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  • My Response to the Disinvitation to Inspire’s International Women’s Day Event.

     

    I have decided to make a statement in light of the recent news articles and media posts with regard to my removal as speaker from Inspire’s International Women’s Day Event.

    Originally, I chose not to share socially or draw attention to this deeply upsetting turn of events. Now that global media has begun publishing various articles and news posts, I feel it’s imperative that I too provide a response to my followers… the same response that I conveyed to the event organizers.

     

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    It has taken me a while to wrap my head around your decision to remove me as INSPIRE’s International Women’s Day “Inspire Inclusion” Keynote Speaker. I was hurt. I was angry. But most of all I was heartbroken.

     

    I’ve been a speaker for nearly 10 years and have told my story in front of real estate agents, business managers, garbage collectors, CEOs, motorbike dealers, government agencies and many diverse women’s groups. Not once has someone (to my face, to the organizers, nor anonymously) ever claimed to have been offended by my presentation. Not once.

     

    I must assume you hired me because I speak about overcoming sexism and failures. Correct? I speak to inspire and motivate. I speak about obstacles, and how to overcome them. I speak about bravery and growth and standing up for one another.

     

    I don’t believe you hired me because I was a soldier and a cop. While these jobs are part of my story (and I’m very grateful to have had these experiences), they do not define me as a human being. As a Jewish woman, I would never be offended if a Palestinian woman were to speak about her obstacles and life journey. I thought that’s what women were supposed to do for each other – listen and support!

     

    Instead, it seems you have chosen to give in to threats and hate – and this is the saddest part. You removed me and made a statement to your audience, without even giving me a chance to make my own. Why wasn’t I contacted personally? Don’t you think I at least deserved that tiny shred of dignity?

     

    I will not pursue legal action, although I have been advised to do so. That’s not who I am. Right now, I am sad. I’m mad. And I am so disappointed. For now, I can only live in hope. I hope for peace. I hope that humans can learn to treat each other with respect and love. And I hope the future includes brave women who understand the fragile thread holding all of us together.

     

    With hope,

     

    Leah Goldstein

     

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  • Race Across America 2023 #4 for Goldstein

    By Leah Goldstein on May 12, 2023
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    Race Across America is one of the most respected and longest running ultra-endurance events in the world. RAAM is seen as a pinnacle of athletic achievement not only in cycling circles but the greater sporting community as well. For 41 years, Race Across America (RAAM) has been challenging ultra cyclists from around the globe to push their physical and mental limits […]
  • A Day in the Life of an Endurance Cyclist – Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

    By Leah Goldstein on September 15, 2021
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    A Day in the Life of an Endurance Cyclist – Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst   Finishing as overall SOLO WINNER of Race Across America 2021 was a surreal moment for me.  As an endurance cyclist, I had basically trained for this event for over 20 years. In fact, I had actually trained non-stop for over 2 […]
  • 4 Top Tips from a Veteran Endurance Athlete

    By Leah Goldstein on July 26, 2015
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      4 Top Tips from a Veteran Endurance Athlete How To Train For A Personal Best By Leah Goldstein with Lori Friend Moger, M.Sc.   At 20 years of age, I raced my first duathlon while serving in the Israeli military. I ran, biked, and ran some more, with a crappy bike, crappier shoes and a mostly military-style training regimen. […]

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