Education and Professional Development Committee

The Education and Professional Development Committee assists the national office with the educational and professional development components for current and future Women Leaders' events. The Chair of the Education and Professional Development Committee is appointed by the President from among current Board members. 


  • When appropriate, develops new ideas serving the needs of all segments of the Women Leaders membership.
  • Provides information concerning professional development initiatives for the Women Leaders membership communications.
  • Researches and suggests speakers for association events.
  • Coordinates with other committees to ensure promotion of education events.
  • Enhances existing education and professional development opportunities.
  • Review Scholarship evaluations for but not limited to; Women's Leadership Symposium, Institute for Administrative Advancement, WOMEN LEADERS X, etc. 

Qualifications for Committee Members

Committee members must have attended at least one (1) Women Leaders Leadership Institute. Have a creative vision with good organizational skills, while having the willingness to give time, energy, talent and enthusiasm to get the job done. 

Time Commitment

Monthly one hour calls will take place starting in January 2019. All call dates will be determined by the committee chair (January-August).  Other commitments may include: project execution and follow up, and attendance at association events when requested or appropriate. 

2022 Committee Members

Board of Directors Liaisons: Portia Hoeg, Executive Director, Centennial Conference and Gloria Nevarez, Commissioner, West Coast Conference
Member Chair: Stephanie Dollar, Senior Associate Director of Athletics; SWA for Internal Operations 
Staff Liaison: Kara Hess, Director of Education & Leadership Development, Women Leaders in College Sports

Committee Members: 

  • Lisa Goddard McGuirk, Director of Athletics, Gannon University
  • Jessica Grasso, Deputy Commissioner, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
  • Lindsay Jaffe, Associate Athletic Director - Sport Administration, University of Southern California
  • Cassie Kosiba, Associate Athletic Director/SWA, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
  • Caitlin Luquet, Assistant Athletic Director for Internal Operations & Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Alic'a Oliver, Associate Athletic Director, Compliance, University of North Texas
  • Lori Robinson, Player Engagement Assistant, NFL/Baltimore Ravens
  • Ayanna Tweedy, Athletic Director, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 
  • Lauren Wicklund, Senior Associate Athletic Director, University of Richmond