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Friday Win your Week-

with Ann Meyers Drysdale,

Former Professional

Basketball player and 

Phoenix Mercury President and

Phoenix Suns Vice President 

Credentials: Ann's 10 Moments:​

  • Became first high school student to play for U.S. National Team (1974)

  • UCLA women's basketball athlete (1974-78)

  • U.S. Olympic basketball team wining silver silver in 1976 games

  • Indiana Pacer's player (1980)

  • Analyst for NBC sports coverage of women's basketball 

  • International Women's sports hall of fame (1999)

  • VP of Phoenix Suns and Mercur



  1. How can we bridge the gap between male and female hires in sport administration positions? As we climb the ladder of advancement, there is less female presence, and males tend to hire other males for these roles. How do we increase female occupancy?

  2. What are winning strategies for increasing female exposure? Fans of a respective sport can often name several male superstars, but only a handful of women athletes. Communication is a great starting point; what else?

  3. Have a voice. The rate of female dropouts from sport is fairly high. How do we prevent this? 


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Friday Win your Week-

with Tonya Johnson,

Louisiana State University

Head Women's Volleyball Coach

Credentials: Tonya's 10 Moments:​

  • Played college volleyball at LSU from 1987-1990

  • Helped lead University of Texas team to national championships (2020)

  • Head coach at Georgia Tech (2009-2013)

  • Previous recruiting coordinator, nationally ranked


  1. How can women enter and make a name for themselves in the realm of college coaching? Risk vs. reward is a prominent scenario new college coaches face. Where is the balance?

  2. What are ways women can connect through networking to help each other succeed in a male dominated culture? Tonya began the program SOAR for women coaches to support and discuss issues they face regarding their gender. How can we provide similar support worldwide?

  3. How do we honor our authentic self and emotions? Mental health has been less stigmatized across time; however, it is not completely eradicated. What are ways to honor the truth and ask for help?


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Friday Win your Week-

with Nicolette Sanlin,

McKendree University

Head Men's and Women's Volleyball Coach


Credentials: Nicolette's

10 Moments:​

  • Bachelor degree in Business Administration, Marketing from Marshall University 

  • Masters of Science in Adult and Technical Education from Marshall University

  • Marketing Graduate Assistant (2006-2007)

  • Target Store Executive Leader (2007-2009)

  • Camp Counselor University of Missouri (2001-2002)

  • McKendree University Coaching (2012-present)


  1. Are there differences between coaching men and women? All student athletes need validation and to release their emotions, but men often have more difficulties expressing this. 

  2. How can women succeed in higher-power positions? Feelings of self-doubt and societal pressure push women from even considering these types of positions. How can women find courage?

  3. Women who balance family and work face many challenges in both areas. What are the implications? How do we move forward with success in both?


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Friday Win your Week-

with JoAnne Pasternack

President and Chief Impact Officer,


Founder of Athlete Voices


Credentials: JoAnne's 10 Moments:​

  • Bachelor's of Psychology and Spanish fro, University of Pennsylvania

  • Master's in Executive Program for non profit leaders

  • Santa Clara University school of Law

  •  Founding member, advisory board of Applied Silver, Inc.

  • Co-founder of Athletes' Voices

  • Serves on non profit board of special olympics of Norther California


  1. How can we give girls the resources to succeed? Girls in today’s society have more seats at the table, but are often silenced if they try to share their opinion with the others surrounding them. Telling girls they have opportunities and giving them the proper tools is the next step.

  2. How can women promote themselves and their value to create a monetary foundation? Women can be easily put down, making it more difficult to stand up for themselves and what they do. 

  3. Where are you if you ask and the answer is no? Often the answer is right where you are; we do not go backwards. There is nothing to lose if you are prepared, articulate what you need and want, and it matters to you.


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Friday Win your Week-

with Linda Hampton-Keith,

Temple University's

Head Women's Volleyball Coach


Credentials: Linda's 10 Moments:​

  • Lead NC State women's volleyball to 20-win season (2017)

  • Volunteer Coach for Louisville (2021)

  • Associate Head Coach at Arizona State (2011-2015)

  • Worked closely with USA Volleyball Youth Development Programs

  • Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Florida International University


  1. How can assistant coaches make a significant impact within a program? These positions often shift more so than head coaching positions. How can these positions be intentional with their time and effort within their program?

  2. There are many experiences that affect who you are in the present. How do you learn what values you are going to take forward with you and what you are going to leave behind? 

  3. Learning at times involves opening yourself up to past pain and failure. How do we take these lessons as forward momentum in order to work towards positive and consistent change?


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Friday Win your Week-

with Kevin Hambly,

Director of Women's Volleyball 

and Head Women's Volleyball Coach at Stanford University

Credentials: Kevin's 10 Moments:​

  • Bachelor's Degree in recreation, sport and tourism with emphasis in sport management from Illinois (2006) 

  • Collegiate volleyball player at BYU (1992-1995)

  • Won 3 Conference titles

  • Head coach at Illinois for eight seasons

  • Names Volleyball Magazine's National Coach of the Year in 2011



  1. How can we help younger players and coaches separate their identity with their sport and their personal identity? The numbers and results do not define our entire self-worth. How do we get them to understand the identity piece for a positive outcome?

  2. How can we create an industry where women feel confident to have a family and maintain success in their coaching career? Many coaches leave their positions to focus on their family, and on average we see it more with women. Why?

  3. How do we use conflict to the benefit of the team? Conflict arises on every squad – it is human and normal. What are winning strategies to deal with conflict?


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Friday Win your Week-

with Preslie Anderson,

Arizona State University

Volunteer Assistant Coach


Credentials: Preslie's 10 Moments:​

  • Bachelor's Degree in Legal studies, Social work from University of California Berkley

  • Master's Degree in Sport and Fitness Administration from Baylor University 

  • Baylor Student athlete

  • All Pac-12 First team (2019)

  • USA Collegiate National Team (2019)

  • Assistant volleyball coach at Aspire Volleyball club.


  1. How can we as coaches foster an environment that allows athletes to be competitive? The way you do anything is the way you do everything. How does gender affect coaching styles between the player and the coach?

  2. How can we keep women in sports regardless of gender dominance? Many young girls are pushed out of sport because they are the only female competing on that team. It is disheartening with the experience of stereotypes and lack of social compatibility at a young age. What’s the solution?

  3. How do we invite more people to invest in women’s sports? Many professional women’s leagues are overseas, which is a difficult adjustment for athletes relocating and adjusting to the new surrounding culture. How do we help these athletes in addition to providing opportunities to play at home?


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Friday Win your Week-

with Harriet Hopf,

University of Utah

Adjunct Professor

Biomedical Engineering & Professor, Department of Anesthesiology


Credentials: Harriet's 10 Moments:​

  • Bachelor's in Biology from Yale

  • MD, Medicine from Geisel School of Medicine Dartmouth 

  • Professor of Anesthesiology at University California San Francisco (1992-2006)

  • Professor at the University of Utah (2006-present)



  1. What is your definition of competition? Competitiveness can sometimes come at the expense of collaboration, yet it is a very present quality in athletes. How can we be both competitive and collaborative?

  2. When a woman is in a leadership position, her actions are perceived differently than those of men. Masculine leadership qualities have been noted as beneficial for women advancing within organizations. How can we reframe how women leaders are perceived?

  3. How can we find people to be on our support team? It takes a village. How can we not only recognize who is on our team, but use our team when we need them?


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Friday Win your Week-

with Julie Culley,

Sports Marketing Manager at Brooks Running

and Former Olympic Runner


Credentials: Julie's 10 Moments:​

  • Georgetown University Track and Field Assistant Coach (2014-2020)

  • Georgetown University Director of Track and Field (2016-2020)

  • London 2012 Olympic Finalist in 5000m

  • Professional Track Athlete for ASICS America (2010-2016)

  • Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and Political Science from Rutgers University

  • Master's Degree in Marketing from Georgetown University


  1. How can women champion other women in a male dominated industry? Many adopt coaching styles from those they have grown up around. If these are male-oriented, how do we as females find our own manner?

  2. How can women coach men? How do we get rid of the assumptions of women coaches lacking validity and authority in their own sport? 

  3. There is a social problem particularly for women when it comes to childcare. How do we keep women with families in coaching?


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Friday Win your Week-

with Sanja Tomasevic,

Head Women's Volleyball Coach

for Arizona State University


Credentials: Sanja's 10 Moments:​

  • Head Women's Volleyball coach at Arizona State University 

  • B.A. in Communication and Media from University of Washington 

  • Assistant coach University of Miami (2016)

  • Retired Professional Volleyball player (2008-2012)

  • National Champion of Greece (2009 & 2010)

  • PAC-10 Player of the Year (2005)


  1. How can you find your own coaching style and philosophy as a woman in a male-dominated industry? We often mirror the coaches we had growing up. How can you be a role-model for those you coach?

  2. How do we be our authentic selves without having a female role model? It takes a village. Remember your why.

  3. Patience is key. Women facing gender stereotypes and other societal barriers can be pushed too quickly to get through them. How do we find the balance?


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Friday Win your Week-

with Patti Phillips,

CEO of Women Leaders

In College Sports


Credentials: Patti's 10 Moments:​

  • CEO of Women Leaders in College Sports since 2010

  • Created Women Leaders Performance Institute 

  • Missouri Sports Hall of Fame (2015)

  • Baker University Hall of Fame (2011)

  • NCAA Champion of Diversity award (2015)

  • University of Kansas Master's degree in Sport and Fitness Management 


  1.  Why are women not as intentional as men about networking? To build and advance your network requires intentional effort and setting time aside to focus on connection. How can we understand the underlying factors and change the narrative?

  2. To earn a leadership position as a woman takes respect and strategization, which can be mixed up with manipulation. How can women be more present in the moment? Can we ‘play the game’ without changing our values and beliefs?

  3. How can we get women to be more open to helping other women? With the gender paradigms and lack of opportunities that exist in today’s society, women often compete with each other rather than for each other. How do we change it?


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Friday Win your Week-

with Katlyn Gao,

CEO and Co-founder of

Professional Volleyball League



Credentials: Katlyn's 10 Moments:

  • B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University​

  • MBA Harvard Business School

  • Associate Consultant for Bain & Company (2001-2003)

  • Director of Global Merchandising for Coach (2007-2010)

  • SVP and GM Global Ecommerce group Lululemon (2016-2017)

  • Co-founder and CEO of League One Volleyball- LOVB


  1.  How can we erase the binary that when somebody wins, somebody else has to lose? This is not the way it always has to be. What is your definition of winning?

  2. How can you as a female develop your leadership skills to lead yourself and others? Find your anchor to look back on when things get tough. Are you an ally for the women around you, male or female?

  3. How can you harmonize your personal and professional lives? Alignment is important. Are you investing in what matters to you? What is your return on that investment?


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Friday Win your Week-

with Lynn Farquhar,

St. Joseph’s University

Head Women’s

Field Hockey Coach

Credentials: Lynn's 10 Moments:

  • Old Dominion University Bachelors of business, marketing, management

  • Liberty University Masters in Human Services

  • Syracuse University Master's of Science, Cultural Foundations of Education 

  • 2000 Field Hockey National Champion

  • Head Field Hockey Coach for St. Joseph University

    • Leading Field Hockey NCAA team to being in  top 8​


  1.  How do you Care and Compete? Define and give yourself permission to act out of the stereotype of ‘femininity’. How are you supposed to feel, and how do you want to feel? Who are you and what’s important to you?

  2. How do you honor your authentic self and the Power of Team? Honor who your teammates are and allow them to be their authentic selves. How can you connect with them so they know that you care?

  3. How do you hold yourself accountable as a coach to living the life and values you teach your athletes? Self care is the most selfless thing we can do, yet we often run into trouble finding the time to do so. What are winning strategies that work for you?


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Friday Win your Week-

with Chris Arthur,

Head of Athlete Life -

Athlete Performance Support at High Performance Sport

New Zealand

Credentials: Chris' 10 Moments:

  • ​University of Otago Bachelors of Physical Education, Physical education teaching and coaching 

  • 2005 Prime Minister's Scholarship attending FIH Coaching Course in Indiana

  • Previous Assistant Coach for New Zealand Jr. Black Sticks

  • 11 years NZ Black Sticks Athlete

  • 1992 Barcelona Olympics

  • Head of Athlete Life- High Performance Sport NZ


  1.  Historically, coaches at the elite level are known to be tough and strict, which are qualities stereotypically associated with males. How can females succeed at the same level using their own qualities and strengths, especially when they are not as robust?

  2. How can we as females challenge society to show who we are and what we can create? Results give dependable numbers, but they are not everything. How do we find the balance?

  3. How do women coaches embrace their female identity and succeed at a high performing level? Many institutions are mandating affirmative action by requiring a certain amount of gender balance within teams. Embracing diversity will establish a stronger and more successful company. How can all people help these successes?


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