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Leading With A Compliance Background With North Carolina’s Marielle vanGelder & Drexel’s Mary Mulvenna

Guest Marielle vanGelder, North Carolina; Mary Mulvenna, Drexel
15:55 min watch


North Carolina Senior Associate AD/SWA Marielle vanGelder and Drexel Chief of Staff/Senior Associate AD Mary Mulvenna sit down with former ACC Director of Compliance Marra Hvozdovic at the 2022 Women Leaders Convention to discuss leadership from the lens of a compliance background. Mulvenna and vanGelder share insight into the development of their leadership philosophies before reflecting on changes they’ve experienced in the post-COVID workplace and how playing through a pandemic impacted student-athletes at their institutions. The duo also offer advice to early-career professionals on how to practice leadership from any role.

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

  • - What does leadership mean to you?
  • - What informs your perspective on leadership?
  • - What was a challenging moment that shaped your leadership presence?
  • - What personal or professional lessons did you learn from the last two years since the pandemic impacted our industry?
  • - How do you continue supporting student-athletes and connecting with them when you get into a leadership position?
  • - Mary, how did your experience working in various conference offices impact your intentionality when it comes to connecting with student-athletes?
  • - How can early-career professionals practice leadership in their roles?
  • - Do you have any last words of advice in terms of leadership as a whole?