Launched: April 30, 2020
Next Episode: January 27, 2022
Kayla Henderson, Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Development, Clemson University
Invisible Women In Sport is a discussion, an opportunity and a celebration of women leaders in sports. We will discuss the pathways and challenges that women have had to overcome, and explore their unique journeys through sport. We will investigate opportunities to challenge the status quo and action steps for aspiring women to become leaders in sports. Finally, we will celebrate the accomplishments, inspirations, and impressions these women have imprinted in the sports world.
In October 2016, we convened a panel discussion on the University of Central Florida (UCF) campus called Invisible Women In Sport (IWIS), featuring the journey of women of color in the sports industry. The goal of IWIS is to celebrate the accomplishments of women of color in sport, challenge the status quo that places all women at a disadvantage in advancing in the sports industry, and generate a discussion of academic and career pathways to encourage and improve opportunities for women of color in sports. Our panelists included Vicky Chun (AD, Colgate University), Nnenna Akaotobi (Assoc. AD/SWA, Swarthmore College), Brandi Stewart (Sr. Assoc. AD/SWA, UCF), Coach and former Olympian Jeanette Bolden, and Delise O’Meally (Executive Director, ISSJ). It was extremely well received, so we decided to continue this dialogue in a podcast.
The series launches with three episodes, which are 25-40 minute conversations with women of color, hosted by former NPR and sports journalist, Mat Edelson; Delise O’Meally, Executive Director – Institute For Sport & Social Justice; Amy Huchthausen, Commissioner – America East Conference; and Christina Roybal, Senior Associate Athletic Director/SWA. Following episodes feature Jacqie McWilliams (Commissioner, CIAA), Etienne Thomas (Associate Athletic Director, Student Life, University of Kansas), Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak (Head Women’s Soccer Coach, University of Central Florida), and Shauna Cobb (Director, Academics & Membership Affairs, NCAA).