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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.

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Episodes

Episode 61: Alfreeda Goff

7/14/2019
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Hello and welcome to the Women Leaders Podcast! I am Patti Phillips, CEO of Women Leaders in College Sports, and I am thrilled to be joined on today’s podcast by Alfreeda Goff, former senior associate commissioner and chief championship administrator at the Horizon League and long-time advocate and champion of our organization since our inception 40-years ago. Alfreeda is one the most highly respected trailblazers in the industry and has been instrumental in building and growing our...

Duration:00:29:23

Episode 60: Debbie Yow

6/30/2019
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On today’s episode, Patti is joined by Debbie Yow, North Carolina State athletic director emeritus. Debbie’s remarkable career has been anything but traditional. From a college dropout to a Power Five athletic director, Debbie has had an extraordinary career spanning over 43 years. A three-time athletic director, including the first female ACC athletic director and longest serving women Power Five AD, Debbie she has been a catalyst for change from the beginning. Listen in as Debbie...

Duration:00:36:30

Episode 59: Joan Cronan

6/16/2019
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On today’s episode of the Women Leaders Podcast, Patti is joined by Women Leaders past president and University of Tennessee women’s athletic director emeritus Joan Cronan. It was such an honor to talk with Joan, who is a LEGEND. Her career milestones are well-documented with numerous records, prestigious awards, and hall of fame inductions. She has also authored a book that is a must read. Best known for her work in building one of the most visible and respected women’s athletics...

Duration:00:28:36

Episode 58: Gloria Nevarez

6/2/2019
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On today’s episode of the Women Leaders Podcast, Patti is joined by commissioner of the West Coast Conference Gloria Nevarez. Gloria has a great story, with broad experiences. After earning her JD and starting her athletics career in compliance at San Jose State, she went on to other schools where she added “legal” and professor to her titles, before pivoting from campus work to a conference office. She also moved from a basketball conference to a large and successful Power 5 football...

Duration:00:35:05

Episode 57: Susan Bassett

5/19/2019
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Hello and welcome to the Women Leaders Podcast! I am Patti Phillips, CEO of Women Leaders in College Sports, and I am excited to be joined on today’s podcast by one of Women Leaders Past Presidents, Susan Bassett, who currently serves as the Associate Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports at Ithaca College. Susan’s career path began as a little girl idolizing Billie Jean King and cheering on the New York Knicks. She went on to be a two-sport...

Duration:00:36:12

Episode 56: Adrianne Swinney

5/5/2019
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Hello and welcome to the Women Leaders podcast! I am Patti Phillips, CEO of Women Leaders in College Sports, and I am thrilled to be joined on today’s podcast by Chief Operating Officer/SWA at the University of Connecticut and current Women Leaders board member Adrianne Swinney. Adrienne’s professional story began as the first African American athletic trainer at Mississippi State, and she has been breaking barriers ever since. After seven years in athletic training and a brief stint as a...

Duration:00:31:30

Episode 55: Chris Voelz

4/21/2019
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On today’s episode, Patti is joined by Collegiate Women Sports Awards Executive Director Chris Voelz. 2019 marks our 40th anniversary, and we are excited to be highlighting many of our past presidents; one of those is my dear friend Chris. Chris was born a leader and has made a major impact at every institution and organization she has worked. She was a FOUR sport athlete at Illinois State, and then started her professional career in coaching. After serving as the head volleyball coach...

Duration:00:34:34

Episode 54: Lynn Hickey

4/7/2019
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On today’s episode, Patti is joined by Eastern Washington Director of Athletics Lynn Hickey. 2019 marks our 40th anniversary, and we are excited to be highlighting many of our past presidents, one of them being Lynn. A true trailblazer among us, she has done it all in her 30 plus years in the industry and is still going strong! After spending 10 years as a head women’s basketball coach, first at Kansas State and then at Texas A&M, Lynn transitioned into administration at Texas A&M. Then...

Duration:00:34:29

Episode 53: Erin McDermott

3/24/2019
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On today’s episode, Patti is joined by the University of Chicago Director of Athletics & Recreation, Erin McDermott. Erin’s career began as one of the first NACWAA interns, which she calls an invaluable experience that propelled her professional career. Soon after her internship, she landed her first job in the industry at Columbia University, then moved on to Princeton before becoming an athletic director herself. Listen in as Erin talks about what it takes to advance from within,...

Duration:00:31:37

Episode 52: Robin Harris

3/10/2019
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On today’s episode, Patti is joined by the executive director of the Ivy League and past President of Women Leaders, Robin Harris! Robin was a lifelong sports fan, but never thought she would work in the industry until her time in law school at Duke. In our conversation, she reminds us of the importance of being open to new experiences and interested in the efforts of your colleagues—practices that would help her land her first position with the NCAA and would enable her to climb the...

Duration:00:34:46

Episode 51: Val Ackerman

2/24/2019
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On today’s episode, Patti speaks with Val Ackerman, commissioner at the Big East Conference and a true trailblazer in the business of sports. Val is one of the very few people to hold leadership positions in both men’s and women’s sports at the collegiate, professional, national and international levels – a truly remarkable leader! Throughout her career, Val was no stranger to being the only woman in the room – from her time in a New York City law firm to the NBA and even now as the...

Duration:00:32:54

Episode 50: Jane Miller

2/10/2019
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On today’s episode, Patti speaks Women Leaders Board Member and University of Virginia Senior Associate AD and SWA, Jane Miller! Jane Miller is widely known, rightly so, as a gold standard administrator. What many people don’t know is that she started her career as a coach, and really really good one. She has won 2 NCAA national championships, had six final four appearances, and is in 5 different Lacrosse Halls of Fame. And although she spent the last 35-years at University Virginia,...

Duration:00:30:26

Episode 49: Bren Stevens

1/27/2019
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On today’s episode, Patti speaks with Director of Athletics at the University of Charleston, Bren Stevens! Bren is one of the best in the business and has done it all. Some people talk about being a multi-tasker, but Bren has been a “multi-career-er"! She’s been a physical education teacher, a basketball official, a softball umpire, a coach at all levels, and is now a director of athletics at a DII institution. And BTW, when the person she wanted to hire as her men’s volleyball coach...

Duration:00:30:06

Episode 48: Desiree Reed-Francois

1/13/2019
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On today’s episode, Patti speaks with Director of Athletics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Desiree Reed-Francois! Growing up in California to a Mexican father and English mother, Desiree says her upbringing was based on three things: faith, family, and football. An avid 49ers fan, she and her brother Roman made a pact early on that they’d team up: he’d be an NFL player, and his lawyer sister would be his agent. The plan moved forward: Desiree completed law school and was...

Duration:00:35:08

Episode 47: Keri Becker

12/30/2018
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We’re excited today to talk with athletic director at Grand Valley State University, Keri Becker! Keri’s athletics story began when she was a softball player at Saginaw Valley State University. “Softball chose [her],” she says, and it became a huge part of her life’s story. In fact, she coached for 15 years at her alma mater’s conference rival, Ferris State University. Another huge part of Keri’s story is her service to our country: She grew up in a military family, and as a sophomore in...

Duration:00:30:25

Episode 46: Lynn Holzman

12/16/2018
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On today’s episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with Vice President for Women’s Basketball at the NCAA and current Women Leaders President Lynn Holzman. Growing up with four siblings, Lynn was immersed into the world of sport at a young age. By the time she was in high school, Lynn was being recruited for not one, not two, but three sports by programs across the country! She ultimately ended up right here in our backyard at Kansas State playing Division I basketball. Lynn is a...

Duration:00:32:26

Episode 45: Sue Thaden

12/2/2018
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In this episode, Patti Phillips catches up with our friend Sue Thaden, who’s the CEO of not one, but two companies: Client Resources Inc. and From Now On—which is the current sponsor of our Women Leaders Podcast! Sue started her first tech company, CRI, before the age of 30 and had to raise more than $300,000 dollars to do it. Sixteen years later, she founded From Now On, a platform that delivers a personalized experience to fans during games. Her stories and leadership lessons are...

Duration:00:32:47

Episode 44: Nina King

11/18/2018
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Today, Patti chats with one of our industry’s brightest stars, Nina King, deputy director of athletics for administration, legal affairs, and chief of staff at Duke University. Nina describes herself as “the most unathletic person in my family,” but her love of working in athletics administration was sparked as an undergrad at Notre Dame, when she got picked to be a manager on the football team and then the head manager for swimming and diving. It was at Notre Dame that she met Kevin...

Duration:00:30:18

Episode 43: Jen Cohen

11/4/2018
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Today, we’re thrilled to talk with athletic director at the University of Washington, and current Women Leaders board member Jen Cohen! Jen grew up loving UW athletics, particularly football. In fact, she became a pen pal—yup, she wrote actual letters—with the famous Husky football coach Don James as an elementary-school student. The precocious kid announced she would coach Husky football one day—Coach James wrote her back, which set Jen on the path that led her to the UW athletic...

Duration:00:36:03

Episode 42: Katrice Albert

10/21/2018
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Today, we’re excited to share a live episode with Dr. Katrice Albert, which we recorded at the Women Leaders National Convention in Atlanta, this past Tuesday! In this conversation, Katrice shares with us the hardships she faced as a woman of color working towards her PhD and in higher education in general. She reminds us to never stop asking difficult questions and having courageous conversations. Her motivation is the constant reminder that even though we may fall once, she says, we must...

Duration:00:27:26