Mentorship Program

Application for the 2018-19 program closed on August 3rd, 11:59pm CST.

Women Leaders in College Sports provides the opportunity for members to connect and grow together in a fully virtual mentorship program. Unlike in years past, attendance to the National Convention is NOT required. Talented up-and-comers will benefit from being paired with a member in the industry with similar experience and/or a similar professional path. Mentors will have the opportunity to flex their leadership muscles and help shape the future of an aspiring woman in college athletics. The program is designed to identify short- and long-term goals, and enable mentees to formulate an effective plan for accomplishing their goals. 

Mentor/mentee matches will be conducted by the Women Leaders in College Sports Mentorship sub-committee including Angie Morenz, Ellen Ramsey, and Resa Lovelace. The program will run in concordance with the typical academic year (September-May). 

Desired Program Outcomes

Mentees will gain:

  • Assistance in defining or refining career goals, strategies, and options
  • Personalized development geared towards specific needs
  • Increased commitment to current institution
  • Tangible preparation for new role or responsibilities
  • Refined capacity to forward-think when dealing with new conversations, responsibilities, jobs, or situations before they occur
  • Initiated responsibility of paying it forward

Mentors will gain:

  • Professional and personal satisfaction through empowering a less experienced professional to develop, grow and advance her goals
  • Enhanced reputation/demonstrated position as a powerful contributor by visibly coaching mentee to success
  • Increased understanding and connection to the work happening at different levels
  • Exposed fresh perspective and inspired new and different ideas 
  • Honed leadership and coaching skills
  • Ability to give back and serve fellow Women Leaders in College Sports members

*You must be a member of Women Leaders in College Sports to participate in the program.

Check out our Mentorship Program FAQ section if you have questions. Don't see your question? Please contact Megan Cairns!


“The Women Leaders mentor program is a great way to learn and grow personally and professionally. Having served as a mentor and mentee in multiple years with the program, I am always excited about the matching process and the relationships that develop because of this program. You will get out of it what you put into it, and personally, this year has been my best year yet! After learning of my personal and professional goals, the Mentor Program Committee did an AMAZING job matching me with a wonderful woman leader who I am now privileged to not only call a mentor and colleague, but also a friend. This program is a tremendous opportunity to engage in one-on-one training and develop a meaningful action plan with someone who genuinely cares about helping you grow into a better leader, professional, and person. The greatest thing about it is walking away from this year knowing that I have contributed to my mentor’s outlook on life just as she has done mine and knowing that it does not stop here. Shout-out to Jennifer Lynne (@J_lynne) for being the amazing, wonderful, knowledgeable, funny, talented, ball-so-hard, forever a Tar Heel, spirited mom, wife, and leader that she is! Continue to BE GREAT!”

JP Abercrumbie
Mississippi State University
Assistant Athletic Director, Life Skills & Community Engagement 

"I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity I had to serve as a mentor through Women Leaders this last year. I was hesitant at first to take on this challenge as I’ve only ever served in the mentee capacity in the past and didn’t feel like I was qualified enough to be a mentor to someone else, but I wanted to “pay it forward” to all those who have been so instrumental in my development and growth over the last eight years of my career. This experience proved to me that mentoring doesn’t require any certain degree or level of experience – anyone can mentor if they are willing to stop talking, listen critically and respond thoughtfully with encouraging feedback. From day one of my interactions with my mentee, we immediately began working through a career transition for her. She knew what she wanted and needed to do, but I think that she just needed someone to listen and validate that she was making a sound decision for her career. I know she’s grateful that I was able to be there to help her through a challenging few months, but I am even more thankful that she allowed me to provide counsel to her throughout the process and serve as someone who could be there for support. Through this process, I strengthened my ability to listen with empathy and provide feedback and support to others as well as challenge others to think intentionally about their future growth.    

I had no idea that I would be able to be a mentor to someone else, but I am glad that I took on this challenge because in the process I’ve gained another friend and sister through my Women Leaders network."

Sara Eisenhauer
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
Assistant Commissioner