PURPOSE

The purpose of the ACE Pivot Program is to assist retiring athletes in their health and well-being as whole people beyond athletics by providing tools, techniques and a support system to discover and cultivate their next passions and goals as they transition out of elite competition.

Led by sports psychology professionals and specialists, retiring athletes engage in a 1.5-day workshop and online follow-up meetings with other retiring athletes designed to equip them with necessary tools to enter the next chapter of their lives. Athletes will realize they are not alone, have the opportunity to share and relate their experiences with others going through the same transition, and receive support for future success. 

PIVOT WORKSHOP

NOVEMBER 15-16, 2018

Colorado Springs, CO

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*all travel expenses are paid for by the USOC

1. PIVOT WORKSHOP

The Pivot Workshop is a 1.5-day in-person workshop which brings up to 24 athletes through highly engaging and interactive activities to help them explore what drives them  personally and to discover their next steps.

 

OUTLINE

Day 1 - Half Day

Welcome Dinner

Part 1: Know and Understand Self

Day 2 - Full Day

Part 2: Maintaining Consistent Top Performance During Transition

Part 3: Normalizing What Transition Means

Part 4: Sustaining Personal Energy for New Performance Goals

Celebration Dinner - "Learn to Cook"

2. FOLLOW-UP MEETINGS

After attending the in-person workshop, leadership consultants will guide pivoters through monthly, one-hour online team meet-ups around various topics including: professional development, personal growth, and work-life balance.

 

EXAMPLE DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Common traits of high performing individuals
  • Fulfillment wheel
  • Personal priorities
  • Confidence
  • What drives me?
  • What goes in your bag?
  • Dream reflection paper
  • What is your brand?
  • Elevator pitch

If you or someone you know would benefit from attending the Pivot Workshop, contact your career coach or terris.tiller@usoc.org

 

 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who is eligible to participate in Pivot?

Team USA national team athletes, Olympians and Paralympians who recently retired from elite sport OR are considering retirement within the next six months.

To confirm Pivot eligibility, contact your ACE career coach or terris.tiller@usoc.org.

How many athletes can attend a workshop?

The Pivot Workshop can host up to 24 athletes from various sports. Throughout the program, athletes will be divided into smaller teams lead by a table coach to help facilitate meaningful discussions.

How much does Pivot cost?

$0. All athlete travel, food and program expenses are paid for by the USOC.

Who are the workshop and follow-up presenters?

 

Pivot Workshop

ROBERTA KRAUS, PH.D.

Sports Psychologist

Roberta Kraus is president of the Center for Sports Psychology in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The Center specializes in helping individuals and teams to develop mental strategies that lead to a consistent peak performance.  Olympic, Paralympic, world champion athletes and coaches along with collegiate athletic teams have used these strategies to successfully manage performance under pressure in their competitive and non-competitive life.

Her international reputation comes from extensive experience with designing and implementing specific training programs on the subject of peak performance, team leadership, group dynamics, communications, neuroscience, resiliency, motivation, transition and burnout.  Her involvement with world-class coaches and athletes helped those individuals and teams earn numerous medals in both world and national championships.  Her client base has included the LPGA, Olympic & Paralympic Sport Teams, US Figure Skating, USA Wrestling, WNBA, NACWAA, American Softball Association, US Rowing Association, USA Swimming, National Council of Youth Sports, 27 various collegiate athletic coaches and their athletes along with numerous club and high school athletic programs.

She was the sports psychologist for the USA Men’s and Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball teams which both won gold medals in the Paralympic Games Rio 2016.  She also facilitates the Athlete Career and Education Pivot Program (Consistent Top Performance with Life after Competition) workshops for upcoming and current retirees for both Team USA Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Most recently, Roberta published a mental training drill book for coaches and athletes to assist them in customizing a specific mental training program throughout their competitive season.  She also co-authored a new portable deck of coaching cards utilized to help develop coaches’ effectiveness.  This “Coaching Leaders Out-of-the-Box” training tool is a useful way to enhance skills as a coach in any walk of life. 

Roberta received her undergraduate degree in higher education from Montclair State College.  In addition, Roberta has a M.A. in education from the University of Northern Colorado, a M.S. in sports psychology from the University of Arizona and a Doctorate degree in communications from the University of Denver, specializing in its mental and team application to individual performance and group effectiveness within the athletic arena.

Roberta played both competitive basketball and tennis at Montclair State University.  She was an alternate for the Women’s Olympic Basketball team and maintains an undefeated college tennis record.  She also coached at the collegiate and high school level for 14 years coaching both basketball and high school volleyball.

 

Pivot Follow-Up

LINZY SCHALLER, MBA

Executive Coach

Linzy Schaller works with global executives and high potential leaders and teams to both identify individual performance factors and evaluate the interpersonal dynamics of teams and culture.  As an executive coach, consultant, facilitator and trainer, she specializes in helping clients recognize strengths, identify opportunities and address diversity in their organization.  Based in Geneva – Switzerland and New York – USA, Linzy has direct experience conducting business in more than 20 countries. Her experience working in financial services and consulting, combined with her unique background as a professional athlete and coach, gives Linzy a valuable perspective on leadership, teams and goal-setting. 

Previously, Linzy was a World-Wide Trader for a global supply and logistics company, giving her broad exposure to many different business cultures and customs around the world. Linzy was also a professional volleyball player and coach for seven years in both Switzerland and France. Her experience in cross-cultural leadership and team building, in both business and professional sports, gives her a sophisticated understanding of leadership skills, talent development, and how to cultivate high performance teams.

Linzy completed the Executive Coaching program at Columbia Business School in New York City. She graduated from the University of San Francisco with degrees in Psychology and Communication, and earned her MBA in International Business from the International University in Geneva. She is fluent in French and English.

 

KEATON MUZIKA, LCSW

Clinical Therapist

Keaton Muzika’s nine years of experience and training as a clinical therapist has provided her with a unique understanding of human development, career development, social psychology, motivation, performance excellence, and diversity that informs her work as a leadership consultant. Keaton has worked with Division I college athletes to facilitate goal setting, performance improvements, psychological recovery from injury, adjustment to sport termination and team cohesion. She is conducting research about the impact of romantic relationships on athlete performance and psychological wellbeing. Her clinical experience coupled with her background as a Division I college athlete and U-22 Women’s Ice Hockey National Team member provides her with a distinct ability to connect with and understand elite athletes.

Keaton has worked as a research associate for the National Center for Intermodal Transportation where she focused her efforts on workforce development and safety culture in the transportation industry. Within the transportation sector Keaton has examined factors that influence career development, recruitment of women into the workforce, leadership development, career transitions and safety. Additionally, Keaton has conducted research on the social and psychological factors that influence career development among college students. She has presented her research at regional and national conferences.

Keaton is a Doctoral Candidate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Denver (expected graduation date: 08/18). She has her Masters in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University. Keaton graduated from Brown University with a degree in Psychology. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Keaton is a licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Colorado and New York.