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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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Schnea Nealy is the Associate A.D. for Student-Athlete Development at University of Tulsa. She is the Athletics Diversity and Inclusion Designee and oversees academics for women's basketball, volleyball, and football (defense). She is the... more

Michele Lewis Watts, Ph.D. is co-founder and Chief Equity Officer of Woods and Watts Effect, an equity and inclusion consulting firm. Additionally, she is a consultant for youth and gender-based sports initiatives that focus on... more

Entering her fourth season at Austin Peay, Lisa Varytimidis looks ahead to her first full season as Deputy Director of Athletics while continuing as the department's Senior Woman Administrator. Hired in June 2018 as Senior... more

Shirelle Jackson is the Senior Associate Athletic Director of Student-Athlete Development at the University of Miami. She initially joined Miami as the Director of Student-Athlete Development in March 2014 and elevated to her... more

Ms. Devon N. Thompson is going into her 3rd year as Assistant Professor and Advisor of Kinesiology at Jarvis Christian College (JCC). In the past seven years at JCC, Thompson has held positions as Head Volleyball Coach, Champions... more

Kevicia Brown, a Jacksonville, FL native, is a double graduate of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, where she earned a Master's in Sport Management and a Bachelor's in Occupational Wellness /Pre-Occupational... more

Denise Brown, a Bronx, NY native, graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor's in Sport & Recreation Management in 2010, and later went on to receive her Master's Degree in Sport Studies from California... more

This episode is a replay. Esé Ighedosa, Esq. is President of House of Athlete, a lifestyle wellness brand, overseeing an exciting portfolio of businesses including House of Athlete Apparel, Supplements, and Fitness Facilities, as well... more

Maulana Dotch is the General Manager of Hermann Park Golf Course in Houston, TX. She graduated from Bethune Cookman University with a B.A. in Accounting and played two seasons on the Futures, now Symetra, Tour. Later, she earned... more

Monica Heuer earned her BS in Physical Education and her MA in Sports and Fitness Management. She is currently the AD at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, CA and recently was appointed to the NCSADA as the Diversity,... more

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