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 with Cari Champion