2019 Game Changing Retreat
Leading up to the retreat, I didn’t really know what to expect. I heard nothing but great things from last year’s cohort members. So I reached out to my roommate, Candice, ahead of time.
Let me give a quick breakdown of how this even came into existence. Nebraska Athletic Department’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion, DaWon Baker, said, “Hey, Candice, you should definitely apply for this retreat.” He told me more about it and sent me the link to the application.
In the end, it’s important for us to strive together, to ask for what we deserve and to know that our mind is just a barrier. Maria and Corinne used this weekend to give us the inspiration, the tools andthe connections. Now it’s up to us!
Arrival - Thursday, June 20, 2019
Our 2019 Game Changing Retreat cohort arrived in Atlanta and were greeted by our staff before receiving a boat load of goodies courtesy of adidas and mobot.
Day 2 - Thursday, June 21, 2019
During day 1 of the 2019 Game Changing Retreat cohort members heard from Dr. Leah Turner on the career advantages of being a student-athletes and Dr. Collin Williams from RISE on inclusivity through diversity.
Day 2 - Friday, June 21, 2019
Day 2 of the Game Changing Retreat was jam-packed! We started off with a panel on Emerging Career Panels featuring Adrian Williams (Atlanta Braves), Erica Wilkerson (NASCAR), Bryan Harris (Jackson | Spalding) and Tiffany Kelly (Sports Entrepreneur). Retreat mentor Will Baggett discussed networking and professional presence before cohort members visited the Atlanta Braves, Jackson | Spalding, and Turner Studios.
Day 3 - Saturday, June 22, 2019
Day 3 of our Game Changing Retreat allowed cohort members to gain insight with more conversation with their mentors, a presentation on breaking the glass ceiling with Dr. Julie Shaw, career preparation with Megan Perry, a golf lesson at Charlie Yates Golf Course and the final Dinner of Influence.
Day 4 - Sunday, June 23, 2019
The final day of our Game Changing Retreat featured a much needed conversation on handling success/failure with Jarrod Barnes, personal professional development, and a sappy wrap up where cohort members shared their retreat experience.