Department staff will attend the Women Leaders in College Athletics Convention

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EAST LANSING, Michigan- As part of a year-long celebration of 50 years of Title IX, Michigan State Athletics is sending 12 female staff members to the Women Leaders In College Sports National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, from 9-11 october.

Women Leaders in College Sports is the leading leadership organization that develops, connects and advances women working in college sports and beyond. Women Leaders takes a proactive role in promoting women to positions of influence and powerfully shapes the landscape of women leaders.

MSU Athletics uses the national conference as professional development opportunities. Participants from various Athletic Department units were chosen after submitting an application that included a description of how attending the conference would enhance their professional skills and promote their professional growth. After the conference, all attendees will participate in debriefing sessions in hopes of not only sharing what they have learned with their colleagues, but also identifying ways to continue to invest and improve the culture of the MSU athletics.

Staff members selected to attend include Julee Burgess – Associate DA/Director of Sports Administration, LaRhonda Burley – Senior Associate AD/Strategic Initiatives and Brand Innovation, Epiphany Clark – Associate AD/Chief of Staff, Julie Dombroski – Director of Women’s Basketball Operations and Technology, Hailey Gilbert – Professional Assistant, Lianna Hadden – Deputy Director of Performance Nutrition, lexi harley – Executive Secretary, Jacquie-Joseph – Deputy AD/Sports Administration, Cara Kaye – Creative Director/Men’s Basketball, Simone Proulx – Director of Football Administration, Hannon Roberts – Assistant Director/Student-Athlete Support Services, and Megan Vanderveen – AD/Human Resources Assistant.

In a similar professional development opportunity, several MSU athletic staff will present at the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) 2022 Women in Sports Leadership Conference, Oct. 9-10 in Lansing.

Presenters include Casey Akenberger – Associate Director, Olympic Sports/Athletic Performance, Dr. Ashley Baker – Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Britney Kimball – Brand Ambassador/Volleyball, Sharonda McDonald-Kelley – Softball Head Coach, and Meredith Norris – Academic Coordinator/Student-Athlete Support Services.








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