The New YorkHer Podcast
LISTEN | The New YorkHER Podcast: Ep. 12 with Elisa Padilla
Host Olivia Landis welcomes marketing executive Elisa Padilla to the New YorkHER podcast. Landis and Padilla discuss overcoming the challenges presented by the COVID-19 Pandemic for so many people in the sports/entertainment industries. Padilla discusses the storytelling platform she launched on Instagram TV called Lunchtime Conversation by Kick It By EP after being furloughed. Padilla describes the importance of being able to turn a negative into a positive situation with her storytelling platform. Padilla talks about her path as a professional, including stops with the Miami Marlins, the NBA, the rebrand of the Brooklyn Nets. Finally, Landis and Padilla discuss advice for overcoming adversity.
A Conversation with Kay Adams (S4E1)
Host Caroline Hendershot kicks off Season four of the New YorkHER podcast presented by Nike featuring Kay Adams, host of the Up and Adams Show. Adams discusses her journey from Chicago to Mizzou (3:17) and how that led to her to chasing her dreams of being a broadcaster and the atypical route she took to get there (5:22). She also reflects on the beginning of her career (6:57) doing local radio shifts in Missouri and her job with SiriusXM and how that helped her get to where she is now (7:45). Adams details her job with the St. Louis Cardinals (12:00) and her advice to those with an interest in media and broadcast journalism (13:10). Hendershot and Adams break down Adams' experience and favorite moments in her six years at Good Morning Football (19:45). The two then discuss Adams' new show, Up and Adams, and her transition to a solo show (27:22). Lastly, they discuss Adams' experience at Jets Training Camp and her expectations of the team during the 2023-24 season (33:47).
A Conversation with the NFL's Sam Rapoport (S3E9)
Host Caroline Hendershot is joined by Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with the NFL Sam Rapoport. The two discuss how Sam fell in love with the sport football (0:36), playing quarterback for Canadian flag football and tackle teams (5:41), and making the transition from the field to getting a job within the NFL (9:13). They go on to discuss opening doors for women in sports (13:16), women bringing balance to the workforce (16:20), and Sam's workflow in the NFL (17:24), Lastly, they discuss statistics of young women who would be inactive if flag football was not offered (20:39).
A Conversation with 'SNL' Comedian Punkie Johnson (S3E8)
Host Caroline Hendershot is joined by "Saturday Night Live" Comedian Punkie Johnson. The two discuss how Johnson got into her career as an actor/comedian (0:40), what her experience was like as a stand up comedian (6:00), and the move to the iconic "Saturday Night Live" (7:30). They go on to discuss what it is like to work at "SNL" (9:25), the pressure to perform on such a big stage (14:30) and her promotion to Repertory Player in 2022 (16:15). Lastly, they talk about her favorite part of working at "SNL" (18:00) Johnson then gives updates on upcoming projects she is working on (19:30), and her experience attending a Jets game this season (20:40).
A Conversation with Jets Director of Mental Performance Dr. Anne Shadle (S3E7)
Host Caroline Hendershot is joined by Jets Director of Mental Performance, Dr. Anne Shadle. The two discuss Dr. Shadle's background and accolades and how they led to her current role (0:04). Dr. Shadle also gives insight on the mental challenges of going through the Olympic trials and how she identifies the challenges now (4:52). Caroline and Dr. Shadle also talk about retiring from sports and the changes that athletes experience in those transitions (9:13). Dr. Shadle also shares how she got into researching mental health and her time at the Olympic training center with Paralympic athletes as well as her time working and studying with the US Air Force (14:12). Dr. Shadle also walks through her day-to-day work with the Jets and the adjustment of working with the NFL schedule (16:01). Dr. Shadle explains the struggles players may experience in transitioning to the NFL as well as the complexity of dealing with injuries (21:24). Lastly, Dr. Shadle highlights her favorite parts of working with the Jets and how much her work with the team means to her (23:07).
A Conversation with Emma Lovewell (S3E6)
Host Caroline Hendershot is joined by Peloton instructor and author Emma Lovewell. Lovewell tells her story of growing up on Martha's Vineyard and the big jump of moving to New York City (0:22). She also gives a sneak peak into her new book, Live Learn Love Well: Lessons from a Life of Progress Not Perfection, as she tells the story of how a $50 Craigslist job posting eventually led her to Peloton (2:13). Hendershot and Lovewell then discuss how resisting fear and being persistent leads to growth (5:51). Loverwell gives more insight on how she felt when she first started instructing Peloton classes and how she has grown along the way (10:02). The two also dive into how the Peloton experience is shaped for all groups of people and how the company has built a strong sense of community and teamwork for people all over the world (13:06). Lastly, Hendershot shares on the New York Jets and the fan experience as Lovewell prepares to attend her first NFL game (19:40).
A Conversation with NFL Executive Dawn Aponte (S3E5)
Host Caroline Hendershot is joined by NFL Chief Football Administrative Officer Dawn Aponte. They kick off the podcast talking about Aponte's current position in the League office (0:22) and how it changes in season and off season (2:26). Aponte also talks about beginning her career with the Jets and the evolution of her roles (3:31), especially her role as a salary cap assistant (4:52). Aponte discusses the impact of the mentors she has had along the way including Mike Tannenbaum, Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells (7:10). The two then talk about working and succeeding in a male-dominated environment (9:29). Aponte highlights the pivotal moments in her career (10:33). Hendershot also asks Aponte about the challenges and surprises of the job (18:16). Lastly, the two discuss the excitement surrounding the Jets and the NFL as a whole this season (20:00).
A Conversation with Good Morning Football Host Jamie Erdahl (S3E4)
Host Caroline Hendershot is joined by "Good Morning Football" host Jamie Erdahl. They kick off the podcast talking about Erdahl's journey into the sports broadcasting world (00:49) and how her sports production background and experience as an athlete helps her excel in her role (3:45). Erdahl highlights her jump from working at NESN to becoming a reporter at CBS (5:50) and the sports world's reaction to her recent addition to the "Good Morning Football" cast (10:30). They also delve into the transition Erdahl made from sideline reporter to morning show personality (12:44) and adjusting to the chemistry of the group on "Good Morning Football" (17:00). Erdahl also discusses the challenges of sideline reporting and her current shift of now studying games from afar (19:20). The two then talk about her love for this year's New York Jets and the various turning points for the team throughout this season (20:41). Lastly, they share on their love for Taylor Swift and talk about Erdahl's impressive game of song bingo on "Good Morning Football" (25:15).
A Conversation with TikTok Star Kate Norkeliunas (S3E2)
Host Caroline Hendershot is joined in studio by social media influencer and TikTok star Kate Norkeliunas. They kick things off by talking about Norkeliunas' identity as an influencer and her journey to TikTok (0:17). She highlights how food culture and connection has been a strong influence in her content (3:41). The two also discuss the evolution of social media and what it means to be a role model in today's society (5:53), as well as the passion and fun of connecting with the public (8:18). Hendershot and Norkeliunas explore the pressures of social media (10:52), but also the balance that Norkeliunas tries to have in keeping her content true to herself; as well as follower attraction to real and relatable content (12:04). She also recalls taking the jump to quit her job in the fashion industry and pursue content creation full-time (18:05) and how the New York State of Mind is motivational to her brand (20:30). Lastly, they talk about the loyalty, excitement, and passion of being a Jets fan (22:30) and the fun of football being for everyone (24:12).