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Chat in the Garden with Monique A, J. Smith "Where Significance Blooms in


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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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Stephanie Wilkerson, a native of Charlotte, NC has been a high school athletic administrator for 15 years. She holds a B.S. in Exercise & Sport Science (concentration in Physical Education) from University of North... more

Jan Bethea, DBA., is an Assistant Professor for Sport Management at Springfield College in Massachusetts. Her teaching responsibilities include Introduction to Sport Management, Seminar: Business and Professional in Sport, and... more

Ancia Ifill joined University of Louisville Athletics as a Learning Specialist in 2019. Currently, she is Associate Director of Academic Services and Athletic Academic Counselor for men's soccer. She assists student-athletes with a variety of... more

Kenesha Simmons works in Event Operations & Sponsorship Fulfillment for Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, Kenesha was a talented multi-sport athlete. She signed a two-year basketball... more

Shea Collins, Director of Student Activities for Chesterfield County Public Schools, has been in public education for 20 years. She's taught and mentored students in grades 7-12 in various science disciplines, was the Head Varsity Girls... more

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

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