Flame Bearers is a global storytelling platform, illuminating the unsung stories of resilient women Olympians & Paralympians that inspire people to drive change for themselves, in their connections with others, and their communities.
We envision a world where people feel more represented, empowered to show resolve as they face their future, and are enlightened about what the power of community can do.
Photo credit to Aaron Anderson Visuals
We celebrate the resilient women Olympians & Paralympians who are empowered to share their stories that deserve to be heard. Our inner flame drives us to be the spark that can help these stories burn brighter.
Far too little sports media coverage goes to women, and women are often overshadowed by their male counterparts…this changes now! We are fearlessly driving positive change in the athletic community and beyond, to shine light on these incredible women athletes.
We are a community driven by those curious about the same burning question – What ignites the fire inside the world’s most elite women athletes? We are building connections, and creating a space where women athletes feel valued and empowered to share their stories. Together, we can build a better future for the next generation of champions.
We are always learning, and gaining new perspectives. These elite women athletes who are sharing their trials & triumphs inspire us, help us to understand the world better, and move us to tap into our own resilience.
Jamie Mittelman’s passion for sport, diversity, and inclusion inspired her to found Flame Bearers while receiving her Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School where she received an award for her significant impact on the Harvard community. And prior to Harvard, Jamie received her MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.
Jamie launched Flame Bearers as a COVID-adaption of a dream communications position she had been pitching to the International Olympic Committee.
Initially, the Flame Bearers work was made possible with the support of the HKS Women and Public Policy Program and Harvard Innovation Lab. And since launch, countless individuals have joined the roster to help support the Flame Bearers brand in various manners. Each teammate has contributed hours of their time and energy to bring these incredible stories to life. Current teammates include Marissa Potter, Director of Brand & Partnerships, Ravi Ranjan Rao, Videographer, and Elizabeth Michael, Learning Design Coordinator.
Jamie’s work with Flame Bearers has reached 48 countries and recently received 4 Signal Awards in the categories of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Public Service & Activism.
Flame Bearers is the first global storytelling platform celebrating the stories of women Olympians and Paralympians. From household names to unsung heroes around the world, each featured story highlights the successes, struggles and social issues that drive the world’s most prestigious athletes. Flame Bearers brings these champions’ stories to life via podcast, video, and live events.