The Union League of Philadelphia’s prestigious Good Citizenship Award was given to Leadership Academy Student Mia Z!

Congratulations Mia! We are so proud of you and your commitment to being a leader!

The Union League of Philadelphia’s prestigious Good Citizenship Award is awarded to boys and girls who demonstrate exemplary qualities of the following: Cooperative effort, Self-control, Perseverance, Serious scholarship, and Good Sportsmanship!

Congratulations to all the 2022 Awardees!!!

Isabella Hanson, returning Leadership Academy Student, was named a 2022 Prudential Emerging Visionary

Congratulations Bella! We are so proud of you and your commitment to being a leader!

Isabella Hanson, returning Leadership Academy Student, was named a 2022 Prudential Emerging Visionary for bringing powerful vision and meaningful change to her community.
Bella, 16, started “I Matter” to give young people a platform to advocate for social justice and equality through creative expression. The project runs poetry and art contests, Juneteenth events, and workshops for students of all backgrounds, creating a place for their voices to be heard and inviting them to share powerful messages about racial justice.

As one of 25 young people from across the country selected in this year’s inaugural class, Isabella will receive $5,000 in funding as well as an invitation to participate in an awards summit in April 2022. Way to go, Bella. We are so proud of you and your incredible accomplishments!

Meet our 2022 Captains’ Practice Leadership Conference Athlete Panel!

The LEAD Event Auction is now live!!!

Check out our Auction and get the chance to win: a stay at Jill and Sid’s Beach House, a week in Lake Tahoe and a round of golf at Merion Golf Club. You could get a chance to win a pre-game tour of the Phillies radio booth,  GREAT tickets to the Eagles, Flyers, Yankees and also some great concerts! 

Bid today and help us empower the next generation of female leaders. Bidding is open NOW through Friday, December 10 at 9PM! 

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Meet Bonnie Hammer, our 2021 LEAD Event Keynote Speaker

Bonnie Hammer is Vice Chairman, NBCUniversal.  As a strategic advisor to Jeff Shell, CEO, she leverages her strong business and creative experience, broad industry relationships and long-standing commitment to prosocial advocacy to further company initiatives. 

In her 40 plus year career, Hammer been involved in every facet of the television business, often being tapped to position emerging platforms for success.  In her previous role as Chairman of the Universal Studio Group, she strategically aligned NBCUniversal’s content business for the global market, bringing together the company’s three powerhouse studios — Universal Television, UCP and NBCUniversal International Studios — under one umbrella.  Prior to her studio purview, Hammer was Chairman, Direct-to-Consumer and Digital Enterprises, overseeing the creation of Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming platform.  

Hammer moved to Peacock after serving as Chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment where she had executive oversight of leading cable brands USA Network, SYFY, Bravo, Oxygen, E! Entertainment and Universal Kids.  Under Hammer’s leadership, these cable networks experienced tremendous growth domestically and internationally.  During her tenure at USA, the network was the most-watched entertainment cable channel for record-setting 13 consecutive years.  She also grew the network’s profitability by and impressive 33%.  As her portfolio grew, Hammer developed SYFY into a global brand by extending its reach to 116 countries worldwide, guided Bravo to top 5 cable network and directed the growth, both domestically and internationally, for E! Entertainment.  She also created and oversaw two award-winning production studios, UCP and Wilshire Studios, as well as the digital business Bluprint.  

In addition to leading network growth Hammer also cultivated a roster of award-winning series and talent.  Under her leadership, USA, SYFY and UCP recorded 167 Emmy award nominations and series such as “Monk,” “Mr. Robot,” “The Sinner,” “Homecoming,” “The Act,” “Dirty John” and “Battlestar Galactica” were regularly lauded by the Television Academy, HFPA and Screen Actors Guild.  “Mr. Robot” and “Battlestar Galactica” also received Peabody and AFI awards. 

In 2016, with a move that Variety Magazine described as “blowing up the cable TV management playbook,” she centralized all original scripted content for the portfolio under one team and formed a new division tasked with developing forward-thinking planning, Strategy and Commercial Growth.  

Earlier in her career, Hammer was an original programming executive at Lifetime Television Network, where she executive produced several award-winning documentaries for the network’s acclaimed Signature Series. She was honored with the Lillian Gish Award, several Cine Golden Eagles and the National Association for Youth’s Mentor Award.  Before coming to New York, Hammer executive produced “Good Day!” for WCVB in Boston, and produced the series “This Old House,” “Infinity Factory” and “Zoom!” for PBS. 

As a leader, Hammer sought ways to use her platforms to promote social inclusivity.  She created and launched a pro-social campaign designed to fight hate and discrimination in America, “Erase the Hate,” in 1994.  The initiative received a coveted Governors Award from the Television Academy for its groundbreaking documentaries and specials, community programs and educational materials.  

Throughout her career, Hammer has been lauded for both her executive prowess and her dedication to social responsibility.  She was named the 2019 “Executive of the Year” by The Hollywood Reporter.  She is also consistently included on The Hollywood Reporter’s “Power 100” list and was named “Most Powerful Woman in Entertainment” by the publication.  Hammer is regularly included on Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women” list, Forbes’ list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” and Vanity Fair’s annual “New Establishment” list.  In 2008, Hammer received the Anti-Defamation League’s Entertainment Industry Award; she has since chaired ADL’s National Entertainment Advisory Council.  For her professional contributions, Hammer has been honored by UJA Federation of New York with the group’s Steven J. Ross Humanitarian Award, the Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications, and the prestigious Crystal+Lucy Award from Women in Film.  She was also inducted into Broadcasting & Cable’s Hall of Fame.  

Hammer currently serves on the Board of Directors of eBay and IAC/InteractiveCorp. She also sits on the AFI Board of Trustees, the Board of Governors for the MPTF Foundation and serves on the strategic planning committee for Boston University’s College of Communication. 

Outside the office, Hammer is also an accomplished photographer who has had her work displayed in several galleries and in leading publications such as Time magazine and The Boston Globe.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in media and new technology from Boston University. She also received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Boston University in 2017. 

Join us as we welcome our Leadership Academy Class of 2022!

We had an AMAZING kick-off dinner for the third class of the LLB Leadership Academy! This year, we welcomed 22 incredible young women to the program.

This year the Live Like Blaine Leadership Academy has 22 student-athletes representing: 17 different schools, 11 different sports (lacrosse, field hockey, basketball, softball, track, cross country, swimming, dance, figure skating, soccer, and squash), 20 different club teams, and a plethora of different hobbies including baking, dancing, drawing, golfing, painting, reading, sailing, skiing, and singing. Many of our girls are volunteers in their communities. We also have a couple of musicians, a girl scout, and an author. We can’t wait to see what’s in store this year.

For those of you who don’t know, the LLB Leadership Academy is a year-long leadership program for high school sophomore girls. Combining classroom and experiential learning, along with mentoring and bonding opportunities, we prepare girls to be leaders on the field and in life! 💪

Live Like Blaine Intern Mitzi Colin Lopez visits with President Biden!

We are so proud to share Mitzi’s amazing accomplishment! Proof that Leadership in Action can make a huge difference in our community.

This past weekend, Live Like Blaine Foundation’s Summer VISTA Associate, Mitzi Colin Lopez, had the incredible honor of meeting President Biden. Mitzi, a recent graduate of West Chester University along with seven other DACA recipients, was able to meet with President Biden to share their stories of being undocumented and why we must push for citizenship for all 11 million immigrants. She had the opportunity to attend the event due to her advocacy work at CASA. CASA is a non-profit organization that works to empower immigrants, Latinos, and working-class families. After introducing themselves, sharing their stories, and discussing the importance of immigration reform, each DACA recipient was able to take pictures with the President.

#presidentbiden #DACA #FITTOLEAD 

Click here to see Mitzi’s interview

Live Like Blaine Foundation Leadership Academy Student Bella Hanson honored

Congratulations Bella! We are proud of you and your commitment to @blacklivesmatter! #FITTOLEAD