On Thursday, March 23rd, in conjunction with the Women’s History Committee, the Spartan Shield Society co-hosted Castleton’s first Women in Sports Business Networking Night. The event not only capped off a month of celebrating women’s history, but also highlighted the national theme of “Trailblazing Women in Business.”
The event gave four diverse panelists the opportunity to speak about their experiences as student-athletes, their chosen career paths, and the obstacles they have faced as females in their field. Audience members were then able to ask questions of each presenter.
“The Women in Sports Business Networking Night was the first event of its kind at Castleton and something the Spartan Shield Society hopes to continue and expand on in the future,” said Assistant Director of the Castleton Fund and Donor Relations Molly DeMellier.
The speakers for the event were Hannah Corkery, class of 2013, and Castleton’s head women’s lacrosse coach, Melissa Crossman, the Vermont area representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Christie Garofano, class of 1998, owner and lifestyle and wellness coach at Body Essentials, and Deanna Tyson, Castleton’s associate dean for athletics.
With such varied backgrounds and career choices, each presenter gave insight to a unique career field within the realm of the sports industry. They tackled topics such as the challenges of balancing family life and career demands, the difficulty of gaining respect, the excitement and hardships of entrepreneurship, and more.
“Like many of our alumni and members of the extensive Spartan community, these women are leaders and innovators in their field and incredible role models for our students,” said DeMellier. “With upwards of 60 people in attendance, it’s exciting to know that students are interested in life after being a student-athlete.”