WORCESTER, Mass. - Members of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) came together recently for a day-long leadership seminar hosted by the ECAC at the Hilton Garden Inn in Worcester, Mass. Over 70 student-athletes representing three Division III New England Conferences, including nearly 20 from NAC member institutions, participated in an interactive lecture as part of the student-athlete leadership seminar.
Duke University’s Leslie Barnes spoke to the group about consistency and creating a personal brand en route to being a credible leader. She listed shaking hands and smiling to be two of the most important factors in being a credible leader to leave a legacy among one’s peers.
Barnes also discussed the benefits of personal branding including differentiating yourself as an individual. “The Championship difference occurs between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.,” Barnes said of making choices as a student-athlete. Making your own choices and working on your own personal brand is the most important thing to consider when working towards who you are, what you stand for and what you want to be known for.
Following Barnes’ presentation, each conference broke out into their respective groups. The NAC SAAC met with Commissioner, Julie Muller and her Assistant, Katie McDevitt to discuss NCAA legislation that will be voted upon at the 2013 NCAA Convention and on-campus events, including the successes, struggles and upcoming ventures of each group. The NAC student-athletes also brainstormed two conference-wide events that the committee is hoping to execute this spring semester.
“I never fail to be impressed with the group of student-athletes our member institutions bring to events like these,” Commissioner Muller said. “Their engagement with the discussion of key issues that impact them and their fellow student-athletes was outstanding and definitely provided the NAC with a clearer understanding of their positions and concerns."