job, GALVANIZE gave Laura a purpose: Training and mentoring young women entering the sports world on – and more importantly – OFF camera. Its genesis was to give young women something Laura didn’t have growing up in this business … a network of other women. By conducting seminars around the country, GALVANIZE boot camps teach participants to build their own foundations by establishing relationships, gaining confidence, going deeper in their interviews, and all the while, empowering themselves … and each other. Laura proudly established The Stuart Scott Minority Scholarship in memory of her best friend and ESPN anchor who passed away in 2015. The scholarship provides additional opportunities for young women to participate in GALVANIZE programs throughout the year.
You’ll also find Laura on the sidelines for the NFL on FOX and Westwood One’s NFL national radio games; she’s the 3rd longest tenured sideline reporter in NFL History. She’s covered more than 10 Super Bowls, hosted Olympic coverage from the London, Sochi and Pyeongchang games, and reported from multiple World Series and NBA and NHL championships. Laura has worked for CNN, TNT/TBS Sports, hosted national shows on FSN and was a sideline reporter from the Orange and Fiesta BCS Bowl Games. She began her broadcasting career as a Sports Reporter/Anchor in Montgomery, AL, Chattanooga, TN and Sports Channel in Chicago, where she traveled with the Chicago Bulls during their championship run leading to an Emmy Award.
Wanting to create, develop and own content, Laura started LO Productions in 2007 producing PROfiles, a 30-minute series introducing viewers to NFL personalities off the field which aired on FSN for two seasons. She hosted the series while also serving as its Executive Producer securing VIZIO as the title sponsor, booked each guest and wrote every episode.
Laura speaks to businesses and colleges throughout the country. She also offers sought-after media training for professional athletes, coaches, NFL and MLB teams and business professionals. She is the media/communications consultant for the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association. Crafting the messaging for nearly 200 of the top professional women in hockey players in the world. She was featured in Sports Illustrated's 2020 list 'The Unrelenting' a collection of the most powerful, most influential and most outstanding women in sports.
Laura Okmin's Speech Topics
Embracing Virtual Leadership and Building Relationships in Challenging Times
The COVID-19 outbreak affects every aspect of our lives and requires a resiliency for the times centered around vulnerability and empathy. In this presentation, Laura will show audiences how to lead purposefully, meaningfully and authentically to strengthen culture and team effectiveness even in a remote work environment. Sharing insider accounts from throughout her storied sports journalism career, Laura engages the audience with her characteristic openness and candor. The virtual experience allows for even more personalization through interactive breakouts and Q&A. Laura reminds audiences of the overlooked fundamentals to develop both personally and professionally.
Using The Media While it Uses You
Laura has spoken to professional sports franchises, a variety of companies, and individual clients she coaches on how to take advantage of the media platform. This can be media coaching X’s and O’s, crisis coaching, or shaping your media philosophy. Learn how YOU control your narrative.
Laura does not speak to a room about empowerment – she makes it about the room. This will include group participation and shared vulnerability as the women empower themselves – and each other. This is for groups who aren’t looking to change a room – but who are looking to change a culture. Laura does this for groups of teenage girls to women executives. Age and stage of life do not matter – this presentation will change how women look at themselves and other women. If you are looking to strengthen voices and connections with women you employ or teach – this is your presentation.
Relationships, Not Contacts
Laura uses her most valuable lessons that come from some of the greatest athletes in sports to explain how she built relationships -not sources -throughout her 25 year career as a sports journalist. Learning as a young reporter from the likes of Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley, Laura took those life lessons as a reporter -and a person – and continues to apply them to cultivate relationships she continues to build two decades later. You’ll hear essential lessons and insight that will make you become an expert at building – and sustaining – relationships in work and in life
Your "Who", Not Your "Do"
Too many of us judge ourselves – and others – by what they DO for a living. This presentation is all about how we find out our WHO and how that guarantees you’ll never waste an introduction, an interview or a meeting. Your relationships will go deeper in business and in life once you learn how to authentically connect. Laura has spent over two decades helping change people’s lives by figuring out their story…but HER world completely changed once she finally worked on her own. She will help you figure out your WHO.
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College Football Studio Analyst, FOX Sports; Former Head Football Coach, Ohio State and University of Florida