Valorie Kondos Field: How Can We Reinvent Our Definition Of Success? Former gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field led her team to victory by creating a supportive environment, instead of a cutthroat one. The impact of that decision, she says, echoes far beyond the gym.
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Valorie Kondos Field: How Can We Reinvent Our Definition Of Success?

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Valorie Kondos Field: How Can We Reinvent Our Definition Of Success?

Valorie Kondos Field: How Can We Reinvent Our Definition Of Success?

Valorie Kondos Field: How Can We Reinvent Our Definition Of Success?

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Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Reinvention.

About Valorie Kondos Field's TED Talk

Former gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field led her team to victory by creating a supportive environment, instead of a cutthroat one. The impact of that decision, she says, echoes far beyond the gym.

About Valorie Kondos Field

In her tenure as the womens' gymnastics coach at UCLA, Valorie Kondos Field led her team to seven NCAA championships, was four times voted the NCAA Coach of the Year, and was also voted the PAC-12 Coach of the Century. Miss Val, as she's known by her gymnasts, developed a coaching style based on trust, empathy, joy, and a radical refusal of win-at-all-costs culture.

After more than three decades of coaching in college athletics, she retired in 2019.

She is the author of Life Is Short, Don't Wait To Dance.