Today I’m promoting a wonderful professional development opportunity for you in Minneapolis this spring. The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport (University of Minnesota) is hosting the 2nd annual Women Coaches Symposium in partnership with Gopher Athletics and the Alliance of Women Coaches. It is a one day event on Friday, April 17th at the U 0f M Campus. The purpose of the Women Coaches Symposium is to provide high quality educational programming, an avenue for networking for women, space to build community among women coaches, and to increase and retain women in the coaching profession. Women coaches of all sports and all levels are welcome.
I am very excited to announce that there will be a discussion group specifically for Coach Moms included in the early morning sessions. Call it a meeting of the Mama minds! I would love to have you join us.
The Tucker Center’s Associate Director, Nicole LaVoi, has been hard at work with the planning committee to prepare a dynamite program. Last year’s event sold out so be sure to register as soon as possible! Did I mention that the keynote speaker is Sue Enquist? Learn more about all the speakers here, and check out a working draft of the program below:
“Empowering Women to Lead in the 21st Century”
Friday, April 17, 2015, 7am-4pm
TCF Bank Stadium, Indoor Club Room, University of Minnesota
7:00-8:00am Check In & Registration: Coffee/tea and light breakfast served
These opt-in “bonus” sessions are discussion-based and will occur simultaneously during registration.
7:15-7:55am Pre-Symposium Option A: Book Group Discussion: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, led by Jody Redman, Associate Director, MSHSL. Coaches who want to participate should buy the book in advance and come ready to discuss.
7:15-7:55am Pre-Symposium Option B: Mother-Coaches Discussion Group, led by Erika Lambert, Creator of Coach Mom, Inc., coachmominc.com
7:15-7:55am Pre-Symposium Option C: Developing and maintaining your digital brand: Tips, Tools, and To-dos for Coaches in a Media-Driven World. With Austin Stair Calhoun, Ph.D., U of M School of Kinesiology, Team Lead, eLearning and Digital Strategy
8:00 SYMPOSIUM OPENS
Introduction and Welcome
- Beth Goetz, Senior Associate Athletics Director/SWA, University of Minnesota
- Marlene Bjornsrud, Executive Director, Alliance of Women Coaches
- Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., Associate Director, The Tucker Center, University of Minnesota
Exact times for the following sessions is TBD.
Networking & Engagement Activity
Time TBD Psychology of Sport Injury: What Coaches Need to Know
Diane Wiese Bjornstal, Ph.D., CC-AASP, Director of Sports Medicine Science Lab, Associate Professor, School of Kinesiology, University of Minnesota
Table Talk I
Table Talk sessions are interspersed through the conference to increase discussion and coach engagement. Table Talk will provide opportunity for coaches to discuss the topics together, share insights, ask questions of each other, answer questions posed by speakers, and network.
Time TBD Empowering Women Coaches
Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., Associate Director, Tucker Center, University of Minnesota
Time TBD The Confidence Factor
Linda LeClaire, author, speaker, mental coach
Table Talk II
Break, grab box lunch (included in registration), networking time
Keynote: Competitive Greatness 24/7: “Excellence Never Blinks”
Sue Enquist, former UCLA softball coach, 11-time NCAA Division-I National Champion.
In 2006, Enquist concluded her storied 27-year career as head coach of the UCLA Bruins with a 887-175-1 (.835) record, the highest win percentage among all Division-I coaches. She is the first person in NCAA Softball history to win a championship as a head coach and a player. Hailed a “coaching legend” by ESPN, Sue Enquist’s tenure produced 15 Olympians who represent 30 Olympic selections over four quadrennials (1996-2008). She also produced 65 NCAA All-Americans. You won’t want to miss hearing Sue, a dynamic and highly sought after international speaker!
Table Talk III
Time TBD PANEL I: What Coaches Can Learn from Athletic Administrators
In this panel coaches will gain insight into personal and professional development from the perspective of athletic administrators.
- Kim Chandler, Director of Athletics, Macalester College, NCAA-III
- Jenn Fraser, Assistant Commissioner, Northern Sun Conference, NCAA-II
- Beth Goetz, Senior Associate Athletics Director/SWA, University of Minnesota, NCAA-I
- Jody Redman, Associate Director, Minnesota State HIgh School League
Time TBD PANEL II: Navigating Career Transitions in the Profession of Coaching
In this panel coaches from across all sports and levels of competition will share their thoughts, experiences and insights about navigating transitions in the coaching profession.
- Coaches TBD
Time TBD Engagement Strategies for Women Coaches
Table Talk IV: Call to Action
3:40-4:00pm Closing Remarks, Raffle, & Call to Action
4:00-6:00 pm Happy Hour & Networking. Location TBD