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NEW! Soccer & Drinks - a show about women's soccer.

Lori Hanemann

This is going to be so much fun! A new dramedy about women who play soccer and their social lives off the pitch. Soccer & Drinks is the title of the new series which will debut on YouTube Friday, November 25th. I was able to interview one of the stars of the show, professional soccer player, Lauren Sesselmann. Lauren has played in the NWSL as well as playing for country - on Canada's national team.  Below is a preview of the show with a few words from Sesselmann.

CLICK HERE FOR SOCCER & DRINKS YOUTUBE PAGE

Who and what brought about the idea for the show?

Well, the show was originally written for men, but the director decided how important it was to instead showcase 4 strong female leads since there is a lack of it in Hollywood. When I heard about the show I had to audition. I knew the director was looking for an athlete to bring real life experiences and expertise to the show, and I was fortunate enough to get the role. I think what is great, is that comes at a time when the national team players have been openly speaking about equal pay.

What's your character like?

My character's name is Ashley...she is a former pro player from Canada...this was the actual role before I even came into the picture so when I met the director I knew this role was meant for me. In the first season, Ashley is a bit more shy than the others, but she is a strong leader on the field and not afraid to defend her teammates. You see more of Ashley and what she goes through in the second season. She is trying to find herself and trying to figure out where she belongs. She is also a big tomboy!

Who writes it, and do they consult with you, a professional player?

The director is one of the writers along with his team and yes he gave me the script to review and allowed all 4 of us to have a say in what happens and how we want our characters to develop. He wanted to touch on a lot of important issues that we as females in general and female athletes come across or face. 

How true to life do you think the characters and conversations are?

The characters and conversations are real, things that we have all personally faced or others that we know have faced. We talk about things that usually we are too afraid to speak about but they are important to be addressed. That is what this season 1 is all about...introducing the characters and their personalities....we want to hear from the fans...we want to know what they want to see and learn more about. This show, yes, is meant to be funny, but at the same time it takes you through the lives of 4 unique and special women.

Are there social issues (equality,  gender,  race...)written in or is it strictly comedy?

We touch on all of these things!!!

Do you think it will have a positive impact on the growing women's game?

 Season 1 is just the start, the beginning of us making something really special. We had a small budget and a small cast....but we hope to raise enough money if the fans want to see more so that we can develop and create and even better Season 2!!! The women's game is growing immensely and women in general are getting better jobs, and better roles in Hollywood. There is still so much work to do, so we hope with this show it helps!!! 

Be sure to subscribe to the Soccer & Drinks YouTube channel so you can watch the debut and find all future episodes. They're fundraising to make a second season: CLICK HERE FOR THE INDIEGOGO FUNDRAISER.


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Invest in yourself.

Lori Hanemann

This is a pic I took in July, in Barcelona, at the Parc de la Ciutadella during my 'summer of soccer'. I had made a decision to invest in my own professional business goals and that meant spending money on a trip to Europe.  To find happiness and freedom in your work life, I believe we really have to invest in ourselves and what works for us and our situation. I wanted to visit England again where soccer/football is an enormous economic machine - it is everywhere and feels a bit like paradise. I brought my teenage son along as a gift for graduating high school this coming summer. He wanted to visit Spain and the beaches, and I wanted to visit Camp Nou. Traveling with my son was thrilling and satisfying, and I knew I was investing in his future as well with the experience of world travel. Lucky kid, huh?

This trip brought me soccer connections while also improving the culture and future of my business. It isn't always going to be a trip to invest in (darn), it might be an education, a professional outfit or equipment, or a certification or degree that can take you where you're aiming. Remember, time can also be a currency to invest in your dreams - it doesn't have to be always financial. I'm sure many of you have already invested a lot of your time and efforts towards your work goals. Whatever it takes to get you to the next step in your goals and objectives, please go forward. Plan, then invest in you. You won't regret it. #stayinthegame

RESOURCE: Check out Ellevate Network - a global professional women's network. This isn't a sponsorship; I am just in love with their Twitter feed and resources. #motivationalasheck

 

5 recent updates to the U.S. Women's Soccer Equal pay complaint

Lori Hanemann

Five updates you should know about the US Women’s equal pay discrimination complaint.

In March, U.S. soccer players Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Megan Rapinoe, filed a complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation, with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that members of the women's national team are paid significantly less than their male counterparts.

Here are the recent updates:

Five updates you should know about the US Women’s equal pay discrimination complaint.

 

In March, U.S. soccer players Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Megan Rapinoe, filed a complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation, with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that members of the women's national team are paid significantly less than their male counterparts.

 

  1. A judge ruled they have to wait until their collective bargaining agreement expires  December 31, 2016, to renegotiate and go after equal wages and/or be able to strike if equal terms aren’t met. Remember they were threatening to strike and boycott the Olympics this past summer? 

  2. Senator Patty Murray (D) Washington State & Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) New York formally requested details of revenue agreements from the marketing firm (Soccer United Marketing) that manages the marketing, promotional, and commercial rights to U.S. Soccer. The consolidation of deals and sponsorships for both the men’s and women’s team, keeps the exact amount of revenue dollars a mystery to most. The inquiry is not a formal subpoena, so the firm can ignore the request.  Click here to read the request.

  3. The Paycheck Fairness Act, a legislative resolution (which would amend the Equal Pay Act), passed in the Senate but failed in the House. It would prohibit employers from taking action against employees who disclose salary information with co-workers, equal pay violations would be stronger, and hold accountable employees to prove wage differences between men and women are caused by other factors besides gender.

  4. Carli Lloyd recently commented on the complaint, "Things are going well with that. It's my duty and our team's duty to continue this fight. I want to leave the game better off than when I came on.”

  5. FIFA has created a new Women’s Football Division, which should help improve gender-based wage equality around the world. Heading up the Division is former Samoan national team player Sarai Bareman, appointed as Chief Women’s Football Officer. She’ll also serve on the FIFA management Board, so this is great news to have such a high ranking female FIFA official, to add a different perspective to the table when discussing money allocations to Member Associations and women's development programs. 

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