2018 Women Leaders Award Winners

Women Leaders in College Sports is committed to recognizing the achievements and successes of women working in athletics. Celebrating these accomplishments is an integral piece of advancing women in athletics, and we celebrate each of our honorees every year at our National Convention.

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Rising Star Award Winners

Sheridan Blanford, inclusion and engagement coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sydney Moman, graduate assistant, University of Cincinnati
Emma Munguia, student-athlete and undergraduate intern, Brigham Young University

Commitment Award Winner

Jessica Gray, student-athlete development associate, George Washington University

Administrator of the Year Award Winners

NCAA Division I FBS: Maggie McKinley, executive senior associate director of athletics/senior woman administrator, University of Cincinnati
NCAA Division I FCS: Jennifer Lynne Williams, interim director of athletics, Alabama State University
NCAA Division I: Dena Freeman-Patton, deputy athletics director, California State University, Bakersfield
NCAA Division II: Carrie Michaels, associate director of athletics/senior woman administrator, Shippensburg University
NCAA Division III: Stevie Baker-Watson, associate vice president for campus wellness & Theodore Katula director of athletics and recreational sports, DePauw University
Association/Organization: Val Ackerman, commissioner, Big East Conference
NAIA/NJCAA/CC: Jill Jokerst-Harter, director of athletics, St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Nell Jackson: Dr. Amy Wilson, managing director of inclusion, National Collegiate Athletic Association

Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Peg Bradley-Doppes , retired vice chancellor for athletics, recreation and RC ops, University of Denver
Dr. Beth Miller, retired senior associate athletic director and SWA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. G. Ann Uhlir, former dean of the College of Health Sciences, overseeing athletics, Texas Woman’s University; awarded posthumously

Award of Distinction

Diana Nyad, author, journalist, motivational speaker, and long-distance swimmer