Interview with Mike Peters & Stephen Frost
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Mike Peters serves as the Chief of Staff and Acting Director for the Membership Engagement Department of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Mike is a two-time Paralympian in Football 7-a-side, having served as USA team captain from the 1996 Atlanta Games to the 2004 Athens Games.
In support of the Paralympic and Olympic Movements, he has volunteered on national and international governance committees for more than 12 years. During this time, he served for six years on the United States Olympic Committee’s (USOC) Athletes Advisory Council, was an appointed member of the six-person IPC’s Legal and Ethics Committee, and served as a legal officer for the IPC during the 2012 London Games.
One month after retiring from Paralympic soccer, Mike was awarded his Ph.D. in communication from the University of Arizona. From 2001-2006, Mike served as a full-time faculty member at the University of Washington, where he taught a range of courses that included Health Communication and Quantitative Research Methodology. With a desire to more directly be involved in advocacy, Mike entered the University of Washington School of Law in the fall of 2006. One of five inaugural members of the William H. Gates Public Service Law Program, Mike earned his J.D. in 2009 and became a member of the Washington State Bar. Upon graduation, Mike was awarded an Equal Justice Works Fellowship (funded by Microsoft Corporation), serving as an immigration attorney for juveniles with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Seattle from 2009-2011. From 2012-2015, Mike worked for the City of Seattle as the International Programs Director in the Office of Intergovernmental Relations.
Mike currently resides in Bonn, Germany with his wife, Emily deRiel (2000 Olympic silver medalist in modern pentathlon), and their two magnificent children.
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Stephen leads Frost Included, an Inclusive Leadership practice.
He served as Head of Diversity and Inclusion for KPMG and continues as a strategic advisor to the firm and its clients. Steve was also Head of Diversity and Inclusion for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and established the Stonewall workplace programs. He teaches at Harvard Business School and Sciences Po and is an advisor to the British government, KPMG, the International Paralympic Committee and several other organisations.
He is a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum and Fellows of the Royal Society of Arts and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He is author of The Inclusion Imperative (Kogan Page, 2014) and Inclusive Talent Management (Kogan Page, July 2016).
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