National Convention Local Organizing Committee

Behind every Women Leaders in College Sports National Convention is a dedicated Local Organizing Committee (LOC) representative of Women Leaders members from surrounding universities, colleges, conference offices, and affiliated organizations.

The LOC is charged with assisting the Women Leaders team with local contacts and volunteers, but more importantly they make it a FUN event, giving Women Leaders members an experience to remember highlighting the best each local city has to offer!

Other duties include:


  • Input and selection of key note speakers—emphasis on local industry leaders, experts, business executives, etc.
  • Input on power panel and breakout session topics and speakers 
  • Feedback on new programming ideas


  • Welcome reception venue suggestions and planning
  • Board of Directors & LOC dinner venue selection
  • Videographer and DJ suggestions


  • Registration promotion
  • Volunteer recruitment
  • Provide local vendor contacts (transportation, florist, etc.)
  • Group Dinners
  • Tour Coordination 

Local Partnerships

  • Solicitation of items for welcome bags
  • Solicitation of auction items
  • Assistance with local media coverage and event press release distribution

Committee Information & Requirements

  • Busy time: June-October
  • Familiarity with host city 
  • Up to three (3) members per institution will be selected to serve on the LOC, with some exceptions. Note: There will be plenty of additional volunteer opportunities during the event to engage and involve others on staff.

2019 Women Leaders in College Sports National Convention Committee Members

Board Liaison:  Lynn Holzman, Vice President of Women's Basketball, NCAA
Staff Liason: Kaila'Shea Menendez, Director of Leadership Programming & Events

Committee Members

  • Erika Barnes, Executive Senior Associate Director of Athletics/SWA, University of Arizona
  • Jamie Boggs, Deputy Athletics Director/SWA, Grand Canyon University
  • Deana Garner-Smith, Senior Associate Athletic Director/SWA, Arizona State University
  • Teresa Gould, Senior Associate Commissioner, Sports Management & Institutional Services, Pac-12 Conference 
  • Sandy Hatfield Clubb, Senior Partner, The Pictor Group
  • Stephanie Jarvis, Lecturer, Sports Law & Business Program, Arizona State University 
  • Debbie Johnson, Director, Arizona Office of Tourism 
  • Robyn Sharp, Senior Associate Athletic Director/SWA, Northern Arizona University
  • Brooke Todare, President, Global Diversity Logistics