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Join Patti Phillips, CEO of Women Leaders in College Sports, an organization that develops, connects and advances women leaders at all levels. Every episode Patti will talk with strong, resilient, inspired and passionate women whose career paths you will find inspirational and empowering.

Join Patti Phillips, CEO of Women Leaders in College Sports, an organization that develops, connects and advances women leaders at all levels. Every episode Patti will talk with strong, resilient, inspired and passionate women whose career paths you will find inspirational and empowering.
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Join Patti Phillips, CEO of Women Leaders in College Sports, an organization that develops, connects and advances women leaders at all levels. Every episode Patti will talk with strong, resilient, inspired and passionate women whose career paths you will find inspirational and empowering.




Episode 38: Andrea Williams

Today, we’re chatting with Andrea Williams, the newly named chief operating officer for the College Football Playoff. We recorded this episode in late July, just a week after Andrea’s new job had been announced so the timing couldn’t have been more perfect! Andrea grew up in a very athletic family. She started her career as a big-time athlete at Texas A&M, playing basketball and volleyball—yes, two sports—and both teams advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament! Two of her older...


Episode 37 - Lesley Irvine

It was fantastic to catch up with Lesley Irvine, the director of athletics for Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, for this conversation. Lesley’s career journey began in England where she was an elite field hockey player at the university level. With a year of eligibility remaining, she joined the University of Iowa field hockey program and connected with one of the biggest trailblazer in college athletics and Title IX pioneer, Dr. Christine Grant, who was her college professor. Lesley credits Dr....


Episode 36 - Lindsay Reeves

Joining us for this episode is our current board member and University of North Georgia director of athletics, Lindsay Reeves. Lindsay has such an interesting career journey—she started her career in corporate America with one of the world’s most successful companies, and interacted with the one and only Jack Welch! And you might be surprised to know that she started in higher education at UNC Chapel Hill as the director of employee wellness and as a faculty member. How did she go from...


Episode 35: Tanya Vogel

Our guest today is the calm, cool, and collected director of athletics at George Washington University, Tanya Vogel. Tanya is “wired to be at GW,” she says, and that’s obvious when you hear her long journey at her alma mater: she started as an undergrad soccer star, and because of her incredible four seasons, she landed a spot as the first women’s soccer player in the GW Hall of Fame. After a few coaching gigs at Colgate, Cornell, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she came back to...


Episode 34: Mónica Lebrón

Our guest today is deputy athletics director and chief operating officer at Tulane University, Mónica Lebrón. As an undergraduate, Mónica was a standout softball student-athlete and team captain at Yale University. She also interned in several Division I athletic departments and met one of the greatest at the University of Michigan—a Women Leaders past president and Lifetime Achiever!—Peg Bradley-Doppes, who became Mónica’s first woman mentor in the industry. Mónica has an incredible...


Episode 33: Bridget Belgiovine

Today, you’ll get to hear from a past-president of Women Leaders and a true trailblazer in our industry, Bridget Belgiovine, the director of athletics at Wellesley College. After getting her start as a high school health and physical education teacher, Bridget has spent more than three decades in college athletics, with tenures at Springfield College, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, the NCAA national office, and finally Wellesley for the past 12 years. Wherever she goes, Bridget...


Episode 32: Meg Stevens

Today, Patti Philips talks with Women Leaders board member and Averett University director of athletics, Meg Stevens. Meg’s been a go-getter ever since her undergraduate days at SUNY Cortland, where she was very involved with the student-athlete advisory committee. After graduating, she took on as much responsibility as she could in her first jobs, becoming a head women’s lacrosse coach at Buffalo State at just 23 and eventually the director of athletics at Averett at 34! Meg’s taken...


Episode 31: Beth Goetz

Patti Phillips had a great time catching up with Beth Goetz, the chief operating officer at the University of Connecticut. Beth was a standout soccer student-athlete at Brevard College and Clemson, and when she was just 23 years old, she was named the head women’s soccer coach at the University of St. Louis—the youngest ever in school history! She spent more than 10 years coaching, and then became so intrigued by athletics’ bigger picture, that she pivoted entirely to administration in...


Episode 30: Carmen Ambar

We’re so thrilled you can listen to Patti Phillips’ conversation with President Carmen Ambar, the first African American and second female president in Oberlin College’s 184-year history. She, quite frankly, blew us away! Patti and President Ambar talk about the role higher education and the arts played in her family growing up, the leadership skills she gained as an assistant corporate council in the New York City law department, and how she’s making an impact in her current,...


Episode 29: Dawn Rogers

Today, Patti Phillips talks with Dawn Rogers, the deputy athletics director at Baylor University. You’ll gain so much listening to Dawn’s extraordinary story: She’s succeeded in several huge leadership positions in her career. Early on, she accepted positions she didn’t feel entirely prepared for, including short stints with the Olympic Training Center and Temple, and longer tenures at Xavier University and Arizona State University. Dawn highlights the significance of doing your homework...


Episode 28: Pennie Parker

Pennie Parker—director of athletics at Rollins College and the treasurer of Women Leaders in College Sports—is so well-known in athletics, you may think she has spent her entire career in the industry, but that’s not so. After graduating from the University of Georgia, she went into banking, but eventually made her way to three Division I compliance programs – Georgia, Jacksonville University, and Florida State. Pennie is married to a NASA engineer, so the couple relocated to Orlando to...


Episode 27: Chris Plonsky

Chris Plonsky is a true trailblazer! She’s the director of women’s athletics at the University of Texas and a past president of Women Leaders. She’s spent more than three decades working in intercollegiate athletics, having started as a media relations assistant and spending the majority of her years at one of the biggest brands in college sports, UT. As the long-time women’s athletic director, she has hired and fired coaches, been a part of several national championships in numerous...


Episode 26: Lori Hendricks

We can’t wait for you to listen to Patti Phillips’ conversation with Lori Hendricks, the director of athletics at her alma mater, Mount Holyoke College, and a current Women Leaders board member. Lori and Patti go way back to their days at the NCAA with some other names you might know. Lori was a three-sport athlete at Mount Holyoke—competing in cross country, and both indoor and outdoor track and field. After graduation, she taught and coached in South Africa, worked at the NCAA...


Episode 25: Amy Huchthausen

Patti Phillips talks with Amy Huchthausen, the commissioner of the America East Conference. Amy’s been a leader all the way back to her days as a two-time all-conference softball player and team captain at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. While there, she worked in the athletics department and met one of the industry’s greatest, the current director of athletics at Wellesley and a past-president of Women Leaders, Bridget Belgiovine. This was where Amy realized she could make...


Episode 24: Carla Williams

At the NCAA Convention this past January, Patti Phillips caught up with Carla Williams, the director of athletics at the University of Virginia, and the first female African-American athletics director to lead a Power Five Conference institution – which is incredible! During her time as a standout women’s basketball student-athlete at the University of Georgia, Carla volunteered in the athletics department and her career in administration was born. She went on to be an assistant coach...


Episode 23: Julie Soriero

In today’s episode, Patti Phillips sits down with Julie Soriero, director of athletics at MIT, our current Women Leaders president, and the recently-named NCAA Pat Summitt Award winner! You’ll learn so much hearing about Julie’s remarkable journey, which highlights her parents’ philosophy of doing everything to the best of your ability, and we know you’ll be inspired by Julie’s message to, “be bold, hold onto your dream, and work towards fulfilling that dream.” Head to...


Episode 22: Etienne Thomas

We are excited for you to listen to Patti Phillips’ chat with Etienne Thomas, the associate athletics director of student life at The University of Kansas. Etienne joined KU in the summer of 2017 after nearly a decade at her alma mater, North Carolina Central University. We couldn’t be more grateful that she is now just down the road from us in Lawrence, Kansas! Etienne started her athletics career in compliance as an intern at the University of Iowa, and as a full-time administrator at...


Episode 21: Jill Bodensteiner

Patti Phillips talks with Jill Bodensteiner, the senior associate athletics director at the University of Notre Dame…Go Irish! Like many of you, Jill’s journey in athletics was not necessarily a straight one. She jokes that at the age of six she had both a legal bug and a basketball bug—but despite playing some hoops in high school, the legal route eventually won out. She headed to South Bend to complete her undergrad degree, then received her JD at to Washington University in St....


Episode 20: Joni Comstock

We are very excited about this conversation with Joni Comstock, the senior vice president of championships at the NCAA, and ex-officio member of the Women Leaders Board of Directors. Joni talks about the impact her parents had early in her life, when they stressed the importance of education, commitment to community, and a strong Midwest work ethic—which are all values that have served Joni throughout her career. She has a wide range of experience, taking on coaching jobs, athletics...


Episode 19: Lisa Campos

In today’s episode, Patti Phillips sit down with Lisa Campos, who was named Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and Athletics Director at the University of Texas, San Antonio on November 17! When we recorded this, she hadn’t yet made the jump to her new, exciting job, so you’ll hear references to her previous position as Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics at Northern Arizona University. Lisa’s career journey is so interesting: She is a first-generation college graduate,...