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Nationally recognized weekly podcast where Women of Color in Athletic Administration and Sports Business are spotlighted. Each guests gives her career journey, advice for others and her current initiatives. The Fall 2020 will begin its 7th Season with a listener base that has grown to 1.7K member privateFacebook community. "A Chat in the Garden with Monique A. J. Smith"

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Jessica Brown is the Vice President for Student Affairs and Athletics at North Central College. In her role, she leads all efforts related to student life, including partnering with others across campus to build and strengthen an inclusive and... more

Maisha Kelly was named Drexel's Director for Athletics on June 16, 2021. She was previously Bucknell University's Senior Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator. She has served on multiple NCAA commitees... more

Tianna Hill, a native of Birmingham, AL is currently Director of Compliance at University of Texas at San Antonio and will transition to Assistant Director of Compliance at The Ohio State University in late September 2022. She is... more

Erika Fernandez, or CurlsandSports as known on these social media streets, is in her 9th year as a sports journalist. Following her graduation from Fordham (go Rams!), she was working 9-5's during the day to support her dreams and then... more

Mackenzie Rector attended University of Tampa and earned a B.A. in public relations and a B.S. in sport management. After working with sports organizations such as Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, The Outback Bowl, and... more

Denise Thompson is Associate AD for Communications and Creative Services at University of Delaware. She oversees all aspects of the Communications and Creative Services and Multimedia departments with an emphasis in digital and... more

DeLaina is a Senior Associate, working in the Sports and Higher Education practices for Parker Executive Search. She brings a unique perspective to the team having been a former Divison I student-athlete and student services... more

Courtney G. Pruitt is a former collegiate women's basketball coach turned administrator. She is Athletic Director at Kilgore College in Texas. Prior to Kilgore, she held coaching and administratrive roles at several universities. Pruitt... more

In June 2022, Arnika Edwards was named Assistant Athletic Director for Student Career and Leadership Development at Stony Brook University. Her promotion comes after spending the 2021-22 academic year as Director of Basketball... more

Danita Harris is the NIL Specialist at Guice Wealth Management. She has been working with professional and semi-professional athletes for almost two decades. She is a writer for the Sports Business Journal, author of two NIL... more

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