A Look back at the 2022 event

Thanks to all of the attendees, speakers and event sponsors for your participation. We look forward to seeing you again at next year’s event!

The 4th Annual Women in Athlete Development Symposium & Networking Event on April 6-7, 2022 was a huge success! Nearly 100 attendees, including athlete development professionals, nationally recognized speakers, graduate students and event sponsors participated in interactive presentations on the hottest topics in sports today. Intimate networking experiences, led by industry leaders, provided advice, mentoring and strategies for developing and expanding one’s network in the growing and competitive field of athlete development.

Amazing keynote Speakers

Inspirational and motivational keynote messages were delivered by Edniesha Curry, Assistant Coach, Portland Trail Blazers and Dr. Renae Myles Payne, Sr. Associate Athletic Director/Administration and Chief Diversity Officer, University of Miami.

Impactful Sessions with Industry Leaders

How do you define Athlete Development? What is your approach to the field? What is the impact of your work on the organizations and athletes you serve? Dr. Janice L. Hilliard will lead for an informative and thought-provoking conversation around these questions and the importance of an integrated and comprehensive approach to addressing the ever-changing challenges of sports leaders at all levels.

You are invited to join nationally recognized athlete development industry leaders Ashton Henderson, Sheridan Blandford, Dr. Brittany L. Collins, and Elliott Daniels for a timely and engaging session on the significant challenges facing sports leaders today including gender equity, diversity and inclusion, NIL, athlete activism, and health and wellness, and strategies for addressing these topics.

Wondering how to break into, advance in the exciting, yet highly competitive field of athlete development? Well, you cannot do it without industry knowledge, specific skills, relevant experience, and a strategic network. Learn how to land your dream job from industry leaders Taylor Wells Maberry, Cassidy Buchholz, and LaShea Davis-Williams during their informative and engaging session.

While we rarely think of research when it comes to the personal development of athletes, it is just as important to their holistic development as research on performance. Shelley Lyle, Cindy Miller Aron, and Janelle E. Wells, Ph.D. are bringing the latest data in the field of athlete development straight to you in their informative and enlightening session that is certain to expand your knowledge and ability to better serve your athletes and organization.

Priceless networking Sessions

The networking sessions remain the highlight of the symposium and serve as the catalyst for helping women identify and engage women sports leaders who can help them achieve their desired career in athlete development. Since the event’s inception in 2019, over 200 women seeking to enter and advance in the sports industry have gained valuable knowledge, insight, advice, and mentorship from these nationally respected women who lead the networking sessions. Currently, forty-five percent of symposium attendees have utilized this knowledge and network to achieve their desired position educating, transitioning, and developing athletes. This year’s symposium features multiple opportunities for attendees to develop and expand their network throughout the two-day virtual experience.

... And Incredible Feedback

Thanks to OUr Wonderful Event SponsorS

Event Gold sponsors Boston College and Randolph College shared information on their graduate programs that highlighted the importance of specific training and preparation for individuals currently working in or aspiring to lead in the sports industry.

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