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Episode 5 - ESPN's Michele Steele

In this episode of The Best Thing podcast, I talk to my dear friend and ESPN correspondent, Michele Steele about the best thing to ever happen to her that would never appear on a resume, bio or come up in conversation.

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Michele and I met in graduate school at Columbia University back in 2005 and have been friends ever since. She has covered some of the biggest stories in sports for SportsCenter, NFL Live, Outside the Lines and ESPN’s digital platforms. In this powerful conversation, Michele shares what she learned from embracing a part of her identity that she once avoided.

Quick Episode Summary

  • Meet Michele
  • Why The Best Thing is so important
  • The best thing to happen to Michele
  • What Michele did when she was abandoned in a foreign country
  • How Michele’s time in France shifted her social awareness
  • How growing up an “outsider” has impacted Michele’s career
  • Diversity in the NFL
  • Michele’s first job
  • The art of storytelling in journalism
  • What “looking the part” really means
  • Accepting your individuality
  • What we can learn from the life of Kobe Bryant
  • The best way to learn

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Antonio Neves is a nationally recognized leadership speaker, award-winning journalist and author of 50 Ways To Excel In Your First Job (And In Life). He's currently working on his next book with Penguin Random House (Harmony Rodale)

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