ATTENTION Female Coaches - from NCAA Division I, II, III sponsored or emerging sport, or a strength-conditioning coach of an NCAA program - who need a time-out to catch your breath, connect with other like-minded coaches, and create a clear plan for the changes you'll make next season...
The summit is a three-day immersion experience based on a powerful premise: That your goals as a coach have nothing to do with working harder or struggling all by yourself.
Instead, your results are directly related to two levels:
An inner level - your energy (how you think, how clear you are, your vision, values and purpose) --
An outer level - your leadership (your impact on others, how you communicate, how you handle conflict, what you avoid, and how you create the culture of your team).
Your ability to master these two levels determine the journey you take in this career as a coach. And when you master your energy AND become a better leader? Amazing things happen!
A Summit Experience is intentionally designed to help you get clear, decide what needs to change, and experience the remarkable insight and confidence that comes from being part of an amazing community of coaches who really get it.
gain access to curriculum-based teaching on leadership skills and personal development
talk through exercises with your coaching colleagues to gain valuable insight and perspective
you’ll get lots of Q&A time, on-the-spot coaching, segments on “what’s working now” and best practices to give you actionable steps you can apply right away.
This will be the 8th year I've facilitated these coaching summits. Most coaches come back year after year. It's one of those things you'll have to experience for yourself...to fully understand and appreciate the power of taking this time. You'll learn insights at the summit that will literally change the way you coach. You will leave with new tools, knowledge, and resources to bring to back to your team.
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HEAR FROM PAST SUMMIT PARTICIPANTS...
"Before attending my first Summit, I had no idea what to expect. I was still tired from a long season and school year and was really just looking forward to a rest. Coaches who I know who had attended Summits said that they were great and that I would really enjoy it and to go with an open mind. I am so glad that I did as any and all expectations were met. It was an terrific experience to share ideas and personal trials with those who can help and support and give valuable advice. The whole environment is one of care and concern and most non-threatening. I have attended hundreds of clinics & workshops during my career. This was by far, the most helpful experience that I have had to make me a better coach and person. I recommend it all!"
- Nancy Bigelow, Head Women's Swimming Coach, Tufts University
"I could not wait to get to the summit. Having had such a great experience last year it was something I had been looking forward to for months. I knew I was going to be around great people I could trust and in a beautiful environment. I felt it was going to be a breath of fresh air that I was in great need of. As I left, I felt refreshed and relaxed with some of my questions and feelings validated and supported. I also gained a new perspectives on things. Gained valuable insight into some of the issues I struggled with this year and also was able to celebrate with other coaches aspects of our seasons that went well. I can tend to look at ways that we can improve for the next season without taking a minute to look at what went well and appreciate that. It was a great reminder to enjoy even the small victories."
- Stacy Busack, Assistant Men's & Women's Swim Coach, Oakland University
After Katie's First Summit:
"I had heard great things about the summit from others that had attended before, and yet it exceeded everything I thought it would be. The discussions went deep into real issues and concerns and the support to be our own authentic self during the summit allowed me to grow and learn without the pressure to appear like I've got it all in control.
The camaraderie we built as a group of powerful women in coaching was worth more than I can express. I was able to recognize my strengths and weaknesses through our discussions and was given a large amount of support and encouragement from the group. I went into this summit with a feeling of being overwhelmed with all that it takes to be a coach, and left with a sense of newly energized competence and the tools and determination to be a better coach than I had been."
After Katie's Third Summit:
It was a tough year for me emotionally and I was drained in feeling like there was no break long enough for me to be excited to go back to work. I had given myself so fully during the season and hadn't taken the time fill myself up. I was in such a peaceful place by the end of the summit. I saw the growth I experienced in just the short couple days and it is incredible. The power and strength of our group was immediately felt upon arrival. I've never been surrounded by such an authentically accepting group. It brought about a deep healing that I look to carry with me throughout the year.
The last day as we were leaving I couldn't wait to get back to my team at home and implement some of the ideas. I hadn't been that optimistic and excited about coaching in a long time. Being a female in a male dominated profession many times has lead me to act strong and confident in all ways regardless of how I truly feel. The summit provided a healthy break from the facade and it got me back in touch with who I am at my core. The summit truly is a healthy and safe place to voice frustrations, fears, shortcoming, failures, etc and have their support and guidance without judgement. I had some real 'ah-hah' moments at the summit that will allow me to coach with my best self moving forward.
- Katie Robinson, Head Swim Coach, Tulane University
"Coming into the summit, I felt really scattered and pulled in a lot of different directions. At the summit, I was able to get centered and re-focus my priorities. I also felt so much more connected to my coaching colleagues and friends around the country.
It is easy at times to feel isolated in the challenges of our work or trying to achieve work work-life balance. But this summit reminded me that I am part of a community beyond my team and my institution and that there is great support and opportunity for learning in that community. I also learned new ideas about leadership and team dynamics that I'd never encountered elsewhere. I gained a great deal of perspective and left feeling stronger as a coach and refreshed overall.
Please know you are making a difference in the lives of so many women, and this is trickling down so many teams, so many families, so many little girls who are going to watch women in coaching and see something awesome."
- Jennifer Blomme, Head Men's and Women's Swimming Coach, Whitman College
"Coming into the summit I knew I was run down after a long and busy season. I had been struggling to find a place where I felt I could share emotionally charged professional issues I had been struggling with. I was feeling a bit anxious, as I wasn't sure what to expect from the summit experience. I had heard great things from others who had been to summits in the past, so I was hopeful that the experience would be positive.
I left the summit with a new perspective, as well as feeling mentally, emotionally and physically recovered. I also left full of admiration for my fellow summit members. After meeting so many strong female coaches, I was inspired to continue to learn and grow.
I experienced an immense amount of trust and support at the summit, and was able to find the words I needed to voice and work through some of the issues I had been struggling with over the past year. I didn't realize just how much I could benefit from the supportive and encouraging atmosphere that our summit group created over just a few days. I look forward to staying in contact throughout this year, and many more, to forage deeper relationships and continue to support these fellow coaches in their professional and personal lives. Much is made about the lack of female collegiate coaches, but I know that with opportunities like the summit, the future of female coaching is bright!"
- Women's Coaching Participant
"Attending the summit for the first time allowed me to realize how fortunate I am. I am surrounded by great people who care about others & their success. I recognize not every place is like where I’ve been. All the women I met were all fantastic!"
- Naya Higashijima, Assistant Swim Coach, UCLA
"Coming into the summit I felt excited to share how my year went and excited to see the coaches in my group. As I left, I felt heard and enlightened. I learned some things about the X's and O's more than ever before. I gained more insight into my leadership style and the style's of others. I experience inclusion and laughter."
- Leslie Shevlin, Head Men's & Women's Swim Coach, Willamette University
"For me the Summit has been a time of renewal, relaxation and reflection. I enjoy the time with the other women, getting to know each other, making new friends, strengthening our relationships, working through issues, laughing about silly things, and eating delicious food. I also enjoy the time away from the everyday work at the office. For the past two years I have used it as a time to look back and reflect on the school year/season while learning about new ideas to improve next season."
- Brooke Larson Plotz, Associate Head Swim Coach, Carleton College