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Cultivating The Conference-Campus Connection With The Summit League’s Myndee Kay Larsen & Cal State Northridge’s Valerie Richardson

Guest Myndee Kay Larsen, Summit League; Valerie Richardson, Cal State Northridge
20:11 min watch


Summit League Deputy Commissioner Myndee Kay Larsen and Cal State Northridge Executive Associate AD Valerie Richardson sit down with ADU’s Steph Garcia Cichosz to discuss the leadership skills they’ve gained from working both on campus and in the conference office. The duo discuss the broad-based learning opportunities available at the league level and the importance of creating effective communication skills when working with conference membership; from the campus perspective, Larsen and Richardson speak to the value of connecting regularly with student-athletes and making a tangible impact on their collegiate experience. As for administrators seeking a shot at the Big Chair and hesitant to spend time at a conference office, Larsen explains: “You can build an athletic director’s resume sitting in a conference office simply because you have access to all kinds of institutions – private, public, land-grant, research. It gives you a good overview and helps you figure out what kind of leader you want to be.”

The conversation is indexed below for efficient viewing (click the time stamp to jump to a specific question/topic).

  • - How does it feel to be back networking in person with your peers?
  • - Myndee Kay, what have you taken from your time on campus at Southern Utah to your work today at the Summit League?
  • - Valerie, how did your work at the WCC impact your work later in your career on campus?
  • - For those administrators aspiring to the Big Chair, what is a benefit of working at a conference versus only staying on campus?
  • - What are some of the top skills you can learn from working at a conference?
  • - What have you learned about being an effective communicator from working with all your league's different campuses and the unique personalities of their leaders?
  • - What are your methods of priority management when you have so many different kinds of tasks on your plate at a smaller institution or conference office?
  • - You both have experience putting on championship events from the conference and campus perspective - what's the secret to putting on a world-class event?
  • - How is the Summit League addressing issues of equity when it comes to postseason events?
  • - What advice do you have for administrators hosting postseason, championship events on campus?
  • - What advice do you have for new senior leaders who have less facetime and engagement with student-athletes?
  • - What does work-life balance look like for both of you?