St. Kate’s to host renowned basketball coach Dawn Staley for Women of Color Leadership Series in May

The event, a collaboration between Katie Leadership Impact Program and St. Kate’s athletic department, aims to empower women to lead through athletics.
Dawn Staley

St. Catherine University is thrilled to announce that celebrated basketball coach and leader Dawn Staley will be a featured speaker at The O’Shaughnessy on Wednesday, May 8. The event is free and open to the public, and is funded by the Katie Leadership Impact Program as part of the Women of Color Leadership Series and in collaboration with the St. Kate's athletics department. 

A trailblazer in the world of sports with a stellar career that includes coaching success and advocacy for diversity and inclusion, Staley will share her insights and experiences on leadership, resilience, and empowerment. She is the head coach of the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team, and her accolades include two NCAA Championships, five NCAA Final Four appearances, four Olympic gold medals, and induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. 

The discussion will be moderated by Lea B. Olsen, founder of Rethink the Win. A former Division I basketball player at the University of Minnesota, Lea has worked for NBCSN and ESPN, as a game analyst for the Minnesota Lynx, and as a sideline reporter for the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

The event aims to highlight the importance of women of color in leadership roles across various industries and provide a platform for meaningful discussions

"We are honored to have Coach Staley join us as a speaker,” said Lindsay Madryga, St. Kate's athletics sports information director. “Her journey and achievements exemplify the strength and leadership potential exhibited by women of color. We believe her words will resonate deeply and inspire the St. Catherine community to embrace their own leadership paths." 

The event is free and open to all. Reserve tickets here.

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