This newsletter is meant to engage the female leaders in our field who are passionate about improving the professional and educational environment for students, coaches, athletic/activities directors and state association administrators. We will journey together to discover new ways to empower and collaborate with other female leaders in this industry.
The mission is to not only address systemic barriers, but to also develop meaningful, actionable solutions to continue the growth of women in the field of sports – coaching, officiating and administration. This hybrid model of pre-recorded and live sessions with dynamic general session speakers and tracks for coaches, officials and administrators is meant to educate, inspire and connect female leaders of the past, present and future. Please join us.
The NFHS Foundation's purpose is to serve and protect the integrity of high school sports and activities by funding research and programs in the areas of risk minimization and leadership.
The NFHS Foundation Fifty for Fifty campaign is a celebration of 50 years of Title IX. One of the pillars of the NFHS Foundation is leadership – donations, like yours, will allow the Foundation to continue to fund leadership opportunities for high school students, coaches, officials and administrators just like this one.
Dr. Jen Welter is a groundbreaking, barrier-busting force of nature. She is a female trailblazer, a sports pioneer, PhD, passionate leader, world-renowned speaker, entrepreneur and source of inspiration around the globe. Her relentless pursuit of individual excellence and success in challenging the status quo time and time again, fuels her current drive to help others achieve their best—in sports, health and wellness, professional pursuits and in life.
She is driven by the belief that “Greatness is a choice you make over and over. And when you choose personal greatness—big or small—it becomes a part of who you are.” In every realm she tackles, Dr. Jen is a game changer, bringing vision, power and purpose to her mission of breaking the chains of what has always been and redefining what is and will be.
She tackled her football career with fearless tenacity and an unprecedented track record of pioneering firsts. Building on her remarkable career in women’s football, that included 2 Gold medals with Team USA, 4 World Championships and 8 All-Star selections, Dr. Jen busted into the men’s game, as the first female running back signed to a men’s professional team. Blending her passion for the game with a powerful, unique communication style, she broke through the biggest boy's club of all, the NFL, as the first female coach in the league and the Madden NFL 20 video game. Crystallizing her journey into a playbook for overall success, she published “Play Big, Lessons in Living Limitless from the First Woman to Coach in the NFL.”
Not content to stop there, Dr. Jen’s belief in the power of sport to transform society inspired her to create sustainable platforms and inclusive programs to help women become leaders, give girls access and empower kids to overcome challenges through physical, emotional and social wellbeing. She founded Grrridiron Girls, the first national movement for girls in flag football. She has been honored and quoted by President Obama as a female pioneer and role model. She has coached everyone from kids in sports camps to C-level executives, on how finding your voice and having fearless conversations can fuel positive change.
When the Coronavirus pandemic hit, she teamed with Creative Director and Founder of Jayne Agency, Brooke Foley to create the Critter Fitter book series, the world’s first social, emotional and physical wellness series for young kids. Covering themes ranging from social distancing and mask wearing to resilience and wellness through movement, Critter Fitter offers a holistic platform for parents and children to solve a range of complex problems, giving youth a voice through conversations, tools and experiences.
Dr. Jen’s message of overcoming life’s obstacles with grit, tenacity and limitless possibility has received worldwide acclaim, by audiences ranging from global companies and top schools to brands, nonprofits and professional sports teams.
As a former coach with experience in DI, DII, DIII, and the WNBA Betsy utilizes her unique background with individuals ready to improve and teams of all kinds - from the locker room to the boardroom.
As "The Coaches' Coach" she meets coaches where they are and supports the growth that they're looking to make. As a Communication Specialist, Betsy helps teams improve communication effectiveness while working collaboratively to create positive change at all levels of team.
Professional, playful, and with a talent for people-centric design, Betsy offers a personal and experiential approach towards learning and development.
A life-long athlete, Betsy grew up playing all sports and was a competitive basketball player (and an awful golfer) at the collegiate level. She now spends her time in Colorado Springs with her wife and daughter cycling, hiking, exploring, practicing yoga, chasing sunsets and in constant pursuit of the perfect breakfast burrito.
Palmer's impressive resume includes officiating five NCAA Women's Final Fours, two Women's national championship games, and the inaugural season of the WNBA. She made history in 1997 as the first female to officiate an NBA game. Palmer was on the whistle for more than 900 NBA regular-season games as well as nine NBA Playoff games and the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.
After a nearly 20-year career, Palmer retired from active officiating in 2016. Palmer currently serves as the Coordinator of Women's Basketball Officials for the Big Sky, Pac-12, WAC, and WCC.
Palmer was also the star point guard from Cal Poly Pomona and led her team to NCAA Division II national championships in 1985 and 1986.
Off the court, Palmer is a CCA Mechanics Manual committee member. She also is involved with the City of Los Angeles Youth Referee Clinic.