2019 Women Leaders National Convention Agenda 

**More details will be filled in as they become available

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.

Click the arrows in the blue bars to expand and collapse the programming options for that day. 
Sunday, October 13, 2019

7:30 am - 2:00 pm: NCAA Division II Governance Academy

DII grantees only

9:00 am - 6:00 pm: Registration & Women Leaders Store Open

11:00 am - 2:00 pm: Women Leaders Board Meeting

presented by: Generator Studio
Closed meeting

12:00 - 1:30 pm: First-Time Attendee Workshop

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

2:00 - 3:30 pm: CWSA Honda Cup Board Meeting

Closed meeting

3:00 - 4:00 pm: Power Panels

  • Managing Up: Contributing to Your Department's Success
  • #SWAImpact: Maximize your Leadership Perspectives
  • Supporting Coaches and Cultures of Success in the Digital Age

3:00 - 4:00 pm: Revenue Generation Track

Topic: How We Got Here: The Path to Becoming a Revenue Generator

presented by: Learfield IMG College and Paciolan

4:30 - 5:30 pm: Opening Keynote: Ella L.J. Bell Smith

Title: The Power Equation

presented by: Daktronics

5:30 - 7:00 pm: Welcome Reception 

presented by: Fiesta Bowl

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

presented by: Global Diversity Logistics, Phoenix Final Four Local Organizing Committee & Ice Miller

9:00 - 10:30 pm: Leaders Lounge

presented by: Relation Insurance & Mutual of Omaha

Monday, October 14, 2019

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

7:30 am - 5:00 pm: Registration & Women Leaders Store Open

7:30 - 8:45 am: Continental Breakfast

presented by: Anthony Travel

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

presented by: Perkins & Will and Morgan Stanley Global Sports & Entertainment

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

7:30-8:30 am: Michigan Task Force on Women in Sports

closed meeting

8:45 - 10:00 am: Morning Keynote: Crista Samaras

Topic: Brave Your Fear
Award of Distinction presentation for Julie Foudy and the "99ers"

presented by: Eastman

10:00 am - 5:30 pm: Career Catalyst: One-on-One Coaching Sessions

10:30 - 11:30 am: Executive Leadership Track: Mi-Ai Parrish

Topic: Leading Change During Challenging Times

presented by: Global Prairie

10:30 - 11:30 am: TEDx Talks

  • Student-Athlete Mental Health
  • Generational Perspectives: Connecting the Dots
  • Managing Transitions with Resiliency

10:30 - 11:30 am: Revenue Generation Track

Topic: Emerging Partnership Opportunities and Categories

presented by: Learfield IMG College and Paciolan

11:45 - 1:20 pm: Nike Lifetime Achievement Awards Luncheon: Past Presidents Celebration

Emcee: Sage Steele
Speakers: Julie Foudy & Dr. Colleen Hacker on behalf of the 1999 U.S. Women's National Team 

presented by: Nike

1:45 - 2:45 pm: Executive Leadership Track: Lindsey Pollak

Topic: The Remix: How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace

Presented by: Global Prairie

1:45 - 2:45 pm: Power Panels

  • Culture is Queen: How to Build and Sustain High Performance Teams
  • Controlling OUR Narrative: How to Better Represent Women Through Your Media Channels
  • We are a Force: How Women are Changing the Business of Sports
    presented by: Buchalter

1:45-2:45 pm: Revenue Generation Track

Topic: Outside the Lines: Driving Revenue Beyond Traditional Multi-Media Rights

presented by: Learfield IMG College and Paciolan

3:00 - 4:00 pm: Executive Leadership Track: Van Adams

Topic: Leveraging Your Leadership Brand for Maximum Impact

presented by: Midtown Signs

3:00-4:30: Breakout Sessions (40 minute sessions, offered twice)

  • Managing Difficult Situations with External Constituents: Addressing Inappropriate Behavior  (90 minutes)
  • Getting Your Foot in the Door: How to Become a Fundraiser
  • Forward Momentum: Writing a Compelling Resume
  • Mindfulness: Practices for a Busy Life
  • Cultivating Change: Creating an Inclusive Space
  • Addressing and Preventing Sexual Assault on Campus
  • Branding, Professionalism & Presence
  • Recruiting & Retaining Women of Color
  • How to Balance it All as a Woman in Athletics
  • NCAA Committee Service: Accessing and Leveraging These Opportunities

3:00-4:00 pm: Revenue Generation Track

Topic: It's a Celebration: Leveraging Sponsorships Using Anniversaries and Tentpole Events

presented by: Learfield/ MG College and Paciolan

5:00 - 6:00 pm: President's and VIP Reception

presented by: Cherry Sports Gear & Visit Phoenix

6:00 - 8:00 pm: Dinner on your own

8:00 - 10:00 pm: Party for a Purpose

presented by: Adidas

10:00 - 11:00 pm: Leaders Lounge

presented by: Relation Insurance & Mutual of Omaha

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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

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

7:30 - 8:30 am: Name, Image, and Likeness Discussion

7:30 am - 1:00 pm: Registration & Women Leaders Store Open

7:30 - 8:30 am: Executive Institute Catalyst

*Invite required

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

Live Podcast with Violet Palmer and guest speaker Mark Emmert

presented by: Final Four Phoenix Local Organizing Committee


11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Power Panels

  • How to Navigate Male Culture and the Locker Room
  • Girl Power: Women in the Power 5
    presented by: Purell
  • Leading Today: Mitigating Risk from the Chair
    presented by: Hays Companies

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Revenue Generation Track

Topic: If You Build It: Revitalizing Fans to Maximize Ticket Sales

presented by: Learfield IMG College and Paciolan

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

Emcee: Kate Scott

presented by: Jostens

2019 Women Leaders in College Sports Administrators of the Year:

2:45 - 3:45 pm: Power Panels

  • Expect the Unexpected: Crisis Preparation and Management in Today's Climate
    presented by: Real Recruit
    Becoming an Invaluable Team Member through Communication and Influence

3:00 - 6:15 pm: President/Search Firm Roundtable

Presented by: NCAA
Open to members of the Executive Candidate List only and pre-registration is required (opening in early August)

4:15 - 6:15 pm: Desert Botanical Garden Tour

previous sign-up required

4:15 - 6:15 pm: Quartz Ridge Trail Hike

previous sign-up required

6:30 pm: Division III Women Leaders NEXT

Special Guest Speaker: Linda Vollstedt

presented by: NCAA, BSN Sports, 3 Fold Group, & Strategic Edge
Advanced sign-up required; sign up through the registration process.
*Must be a Division III Athletic Director or Commissioner to attend. Programming begins with dinner at 6:30p.m. and continues with programming on Wednesday, October 16th