Hartford, Conn. – Trinity College hosted the NESCAC Future Leaders Forum on its campus on October 31 and November 1. The program, a professional development and networking event that allowed diverse and underrepresented individuals to gain an understanding of the inner workings of Division III college athletics, was chosen as the November Division III Diversity Spotlight Initiative. The Diversity Spotlight Initiative recognizes and promotes outstanding diversity related projects, programming and initiatives that are occurring on Division III campuses and in conference offices.
Over 30 participants learned about topics such as professional and personal branding, maintaining a healthy work-life balance, job searches and candidate pools, and networking best practices. They heard from and network with athletic directors, senior women administrators, coaches, and other senior-level administrators representing various NESCAC institutions, including Trinity College Director of Athletics Drew Galbraith, Middlebury College Director of Athletics Erin Quinn, NESCAC Executive Director Andrea Savage, and numerous coaches from Trinity and other NESCAC institutions.
"The NESCAC Forum provided a great space for shared growth and learning for assistant coaches, head coaches, and administrators," said Trinity Head Women's Basketball Coach Emily Garner. "I was able to participate in the breakout session for assistant coaches looking to transition to a new role, or to make the jump to a head coaching position. This session fostered open dialogue between coaches of different backgrounds, experience levels, and sports, and created a platform for shared advice. It was awesome to connect with coaches from different sports and institutions, and served as a great tool for growth for everyone in the room."
Guest speakers included Bob Anderson, a senior instructor, certified assessor and keynote speaker for Leading Challenges, Meg Hancock, an associate professor of sport administration and chair of the health and sport sciences department at the University of Louisville, Paul Mounds Jr., the vice-president of policy and communications for the Connecticut Health Foundation with extensive experience in policymaking and communications at the state and federal levels. Mounds is also a Trinity College alum and former defensive back for the Trinity football squad.
The Forum was exactly what we hoped it would be, an opportunity for growth and enrichment for outstanding up-and-coming professionals as well as a great environment for networking between these individuals and NESCAC athletic administrators," said Galbraith. "It is rejuvenating to see so many young professionals investing in their development and the future of our industry."