The Institute For Sport & Social Justice (ISSJ) is “Changing Lives Through the Power of Sport.” This show is a discussion, an opportunity and a celebration of women leaders in sports. We will discuss the pathways and challenges that women of color have overcome and explore their unique journeys through sport. We will investigate opportunities to challenge the status quo and action steps for inspiring women to become leaders in sport.
Producer, Garnett L. Overby III, Director or Marketing & Communications, Institute For Sport & Social Justice
Host, Taylor Middleton, Master's student, DeVos Sports Business Management Program, University of Central Florida
Past Host, Tolulope Omokore, DeVos Sports Business Management Program, UCF; and Mat Edelson, journalist and producer appearing on NPR, ABC, ESPN, and in Houghton-Mifflin’s annual series, “The Best American Sports Writing.”
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Episode 35 - Natasha Oakes
A former track and field student-athlete, Oakes is now a highly accomplished professional with over 16 years of experience in athletic administration. Her experiences span being a senior level administrator at a Division-I and Division-II institutions, Assistant Commissioner at one of the oldest and most successful NCAA Division-II conferences, and as an Assistant Director at the NCAA.
IWIS is giving you and opportunity to tap into Oakes' vast wealth of knowledge, networks, and experience in collegiate athletic administration. Oakes is excited about sharing her journey and connecting with you. You don't want to miss this episode.
Episode 34 - Dr. Christina Rivera
DR. RIVERA has mastered being a senior level athletic administrator, while being the mother of an early elementary age child. She is a true mentor and role model for those women out there who question if it is possible to do both. Look no further, ladies, DR. RIVERA has some answers to this age old challenge for women.
DR. RIVERA has extensive experience at Power 5 Institutions with stints at Ohio State University and the University of Southern California (USC) prior to joining the Bruins staff. Her areas of responsiblity span from student-athlete development, student-athlete support and academic services, Title IX compliance, governance, and diversity and inclusion initiatives. She has received numerous honors and accolades including serving on the NCAA Student-Athlete Experience Committee, Board of Directors for the Collegiate Women In Sports Awards, one of 12 inaugural members of the LEAD1 Diversity Fellowship Program, and a receipient of the Next Level Female Executive Scholarship to attend the 2021 Collegiate Athletic Leadership Symposium (CALS).
DR. RIVERA earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Higher Education Administration at Ohio State University in August 2004 where her dissertation focused on the identification of key factors student-athletes perceived to be important to the college student-athlete retention process.
Episode 33 - Cherly Wong
Underrepresented in athletic administration, WONG, an Asian-American woman, takes great pride in her accomplishments and contributions to sports administration. Her varied experiences spans athletic training, business operations, marketing and partner services, event management, travel operations, and sport supervision. These experiences have laid the foundation for WONG's current role with the PAC-12 Conference.
In addition, WONG sits on the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association's (MOAA) National Board as the Chair of the membership committee. Recently, WONG was named to the MOAA Executive Board. In addition, she has been appointed to the NCAA Olympic Sports Liaison Committee.
Episode 32 - Ashley Jocelyn
JOCELYN received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Central Florida (UCF). She is a DeVos Sports Business Management alum and a member of one of UCF's most successful women's Track and Field seasons. JOCELYN also holds UCF Track and Field records (400M (indoor), Distance Medley (indoor), and 4x400 relay) and All-American honors.
With LA Tech Athletics, JOCELYN serves as the lead on special projects assigned by the Athletics Director, coordinates the day-to-day operations of the executive team, employee engagement initiatives for the athletics department, and much more. JOCELYN has served in the Student-Athlete Development department at Mississippi State University and as an Academic Advisor for UCF Athletics.
Episode 31 - Ayanna Tweedy
TWEEDY is a product of HBCU education and has a passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has experienced great success as a senior level athletic administrator at NCAA Division III institutions, and the many roles that are required as a Division III administrator. TWEEDY's leadership has been instrumental in enhancing department policies around student-athlete well-being and best practices to serve the LGBTQ population. She also serves on multiple committees within the community that foster equity of minority athletic administrators and coaches, student-athlete leadership and well-being and LGBTQ rights.
TWEEDY embodies unwavering positive energy and ensures to promote diversity and inclusion in all her work. TWEEDY received the Rising Star Award sponsored by the Women Leaders in College Sports organization in 2017. She is also an active member of the Women Leaders in College Sports Organization (WLCS) and serves as a member of Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA).
Episode 30 - Lisa Campos
You get the opportunity to have an intimate conversation with a first-generation Latina college graduate, who happens to also be a Vice President at a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Where else can you have such an experience? Not to mention, CAMPOS has many wonderful experiences to share about her journey as an athletic administrator. Did you know, at one point in her career, CAMPOS was the youngest female, Division I, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics in the country?
CAMPOS has been recognized by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 (2017), built $41+ million dollar athletic facilities, negotiated UTSA as host institution for past and future NCAA basketball final four tournaments (both men and women), sits on multiple NCAA councils and committees, all while being a proud wife and mother.
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Valuable for every sports fan
This podcast is a great way for anyone interested in sport to dive deeper, past the box scores and highlights, to learn a bit about some of the overlooked figures that have impacted the landscape.
I really liked her diverse perspective and the sharing of her personal experiences discussing the issues that affect her.
Such an amazing podcast! I love hearing from these inspiring women who are leaders and game-changers. It's inspiring as an African-American woman to hear their stories and how they became so successful and to know what is possible for myself.