April 5-6, 2020

We’re bringing our event directly to you! Transformed into an ONLINE PLATFORM, it now includes bonus features and added registration capacity. This unique educational/networking event promises to be even more impactful and interactive! Women aspiring to leadership positions in the athlete development industry will discover the strategies to achieve and execute their goals.

Recent graduate students, individuals currently working in athlete development positions, others seeking to advance in the industry and entrepreneurs will gain valuable knowledge, insight and advice from nationally respected women industry experts, practitioners and researchers.

This year’s event will feature an inaugural women in athlete development research consortium hosted by the Laboratory for Athlete Development Research (LADR) at the University of Florida and a keynote address by Dr. Tamica Smith Jones, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, University of California, Riverside.

Event Information

Hosted Entirely Online (All Times EST)

  • SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2020


  • 3:30 PM-6:30 PM
    UF LADR Research Consortium

  • MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020


  • 10:00 AM-10:10 AM
    Introductions and Event Overview

  • 10:15am-11:10am
    Interactive Panel Discussion

    • Entering and Contributing to the Field of Athlete Development
  • 11:15am-12:10pm
    Interactive Panel Discussion

    • College Sport Student-Athlete Development Practices
  • 12:15pm-12:45pm
    Keynote Address

  • 12:45pm-1:45pm
    Lunch on your own 

  • 1:45pm-2:40pm
    Interactive Panel Discussion

    • Navigating the Landscape of Professional Athlete Development
  • 2:45pm-3:40pm
    Interactive Panel Discussion

    • Alternative Careers in Athlete Development
  • 3:45pm-3:50pm
    Closing Remarks

  • 4:00pm-6:00pm
    Sponsor Presentation
    Speed Networking Sessions 

  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm (VIP guests only)
    VIP Mentoring Session  

Panel Discussion Topics

College Sport Student-Athlete Development Practices

  • Preparation, Training, Professional Development
  • Critical Skill Set, Relevant Programming
  • Hot Topics, Trends, Best Practices

Entering and Contributing to the Field of Athlete Development

  • Critical Skills, Attributes, Experiences
  • Hiring, Evaluating, Promoting, Mentoring
  • Hot Topics, Trends

Navigating the Landscape of Professional Athlete Development

  • Defining Athlete Development
  • Hot Topics, Trends
  • Professional vs College Athlete Development

Alternative Careers in Athlete Development

  • Building Your Brand
  • Turning Passion into Profit
  • Research and Innovation
  • Steps to Making a Successful Transition

**topics subject to change

Industry Expert Speakers & Guests

Dr. Janice L. Hilliard
President & CEO
Hilliard Creative Education & Development Solutions, LLC

Dr. Kristina Navarro
Senior Associate AD for Leadership Development and Strategic Partnerships
Rutgers University

Dr. Stephany Coakley
Senior Associate Athletic Director for Mental Health, Wellness and
Performance, Temple University

Reyna Gilbert-Lowry
Senior Associate Athletics Director of Student-Athlete Development
and Senior Woman Administrator, Virginia Tech University

Kate Hickey
Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator
Rutgers University

Erika Kegler
Director, Player Development

Dr. Amanda L. Koba
Associate Professor, Sport Management
Bowling Green State University

Ayana Lawson
Director of Community and Lifestyle Services
Oklahoma City Thunder

Andrea Mosher-Childress
Sports Speaker and Consultant
Childress Sports Consulting

Erica Nelson
Director of Student-Athlete Development
University of Arkansas

Liz Reyes
Manager of Community and Alumni Relations
Cleveland Browns

Shauna Smith
Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
BDA Sports Management

Dr. Tamica Smith-Jones
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
University of California, Riverside

Lynda Tealer
Executive Associate Athletic Director
University of Florida

Dr. Candice Williams
Athletic Counselor
Ohio State University Athletics Sports Psychology & Wellness Services

Angela Wyss
|Senior Director of Student-Athlete Academic Support Services
Xavier University