We had the good fortune of connecting with Myriam Glez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Myriam, what role has risk played in your life or career?
For me, risk taking is about seizing opportunities. I never had a set career plan. I didn’t have five and ten years plan or a dream job. In hindsight, I think this was good because it gave me the freedom and open-mind to chose my next move. And it gave me the flexibility to coordinate my career with my husband’s. If you look at my career from the outside, it seems that opportunities would just present themselves to me but there were available because I was available. I wasn’t afraid to leave my job, move to another country and try something new. That allowed me to travel and work in five different countries. And when the move was for my husband ‘s job, I took it as an opportunity to reinvent myself.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I founded Athletes Soul with other former athletes. It is a non-profit organization which supports athletes as they transition out of sports and raise awareness about the challenges of athletic retirement. It offers educational resources, transition and career coaching and networking/peer support to help athletes before, during and after retirement from their sport. Our organization is definitely unique: we are independent from sporting organizations, run by volunteer former athletes, and non-for-profit. Our services are available to athletes from all sports and levels (high school, collegiate, professional, Olympic) and provided for free or at very minimal cost. It took us some time to set up the organization and create all the tools and resources we wanted. We are still working at it! But the biggest challenge for us is getting the word out about our services. The sport industry is very competitive as well as extremely fragmented, from powerful institutions and wealthy professional teams to local high school teams and single service providers. The athletes are often lost in that equation and taken advantage of so it is often difficult to reach them. What we have learned is to take the time to do things right and not to compare ourselves with our competitors. We also have to remind ourselves that we are a boutique non-profit with unique goals and measures of success. It is easy to get caught up in the industry’s race for fame, growth and money but these aren’t our goals. We focus on our mission of helping athletes, the authenticity of our brand and message and connecting deeply and personally with each member of our community.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In non-pandemic times, I have a lot of family members who come visit from overseas. We usually cover a lot of the West Side where we live (Venice canals, beach and Santa Monica pier). But we also encourage them to take a day to either visit Disneyland or Universal Studios depending on their kids age and what they like. We spend a day downtown visiting the Broad, eating at Grand Central Market and taking the Disney Hall Tour. We usually recommend a museum day with either the Getty Villa or Center, LACMA and the Science Museum. And definitely for the international visitors, we take them to a high school or college football game for the experience! Our favorite thing is the hike at Temescal Canyon park above Pacific Palisade High School. The view at the top of downtown, the West Side, and the coast is amazing! And we take them to all our favorite restaurants in Venice: Barrique on Main Street (fantastic Italian restaurant), Nueva on Washington Boulevard (Mexican), Double Zero on Lincoln (Vegan), Moto Azabu (Japanese) and the Butcher’s Daughter. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Sara Lilly, Valerie Williams, Katie Hargrave, Erika Fay and Alison Williams for their work and support in starting Athletes Soul.
Poby Photography (first image, portrait of Myriam Glez)