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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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Marquita Armstead is Nebraska's Executive Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator. She came to Nebraska in February 2022 from the University of South Florida, where she spent almost six years. At USF, Armstead... more

Kellie Wells-Brinkley, OLY, Global Sports Marketing Manager for Saucony, won an Olympic Bronze medal in the 2012 London games. This was a fairytale ending after her heartbreaking injury at the 2008 Olympic Trials, where she was... more

Lacee' Carmon-Johnson, Ph.D., is the Manager for Basketball Advancement for the Toronto Raptors where she is responsible for identifying and understanding player interests and values outside of basketball. She leverages that information... more

Pamela Richardson is Director of Marketing, Promotions, and Development for Hampton University Athletics. In this role, she leads marketing initiatives for HU's 17 sports, promoting the HU Athletics brand locally and across the country.... more

Toni-Ann Derby is Assistant Director, Championships, Sport Operations and Governance at the West Coast Conference (WCC). In her role, she serves as sport administrator for Rowing, Tournament Manager for Beach Volleyball,... more

Jolisa Williams became Asst. AD for Media Relations at Bowie State University in August 2021 and is in charge of media relations for all 13 athletics programs. She is from Charles City, VA, and graduated from Saint Augustine University with... more

Dr. Ashley Hodges was appointed to lead Notre Dame of Maryland University's competitive NCAA Division III athletic and recreation programs on July 17, 2021. Gator Athletics boasts nine women's intercollegiate teams in the Colonial States... more

Erin Blain is the Director of Athletic Operations and Events for Georgetown University. She began working at Georgetown in 2018 as the Assistant Director of Facilities & Operations. Prior to Georgetown, she was the Operations & Events... more

Becky Moran, CMAA is the Athletic Director at Round Lake High School. She has served in this capacity for 3 years and has worked in interscholastic athletic administration for 19 years at various high schools in the Chicagoland area. She... more

Shontee Bryant is Assistant Athletic Director for the DC Interscholastic Athletics Association (DCIAA) and a Mindset Life Coach. She oversees cheer, basketball, flag football, soccer, bowling, stunt, the opportunity league, and all elementary... more