🌟 Rising Stars Spotlight: Chamique Francis 🌟

Chamique is the Assistant Director of Development at Queens College (NY) and is a 2017 graduate of the NCAA/Women's Leadership Symposium! Prior to Queens, Chamique completed her master's at Rutgers University while serving as a graduate assistant in the Athletic Development department. She was also a Rutgers Big Ten Diversity and Inclusion Liasion. Chamique earned All-American track and field honors as a student-athlete at the University of Texas and shares some of her biggest career learnings in this month's spotlight! 

Why did you choose to join Women Leaders in College Sports?

As an aspiring collegiate administrator, I was seeking a tribe of women, outside of my institution that I could connect with. I was advised by my mentor, Sarah Baumgartner, to join Women Leaders in College Sports. She understood my passion for collegiate athletics and need for a supportive community. 

Search #BecauseOf on Twitter to see how other Women Leaders are influenced by mentors like Sarah! 

What is the best professional development event you have attended and why?

Definitely, the Women’s Leadership Symposium (WLS)! WLS was a moving experience. I had the opportunity to connect with, and learn from, women administrators at all levels on a more intimate level and gained some awesome friendships! After the conference, I not only applied the things I learned to my personal life, but implemented best practices at my institution. I have grown tremendously as an individual since my graduation from WLS! 

Interested in connecting at our biggest event of the year? Registration for our 2018 Women Leaders National Convention is open now! 

Tell us why you think the Rising Stars program is important?

We need each other! Because of programs like Rising Stars, young emerging leaders are able to form a community of support. My work sisters bring so much value, advice and insight into my life, and I hope I am able to do the same for them. 

What is your favorite quote? Why?

“Pursue your dreams or live an excuse”. This quote sums up my life’s goals into an ultimatum. I would rather spend my life aiming for the stars, than settling for mediocrity. " -Tim Notke

What is your favorite memory from being a student-athlete?

I’ve had the privilege of being a student-athlete at both the University of Texas at Austin and Rutgers University. I’ve had many great memories, but my favorite part of being a student-athlete is being a part of a family. I learned how to be an effective communicator by managing  different personality types and working towards one shared goal. 

What is the best advice you have ever received?

My uncle always says, “Hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work hard." 

What are some of your bucket list items?

  • Fly in a hot air balloon
  • Visit Fiji
  • Go skydiving

If you could give one piece of advice to other Rising Stars, what would it be?

Be your authentic self. 



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