Ep 37 - Meet Jacqie McWilliams, Commissioner, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

In this episode you meet Jacqie McWilliams, Commissioner of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). She was the first female to serve as Commissioner for the CIAA and first appointed African American Commissioner out of 100 Conferences representing NCAA Division I, II and III.

Jacqie spent nine years at the NCAA managing NCAA championships to include both the men’s and women’s Division I Basketball tournaments.

She started her career in coaching and administration at Virginia Union University with career growth opportunities at Norfolk State University and Morgan State University prior to the NCAA.

Jacqie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Hampton University, a Master of Arts in Sports Management and Administration from Temple University.

She is a member of the Hampton University 1988 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship team and was inducted into Hampton University’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

She was inducted into Temple University’s Gallery of Success and the Sierra High School Hall of Fame.

Jacqie served as the chair of NCAA DII Management Council and was a member of the NCAA Board of Governors while in that seat.

Her passion to advance women provided her the opportunity to also serve on the board of directors for Women Leaders in College sports and the Collegiate Women’s Sports Award (CWSA). She has received numerous awards to include the Black Women in Sports Foundation Legend Award (2013), Radio One Women of Excellence (2016), Charlotte Career Mastered Award (2016), the café Mocha Salute Her Trailblazer Award in Charlotte (2017).

During our conversation we discuss:

- The importance of mentors and being prepared.

- Dealing with hurtful comments from colleagues.

- Balancing being a single mom with a demanding career.

- How her faith fuels her passion.

- The natural hair journey.

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