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Priority Management: UConn’s Swinney & Pac-12’s Leighton

Guest Adrianne Swinney, UConn; Danette Leighton, Pac-12; Jessie Gardner, Alabama
29:24 min watch


UConn Chief Operating Officer Adrianne Swinney and Pac-12 Chief Marketing Officer Danette Leighton discuss their approaches to priority management, work-life balance, delegation, communicating and setting goals, and much more. The conversation is moderated by Alabama Assistant AD for Student-Athlete Enhancement Jessie Gardner.


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

  • - What are your methods for priority management for a day, week, month or year?
  • - Are you able to prioritize time for yourself? What do you fill that time for yourself with?
  • - How do you go about delegating priorities?
  • - In assigning priorities, what are some methods to communicate how your staff or department's success will be measured?
  • - How do you determine when to amplify the conference, a school, team, or student-athlete? (Leighton)
  • - How do you prioritize when to make an executive decision or bring it to a higher authority? (Swinney)
  • - What is your prioritization when making hiring decisions?
  • - How do you navigate feeling overwhelmed or like your priorities are out of alignment?