A nationally recognized facilitator and speaker, Jody Redman is a former collegiate basketball player and has served as a teacher, coach, Athletic Director, Administrator at both the high school and collegiate levels. Jody carries a dual portfolio as Associate Director for the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) and the Executive Director the InSideOut Initiative. Jody oversees Minnesota’s education program for 500 member high schools that includes a professional development program, continuing education requirement and ongoing support and outreach. Her leadership skills and passion for education-based-athletics led her to develop an extensive curriculum called WHY WE PLAY, intended to redirect the focus of the win-at-all-costs sports culture. She is also co-founder of the InSideOut Initiative funded by the NFL Foundation to reclaim the purpose of sport as an integral component of education in American schools. Jody has developed and supported two national health and safety initiatives; Coaching For Change, addressing cultural norms and expectations of youth as it relates to identity, sexual harassment and sexual violence and Anyone Can Save A Life, a program that assists schools in establishing emergency action plans. Among many other responsibilities, Jody also serves on the National Federation of High Schools Strategic Planning and Coaches Education Committee. She is the proud mother of Macee (12) and Carter (9).
Joe Ehrmann, an All American football player, was named to Syracuse University’s All-Century Team, lettered in lacrosse and received the Arents Award, SU’s Most Distinguished Alumni honor for his contributions to society. Joe played professional football for 13 years and was named Baltimore Colt’s Man of the Year. He was the NFL’s first Ed Block Courage Award Recipient, and named “The Most Important Coach in America” by Parade Magazine. The Institute chose him as one of The Most Influential Sports Educators in America for International Sport and his revolutionary concepts of transformational coaching are the subject of his book, InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives. Joe also the subject of New York Times Best-Seller, Season of Life: A Football Star, a Boy, A Journey to Manhood. Among many other awards, the Baltimore Business Journal selected him as the Renaissance Person of the Decade for his dedication and commitment to Baltimore City’s betterment. He was the National Fatherhood Initiative’s Man of the Year and the Frederick Douglas National Man of the Year award recipient for empowering youth to prevent rape and other forms of male violence. Joe is co-founder with wife, Paula, of both Coach For America, reframing social responsibility of sports and coaches, and The Door, a community-based organization that addresses issues of poverty, systemic racism and social justice. He is also co-founder of the NFL Foundation-funded InSideOut Initiative aimed at implementing education-based athletics that are co-curricular, character-based and led by transformational coaching. Yet, Joe’s greatest accomplishments are his 40-year marriage to Paula, four children, Ali, Esther, Barney, Joey and his two adorable grandsons, Murphy and Beau.