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Friday, April 9


6:00-7:30 p.m. EST - Opening Keynote, Courage. Connection. Resilience. Helping your Athletes Build Lives of Integrity, Confidence, and Self-compassion 

Rachel Simmons


7:30-8:30 p.m. EST - Welcome and Social Hour

Sunday, April 11

1:00-1:40 p.m. EST - The Theory of the Ball Hog: How One Economist Sees the Rugby Field

Chelsea Garber


1:50-2:40 p.m. EST - Players Gonna Play; Leaders Gonna Lead: Meet Some of the Creative Leaders Forging New Pathways to Grow the Game

Kat Aversano, Lauren Barber, Olivia Benzan Daniel, Katie Hunzinger, Mary Swanstrom, Katie Wurst, & moderater Koma Gandy

3:00-4:30 p.m. EST - Building A Healthy, Effective Coaching Staff: Creating a Culture in which Coaches Want to Stay

Stacey Bridges, Katie Dowty, Sunny Meyers, Ricardo Rameriez, Kitt Wagner, & Koma Gandy


4:30 p.m. EST - Closing and Social Hour





1:00-1:30 p.m. - Welcome from the USWRF Board

1:30-2:45 p.m. - Opening Keynote, Winning Without Apology, Shannon Miller


2:45-3:00 p.m. - Break

3:00-4:15 p.m. - Panel Discussion, What Rugby Taught Me About Winning, Kerri Heffernan (moderator), Kris Hermanns, Danita Knox, Pam Kosanke, Jenn Levi

4:15-4:30 p.m. - Break

4:30-5:30: The NCAA, College Club and High School: Structures that Influence the Retention and Growth of the Women’s Game, Karen Fong Donoghue (moderator), MaryBeth Mathews, Alex McCulloch, Faith Walker, Katie Wurst

5:30-7:00 p.m. - Welcome Reception - Sponsored by Ruggers


Breakfast on your own

9:00-9:30 a.m. - The Landscape for Coaches, Kerri Heffernan

9:30-11:00 a.m. - Panel Discussion, We Make the Road by Walking: Building and Sustaining Racially Diverse TeamsRosalind Chou (moderator), Farrah Douglas, Koma Gandy Fischbein, Phaidra Knight, Alycia Washington

11:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. - Break

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Breakouts 

  • Fired for Being Too Good, Shannon Miller

  • Leveraging Title I, IV and IX Funding with Community Partners, Districts or Colleges, to Grow Girl's and Women's Programs, Audrey Billingsley

  • When Rugby Breaks Your Heart: Leaving, Grieving and Thriving, Margaret Dessypris Thomas

12:30-1:45 p.m. - Lunch - Sponsored by Penn Mutual

1:45-3:15 p.m. - Panel Discussion, Bodies Out of Bounds: Rugby's Unique Relationship to Gender and Sexual Minorities, Helen Carroll, Gwen DeGroff-Gunter, JJ Javelet, Jenn Levi (moderator)

3:15-3:30 p.m. - Break

3:30-4:45 p.m. - Saturday Keynote, Capitalizing on Winning: Investing in our Diversity, Pam Kosanke

Sponsored by World Rugby Shop

4:45-6:30 p.m. - Break

6:30-7:00 p.m. - Cocktails 

7:00-9:00 p.m. - Dinner and Storytelling

Annemarie Farrell, Gwen Gunter, Sandra Kimokoti, Vanesha MaGee, Lisa Rosen

Sponsored by Atavus



Breakfast on your own

9:00am-9:30 a.m. - Presentation, Women’s National Team 15’s: The Time is NOW to Diversify Revenue, Emilie Bydwell

9:30-10:15 a.m. - Panel Discussion, USAR Board, Congress and Committees Updates, KJ Abel, Audrey Billingsley, Rosalind Chou, Phaidra Knight, Julie Lau, Monica Van Buskirk (moderator)

10:15-10:30 a.m. - Break

10:30-11:15 a.m. - Panel Discussion, The WPL and Rugby Academies: Managing Organizations So They Are Financially Viable for Players, Parisa Asgharzadeh, Rosalind Chou (moderator), Julie McCoy, Kittery Wagner Ruiz, Josie Ziluca

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - Panel Discussion, WNT Pathways: Managing Organizational Structures to Identify Talent, Emilie Bydwell, Martha Daines, Katy Dowty

12:30-1:00 p.m. - Future Tense: What's Next? 




2:00-4:00 p.m. - College Rugby 101 Seminar (for high school students and families), Karen Fong Donoghue, The Rugger's Edge


2:00-5:00 p.m. - USA Rugby Shadow Program Coaching Clinic at the Eagle Regional Training Center


6:00 p.m. - Social

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