Elizabeth D'Ottavio Board Member and Chief Diversity Officer
"I was excited to join Steer to combine my experiences in corporate outreach, my passion for sports, and my study of human behavior and the factors that drive human success. The Steer approach is based on an adaptable model that places emphasis on attention to root causes that prohibit student athletes from participation in sports as well as in school. I believe that every kid should have an equal chance at achieving success and hope to provide care and assistance to those in need." Liz has worked in corporate and commercial fitness environments for over 25 years and she has developed health and wellness programs for a broad and diverse population set, including adults and children. She has worked at some of the leading companies in the United States such as IBM, Pitney Bowes, Johnson and Johnson and spent over 20 years at one of the country’s first and most successful corporate wellness programs at PepsiCo.
At Pepsi, Liz managed health and wellness programs for the employees and their family’s onsite and in their communities. Among the many successful and innovative programs Liz developed a health education series called The Integration of Active Living and Mindful Eating, an exploratory process that emphasized the need for people to ask themselves difficult questions that would lead to understanding how unhealthy patterns and behaviors begin, i.e. “root causes”. Liz also developed, led and managed Health education, group exercise and diversity and inclusion initiatives for the company. She has been a featured speaker at many health and wellness events, including being the key note speaker at the National Obesity Conference in New Orleans. Liz is currently employed at the Rye YMCA and Wainwright House as a Yoga / Pilates teacher. Wainwright House is the oldest non-profit, non-sectarian holistic learning center in the United States. Their mission is to inspire greater understanding through body, mind, spirit, and community. In addition to her work at the YMCA and Wainwright House, Liz has an established private practice as an Integrative Wellness Coach working together with clients one on one to assist them in taking one step towards addressing patterns and behaviors that aren't serving their lives Liz has an M.A. in Behavioral Health from Columbia University's renowned Teachers College and is a certified coach through Columbia University Business School. She obtained her B.A. from Cortland State University with a teaching degree in Physical and Health Education.