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Integrating Your Values Into Your Work With Akron’s Jackie Wallgren & UNH’s Michelle Bronner

Guest Jackie Wallgren, Akron; Michelle Bronner, New Hampshire
29:27 min watch


Akron Senior Associate AD/SWA Jackie Wallgren and New Hampshire Deputy AD/SWA Michelle Bronner sit down with ADU’s Tai M. Brown at the 2022 Women Leaders Convention to share how they bring their core values into their roles at their respective institutions. Bronner, who has served the UNH Wildcats for 11 years, discusses the nuances of communicating with a new athletic director, while Wallgren, who has been at Akron for just over a year at the time of recording, speaks to the challenges of simultaneously learning and establishing culture at a new institution.

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

  • - Michelle, you've been at New Hampshire for 11 years and now you have a new Athletic Director - talk to us about the process of learning how to communicate with a new AD.
  • - Jackie, you've been at Akron for a little over a year; talk to us about the process of learning not only a new leader and new staff but also a new departmental culture.
  • - When you're new to a department, how do you determine what your top priorities are?
  • - Was there an event (personal or professional) that shaped your core values?
  • - How do you measure your effectiveness as a leader?
  • - Is there a way to teach younger staffers how to lead and how to evaluate their own effectiveness as a leader?
  • - How do you learn and engage with all aspects of an athletics department when you come up through compliance or another internally-focused unit?
  • - What about for you Jackie?
  • - How important is it to stay abreast of the specifics of a single sport when it comes to being an effective sport administrator?
  • - Is there a sport you enjoy the most?
  • - Michelle, what is your favorite thing to take pictures of?