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Women in Athlete Development: The Future Career Destination

2019-05-20T13:52:23-05:00January 13th, 2019|

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 [...]

Five Tips for Women Interested in a Career in Sports

2019-01-13T20:32:10-06:00December 22nd, 2018|

An enjoyable part of what I do at Hilliard Solutions is career coach individuals who are pursuing leadership positions in sports - many are women. This fall semester, I taught a women leadership in sports course, that I created, at Michigan State in the College of Business. Incorporated into the design of the course was many [...]

Career Development Programming for Professional Bound Student-Athletes

2019-01-13T20:37:38-06:00October 28th, 2018|

In their first year after college, 9% of women and 24% of men expect to devote themselves to their sport (NCAA Division I Seniors, GOALS Survey). Most likely that means participating professionally. This information provides an opportunity for student-athlete development professionals to survey their student-athletes and create a career education program that prepares them for a [...]

What’s On Your Bucket List?

2019-01-13T20:39:17-06:00September 17th, 2018|

I’ve been blessed to have a career in education and sports. Recently, I designed and began teaching a women in sports leadership class. Teaching at the college level and writing have always been two of my goals. Today, I’m putting the final touches on a third book chapter. The last two years have literally flown by [...]

Engaging Coaches in Athlete Development Initiatives

2018-09-17T13:41:24-05:00September 3rd, 2018|

Coaches play a significant role in both the experiences and success of athletes. Yet, when I consult with athlete development professionals, it’s always interesting to hear how little, if at all, they engage coaches in their work. Sometimes this is out of fear, discomfort or differing philosophies. Despite the reasons, it’s beneficial to get to know [...]

Athlete Development Hot Topics

2019-01-13T20:41:46-06:00August 20th, 2018|

If you work in athlete development at any level, summer is usually the time when you get a break. This is when most of us refresh, engage with colleagues and participate in professional development activities. Professional development conferences I recommend attending are the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A), NCAA Accelerating Academic Success [...]

Remember to Take Care of You

2019-01-13T20:43:27-06:00August 6th, 2018|

My first job was the summer after my senior year in high school. I worked 4pm-12am on an assembly line making manila folders at a plant just outside my hometown. My second job that same summer was cleaning the office buildings of an insurance company with my mom on the weekends. I had jobs every summer [...]

The Top Five Challenges of Athlete Development Professionals

2018-08-06T09:12:34-05:00July 23rd, 2018|

I frequently consult with athlete development professionals regarding the challenges of their role. As I thought about this blog entry, I decided to ask some of them to share their thoughts. The responses I received included a lack of buy-in from administrators, student-athletes and coaches; limited professional development opportunities; little access to decision-makers; minimal recognition; work/life [...]

Where are the Athlete Education and Development Resources?

2018-07-23T09:36:03-05:00July 9th, 2018|

While athlete development is a popular and ever-growing area in the sports landscape, the term itself is interpreted in many ways. Recently, I discussed the term and how it is often associated with physical, not personal development. Check out the Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists podcast. Another challenge of the athlete development term is that [...]