Women's Leadership Symposium

May 22-23rd 2024  ||  Virtual

The Women Leaders in Sports Women's Leadership Symposium (WLS) is for early-career women beginning or aspiring to a career in intercollegiate athletics or the sports industry. This program aims to enrich participants’ skills, expand their professional network and promote the recruitment and retention of women working sports.  


Program Goals

To provide early-career women opportunities to...

  • Connect with other women in the industry and expand professional networks
  • Improve soft skills (resume, interviewing, personal branding)
  • Get a better understanding of how the sports industry works

Applicant Eligibility Requirements

Early-career women beginning or aspiring to a career in intercollegiate athletics and/or sports, including but not limited to: 
  • Current Women Leaders in Sports members
  • Graduate Students/Assistants, interns, entry-level staff
  • Available to attend the entire two-day virtual event

Application & Selection Process

Applications Closed

Applications will be reviewed by the Women Leaders in Sports Education & Professional Development Committee, and selections are made based on ensuring diversity in age, leadership duties, division and ethnicity. 80-90 participants will be selected to attend.

Applicants will be notified of the status of their application no later than April. You must be a Women Leaders member to participate. (Not a member? Join Here)


The tuition fee for WLS is $75 per participant and includes registration, 6-8 hours of virtual programming, career advancement resources and all program materials.


Thanks to the generous support of the Women Leaders Sports Foundation Fund, multiple WLS scholarships are available for 2024. Scholarship applications are open now. Please view our Scholarships page for more information. For questions regarding scholarship applications, please contact Nyia Duncan

Note: Applicants can increase their chances of receiving Women Leadership Symposium scholarship by applying to both the Jan R. Gentry Endowed Memorial Scholarship and the Women's Leadership Symposium Scholarship.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will not be granted, nor will they be given for no-shows. No exceptions .


2023 Women's Leadership Symposium Graduates

Lauren Altschuler, Bryn Mawr College
Alexis Bell, Gannon University
Icelda Beltran, Women Leaders in College Sports
Michaela Burton, University of Pittsburgh
Elizabeth Canning, Boston College
Andrea Clark, DePaul University
Bianca Collins, Central State University
Christine “C.C” Colwell, NCAA
Katie Darby, Altius Sports Partners
Danielle Day, NCAA
Kendyl Druffel, Northern Arizona University
Magdalena Emary, University of Notre Dame
Hope Eoff, University of Incarnate Word
Dani Fey, Pennsylvania State University
Dia Fortenberry, Wesleyan University
Grace Garbe, Chicken N Pickle
Alexis Garrett, Rice University
Judith Gipp, Haskell Health, Sport & Exercise Science Department
Elizabeth Gloria, University of South Carolina
Kady Gurtis, University of Pittsburgh
Jillian Hall, Gonzaga University
Aleesa Havery, Baylor University
Sierra Hassel, Altius Sports Partners
Kendee Hillard, Illinois State University
Jade Holt, Chicken N Pickle
Anna Hughes, National International Cycling Association (NICA)
Brittney Jackson, Big 12 Conference
Kristin Janes, Xavier University
Taylor Jeanlewis, Jackson State University
Monika Jesse, Eastern Washington University
Quinn Josiah, Texas Christian University
Rebecca Kapusta, The Ohio State University
Alyssa Klooster, Ball State University
Tessa Kwon (Akers), Altius Sports Partners
Chloe Lane, Chicken N Pickle
Mary Claire Logue, Louisiana State University
Naomi Madu, Women Leaders in College Sports
Allison Manwell, Wabash College
Ariyanna Mason, Averett University
Mallory Mattson, Northeastern University
Emily Maury, Columbia University
Morgan Melchert, NCAA
Angela Morales, Pennsylvania Western University
Trish Nutter, Chicken N Pickle
Melissa Perkins, Illinois Wesleyan University
Amanda Ralton, University of Missouri- Kansas City
Kirsten Rich, Ball State University
Katharine Rivera, Georgian Court University
Margaret Rock, Providence College
Hazel Rogers, Women Leaders in College Sports
Erin Rosier, Illinois Wesleyan University
Delaney Rummell, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Isabel Schwam, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dominika Silvestri, Baylor University
Kaylynn Smith, Eureka College
Jamie Smith, University of Rhode Island
Jalynn Spaulding, University of Richmond
Markell Staton, NCAA
Sarah Staudle, Gonzaga University
Eno Umoh, Grand Valley State University
Rachel VanWart, University of Illinois
Lindsey Vermillion, Chicken N Pickle
Stasha Warchock, University of Wisconsin- Parkside
Brittany Warren, Marquette University
Knola Westbrooks, Arizona State University
Dajia Williams, Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Alex Williams, Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Savanah Williamson, University of Arkansas


Questions? Contact Nyia Duncan.