Get your own kick-ass partner!
As many of you know, I’ve been looking for some time now for a partner, a kindred spirit, to join me on my journey with iLovetoPlay. Over the past couple of months, I’ve met and spoken with many people at conferences, through referrals and from my background, in search of that special someone who had an intense love of sports combined with the right skills, enthusiasm, and vision for the venture.
My search is finally over. Interestingly, the setting in which I ended up finding my partner was especially appropriate: a co-ed hockey game.
A few months ago, a friend of mine invited me to play as a sub in a friendly co-ed hockey game since his team was missing a few players. When we got to the game, I met his team’s captain, Sandy. I realized that I had met Sandy before. We had actually gone to the same high school, but had never spoken to each other back then (we weren’t in the same grade). From the get-go, I could tell right away that she was a natural leader and had a great attitude. She was great at strategy and at motivating her players to perform at their best. Everyone seemed to really like and appreciate her. During the game, she led by example. She played hard, worked the tough plays against some of the best opposing players, and had a definite eye for goal. I personally connected really well with her during the game. She made my passes look good by consistently putting them in the back of the net.
After the game, Sandy and I reminisced a little bit about high school and talked about work, our travels, life, and about this project I was working on called iLovetoPlay. She lit up. She loved it. She wanted to be part of it. We regularly talked about it in the weeks that followed.
I’m ecstatic to announce today that Sandy Dahan is now the yin to my yang at iLovetoPlay.
Forget the fact that she has an accomplished background in international business, PR, marketing, sales, and HR. Forget the fact that she speaks seven languages, has traveled to 23 countries, and is a sports nut. This woman, get this, went to the Olympic Games in Torino, Italy last year as a regular spectator and schmoozed her way into the Athletes’ Village, attended exclusive events by a major country’s Olympic Committee (I can’t mention which one), hung out with the Canadian Women’s Ice Hockey Team (who won the gold) and attended an exclusive medals ceremony and other VIP-only events. She did the same kind of thing at the Formula One Grand Prix race in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium in 2005 where she hung out with one of Formula One’s most dominant teams (again, I can’t say which one). She was able to get access to the paddock area and mingle with a few F1 drivers. I don’t care where she’s travelling next, but I’m going with her!
Guy Kawasaki, in his book The Art of the Start, said “Women are much better judges of the viability of a business (model) than men are. … The book The Darwin Awards provides irrefutable proof of women’s greater common sense.” I totally agree. Having a woman onboard will bring much needed balance to iLovetoPlay. Sandy is intelligent, passionate, energetic, dedicated, fun, and all-around awesome. I’m very lucky to have her.