1. If you could have a one-on-one conversation with anyone in history, who would it be and why?
Ashley: This is a tough question! I adore my parents, they are my biggest role models. So, I would love to have a one-on-one conversation with both my grandpas that have since passed. I want to hear their stories, wisdom and how they raised the two people who raised me!
Ashlynn: Michelle Obama! Michelle is a prime example of what it means to be a strong female leader and as a woman of color, she is someone that I truly admire. The influence that Michelle has on the young generation and particularly women through education, health, and wellness is life changing.
2. What has your career path been?
Ashley: As a student-athlete at University of Illinois Springfield, I was on National SAAC and Management Council. After graduating UIS in May of 2017, I accepted a position at UNG as a GA for Athletic Admin pursuing my MBA, where I currently am.
Ashlynn: I am a former Division I Track & Field athlete at Boston College, where I was heavily involved in institutional and ACC SAAC. My past experiences helped influence my decision to pursue a career in collegiate athletics. To date, I am pursuing a masters degree in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs, with a focus in Athletic Administration. As a current graduate student at USC, I’ve had the opportunity to gain experience in academic advising, student-athlete development, fundraising and development, and admissions and eligibility. I'm looking forward to what's next!
3. Who has had the greatest impact on your career to date?
Ashley: There is not one single person, but one group that has had a huge impact not only in my career but my life are all my fellow National SAAC Members. They inspired me every day to make a difference, to have confidence in myself, and to be a positive light.
Ashlynn: One of my biggest influencers is Alison Quandt, my former Assistant Athletic Director of Student-Athlete Development at Boston College. Alison took me under her wing from the first time that I met her and is a major contributor to who I am as a person today. By witnessing her efforts to develop student-athletes, I was inspired to follow in her footsteps to help empower athletes of my own.
4. Who is your mentor?
Ashley: My mentor is Whitney Burton, Associate Director of Academic Services at Georgia Tech.
Ashlynn: My mentor is Maureen Tremblay, Total Person Program Coordinator at Georgia Tech.
5. What is a highlight/positive experience you've gotten out of the program so far?
Ashley: The biggest highlight for me, is how real and transparent Whitney is. Every question I ask her, she gives me a truthful answer, which I really appreciate! It is also pretty awesome that Whitney works in the same area that I aspire to.
Ashlynn: I had the opportunity to meet Maureen in person at the Women Leaders National Convention and she is so awesome! We have similar backgrounds, as we both ran Division I Cross-Country/ Track & Field in undergrad. To add, we both have a passion for student-athlete leadership and professional development so I think it was a great pair. I'm looking forward to working together and continuing to stay connected!