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WOMEN IN ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT

SYMPOSIUM & NETWORKING EVENT

Check Out the 2021 Event Highlights.

About the Event

why you should join US!

This exclusive and engaging professional development and virtual networking experience will take place on April 6-7, 2022. The three previous events were widely recognized for preparing women to achieve leadership positions in the growing field of athlete development.

The symposium sessions will be led by a diverse group of industry experts and practitioners in the field of athlete development, nationally recognized faculty and researchers in social welfare, and collegiate and professional sports hiring managers

Host

"Hilliard Solutions is honored to collaborate with our major sponsor and partner, Berkeley Social Welfare, to help professionals help athletes succeed by providing this unique, cutting-edge professional development experience for our attendees."

Dr. Janice L. Hilliard is President & CEO of Hilliard Solutions, an education and sports consultancy firm that helps professionals help athletes succeed by providing career, consulting, and curriculum services. She is the creator of the annual Women in Athlete Development Symposium & Networking Event that assists women with entering, advancing, and transitioning into the field of athlete development. Dr. Hilliard spent fifteen years at the National Basketball Association where she was most recently Vice President of Player Development. She was previously an Associate Director of Athletics at the University of Houston and the University of North Carolina. She is a member of the Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists, Alliance of Social Workers in Sports, Michigan State University College of Business Sports Management Advisory Board, and the Georgetown University NIL Task Force. A proud recipient of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Founders Award and National Girls and Women in Sports Day Award, she is also an Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University and Georgetown University and a published author.

Featured SPEAKERS

Associate AD for SOAR / Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Rice University

JP Abercrumbie

Rice University

Founder

Student-Athletes Unite

Krystal Beachum

Student-Athletes Unite

Program Manager

Communities in Schools

Ashley Bryant

Communities in Schools

Sr. Associate AD
Student Development

University of Washington

Kim Durand

University of Washington

Sr. Vice President Marketing

Excel Sports Management

Colleen Garrity

Excel Sports Management

Player Engagement Assistant

Green Bay Packers

Ashley Goodman

Green Bay Packers

Chief Executive Officer

The BFCA Experience

Marlene Holmes

The BFCA Experience

Commissioner

America East Conference

Amy Huchthausen

America East Conference

Director of Player Engagement

Major League Soccer

Chadozi Ibeauchi

Major League Soccer

Team Services Coordinator

Philadelphia 76ers

Kristin Judson

Philadelphia 76ers

Alumni Relations Director

Las Vegas Raiders

Devon Lewis-Buchanan

Las Vegas Raiders

Academic Coordinator

University of Colorado

Haley Major

University of Colorado

Director of Student-Athlete Development

University of Arkansas

Erica Nelson-Flowers

University of Arkansas

Charmin Smith

University of California Berkeley

Makenzie St. Onge

U.S. Ski and Snowboard

Founder

Athlete Advocacy and Empowerment Group

Stephanie Thorburn-Kresge

Athlete Advocacy and Empowerment Group

Bobby Thompson

University of California Berkeley

Dr. Robert Turner II

George Washington University

Field Consultant and Lecturer

Berkeley Social Welfare

Robert Watts III

Berkeley Social Welfare

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Speaker Highlights

2021 special recognition

tamika catchings

Hilliard Solutions and the University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare announced that the highlight of their jointly hosted Women in Athlete Development Symposium and Networking Event this spring is a special recognition of WNBA legend Tamika Catchings for her role as a pioneer and athlete advocate leader for social justice in sports and society.

“I have known and been a mentor to Tamika Catchings since she joined the WNBA and worked in player development with her father, NBA legend Harvey Catchings. Tamika embodies what it means to be a leader in her community, sports, and the world, and understands the power of athletes to impact society. We cannot think of a more deserving recognition as an important part of our efforts to prepare women desiring to work in sports for the responsibilities of these important positions.”

Dr. Janice L Hilliard

“Tamika Catchings is an inspiring role model on and off the court. We honor her service to others through her foundation’s community work.”

Dr. Linda Burton

““I am beyond honored to receive this special recognition from Hilliard Solutions and Berkeley Social Welfare. Helping to prepare individuals who support athletes in all aspects of their lives is an endeavor I fully support. Based on my upbringing, I have always been fully committed to empowering and uplifting communities and being a vocal leader for positive change. Basketball has given me a platform to impact the world through sports and I take this responsibility seriously.”

Tamika Catchings

One of the most decorated athletes of all time, Tamika Catchings has left an indelible mark at every level of the game. Catchings is a four-time Olympic gold medalist, 10-time WNBA All-Star, five-time Defensive Player of the Year, and a WNBA Champion. Beyond her on-court success, she is known for her off-court professionalism and was a three-time recipient of the Kim Perrot sportsmanship award. In 2004, she launched the Catch the Stars Foundation, which empowers youth by providing goal setting programs that promote fitness, literacy and youth development.

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Helping professionals help athletes succeed

At Hilliard Solutions, the framework of athlete success  is centered around our powerful 360-degree Athlete Development Model that:

  • identifies the key disciplines that impact the athlete’s life experience.
  • provides direction for their comprehensive development.
  • equips sports leaders with the knowledge, tools, and resources necessary to prepare their athletes for successful experiences during and beyond their sports careers to ensure successful transitions.

 

Our 360-degree Athlete Development Model did not simply appear. It reflects the components that Dr. Janice Hilliard has identified, successfully integrated, and implemented to achieve impactful outcomes throughout her 30-year career.

Doc’s reputation as an athlete development industry expert who has created innovative and cutting-edge programming and initiatives and professional development platforms for athletes and staff is well documented across some of the most successful and respected sports, training, and educational organizations in the country.

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