Helping professionals help athletes succeed.

Professional Development Programs

Our career programs and nation-wide network have assisted over 300 women who hold leadership positions in college athletics, professional sports organizations, and related businesses. Whether you’re a young or veteran professional, looking to advance in your current role, trying to figure out how to get your foot in the door in the competitive sports industry, or seeking to provide professional development opportunities for your team, we can help you obtain the knowledge, skills, experience, network and confidence to achieve your goals.

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Recent College Graduate Interested in a Career in Athlete Development

Already in the Field of Athlete Development and Looking to Advance My Career

Looking to Transition to a Career in the Field of Athlete Development

Career Coaching Community

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The Hilliard Solutions Career Coaching & Professional Development Institute is an extension of Hilliard Solutions. The first of its kind virtual platform in the field stands as a beacon of knowledge and skill enhancement for professionals navigating the multifaceted world of athlete development. Driven by the expertise and rich career in sports of Dr. Janice Hilliard, the Institute is committed to “Helping professionals help athletes succeed” by offering a range of individual and group career coaching programs, professional development training, Masterclasses, events tailored to build and enhance skills and knowledge in athlete development professionals, and access to a nation-wide network of sports industry professionals.

Hilliard Solutions and its Professional Development Institute are steadfast in their commitment to ensuring that athlete development professionals are well-equipped to guide athletes through not only their sporting careers but also their life beyond sports. The Institute provides a holistic approach to athlete development, ensuring that professionals and organizations are not only aware of the challenges athletes face but are also equipped with the tools, knowledge and resources to guide them through these challenges successfully.

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Meet your guide, Dr. Janice Hilliard

A Message from Doc

Most of us do not get to make a successful career out of what has driven us since our youth. I am one of the fortunate ones who has done just that. That probably best explains why I cherish the opportunity to work with a select number of individuals, universities, and organizations truly committed to making a difference in the field of athlete development. When it comes to our collective futures, it’s game time! If you are committed to standing out in the world we both love, we should connect soon.

About Dr. Janice Hilliard

Dr. Hilliard continues to be a trailblazer with a uniquely powerful background as a collegiate student-athlete, secondary school educator, college athletics administrator, and a Vice President at the National Basketball Association. She is a published author and an adjunct professor as well as a nationally recognized workshop presenter and the founder of the annual Women in Athlete Development Symposium & Networking Event. She holds a Doctorate degree in Educational Administration and a Master’s degree in Urban Counseling from Michigan State University and a Bachelors in Education from the University of Houston.

She remains driven to help others achieve their goals and in turn, help build the depth and accomplishments of the athlete development community one person or one institution at a time. She continues to be recognized for her commitment to diversity, women’s empowerment, and the community at large by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, American Athletic Conference, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

About Hilliard Solutions

Hilliard Solutions is an education and sports consultancy firm that focuses on helping those professionals charged with helping athletes succeed. Through her company, Dr. Hilliard, and her accomplished team of associates, provide consulting, career coaching, athlete life skills programming and professional development solutions for sports leaders, athlete development professionals and educational and community organizations. Hilliard Solutions is centered around a proprietary 360-degree Athlete Development Model that uniquely integrates the key disciplines impacting athletes’ life experience while also providing direction for their comprehensive development. Working within that powerful model equips sports leaders with the knowledge, tools, and resources necessary to prepare their athletes for successful experiences during and beyond their sports careers helping to ensure a more successful transition.

Finally. A Proven Model for Athlete Success.

Our 360-degree Athlete Success 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, initiatives and educational and professional development platforms for athletes, staff and graduate programs is well documented across some of the most successful and respected sports, training, and educational organizations in the country including the NBA, NCAA, MLS, Women Leaders in College Sports, National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A), Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists (PADS), Alliance of Social Workers in Sports (ASWIS), University of Florida, Michigan State University, Rice University, and Boston College.

Helping athletes navigate the complicated world of a career in and around sports is an essential role for anyone hoping to help athletes succeed. Whether it's a high school athlete at the beginning of this process or a professional looking to transition into a post-sports career, understanding the crucial steps in career development has a very real and direct impact on many athletes.

  1. Athlete identity
  2. Leadership
  3. Sport/life transitions
  4. Entrepreneurship
  5. Job preparation
  6. Networking


In order to ensure their success in sports and in life, educating and empowering today’s athletes must expose them to the knowledge, experiences, and resources that will enable them to compete long after they’ve donned their uniform for the last time.

  1. Athletes’ rights
  2. Financial literacy
  3. Business of sports
  4. Politics of sports
  5. Self-management
  6. Continuing education
  7. Sport legislation, law, compliance
  8. Collective bargaining
  9. Globalization of sport
  10. Stages of human development

Athletes are, first and foremost, individuals who see themselves as more than just a performer on the field or court. As a  student-athlete or a pro performer, a teammate, and a member of society on multiple levels, understanding how athletes see their place in the world is critical.

  1. Diversity & inclusion
  2. Social justice
  3. Gender equity
  4. Media
  5. Racism
  6. Moral and ethical issues
  7. Masculinity & femininity
  8. Community service & civic responsibility

No two athletes think and emote the same way. Therefore, no two athletes react or engage in the same way. Understanding sports psychology, at least at its most basic level, is integral for those looking to help athletes succeed in today’s world.

  1. Mental health & wellness
  2. Physical health & safety
  3. Injury
  4. Performance
  5. Motivation
  6. Skills development
  7. Stress management

Money influences sports at all levels, even though athletes are only being paid when they turn pro. Understanding how revenue is accumulated and costs accrue is imperative for those in the field of athlete development.

  1. Athletic scholarships
  2. Contracts
  3. Employment & income
  4. Revenue streams
  5. Marketing
  6. Philanthropy

Meet Our Network

"Dr. Janice Hilliard has made a tremendous impact in the sports industry. She maximizes people's potential in a range of settings. She draws from a reservoir of experiences from collegiate athlete, higher education administrator to NBA executive, which helps her provide valuable insight and expertise. Dr. Hilliard's lived experiences are coupled with her academic background to provide practical, strategic, and solid pedagogical approaches to complex problems."
Dr. Charles Small
Director of Athletics
Valparaiso University
"Dr. Hilliard has played a pivotal role in my personal and career development. She has not only connected me with several successful women within the sports industry, but she has also helped me narrow down my career path based on my passions and skillsets. Dr. Hilliard spent countless hours preparing me for a career in the NBA using a holistic teaching approach. She has set me up to not just succeed in my career, but also to be the best person I can be. I cannot thank her enough!"
Kristin Judson
Player Development Coordinator
Philadelphia 76ers
"Hilliard Solutions provided valuable life skills programming to over 1,000 prospective student-athletes at the NCAA College Basketball Academy on extremely short notice. Parents and participants continuously provided positive feedback on her group’s sessions throughout our event. I would absolutely recommend her services to any organization or event that is looking to provide important education to young people, especially athletes."
Niko Roberts
Former Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Championships
National Collegiate Athletic Association
"Dr. Hilliard provides a unique level of experience in today's landscape of sport. Janice not only understands the challenges and opportunities facing today's athlete, but also has the talent to help build productive strategies for the athletes while also respectfully navigating within the dynamics ‎of existing administration and leadership."
Sam Presti
Executive Vice President & General Manager
Oklahoma City Thunder


Women in Athlete Development Symposium & Networking Event

April 12-13, 2023

The 5th Annual Women in Athlete Development Symposium & Networking Event on April 12-13, 2023 was a huge success! Just over 100 attendees, including athlete development professionals, recent graduate students, and others seeking to enter and advance in the growing field of athlete development participated in a specially designed intimate networking and powerful, educational, and engaging sessions led by nationally recognized industry leaders. Thanks to the attendees, speakers, and event sponsors for your participation. We look forward to seeing you again at next year’s event!


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