Women Leaders Career Connect

The 2018 Career Connect (formerly known as the Personal Branding Center) at the Women Leaders National Convention will include two facets: mock interviews and one-on-one coaching sessions with industry experts. All sessions will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. You must be registered for the National Convention to sign up for Career Connect.

Mock Interviews

We're offering mock interviews to Convention attendees on Sunday, October 14 from 1:45-2:45 p.m. These sessions will resemble a real interview as closely as possible, and they'll provide a safe space for you to get feedback on your interviewing skills. You’ll rotate through three, 15-minute rounds with industry expert interviewers (active Women Leaders members who are assistant athletic directors or higher), who will prep you and provide must-know tips to help you successfully land your next position! Space is LIMITED to 20 spots

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One-on-One Coaching Sessions

National Convention attendees are invited to schedule one 25-minute meeting with one of our resource providers listed below on Monday, October 15 from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. These experts will offer services ranging from resume/cover letter review, interview coaching, personal branding techniques, as well as how to best position yourself for career growth. All Convention registrants are welcome to participate and there is no additional fee—but sign-ups are required and meeting times are available on a first-come, first-served basis!

You can read the bios of resource providers below and select who you would like to meet with during one of the designated 25-minute time slots.

Pat Meiser, President, Meiser Sports Consulting, LLC, JRL Consulting Career Advancement

Pat Meiser established Meiser Sports Consulting LLC in the fall of 2014 after a 46 year career in college athletics and regional community engagement. MSC offers services and expertise in three primary sport related areas: campus, community and career advancement. Meiser’s extensive experiences in all three areas are significant and transformative.

Meiser’s historical perspective and extensive network developed through her position as head coach of the Penn State women’s basketball, through her role as senior women’s administrator at UConn followed by a twenty-one (21) year stint as director of athletics and special assistant to the president at the University of Hartford. She has had active leadership roles at both the conference level (America East) and national level (NACDA President, Division I). She has been a Women Leaders in College Sports Administrator of the Year award winner, a two time award winner of the NACDA Northeast region AD of the Year and is the first and only woman to receive the Division I Gary Cunningham Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Meiser’s passion is for assisting enthusiastic, committed professionals who want leadership roles in sport organizations, particularly at the collegiate level. Her offerings include preparation and in depth development for all phases of the search process. Contact Meiser Sports Consulting for more information.

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Kelly Lee, Director of Finance and Human Resources, Atlanta Dream

Kelly Lee has twenty years as a journey woman in the world of athletics. Most of my career has been in the college space, but my current role is as the Director of Finance and Human Resources for the Atlanta Dream. She has spent time in business operations, revenue generation, compliance, travel and even pulling the tarp on the baseball field. Living all over the country, she has gained experience in vastly different athletic departments from the SEC to the Ivy League and multiple stops in between. Her expertise spans from revenue generation to human resources. Kelly's passion is lifting others up, other women seeking to further their careers in sports, mid-major athletics departments that are facing a challenging new world.

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Grant Higgison, Associate, Parker Executive Search

Grant brings a unique perspective to his clients having been a coach and teacher at the Division I and Division III levels. He is charged with ensuring seamless communication with clients and candidates, including developing candidates, maintaining accurate candidate information, and overseeing interview logistics.

Before joining PES, Grant was a benefits consultant with Aflac for five years. Grant’s hands-on, needs based approach resulted in top performance for the Georgia North operation. He garnered a number of accolades such as Rookie of the Year as well as State and National sales awards.

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Ellen Heffernan, President, Spelman Johnson 

Ellen Heffernan serves as president of Spelman Johnson in Easthampton, Massachusetts, a leadership search firm exclusively dedicated to serving institutions of higher education. In addition to overseeing the firm and the firm’s presidential search practice, Ellen speaks nationally on issues of leadership and diversity in higher education.

Ellen Heffernan graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in economics and government. She joined Spelman Johnson Group in 1996, after a ten year career in higher education that included positions at Smith College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She serves as faculty for several national higher education association professional development programs and currently serves on the executive board of the National Association of Executive Recruiters.

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Christine Ackerman, Georgia Institute of Technology

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For more information, contact Megan Cairns at megan@womenleadersincollegesports.org