Mentee Spotlight: Ashlynn Fields & Ashley Beaton

Ashley Beaton is a Graduate Assistant for Athletic Administration at University of North Georgia and Ashlynn Fields is a Graduate Assistant, Student-Athlete Academic Services at University of Southern California


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!

Women Leaders in College Sports provides the opportunity for members to connect and grow together in a fully virtual mentorship program. The program runs in concordance with the academic year (September-May) In 2018, we were able to match 164 mentor/mentee pairs! For more information on the program, please click here. Please mark your calendars for July 2019 when we will open up applications for the next iteration of the Mentorship Program.

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