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A Chat in the Garden with Monique A. J. Smith

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Chat in the Garden

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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 professional. 

In DeLaina's current role, she conducts comprehensive research on clients and target institutions, develops and executes a detailed search strategy, and assists in the recruitment of qualified candidates based on the needs of the client and institution. 

In addition to her duties at Parker, DeLaina has been a speaker for numerous organizations including NACDA, Women Leaders in College Sports, and the NCAA. Prior to joining Parker, she worked for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Athletic Department in the Office of Career & Leadership.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Communication from the University of Central Florida with a minor in Mass Communication. She competed as a four-year starter for the UCF Women’s Volleyball team.

From UCF, DeLaina attended Michigan State University and became a Graduate Assistant working with the university’s Student-Athlete Support Services. She graduated with a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Student-Athlete Development.

Join us on A Chat in the Garden with Monique A. J. Smith at 10:00 am EST. Come listen to our guest’s career path, her advice for others & current initiatives...A Chat in the Garden with Monique A.J. Smith, where Significance Blooms. Listen via 563-999-3513 or This is Season 9. Seasons 1-5 (and soon Season 6) can be found on, previously broadcasted on Survival Broadcast Network. Seasons 7 & 8 are at