One Question Leadership Podcast

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The 1.Question Leadership Podcast is designed to highlight executive and organizational leadership with a heavy emphasis on college athletics. 1.Question is primarily hosted by @TaiMBrown, but features occasional guest hosts. Subscribe here:

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Cary Groth - Sandy Hatfield Clubb - Carolyn Schlie Femovich | The Pictor Group

Cary Groth, Sandy Hatfield Clubb, and Carolyn Schlie Femovich of The Pictor Group stopped by @1QLeadership to talk about the importance of establishing core values, the areas of focus for the organization, how their respective experiences contribute to the work they do collectively, and how they always tie the work they do for an athletics department to the institutional mission of the university.

Aug 11
Earlston Bean, Jr. | Sr. Associate AD - Events & Safety Management | Indiana University

Earlston Bean, Jr., Sr. Associate AD for Events & Safety Management, stops by @1QLeadership to talk about his role and its position within the framework of the greater IU campus. Bean also talks about his leadership style and how he supports those he reports to.

Aug 01
Dr. Don Bruce | Economics Professor and FAR | Tennessee

* Dr. Don Bruce, economics professor and FAR at Tennessee, stops by @1QLeadership to give insight from an economics professor on the college athletics model. Bruce is also the President-Elect of the 1A-FAR association, and discusses the group's thoughts on the state of the college athletics industry. He also gives an interesting analogy on high salaries for coaches. The conversation wraps on the importance of athletics to the academic mission of a university.

Jul 25
Dr. Miriam Merrill | Director of Athletics | Pomona Pitzer Colleges

Dr. Miriam Merrill, AD at Pomona Pitzer Colleges, visits @1QLeadership in a conversation that covers hiring for fit and evaluating those hires. The discussion takes a wide diversion as Merrill gives us her way of escaping college athletics every year by attending the national bartenders convention. The episode wraps with her thoughts on using restorative justice concepts in college athletics.

Jul 18
Tony Hull | Running Backs Coach | Louisiana Monroe

ULM Running Backs Coach, Tony Hull, covers accountability, working for NASA, and the transition from coaching in high school to coaching in college. From Hull, "A big problem in sports is that people focus on winning instead of focusing on creating an environment for winning to happen."

Jul 11
Andrew T. Goodrich | Deputy Athletics Director | Syracuse

Andrew T. Goodrich, Deputy AD and Chief Marketing Officer at Syracuse, visits @1QLeadershp to discuss his philosophy of engineering the solution to deal with any problem that may arrive. Learned during his time at IBM, Goodrich talks about planning, identifying resources, and executing the plan and how he has applied that ideology in college athletics. He also gives us his thoughts on the importance of zero based budgeting.

Jul 05
One Question Leadership Podcast Trailer

The One Question Leadership Podcast was created to discuss leadership with some of the most influential leaders within the college athletics industry. We look at the systems, policies, and people needed to create an environment that people want to be a part of. While college athletics may be the industry we emphasize, the leadership concepts discussed span all walks of life.

Jun 21
Kyle Brennan | Director of Athletics | Illinois State University

Illinois State VB Student-Athlete, Kendee Hilliard, is joined by Redbirds AD, Kyle Brennan as the two cover a number of topics relating to leadership. Brennan discusses diversifying his leadership team, handling decisions he may not agree with, and advice to those seeking to make it to the AD Chair.

Jun 07
Darrice Griffin | Sr. Deputy Director of Athletics | Georgia

Darrice Griffin, Sr. Deputy Director of Athletics at Georgia, stops by @1QLeadership to dive into the evolution of her servant leadership style. She covers the areas where she and the department align - experience of those who work and study at the school, maintaining a level of excellence in sports, and commitment to inclusion. The conversation wraps on becoming a servant leader with a vision, and learning from everyone around her.

Mar 21
Troy Austin | Deputy Director of Athletics | Duke University

Troy Austin, Deputy AD for Competitive Excellence, People, and Culture at Duke visits @1QLeadership on the topic of making decisions and giving a voice to staff who are not involved in making decisions. He also covers evaluating culture and engaging underrepresented populations within the department. The conversation wraps on the topic of weighing experience against values when making decisions in a dynamic, ever-evolving environment.

Mar 14
Patti Phillips | CEO | Women Leaders in College Sports

* Illinois State VB Student-Athlete Hilliard is back as a guest host for @1QLeadership Hilliard talks with Women Leaders CEO Patti Phillips on managing energy as a leader, finding your voice, and balancing commitments. The two visit about the anniversary of Title IX and the ongoing pursuit of equity for women. As the conversation progresses, Hilliard gets fired up and asks Phillips about her use of emojis on Twitter.

Feb 28
Geoffrey S. Mearns | President | Ball State University

* Ball State President, Geoffrey Mearns, visits @1QLeadership to talk about creating and managing a strategic plan. The discussion covers the nuance of planning for a specific future as opposed to providing solutions to existing problems. Mearns talks about his process of planning as far out as 2040 while including incremental goals to measure success in execution. The conversation also covers the process for making adjustments to the plan and wraps on his experience serving on NCAA committees. *  

Feb 14
Marcus Bowman | Deputy Athletics Director-CFO | University of Oklahoma

Marcus Bowman, Deputy AD, Chief Financial Officer, and Business Strategy at University of Oklahoma visits @1QLeadership to discuss some of the aspects of his role that may or may not be covered in his job title. Bowman doesn't look at business as purely an "increase profitability" proposition, he is more attuned to how they can find more resources to pour into the Student-Athletes, coaches, and staff. He discusses contracts and financial arrangement length relative to the evolving industry. He also gives insight on his three pronged approach to managing effective relationships.

Feb 07
Daniel McCarthy Ed.D | Deputy Athletics Director | University of South Alabama

Daniel McCarthy, Deputy AD at University South Alabama, visits @1QLeadership to talk about some of the celebrations and challenges faced as he has grown with the South Alabama athletics department. He talks about switching from internal to external operations and leading a sales team without sales experience. The conversation wraps on the benefits to the community of opening a new stadium.

Jan 24
Shamaree Brown | Director of Student-Athlete Programs/Compliance | ACC

ACC Director of Student-Athlete Programs & Compliance, Shamaree Brown, gets the @1QLeadership treatment from guest host Kendee Hilliard. The conversation covers two major areas, the ACC's focus on Student-Athlete development, and Brown's advice on career progression for Student-Athletes who want to work in college athletics. He covers the importance of SAAC and the need for increased involvement of basketball and football playing students. They also discuss Brown's leadership philosophy and core values.

Jan 18
Jovan Overshown | Sr. Associate AD - External Affairs | Baylor University

* Jovan Overshown, Sr. Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs at Baylor, visits @1QLeadership for a discussion focused on her leadership style. With only five years in college athletics, Overshown talks about learning the industry while simultaneously learning how to lead within the industry. She gives insight on her 'project up and protect down' philosophy of running the external department. The conversation wraps on her process of evaluating the progress of those she leads.

Jan 03
Tremaine Jackson | Head Football Coach | Colorado Mesa University

Tremaine Jackson, Head Football Coach at Colorado Mesa University, visits @1QLeadership to talk about his experience after his first full season leading the program. Jackson talks about challenging the athletics administration to clearly define success and evaluation for the football program. The conversation delves into the possibility of creating new expectations that may benefit other sports beyond just football. The discussion wraps on the words he delivered during a recent commencement speech.

Dec 27, 2021
Josh Heird & Amy Calabrese | University of Louisville

* Louisville Interim AD Heird and Associate AD Calabrese visit @1QLeadership to talk leadership. Both were graduate assistants together getting an MBA and discussed the application of that degree. Heird talks about the impact of self-reflection as a person and throughout an organization. Calabrese gives her input on collaborating with campus colleagues to ensure a successful Student-Athlete experience.

Dec 20, 2021
Dr. Karin Lee | Deputy Athletics Director | Ball State University

Dr. Karin Lee, Deputy AD for Internal Operations, at Ball State visits @1QLeadership to talk about critical thinking and other outcomes garnered from earning a PhD. She questioned her effectiveness early in her career when she oversaw 14 out of 19 sports, acknowledging that it was not the best situation. Lee talks about, what she considers, a critical component of her responsibility as Deputy Athletics Director and wraps the conversation on the importance of inclusiveness.

Dec 13, 2021
Andy Rowdon | Sr. Associate AD for External Affairs | Eastern Michigan

Andy Rowdon, Sr. Associate AD for External Affairs at Eastern Michigan, stops by @1QLeadership for a discussion covering creativity, marketing, and leadership. He talks about his team learning how to use data to assist in making decisions and the continual learning process involved. Rowdon also discusses the challenges of transitioning from being a marketing guy to leading the external team.

Dec 06, 2021
Haven Fields | Deputy Athletics Director | Ball State University

Haven Fields, Deputy Athletics Director at Ball State visits @1QLeadership to discuss the skill that was identified early on in his career that has been the foundation for his career progress. Sharpening strengths is the underlying topic as Fields discusses honing his people skills. He talks about the things he does that help the Athletics Director, Beth Goetz do her job well. Fields also goes into the additional skills he has developed since being in the deputy chair.

Nov 30, 2021
Dr. G. Anthony Grant (MIT) & Dr. Justin Rose (Rhodes College)

MIT Director of Athletics, Dr. G. Anthony Grant is joined by Rhodes College Dean for Faculty Recruitment, Development, and Diversity, Dr. Justin Rose, on @1QLeadership In Rose's quest to become a college president, he spends time picking Grant's brain on the nuances of college athletics in the academic setting.

Oct 20, 2021
Liz Reyes | Assistant AD for Student-Athlete Development | Illinois

Liz Reyes, Assistant AD for Student-Athlete Development at Illinois, visits @1QLeadership to work on her leadership philosophy. The conversation touches on starting a new job virtually, developing relationships with colleagues, and earning trust with the Student-Athletes. Reyes' philosophy on leadership is four fold, including caring about those you serve and those you work with, building trust, having high expectations for the quality of work produced, and understanding the goals of those you lead.

Sep 27, 2021
Marcus Everett | Director of Compliance | Fresno State

* Fresno State Director of Compliance, Marcus Everett visits @1QLeadership to work on developing his leadership philosophy. Everette speaks about his previous experience as a one man shop at Stetson University. He talks about coming to Fresno State in a leadership role and learning to be an effective leader. His philosophy develops into being willing to learn, being knowledgeable about your role, being accountable for the work you do, and being able to effectively communicate whatever needs to be communicated.

Sep 07, 2021
Andrew Gavin | Director of Athletics | UW-Parkside

Andrew Gavin, Director of Athletics at Wisconsin-Parkside visits @1QLeadership on a number of topics. He talks about his background as an SID and how that laid the foundation for how he leads from the AD chair. The conversation also covers answering questions he didn't have the answer to when he began at Parkside. Other topics discussed include introspection, internal fundraising, and his relationship with the chancellor.

Aug 25, 2021
Dr. Brian Russell | Sr. Associate AD | University of Illinois

Illinois Sr. Associate AD for Sport Administration and Student-Athlete Development, Dr. Brian Russell visits @1QLeadership to talk about the importance of developing a narrative about how the athletics experience helps to develop Student-Athletes for life after sports. Russell also discusses his leadership philosophy, which is rooted in candid care. The conversation wraps with exploring the strategic trade-offs that may be necessary in an athletics department.

Aug 19, 2021
Marcus Sedberry | Sr. Associate Athletics Director | Baylor University

* Marcus Sedberry, Senior Associate AD at Baylor stops by @1QLeadership for a wide ranging conversation covering hiring, project management, and leadership among other things. Sedberry talks about working with compliance and the university on managing NIL. He also gives his hiring philosophy which revolves around character fit, competency in experience, and coaching acumen. The conversation wraps with his thoughts on the importance of cohesion amongst offices within  an athletics department. *  

Aug 03, 2021
Tim Lester | Head Football Coach | Western Michigan University

Tim Lester, Head Football Coach at Western Michigan visits @1QLeadership on the day his freshmen class reported to camp. Excited about his first full team meeting since before the lockdown, Lester talks about having two classes who have a unique experience coming into college. Recently appointed to the AFCA Board of Trustees, he talks about the job ahead for football coaches amongst all the changes in college athletics. The conversation wraps on Lester's passion for using science and analytics in the game of football.

Jul 29, 2021
Eric Nepomuceno | Sr. Associate AD of Compliance | UNLV

* Compliance and NIL are the @1QLeadership topics with UNLV Sr. Associate AD of Compliance, Eric Nepomuceno. Education, documentation, monitoring, and enforcement are the common aspects in compliance, but this discussion covers adding Name, Image, and Likeness to that plate of responsibilities. Nepomuceno gives insight about the Vegas Effect, which is UNLV's three pronged education platform for Student-Athletes regarding NIL. He also talks about what surprises him so far about NIL since its inception. *  

Jul 26, 2021
Frank Solich | Head Football Coach (Retired) | Ohio University

Not long before announcing his retirement, longtime Ohio University football coach, Frank Solich, visited @1QLeadership to discuss longevity in coaching. Coach Solich talks about staying nimble with regard to leading 18-22 year olds. He touches on learning how to treat players from legendary coaches Devaney and Osborne at Nebraska. Serving as one of the AFCA Trustees, Solich talks about the importance of service to the industry. He also talks about developing players and sending them out in the world.

Jul 15, 2021