Beyond The Olympic Flame: How Mentoring Guides Former Athletes

Read about the Women Athletes Business Network (WABN), which mentors elite female athletes – defined as having currently or previously competed professionally or semi-professionally at the national or international level.

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Alana Glass , CONTRIBUTOR

There are 352 days, 4 hours, 30 minutes, and 50 seconds and counting until the 2016 summer Olympics. From August 5 – 21, all eyes will be in Rio de Janeiro as the world’s greatest athletes compete for a coveted gold medal.

For most of the competitors, they have dedicated their entire lives to training and competing for their one shining moment.

What happens after the Olympic flame fades?

These athletes have dreams and desires just like everyone else. However, the idea of pivoting from sports into a new industry feels overwhelming, which leaves many athletes wondering where to begin. As a result, coaching or television commentating often become the default career setting for many former Olympians.

While staying within the sports landscape is a natural transition, organizations such as EY and the International Women’s Forum are encouraging female athletes to use their natural competitive drive and leadership skills to pursue careers in the business sector...

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