When an Athlete 'Goes Pro' Meet Olivia Ekpone, Sprinter, Lifestyle Ambassador, Broadcaster


Next up in our "Gone Pro" series is one of our iON Fave's Olivia Ekpone! She shares how she evolved her career beyond the track by leveraging her skills and passions for health, wellness and athletics.

 

What are your new career endeavors?

As athletes, it’s safe to say that we somehow want to be involved with health, athletics, and sports. I graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in communications and journalism. I knew at one point in my life, I wanted to be a sports analyst or a sideline reporter. Over the summer of 2018, myself and 24 other ladies were selected out of 300 applicants to be part of Cari Champion’s Brown Girls Dream mentorship program. This program was created to help young brown women achieve their goals of being sports broadcasters. Champion and her team of mentors were there to guide us by going over our resumes/reels, teaching us how to dress the part, and discuss what makes a “badass” analyst. We also went on a mini tour of the ESPN studio in Los Angeles and had a chance to meet her makeup stylist and her long time friend, Bozoma Saint John! By the grace of God, I was able to be a part of this program and I learned so much in only a weekend! Since the summer, so many doors have opened for me to work on being in front of the camera, which is where I want to be. Recently, I started working alongside of FloTrack for the Monday Review show at 9:30am CST. I’m super excited to see how our journey unfolds and where this broadcasting adventure will take me!

Olivia and Maria Taylor

Olivia with Cari Champion

Olivia and Arbonne

I’ve also became an Arbonne Independent Consultant! Arbonne is a vegan health and wellness company that’s located in 7 different countries and has been around for 39 years. This company gives me the opportunity to help so many people live a healthier life, while helping people grow their business too. I chose to work with Arbonne because their products are pure, safe, and beneficial. Arbonnne offers vegan and plant based makeup, personal products (shampoo conditioner, lotion, etc), nutrition, multiple skincare collections, baby products, and even an anti aging skincare line that is second to none! They even have a PhytoSport (preworkouts, complete hydration, and post workout) line, which is geared toward athletes. Since using Arbonne, I’ve learned so much about living healthy (it may seem shocking to hear coming from an athlete but it’s true), gained lean muscle (I’m in love with their plant based protein and the PhytoSport line to help me get through my workouts), and have clearer and healthier skin.

Livie has an in-home tester in her bestie boyfriend, Shad!

Arbonne’s products don’t contain artificial flavors or sweetners, no soy, no whey, non gmos, PABA and Paraben free (what companies put in their products to have a 10-30 year shelf life), and no perfumes. Taking this leap of faith has changed my life and it’s so rewarding to help others.

What inspired you to pursue these new areas?

Olivia and Maria Taylor

Champion, Maria Taylor, and Sage Steele are the women who inspired me to pursue my broadcasting career. I’ve always wanted to be in front of the camera interviewing coaches and athletes, finding that unique story on why athletes do what they do, and being able to ask the nitty gritty questions that people are afraid to ask. These ladies are humble, stand their ground, and have the backbone to be successful in their careers. Many ladies look up to them (myself included) and they are the close to perfect examples on how to carry yourself as a strong woman in broadcasting.

My mother inspired me to pursue Arbonne. Because of her fitness journey, I wanted to be able to help many people live healthier and also helping them make an income too! We all have so much to learn when it comes to being a healthier YOU and Arbonne’s community helped me to do that! I love anything to do with fitness so this works perfectly for me!