Powered by

The Power of Genuine Mentorships With Washington’s Jen Cohen And Shannon Kelly

Guest Jen Cohen, Washington; Shannon Kelly, Washington
25:46 min watch


Washington Director of Athletics Jen Cohen and Senior Associate AD for Advancement Shannon Kelly sit down with ADU’s Steph Garcia Cichosz at the 2022 Women Leaders National Convention to discuss their mentorship journey and how to utilize such relationships for leadership development and career advancement. The pair talk about how they identify rising stars, what they look for in head coaching searches and how to cultivate meaningful mentorships over the course of a career.

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

  • - What makes an effective fundraiser?
  • - What qualities did you recognize in Shannon that made you want to keep elevating her in the department?
  • - Shannon, what was it about Jen's style of leadership made you buy in to her vision for the Huskies?
  • - What is the secret to cultivating a long-term relationship with a mentor?
  • - How do you ensure you aren't over-extending yourself as a mentor?
  • - As a mentee, how do you nurture a long-term relationship without feeling like you're pestering your mentor?
  • - What are some action items mentors and mentees can take away from this conversation?
  • - Is there anything about UW's culture that lends itself to strong female leadership?
  • - How do you identify the rising stars on your staff?
  • - What intangible qualities did new FB HC Kalen Deboer exhibit that made you know he was the right fit for Washington?
  • - There's always a pressure to win; how do you stay in alignment with your core values when it comes to making hires?
  • - Shannon, how do you keep alignment with the department's culture when making staff hires?