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Leadership Lessons From The Deputy AD Chair With SMU’s Dawn Rogers & Vanderbilt’s Kristene Kelly

Guest Dawn Rogers, SMU; Kristene Kelly, Vanderbilt
26:59 min watch


SMU Deputy AD for Internal Affairs Dawn Rogers and Vanderbilt Deputy AD for Internal Affairs Kristene Kelly sit down with ADU’s Tai M. Brown at the 2022 Women Leaders Convention to talk about their shared experience of serving as an Athletic Director earlier in their career journeys and offer insight into how they’re leading from their Deputy AD roles today. Rogers and Kelly discuss the importance of communication, strategic collaboration and synthesizing information for their ADs and share their strategies for offering feedback to team members in order to best execute a department’s mission and vision.

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

  • - Dawn, what have you taken from your experience as an athletic director to your subsequent career experiences?
  • - Kristene, how have you used your AD experience in your current role as Deputy AD?
  • - Is your current process for engaging with your AD an outgrowth of what you did before serving as an AD yourself?
  • - At some point you realized you could do this leadership thing and think strategically; how did you demonstrate that as you moved up through your career to an AD role and now to a Deputy AD position?
  • - Kristene, how did you begin thinking strategically and demonstrate that ability over the years?
  • - You mentioned that your previous stops were chaotic; they probably brought you in to bring order to the chaos?
  • - Are those questions you ask going into an interview? Has anyone ever asked you questions about the higher education side of your institution when interviewing for a job?
  • - Dawn, how have you balanced being agile yet consistent when thinking strategically in your current role?
  • - How do you avoid relying too much on precedent when making decisions?
  • - Kristene, how do you approach being agile yet consistent when it comes to strategic thinking?
  • - How do you provide feedback to your staff?
  • - Give us an example of how you practice giving feedback.
  • - Dawn, how do you provide effective feedback?
  • - Kristene, what advice would you give to up-and-coming leaders?
  • - Dawn, what is your advice?