2018 Women Leaders National Convention Agenda 

Last updated September 25, 2018
We intentionally design programming at the Women Leaders National Convention to appeal to a variety of preferences and learning styles, so every attendee will learn, bring back actionable takeaways to their team, and be inspired! Check back often to get detailed descriptions of the keynote speakers, Power Panels, breakouts, TedX-style talks we'll offer.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

7:30 am - 2 pm: NCAA Division II Governance Academy

DII grantees only

9 am - 6 pm: Registration & Women Leaders Store Open

11 am - 2 pm: Women Leaders Board Meeting

Closed meeting

12 - 1:30 pm: First-Time Attendee Workshop

Advanced sign-up required; sign up during the registration process

1:45 - 2:45 pm: Career Connect: Mock Interviews

Formerly called Personal Branding Center; sign up here

2 - 3:30 pm: CWSA Honda Cup Board Meeting

Closed meeting

3 - 4 pm: Power Panels

Best Practices for Sport Supervision

  • Moderator: Lori Hendricks, Director of Athletic and Chair of Physical Education 
  • Tiffany Tucker, Deputy AD for Internal Operations/SWA, South Carolina State University 
  • Monique Holland, Senior Associate AD for Student-Athlete Experience, Auburn University 
  • Dr. Bren Stevens, Director of Athletics, University of Charleston

How to Elevate & Optimize the SWA Designation
Presented by: NCAA Office of Inclusion

  • Co-Moderators: Amy Wilson, Managing Director of Inclusion, NCAA and Julie Muller, Consultant, 3 Fold Group
  • Noreen Morris, Commissioner, Northeast Conference and co-chair of NCAA Gender Equity Task Force
  • Nnenna Akotaobi, Associate AD/SWA/Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Swarthmore College
  • Taunita Stephenson, Associate AD/Student-Athlete Success/SWA, Lander University
  • Jane Miller, Senior Associate AD for Programs, University of Virginia
  • Todd Stansbury, Director of Athletics, Georgia Tech

She Leads: Women in the Business of Sports

  • Moderator: Tiffany Daniels, Associate Commissioner/SWA, Southeastern Conference 
  • Theresa Wenzel, Former Team President, WNBA Atlanta Dream
  • Joni Comstock, Senior Vice President of Championships, NCAA
  • Renee Eoff, Vice President, US Team Services, Adidas

3 - 4 pm: Revenue Generation Track: Trends in Multimedia Rights

Presented by: Learfield/Paciolan

  • Moderator: Nicole Britenriker, Manager – Talent Acquisition, Learfield
  • Heather Lyke, Director of Athletics, University of Pittsburgh
  • Greg Sankey, Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference 
  • Samantha Huge, Director of Athletics, William & Mary
  • Stephanie Rempe, Deputy Director of Athletics, Texas A&M

4:30 - 5:30 pm: Opening Keynote & Award of Distinction Presentation: The Courage to Fail

Presented by: Daktronics
Featured speaker: Diana Nyad, Award of Distinction honoree; author, journalist, motivational speaker, and long-distance swimmer

5:30 - 7 pm: Welcome Reception 

Presented by: Parker Executive Search and Anthony Travel

6:45 - 8:30 pm: Women Leaders Board of Directors & Local Organizing Committee Dinner

Presented by: Ice Miller, Global Diversity Logistics, and CBRE/Heery
Invite only

7 - 9 pm: Group Dinners

Looking to make new connections and meet new people? We'll help organize small dinners among those looking for a group. No pre-registration is necessary—just stop by the Women Leaders table during the Welcome Reception to see what's available.

9 - 11 pm: Leaders Lounge

Presented by: Relation Insurance and Mutual of Omaha

Monday, October 15, 2018

6:15 - 7:15 am: Fit to Lead: Group Fitness

Led by Dr. Kelley Young

7:30 - 8:45am: Breakfast Panel

Presented by: Thornton Tomasetti
Campus & Event Security: How the SAFETY Act Can Help
All attendees are welcome

  • Moderator: Peggy Van Eepoel, P.E., F.SEI, Senior Principal, Thornton Tomasetti
  • Laurie Lindow, Operational Security Specialist, Thornton Tomasetti
  • Rachel Abreu, DHS SAFETY Act Office
  • Laura Itle, Institute of Defense Analyses
  • Mark Childers, Baylor University

7:30 - 8:30 am: Women of Color Conversation

Defining our POWER Through Passion, Position & Platform
All attendees are welcome

7:30 - 8:30 am: Conference Women Administrators Meeting

Invitation only

7:30 am - 5 pm: Registration & Women Leaders Store Open

7:30 - 8:45 am: Breakfast

Presented by: EKS Group and University of Pittsburgh

8:45 - 10 am: Morning Keynote: A Woman's Power: What Leading Today Looks Like

Presented by: Eastman
Featured speaker: Jennifer Palmieri, author and former White House Director of Communications and Director of Communications for the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign

10-10:30 am: Book Signing

Jennifer Palmieri will sign copies of her book, Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Rule the World. All keynote attendees will receive a free copy of the book!

10 am - 5:30 pm: Career Connect: One-on-One Coaching Sessions

Formerly called Personal Branding Center; sign up here

10:30 - 11:30 am: Executive Leadership Track: Fearless at Work

Presented by: SunTrust Bank
Featured speaker: Molly Fletcher, author and entrepreneur

10:30 - 11:30 am: Power Panels

Building Championship Sport Programs
Presented by: Niles Media Group

  • Moderator: Dr. Ingrid Wicker McCree, Director of Athletics, North Carolina Central University
  • Greg McGarity, Director of Athletics, University of Georgia
  • Tim Hall, Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation, University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Lisa Melendy, Director of Athletics, Williams College
  • Keri Becker, Director of Athletics, Grand Valley State University

Understanding Student-Athletes' Mental Health

  • Moderator: Amy Huchthausen, Commissioner, America East Conference
  • Ashley Reid, Assistant Athletic Director for Diversity, Inclusion, Compliance, and Internal Management/SWA, The College of Wooster
  • Natalie Winkelfoos, Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics, Oberlin College
  • Debra Graff, Association Athletic Trainer, Oregon State University

Supporting Transgender & Gender-Expansive Student-Athletes
Presented by: NCAA Office of Inclusion, and Helen Carroll and the National Center for Lesbian Rights

  • Moderator: Jean Merrill, Assistant Director of Inclusion, NCAA
  • Helen Carroll, Retired Sports Project Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • Pat Griffin, Professor Emerita University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Chris Mosier, Founder, TransAthlete.com
  • Nevin Caple, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program

10:30 - 11:30 am: Revenue Generation Track: Using Data Analytics & Digital Media to Drive Revenue

Presented by: Learfield/Paciolan

  • Moderator: Lisa Walker, Director, College Athletics, Paciolan
  • Stephanie Menio, Senior Associate Athletic Director/SWA, Army West Point
  • Jane Kleinberger, Founder, Paciolan
  • Chris Plonsky, Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director and Chief of Staff, University of Texas at Austin

12 - 1:20 pm: Nike Lifetime Achievement Awards Luncheon

Presented by: Nike
Featured speaker: Ibtihaj Muhammad, U.S. Olympian and first Muslim-American female medalist

Emcee: LaChina Robinson, ESPN basketball analyst


1:45 - 2:45 pm: Executive Leadership Track: Negotiation Strategy

Presented by: Global Prairie
Featured speaker: Mori Taheripour, negotiation expert and lecturer at the Wharton School

1:45 - 2:45 pm: TEDx Talks

Crisis Management

  • Moderator: Lisa Campos, Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics and Director of Athletics, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Julie Soriero, Director of Athletics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Gloria Nevarez, Commissioner, West Coast Conference

Lift as We Rise: Creating Programs to Celebrate & Support Women on Campus

  • Nicki Moore, Vice President of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics, Colgate University 
  • Meg Stevens, Director of Athletics, Averett University 
  • Miriam Merrill, Associate Athletic Director/SWA, Hamilton College

Power Up! High-Performance Strategies to Excel in Your Job

  • Ann-Marie Guglieri, Deputy Athletics Director, Yale University: “The Power of Managing Up” 
  • Dan Gale, President, Leona Marketing Group: “The Power of Relationships” 
  • Kirsten Jones, Peak Performance Coach: “The Power of Healthy Habits”

1:45 - 2:45 pm: Revenue Generation Track: Strategic Growth Opportunities in Ticketing & Fundraising

Presented by Learfield/Paciolan

  • Moderator: Jane Kleinberger, Founder, Paciolan
  • Michelle Walsh, Director of Athletics and Physical Education, Vassar College
  • Emily Boone, Assistant Athletics Director for Annual Giving, University of Miami
  • Jacqie McWilliams, Commissioner Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

3 - 4 pm: Executive Leadership Track Session 3: Crisis Leadership

Presented by: The PICTOR Group
Featured speaker: Erika James, Dean of Goizueta Business School at Emory University

3 - 4 pm: Revenue Generation Track: Creating Experiences with Fans via Cause Marketing

Presented by: Learfield/Paciolan

  • Moderator: Sarah Davis, Executive Director-University Partnership Group, Learfield
  • Tamica Smith-Jones, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, University of California Riverside 
  • Diane Penny, Vice President & General Manager, Beaver Sports Properties, Oregon State University 
  • Jill Willson, President Double L Consulting 
  • Sharon Byers, Chief Development, Marketing and Communications Officer, American Cancer Society

3 - 4:30 pm: Breakout Sessions

Are You Financially Fit?
Presented by: SunTrust Bank

  • Ashleigh Overly, Managing Director, Sports & Entertainment Group 
  • Lisa Ashby, Senior Vice President, Fiduciary Investment Executive 
  • Shannon Swanick, Client Advisor, Private Wealth Management, Senior Vice President

Culture is Everything
Presented by: Perkins+Will

  • Jennifer Cohen, Director of Athletics, University of Washington
Finding Common Ground: Religion & LGBTQ Inclusion in College Athletics

Presented by: NCAA Office of Inclusion

  • Moderator: Amy Wilson, Managing Director of Inclusion, NCAA 
  • Discussion Facilitators:
    • Nevin Caple, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program 
    • Helen Carroll, retired sports project director, National Center for Lesbian Rights 
    • Liz Darger, Sr. Associate AD/SWA, Brigham Young University 
    • Pat Griffin, Professor Emerita University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
    • H. “Skip” Lord, National Director of Athletics Engagement, Houghton College 
    • Jean Merrill, Assistant Director of Inclusion, NCAA 
    • Chris Mosier, Founder, TransAthlete.com
    • Jessica Duff, MIT, Special Assistant to the Athletic Director/Department Head

Forging a Bold Future: Branding Women's Basketball

  • Lynn Holzman, Vice President of Women’s Basketball, NCAA
  • Carolyn Schlie Femovich, Senior Partner, The PICTOR Group 
  • Binh T. Nguyen, Director of Academic and Membership Affairs, NCAA
  • Meredith Cleaver, Director of Championships and Alliances, NCAA

How to Break Out of Your Silo and Grow Towards Your Goals

  • Kristene Kelly, Senior Associate AD for Varsity Sports/SWA, Dartmouth College 
  • Angel Mason, Senior Associate Athletic Director/SWA, Pomona-Pitzer Athletics

Managing Title IX Issues Through Technology
Presented by: Real Recruit

  • David Chadwick, Director of Sales and Marketing, Real Recruit 
  • Tanya Vogel, Director of Athletics and Recreation, George Washington University
  • Dawn Rogers, Deputy Athletic Director, Baylor University 

Negotiating Transitions: Entering, Extending & Exiting Your Employment
Presented by: CCHA Collegiate Sports Consulting

  • Julie Roe Lach, Horizon League Deputy Commissioner and Managing Principal of CCHA Collegiate Sports Consulting

Tackling the World of Football as a Woman

  • Samantha Rapoport, Senior Director of Football Development, NFL

What Got You Here, Won't Get You There
Presented by: Global Prairie

  • Anne St. Peter, Founder, Global Prairie 
  • Vicky Chun, Director of Athletics, Recreation and Physical Education, Yale University

Using Technology to Drive Fan Engagement
Presented by: FanMaker

  • Jason Coles, Founder/CEO, FanMaker 
  • Leah Beasley, Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director, External Affairs, Mississippi State University

3:50 - 4:30 p.m.: LEI Catalyst: Managing Your Personal Brand

For 2016 and 2018 NCAA/Women Leaders Leadership Enhancement Institute graduates
Featured speaker: Kirsten Jones, Peak Performance Coach

5 - 6 pm: President's Reception

Presented by: Cherry and Springboard International
Invite only

6 - 8 pm: Dinner on your own

8 - 10 pm: Party for a Purpose

Presented by: Adidas

10 - 11 pm: Leaders Lounge

Presented by: Relation Insurance and Mutual of Omaha
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

6:30 - 7:30 am: Fit to Lead: Yoga

Led by Tori Niemann

7:30 - 8:30 am: Women Leaders Board Meeting

Closed meeting

7:30 am - 1 pm: Registration & Women Leaders Store Open

7:30 - 8:30 am: Division I NCAA Championships Survey Meeting

By invitation only

8:45 - 10:45 am: Business Session & Celebration of Advancement

Presented by: Dimensional Innovations and Global Prairie
Special featured guest: Mark Emmert, President, NCAA
Women Leaders Podcast, LIVE with Katrice Albert, Executive Vice President of Inclusion and Human Resources, NCAA


11 am - 12 pm: Power Panels

"I Champion Women Leaders"
Presented by: Sports Law and Business Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

  • Moderator: Beth Goetz, Director of Athletics, Ball State University
  • Scott Pioli, Assistant General Manager, Atlanta Falcons 
  • Tim Duncan, Deputy Director of Athletics for External Affairs, Northeastern University 
  • Kevin Lennon, Vice President of Division I, NCAA

Creating Opportunities to Elevate Women of Color in Athletics

  • Moderator: Katrice Albert, Executive Vice President of Inclusion and Human Resources, NCAA 
  • Dena Freeman-Patton, Deputy Athletic Director, CSU-Bakersfield
  • Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried, Director of Athletics, CSU-Bakersfield
  • Etienne Thomas, Director of Athletics, Kentucky State University
  • Julie Cromer Peoples, Deputy Athletic Director/SWA, University of Arkansas
  • Portia Hoeg, Executive Director of Athletics, Rhodes College 

Preventing Litigation by Managing Risk
Presented by: Front Rush

  • Moderator: Tracy Warren, Attorney at Buchalter and Ex-Officio and Legal Counsel to the Women Leaders in College Sports Board of Directors
  • Matt Kelly, Attorney, Kelly Law Group, PLLC  
  • Sandy Barbour, Director of Athletics, Penn State University 
  • Brian Curtis, Paradigm Four

11 am - 12 pm: Revenue Generation Track: Developing Next Generation Revenue Leaders: Leadership, Culture & Training

Presented by: Learfield/Paciolan

  • Moderator - Jacquie Mattson, Director of Development, University of Texas at Austin 
  • Jennifer Cohen, Director of Athletics, University of Washington 
  • Kim Damron, President and CEO, Paciolan 
  • Desiree Reed –Francois, Director of Athletics, University of Nevada Las Vegas 
  • Jody Diaz, Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer, Learfield

12:30 - 2:15 pm: Jostens Administrator of the Year Awards Luncheon

Presented by: Jostens
Emcee: Maria Taylor, analyst, host, and reporter for ESPN

2:45 - 3:45 pm: Power Panels

Supervising Male Coaches

  • Moderator: Jennifer Strawley, Deputy Director of Athletics/COO, University of Miami 
  • Jackie Paquette, Associate A.D. & Senior Woman Administrator for Student Support, University of Indianapolis 
  • Angela Marin, Associate Athletic Director of Compliance/SWA, University of Texas at Dallas 
  • Dr. Paula Jackson, Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Student Services/SWA, Hampton University

The Myth of “Doing It All"

  • Moderator: Grace Calhoun, Director of Athletics and Recreation, University of Pennsylvania 
  • Sherie Gordon, Director of Athletics, Albany State University 
  • Cori Pinkett, Assistant Athletic Director of Character Development, Baylor University 
  • Jen Flowers, Assistant Commissioner for Membership Services, Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference

Athletic Insurance: Have You Ever Wondered, "How is Everyone Else Doing It?"
Presented by: Dissinger Reed

  • Moderator: Chris Plonsky, Chief of staff/executive senior associate AD at the University of Texas
  • Halee Brown, Assistant Athletic Trainer, Young Harris College
  • Sharon Weaver, Medical Billing Administrator, Clemson University
  • Joi Thomas, MS, ATC, Associate Athletics Director for Health and Performance, University of Minnesota
  • Gina Thompson, Athletic Insurance Coordinator, Georgia Tech

3 - 6:15 pm: President/Search Firm Roundtable Presented by: NCAA

Open to members of the Executive Candidate List only

4:15 - 6:15 pm: Networking Activity: Mercedes-Benz Stadium Tour

Meet on the International Level and depart Marriott on shuttle at 4:15pm. Advanced sign-up required; sign up through the registration process

4:15 - 6:15 pm: Networking Activity: World of Coca-Cola Tour

Meet in lobby and depart Marriott in walking group at 4:15pm. Advanced sign-up required; sign up through the registration process

6:30 pm: Division III Women Leaders NEXT

Presented by: BSN Sports, SNA Sports Group, Strategic Edge, and NCAA
Advanced sign-up required; sign up through the registration process. Must be a Division III Athletic Director or Commissioner to attend