Conference Carolinas Holds Student-Athlete Leadership Seminar to Create Success on Campus

HIGH POINT, N.C.Conference Carolinas sponsored a two-day leadership seminar in November focusing on the five elements of well-being. It was the third consecutive year the Conference held a leadership seminar to focus on the growth of its student-athletes, administrators and coaches.

This seminar provided the opportunity for student-athletes to develop leadership skills to use at their individual schools. Conference Carolinas represents eleven schools and nine schools participated in the seminar. Each school sends one male student-athlete, one female student-athlete, and one athletic administrator who demonstrate great leadership qualities on campus. They are chosen by their athletic director to help the student-athlete expand their leadership skills. After the seminar, the student-athlete returns to their campus to develop a strategy to implement what they have learned on their individual campuses.

Each year a program is designed to support the needs of student-athletes so they can learn and build on their leadership skills. This year, two representatives from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Cricket Lane and Shelley Johnson, served as facilitators and led the discussion of five elements of well-being. Lane is the Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development, while Johnson serves as the Director of the Richard A. Baddour Carolina Leadership Academy.

As previously mentioned, the seminar discussed the five elements of well-being including: community, social, financial, career, and physical. Each element had a different focus. 

  • Community -  vulnerability, positivity, and gratitude
  •  Social -  personal branding and emotional intelligence
  •  Financial -  emotional bank accounts
  •  Career -  athletic identity and play history
  •  Physical - mindfulness and time management.

The student-athletes who attend the leadership seminar will develop a plan when they return to their campus to inspire student-athletes at their school to become better leaders. With the quality of leadership they provide, they will have a significant impact on the student-athletes they will lead. We want to develop exemplary leaders so they can bring these elements back to their campus and to continue the leadership process with their student-athletes.


Story written by: Sarah Rountree, Assistant Commissioner for Compliance

Conference Carolinas is a NCAA Division II athletics conference made up of 11 teams from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. These institutions consist of: Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Converse College, Emmanuel College, Erskine College, King University, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, University of Mount Olive, North Greenville University, and Southern Wesleyan University. Emmanuel College is currently completing the NCAA Membership Process and will be fully competing in league championships in the near future.