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EP310: Erin McLeod on Being Present

Welcome to Season 3 of Connected Intelligence - a podcast about all the things we bring to work that aren’t actually about the work.

Erin McLeod is a professional athlete, playing soccer for top teams around the world with an incredible 2-decade career as a goalkeeper for the Canadian Women’s National Team.

She was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 2019, as Erin has represented Canada at three Olympic Games. She competed in the 2008 Beijing Games and won a bronze medal in London in 2012. In 2021 at her third Olympic Games, Erin won a gold medal for Canada in Tokyo, knocking off FIFA's number 1, 5, and 7 ranked teams en route to the podium.

Prior to this, McLeod was in net when the upstart Canadian U-20 team made it all the way to the 2002 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Final in Edmonton, where a record-setting 47,000+ fans came out to watch.

Erin is co-founder of The Mindful Project - a company that provides structured mindfulness programs and performance training for students, athletes, and corporate professionals. Erin’s interest in mindfulness began in the lead-up to the 2012 London Olympics, when she began working with renowned sports psychiatrist Dr. Ceri Evans. In March 2023, Erin is kicking off her new role with Halifax City Soccer Club in Nova Scotia. Erin is also an advocate for human rights, women’s empowerment, and LGBTQ+ rights.

This conversation is so special – we get Erin’s perspective on some of the biggest moments in the history of Canadian women’s soccer - but more importantly, she speaks from her heart about her passion for sport, the importance of self-awareness, and the responsibility of being a role model for young athletes.


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