As you can imagine, the mental pressure of working and leading board room discussions and strategies for Fortune 100 and high profile clients can be exhausting. To combat this, Eva found an outlet to exert some physical energy as a way to balance life and keep this stress in check. She could have taken up jogging or yoga, but atypical Eva had something else in mind and after being introduced to the sport in 2001, she took up full contact roller derby.
Competitive, strong and a leader, Eva is a beast in the rink. Roller Derby has a simple objective, one of the five members of the team in the rink is the Jammer and tries to field a single point with the mission to lap as many opposing skaters as they can. The remaining skaters who aren’t scoring points work both on offense and defense at the same time to block the opposing Jammer and to clear a path for their own Jammer. Well played roller derby requires agility, strength, tremendous control, peripheral vision, communication and above all else teamwork and speed.
It was this level of speed that contributed to Eva’s devastating 2008 accident where she hit a pillar outside of the rink while skating at full tilt. The impact literally split the skin on her face in two. Facial injuries can be devastating to your self-confidence. Even more so when you own and run your own business and have to live in the public eye.
Eva’s strength is incredible. Months of rehabilitation and several surgeries later, she was back in the rink. When asked why she even considered picking up roller derby again, she simply says that her two worlds in and out of the board room feed off each other and helps her maintain her equilibrium. She is, indeed, fearless.