Crimson Catch Up: Theresa Moore '86

Former Harvard track & field captain Theresa Moore '86 is fearless. A multiple-time Ivy League champion, Theresastepped away from a career at ESPN to pursue her own project as the founder and President of T-Time Productions, where she is able to bring untold stories to life  and impact students educational trajectories.

Theresa recently reflected on her experiences at Harvard, and how those experiences prepared her to become an entrepreneur and educator.

 

Name & Class Year: Theresa M. Moore ‘86
Current Title & Employer: President, T-Time Productions; Adjunct Faculty Member, Providence College
House: Kirkland
Concentration: History
Sport: Track & Field


When I think about my time at Harvard, the first thing that comes to mind is…

The lasting friendships I made that continue to the present day.


Away from athletics, I…

While most of my time was occupied with my athletic commitments, I did support the interests of my friends and roommates including other athletic competitions, art shows, and choral groups. My senior year was primarily dedicated to my honors thesis.

What I’m most proud of during my time at Harvard is…

Academically, I am most proud of graduating with honors and writing a senior thesis. My thesis explored the causes and impact of the Boston busing crisis and I chose to explore it from the Irish-Catholic perspective as I thought this would be more of a challenge for me as a Black woman.  My company is currently working on a project about the same topic so it is amazing to revisit this history and to see the materials and primary source documents that are now available for our research.

Athletically, I was extremely proud to qualify, during my freshman year, to be a member of the Harvard/Yale track & field team that traveled to Europe to competed against Oxford/Cambridge as well as other teams. It was my first time traveling to Europe.

Harvard helped me to…

Expand my worldview. I had a diverse social network with friends of different races, ethnicities, religions, socio-economic levels, life experiences and from different geographies.  I met people whose families had generations of Harvard graduates as well as people like me who were the first in their family to attend Harvard. I was able to learn about cultures and histories ranging from South Boston to South Africa. 

Being a student-athlete taught me…

How to fail. You don’t win every race or every game so you need to be able to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, identify what worked and what didn’t work and then try again. I have a postcard in my office that says “Fall down seven times, get up eight.” Words to live by.

I also learned the importance of time management and developing time management skills. I needed to be able to balance my academic commitments with my athletic ones.  My parents always stressed the "student” part of student-athlete so there was no way I would be allowed to have my grades slip.


My career path has been…

Varied. Every few years, I find myself eager to try something new or explore a new industry whether it is/was insurance, consumer marketing, media or teaching. I have tried to make sure to take applicable skills and lessons with me as I embarked on my next endeavor/challenge.

Throughout my career I have learned that…

It is unproductive to constantly compare yourself to others. My father used to always tell me to “Run your own race.” Focusing on other people and what they are or aren’t doing, what promotion they received or media exposure they got is an unproductive use of your energy. Use this energy to focus on you and what you can control. Develop and hone your skills, create opportunities and then be ready to seize them when the time is right.

My most important career decision was to…

Quit my job as an executive at ESPN and start my own company. People could not believe that I was leaving the security of corporate America (particularly ESPN where many people would like to work) to take a leap of faith and start something of my own.  I was looking for the opportunity for independence, to work on the projects and stories that I thought needed to be shared and brought to life. It has been an amazing journey, full of ups and downs, but amazing nonetheless.

I enjoy my work because…

It is an amazing feeling when you can see the impact of your work on a student and their educational trajectory. We have students in classrooms across the country who are eager to engage with education if just given the right tools, resources and encouragement. To immediately see a student’s reaction when they understand a concept or discover something new is priceless. 

Since Commencement I am most proud of…

Creating my own media production company, T-Time Productions. Being an entrepreneur can be challenging so I always try to remember to not let my highs be too high or my lows be too low. We have been in business for over 12 years and have had films on ESPN and CBS and also produced online projects. We are currently developing a digital curricula library to better reflect the students using our content from various perspectives including race, gender, socio-economic status, religion geography and even learning styles.

When my teammates and I get together, we…

Reminisce about our time at Harvard and all of the laughs we had. We have some great storytellers in the group so to hear the stories (and the differing accounts of how they happened) is always a good time.


The most important piece of advice I can give current student-athletes is to…
Let them know that they don’t have to have every answer right now. We live in a culture of immediacy where everything has to happen now. Patience often allows for clarity and for things to sort themselves out. Not knowing where you want to work or what you want to do right now doesn’t mean that the answers won’t come to you in time. And so often, those answers evolve and/or change from what you originally thought they would be.


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