June 28, 2017
Columbus — Kimberly Doran and LaToya Farris, SASSO staff members, recently attended the Institute for Administrative Advancement through Women Leaders in College Sports.
The NCAA/Women Leaders in College Sports Institute for Administrative Advancement (IAA) is the premier “level one” leadership development program for women in intercollegiate athletics administration. An engaging faculty–including leaders representing all NCAA divisions and pioneers in women’s athletics–prepare, empower and inspire participants to become successful administrators and advance within the profession.
“I was excited about this opportunity as other women leaders in Ohio State’s administration had gone through the institute and shared what an empowering and inspiring opportunity it was. They mentioned that it changed their outlook on leadership and how they went about their day-to-day lives,” said Doran, who knew she would benefit from the program.
The goals of IAA are to provide education and information on the History of Women’s Athletics and Title IX, prepare female athletics administrators to manage issues in the profession, improve leadership and management skills, and enhance self-awareness and personal brand development.
When asked about the biggest takeaway from the weekend, Farris recalled a quote. “Be the person, you needed when you were younger. That [statement] really resonated with me because I can use it as a guiding principle with all my interactions with student-athletes.”
“It’s hard to pin-point just one takeaway,” said Doran. “There were so many from the entire experience — what was consistent was the power of people, remaining true to oneself and one’s values, and remaining authentic.”
Both recommend this opportunity to other female athletics administrators. Farris said it is a “great opportunity to learn more about the sports industry from women at every level,” and that it’s a “fabulous way to gain more insight about your personal goals and ways to accomplish them.”
Doran hopes to share her experience with female colleagues, referencing a quote from the weekend — “we rise by lifting others.”
IAA is offered twice a year; participants must be a current Women Leaders in College Sports member and have three years of full-time experience in intercollegiate athletics administration. Read more about IAA and other opportunities at http://www.womenleadersincollegesports.org