Katie Leadership Impact and St. Kate's Athletics | St. Catherine University Presents

Women of Color Leadership Series: Dawn Staley; Breaking Barriers: Empowering Women to Lead Through Athletics

Wednesday, May 08
Doors: 6:30pm // Show: 7pm

The approximate run time for the event is one hour with no intermission.

Katie Leadership Impact and St. Kate’s Athletics welcome basketball superstar Dawn Staley, as the speaker for the Women of Color Leadership Speaker Series.  Staley is the Head Coach of the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team, and her many accolades include two NCAA Championships, five NCAA Final Four appearances, four Olympic gold medals, and induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.  As a leader in women’s sports, Staley is uniquely positioned to share her wisdom and experience in Breaking Barriers: Empowering Women of Color to Lead Through Athletics. The conversation will be moderated by sports journalist and founder of Rethink the Win, Lea B. Olsen.  Presented with support from Ameriprise and Securian.

The Women of Color Leadership Series, part of Katie Leadership Impact, brings high-profile leaders to share their stories of the learning and inspirational opportunities that paved their paths to leadership. The world’s need for influential women leaders from all racial and socio-economical walks of life has never been greater. Yet the representation of women — particularly women of color — in corporate leadership roles continues to suffer underrepresentation among companies. The Women of Color Leadership Series connects students with the leaders who represent the brightest hopes for meaningful change in our world, inspiring the future leaders who will go forth to transform it.

More on Dawn Staley: Dawn Staley is a Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame player and coach.  She is currently the head coach of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, leading them to two NCAA Championships and five NCAA Final Four appearances. In 2014 her team achieved the program’s first #1 ranking, making her only the second individual to both play on and coach a #1 ranked team. Staley won three Olympic gold medals with Team USA as a player and was later head coach of Team USA, for which she won another gold medal. Staley was chosen to carry the United States flag at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympics. After playing point guard for the University of Virginia and winning multiple awards, she went on to a decorated career in the WNBA.  Staley was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012. She was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013, making her the first person to win the Naismith Award as both a player and a coach.  



The discussion will be moderated by Lea B. Olsen, Founder of Rethink the Win. As a former Division I basketball player at the University of Minnesota, Lea has worked for NBCSN, ESPN, is a game analyst for the Minnesota Lynx and is a sideline reporter for the Minnesota Timberwolves.



*ASL interpretation will be provided at this event.
*For patrons who would like to control the volume of their listening experience, assistive listening devices and sensory ear plugs are available upon request at the Ticket Office. More info at: www.oshag.stkate.edu/accessibility

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