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Navigating High Pressure Moments With Michigan State’s Epiphany Clark

Guest Epiphany Clark, Michigan State
36:01 min watch


Michigan State Deputy AD for External Resources Epiphany Clark sits down with ADU’s Tai M. Brown at the 2024 PACnet Conference to discuss navigating pressure-cooker moments and why preparation is an essential ingredient in the recipe for success. Clark: “Pressure is a privilege… I’m fortunate to have been put in a lot of situations that have afforded me [the opportunity] to understand how to operate under pressure.” Clark and Brown also reflect on the definition of hard work and why resiliency is a key to effectively managing change.

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

  • - When you were an undergrad, you were Chief of Staff for the president of an FBS institution, getting an insider look at executive leadership and strategic thinking; what are the top two things you took from that experience?
  • - How did that experience lead you to work in development when you entered college athletics?
  • - What were some of the internal factors that helped you make decisions on where you were going to go throughout your career?
  • - We've recently seen a shift in who leads in our industry - many of the veterans have departed, making way for a new era of leaders. Tell me your thoughts on that aspect of the industry and what's necessary for us to be successful.
  • - When you make a hire, you're probably looking for that grit and resilience in candidates... How do you see that when you're interviewing someone? How do you onboard that mindset that "We're going to work"?
  • - If someone posed to you in an interview "Well, what does it mean to work hard?" could you answer that with a definition?
  • - Tell me about a major project in the last five years that Epiphany Clark had a direct impact on using those factors of pressure and hard work.
  • - How much did you sleep while navigating that situation?
  • - I imagine you were prepared for that given all the roles you've had before.
  • - There's an aspect of being a leader where you can recognize that someone has worked hard and that they now would benefit from some time off. Have you ever had to tell someone to take time off?
  • - When you have that hard-working mentality, are you able to realize and recognize when your staff needs a break?
  • - If you were putting together a team, what type of people would you need on that team in order to be successful? Is it a set formula or does it depend on where you're at?
  • - What do you need to work on over the next few years to continue to develop in the direction you want to go?