Maestro on the Mic

MOTM #220: “When You Know Better, You Do Better” with Allison Tenney

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Allison Tenney prefers to be labeled as a strength coach, if you must label her as anything, but her coaching prowess is not why I brought her on this week.

Real talk, there’s a good chance that Allison looks like you, and that’s one of the main reasons I brought her on. When it comes to learning about heavy topics like racism and White supremacy, it can be easier to start by hearing from those with shared experiences. It’s imperative that we ultimately listen to those who have been the direct targets, but we must start somewhere, and it is my goal to use my platform to educate as many people as possible and help them take their first steps towards creating a better life, whatever those steps may look like.

Allison has been doing the heavy lifting (pun totally intended) and putting in both the time and work as it relates to anti-racism and allyship, and I’m going to ask that you view her willingness to take imperfect action as aspirational and not opportunistic grounds for criticism.

I will not say that these times are unprecedented, because quite frankly, as it relates to racial injustice, there’s nothing new about it. I will however say that it truly feels like we have a chance to make a change, and so if you’re in need of some guidance on first steps, Allison just might be able to help.

In This Episode You'll Hear:

  • Allison’s history in the soccer world
  • Moving into strength and conditioning
  • The confidence needed to be a coach
  • Taking action, even when its not perfect
  • Divorcing her sense of self from her body
  • Intersectionality in social justice
  • Where to start in your journey as an ally
  • Dealing with white guilt
  • Perfectionism’s origins in white supremacy
  • Making an impact in your own community first

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