Eight Student-Athletes attended Women’s Leadership in Athletics Symposium 

Athletics News 

Westminster took eight female student-athletes to St. Louis Friday for a “Women’s Leadership in Athletics Symposium”.   The Symposium was put on by the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) for the nine member schools, including Westminster.  The Symposium was the first of hopefully many to come.  The Symposium was a two day event held at the Double Tree Hotel.

The “Women’s Leadership in Athletics Symposium” was a chance for ten student-athletes interested in pursuing a careering in athletics from each school to spend a weekend networking with each other, while also listening to influential women already in the athletics world.

The student-athletes spent Friday night with icebreakers and team building exercises at Dave & Busters. 

Saturday the students dressed in business attire to listen to speeches by some very influential women that are not just in the athletics field, but also in powerful positions.  Some of these women included Shannon Meyrs, the Director of Membership and Education for the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA), Miriam (Mim) Pride, President of Blackburn College, Tori Murden-McClure, President of Spalding University, and JaNiece Cranmer, a Sports Producer for KSBI-TV in Oklahoma City.  Also included in these speeches were women holding powerful positions in athletics from the SLIAC member schools. 

The speeches shared insight to career opportunities in athletics, what to include on your resume and cover letter, who mentors are and what they can do for you, and what it takes to work in a man’s world.  Along with the speeches, the student-athletes also took a “brain color” test to determine what personalities each student-athlete has in a working environment.  The group then dived into each “color” and talked about the positives of being that “color” and how the knowledge can help excel them in the work environment. 

The Symposium gave female student-athletes the chance to learn more about women’s ability to work in athletics and a chance to meet and connect with some powerful women in athletics.

The student-athletes from Westminster College were:
Lauren Dolniak-Junior (Women’s Soccer)
Brittany Lee-Junior (Softball)
Lori Jones-Junior (Softball)
Courtney Griswold-Junior (Track & Field)
Anna West-Sophomore (Cross Country)
Shelby Cornelson-Freshman (Softball)
Caroline Will-Freshman (Volleyball)
Jordan Berry-Freshman (Volleyball)

Symposium Speakers and Panelists:
Shannon Myers- Director of Membership & Educational Programming- NACWAA
Tori Murden-McClure- President- Spalding University
Dr. Mim Pride- President- Blackburn College
Lisa Bash-DeFrees- Senior Woman Administrator/Athletics Business Manager/Asst. Title IX Coordinator-Spalding University
Amy Bommarito- Athletics Coordinator- Webster University
JaNiece Cranmer- Sports Producer- KSBI-TV in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Christy Dashiell- Asst. Volleyball Coach/Recruiting Coordinator- Greenville College
Martha Davis- Asst. Tennis Coach/Tennis Center Coordinator- Webster University/Webster Groves Tennis Center
Kim Dobberstein- Product Analyst- Jarden Sports Licensing
Danielle Doerfler- Director/Professor of Physical Education/Women’s Volleyball Coach- MacMurray College
Kristen Ely- Asst. Athletics Director for Compliance & Student Services- Maryville University
Heather Fairbanks- Sports Information Director- Principia College
Tamara Gregg-LaPlume- Director of Career Services- Webster University
Kay Graves- Assistant Professor-Mathematics & Computer Science/Faculty Athletics Representative- Fontbonne University
Alysha Hodge- Sports Information Director- Westminster College
Suzanne Krupica- Director of Career Services and Experimental Learning- Blackburn College
Sabrena Lary- Asst. Athletic Trainer- Westminster College
Kathryn Leetch- Intern/Asst. Director of Operations- SLIAC/St. Louis Lions Soccer Club
Andrea Lindquist- Asst. Athletic Trainer- Fontbonne University
Tenequa Martin- Senior Woman Administrator/Softball Coach- Greenville College
Erin McNary, Ph.D.- Asst. Professor & Director-Sports Management- Fontbonne University
Angie Morenz- Professor-Physical Education & Sports Management/Senior Woman Administrator- Blackburn College
Mary Ann Sprague- Assoc. Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator/Women’s Volleyball Coach-Principia College
Suzanne Stoelting, Ph.D.- Asst. Professor-Sociology- Fontbonne University
Will Wolper-Commissioner- SLIAC