That's why we choose to integrate leadership development into our academic programming and student-athlete experience.
In 2015, a joint Ernst & Young and EspnW survey found that 94 percent of female C-suite executives were former athletes; and of those, 50 percent played their sport at the collegiate level, and 74 percent believed that a sports background can accelerate a woman’s career.
Inspired by this research — along with research on how girls learn best — Agnes Irwin's Center for the Advancement of Girls and Athletic Department teamed up to create AthLEADs, a leadership development seminar series for student-athletes designed to explore leadership traits that are transferable to the playing fields and in future career pursuits.
Girls who play sports have greater personal safety and perform better in school.
74% of executive women say a background in sport can help accelerate a women's career.
94% of women in the C-suite played a sport and and 52% played at the university level.
After a year of research and program development, Agnes Irwin’s Center for the Advancement of Girls and Athletics Department hosted the first AthLEADs seminar in September 2018, with 160 student-athletes in attendance. This female-driven seminar series for student-athletes helps build leadership skills that are applicable on and off the field, with several workshops held for student-athletes throughout each school year.
Our athletes can take concrete lessons that they’re learning on the field, in the pool, on the river, and translate them into leadership skills they can take with them to college, to the workplace, and beyond.
Courtney Lubbe, Athletic Director
The feedback from the students on the AthLEADs seminar series has been amazingly positive; they have been engaged in all of the topics, responsive to the content we’ve developed, and participatory in the future areas that we will explore together.
Alison Monzo, Director of Programs for the Center for the Advancement of Girls