Posted on 10/15/2014 |Remarkable! People
Each year, we recognize a Girls on the Run alumna who is embracing joy, health and confidence in her life. Beth Gordon is one of three Wondergirl Award winners from 2012.
Beth is a strategy consultant for IBM in Charlotte, NC. Since participating in the program as a girl, Beth has coached, helped with alumni engagement and volunteered at many Girls on the Run 5ks. Recently, we asked her to share some perspective on her Girls on the Run experience.
Q: What is your favorite Girls on the Run memory?
Beth: My most recent favorite memory from Girls on the Run is coaching at the Duke Healthy Lifestyles program during the Spring of 2012. The coaches I worked with really understood the values of Girls on the Run and inspired me to be a better coach! They revitalized my perspective on the curriculum, given that I had already coached for roughly 5 years. I was also amazed by the cooperation and love that all of the teammates showed towards one another. This group truly exemplified the GOTR Spirit, and I was so proud to be a part of that great energy.
Q: What is the most valuable lesson you learned from Girls on the Run?
Beth: Girls on the Run teaches me every single day about the value of being present, the importance of being true to my values and the value of physical activity—not only for my body, but for my mind. I am so grateful my parents signed me up in 3rd grade! I constantly return to several lessons, including the concept of breaking out of the “girl box” and the “Stop, Breathe, Listen, Respond” method for conflict resolution.
Q: How do you activate your limitless potential?
Beth: I activate my limitless potential by practicing yoga, running consistently and connecting with and forming meaningful relationships with those in my community. I am my “best self” when I am engaged with others.
Could you be our next Wondergirl? Do you know a Girls on the Run alumna who should be in the running? We're accepting enteries through October 31 for our 2014 Wondergirl Award! Click here to learn more.