NEAC Hosts Annual SWA Leadership Day & Retreat

NEAC Hosts Annual SWA Leadership Day & Retreat

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) hosted its annual retreat last week in Scranton, Pa. which included numerous league meetings and professional development events.

The week began with the Senior Woman Administrator's (SWA) Leadership Day for the league's SWAs and female student-athletes. The full-day event included a training with Equilibria in Sports, a session on Business and Professional Etiquette and career panels conducted by the NEAC SWAs. The NEAC also had the privilege of hosting Michelle Morgan, John Carroll University Senior Director of Varsity Athletics and Recreation, and Nnenna Akotaobi, Swarthmore College Associate Athletics Director/SWA/Deputy Title IX Coordinator for a number of breakout sessions. Morgan discussed how to tell your personal story and finding different pathways to success while Akotaobi helped facilitate a conversation on diversity and inclusion.

"This year's leadership day was highlighted by some fantastic speakers who covered an array of topics," shared NEAC SWA Chair Jackie Klahold. "Each SWA from every institution in the NEAC has come from very different backgrounds and each has their own story. If anything, this leadership day taught us how to own that story and our successes while continuing to be role models and leaders for our student-athletes."

In an effort to expand the event, the NEAC SWAs will open next year's leadership day to both male and female student-athletes. As the quality of content and speakers have continued to improved over the event's first three years, the SWAs see the event as a perfect opportunity to provide leadership development to all NEAC student-athletes.

"This event has always been geared to help provide attendees who want to forge ahead with a career in athletics with an opportunity to engage with mentors and participate in discussions about their future careers," added Klahold. "We believe opening this event up to all student-athletes will create a more inclusive event and provide this opportunity to everyone worthy of it. If you are a student-athlete who wants to grow as a leader, push beyond your comfort zone, network with your peers and work with some fantastic administrators, then this event is for you."

The remainder of the week provided NEAC administrators an opportunity to hold its annual meetings with the athletic directors, sports information directors, faculty athletic representatives, athletic direct reports and athletic trainers all gathering to discuss league business. In addition to the business meetings, Dr. Jarrod Spencer from Mind of the Athlete returned for the second-straight year to work with the entire NEAC contingent. This year's league-wide professional development session focused on the power of positive thinking.

"In addition to having an outstanding group of speakers participate in our SWA Leadership Day event, we were thrilled to welcome back Dr. Jarrod Spencer to work with our group," said NEAC Commissioner Candice Murray. "Dr. Spencer has been an invaluable resource to the NEAC and its member institutions over the last couple years and we all continue to benefit from the content he shares with us."

For student-athletes who may be interested in attending next year's NEAC Leadership Day, please inquire with your institution's SWA at the start of the fall semester.


The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: