Winning sports organizations understand the value of investing in their most valuable asset–the athlete- and the importance to every aspect of the business and brand. As women continue to break barriers and shatter the glass ceiling in various leadership positions in sports, they have become increasingly valuable assets in the area of athlete development. A growing group of dynamic women are bringing their talents, unique experiences and skills to sports organizations that are committed to the personal and professional development of their athletes.

Recently, the Philadelphia 76ers hired Annelie Schmittel as Vice President of Player Development. She is responsible for creating, managing and overseeing the holistic development and implementation of programs that support the professional and personal growth of 76ers players, staff and families. Temple University hired Dr. Stephany Coakley as its first ever Senior Associate Athletic Director for Health, Wellness and Performance. She designs and implements comprehensive programming and support services for all student-athletes. After completing the NBA’s Basketball Operations Associate Program, Stacey Lovelace was hired as a Player Development Specialist. Her responsibilities involve coordinating the continuing education and life skills programs for all players in the G League. Each of these women has an extensive background, relevant education and a special skill set that brings value to their organizations.

Every week I career coach women who are eager to break into the field of athlete development or advance to leadership positions but don’t know how or where to begin. My unique experience as a trailblazer, athletics administrator, professional sports league executive and athlete development industry expert, along with my passion and love for sports, help women to achieve their dream position in sports.

Hilliard Solutions is excited to collaborate with Scholar Baller, Athletes Think and the Diversity & Social Issues in Sport graduate class at the University of Central Florida in Orlando to host the first ever Women in Athlete Development Symposium & Networking Event on April 1st. We will bring together outstanding women leaders in athlete development from the college and professional levels, industry practitioners, faculty and researchers to educate and prepare women for a career in athlete development or to advance in their current positions. Attendance will be limited.

Registration and additional details are forthcoming @HilliardSoluti1 and on Instagram at hilliardsolutions or email us at drj@hilliardsolutions.com. You don’t want to miss this game-changing event!

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