Sometimes you have a question and you just want to be a fly on the wall and listen to some experts share their experience and answer your question. That is exactly what happened in “Evolving Working Ep 8: Elite Athletic Training and the Workplace with Dr. Kathleen Schowalter.”

Training to compete at an elite level requires singular focus and commitment to achieving a specific goal by a specific time. These skills can lead to great success in the workplace, but taken to an extreme, they can become destructive personally and professionally.

Career transition expert Catherine Morgan and empowerment expert Susan Eckstein talk to Kathleen Schowalter, PhD about her experience translating her training into the way she approaches her professional work. Dr. Schowalter started competing in swimming at age 8 and continued through high school. She trained with Olympic coaches and Olympians, and was ranked nationally. She later rowed crew in college, also competing on an elite level. Dr. Schowalter earned her PhD from Johns Hopkins in Art History and held an endowed chair at a small liberal arts college, and was recruited out of academia to join an EdTech startup. Later, she transitioned into private equity with KKR and executive search with RRA. Currently, she is a consultant and advisor to Web 3.0 companies, leveraging tech, innovation, and capital for good.

Susan Eckstein has completed three IRONMAN races. This triathlon distance requires a 2.4 mile swim (3.9K), 112 mile bike (180.2K), and 26.2 mile run (42.2K). Susan was also a triathlete coach for many years.

It was a great conversation and I was happy to host it.

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