Episode 18 - Legendary Sports Writer, Sports Editor, Author, and Player - Rick Telander
Rick is a native of Peoria, Illinois and a graduate of Northwestern University where he was an All-Big Ten cornerback and a two-time All-Big Ten Academic selection. He graduated in 1971 with a B.A. in English Literature, and after a brief shot at the NFL he began his writing career.
Rick has written for newspapers and magazines as varied as Esquire, National Wildlife, Premiere, TV Guide, Playboy, Men’s Journal, PTA Magazine, American Libraries, Baseball Digest, Outside, and others. In 1972, Sports Illustrated published his first national article. It was about the jolt of being done with football, and being forced to, as Kansas City head coach Hank Stram advised him, “get on with your life.” That article would eventually become a book and later be made into a film.
Rick was a Special Contributor for Sports Illustrated for eight years, before joining the magazine full time as a Senior Writer in 1981. In 1995 he left SI to become the senior sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, a position he holds to this day. He has written nine books and has had his articles collected in over two dozen anthologies. His work was nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize. He has been named Illinois Sportswriter of the Year eight times and has had eight stories named to the Best American Sports Writing anthology. In 2018 he received the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for a series he wrote on violence in inner city Chicago high schools and the saving force of sport. In 2020 he received the Dan Jenkins Excellence in Sports Writing Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Texas. And in 2021 he was voted into the National Sports Media Hall of Fame.
If being a college athlete and award winning writer wasn’t enough, Rick is a musician and part of a band, the Del-Crustaceans, that started when he was a senior in college with buddies from a poetry class. They are still performing to this day. He is also an artist with his work ranging from pen and ink drawings, to sketches, Day-Glo signs, and even spray-painted graffiti on urban walls. In 2018 he had his first showing at the Adventureland Gallery in Chicago
Episode 17 - Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, One of the Country’s Most Influential Experts on Stress
Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo is one of the country’s most influential experts on stress—and the impact it has on peak performance, mental well-being, and living a full, purpose-fueled life.
Dr. E, as she’s known by audiences around the world, is a sought-after keynote speaker, author, and coach. She helps people identify how critical moments of high stress, what she refers to as “The Red Zone”, is shaping their behaviors, decisions, health, and overall performance.
Dr. E has helped teams at many Fortune 500 companies unleash performance, profits, and untapped potential by showing them how to make sure stress gets the best from them—and not the best of them.
Dr. Lombardo is also a well-known media expert with hundreds of TV and radio appearances on shows like Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, The TODAY Show, CNN, Fox Business News, and others. She also regularly contributes to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, SUCCESS, Fast Company, Huffington Post, Forbes, and other respected publications. She is also the author of several books: “Get Out of The Red Zone”, “Better Than Perfect” and “A Happy You”
Tim Finnegan spent twenty years at the global consultancy Accenture where he held several management roles in their Global Public Sector operating group. After leaving Accenture, Tim was a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase leading their strategy practice within the Treasury Services Public Sector. Since retiring from JPMC, Tim has been an investor and advisor to numerous technology start-ups and early-stage companies across a range of industries from technology firms to manufacturing companies. He specializes in helping them develop business and product strategies.
Tim served five years as the Chairperson of the School of St. Mary School Advisory Council, is a past President of the Knollwood Club Board of Governors and is currently a Co-Chair of the Lake County Catholic Charities Golf Classic. Tim has also volunteered as a coach for youth football and basketball. Tim is a strong believer in the power of education to change lives and is a long-time supporter of the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund and Chicago Jesuit Academy.
Tim is a graduate of Boston College.