Join Tackle What's Next and Her Next Play for an inspiring conversation on how to prepare for what's next. Learn how to stand out among the crowd when it comes to the job search, building your network and finding the right career path for you. Hear from former student athletes about their experiences navigating what's next after sports and receive a playbook to help you get started.
The game just changed! We are ready to coach you through it. Many college athletes are facing cancelled seasons, stalled career plans, and rescinded job offers. Fortunately, you can use your athlete mindset to navigate these challenges and strengthen your career readiness skills during this challenging time. Join Her Next Play leaders Sara Wegmann and Audra Emerson for coaching, insight and support on how you can build a Game Plan for your job search and career during this global pandemic.
Who? Women’s DI and DIII College Hockey Players from Minnesota (Classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022)
What? Career Readiness Boot Camp. Three days of intense career readiness preparation. Training on making your pitch, interview skills, resume building, LinkedIn, and networking. Opportunities to hear from former hockey players about their careers. Visits to a cross section of Twin Cities companies.
Where? Hosted by top Twin Cities companies and sports organizations
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Her Next Play Annual Benefit - Go for Gold!
September 26th, 2020
The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park
Please join Her Next Play for our first annual benefit, Go for Gold! Help support our mission to develop the next generation of women leaders through sports at an Olympic themed event at the gorgeous Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park. Learn more about Her Next Play programs, contribute to the empowerment of female athletes, and enjoy a fun-filled evening of games, Olympic themed food, and silent auction bidding on unique sports-related experiences and more.
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Women Coaches Symposium
Her Next Play will be facilitating two break out sessions for student athletes at the 2020 Tucker Center Women Coaches Symposium:
Shine Bright as You Launch Your Career
Competition for top internships, coaching jobs, and entry level opportunities in all fields is fierce. Fortunately, student-athletes have an edge in this competitive landscape. Discover how to use the competitive mindset you’ve developed as an athlete to shine bright and stand out in your early career. Through case studies, and interactive exercises, learn how to build your professional brand, market the skills you’ve developed as an athlete, and differentiate yourself as you launch your career.
Build Your Constellation of Connections
As an athlete, you have a support system of coaches, teammates, trainers, fans, friends, and family. As an emerging professional, building a constellation of career support is just as critical, but many student-athletes miss opportunities to create the connections they’ll need to successfully transition from sport to career.
Through stories, case studies, and exercises, discover how to build professional relationships and create networks of support. Learn how to find and approach mentors and sponsors, and build and maintain professional connections to help you successfully navigate your early career.
CAN: Financial Power Playbook for Athletes
Location: Top Golf
Learn how to make the right plays to build your financial power. Find out the inside scoop on paying off student loans and investing in your early career. Discover strategies to advocate for the value you bring to your career, connect with a community of current and former athletes, and improve your golf swing with tips from local golf pros.
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Her Next Play "Play Bold Huddles"
Throughout the month of May and April Her Next Play's Junior Varsity Board participated in "Play Bold Huddles". These 40 minute virtual huddles for middle school athletes included conditioning, yoga, and high energy work outs, as well as speakers on leadership and mental skills. They learned from sports psychologists, athletes, and fitness experts on how to keep their game sharp during social distancing.
Career Accelerator Network (CAN) Coaching Circles provided mentorship and support to female athletes in the early years of their careers. These groups of 8-10 athletes met weekly and allowed young professionals to form new connections as well as develop critical career and leadership skills. Successful women business leaders and athletes served as mentor coaches and shared their insights and experiences on topics such as:
The game just changed! Her Next Play hosted a webinar for for current and former female athletes. Many college athletes are facing cancelled seasons, stalled career plans, and rescinded job offers. This webinar empowered athletes to use their athlete mindset to navigate these challenges and strengthen your career readiness skills during this challenging time.
Women of the Minnesota Vikings hosted the WISE Twin Cities Power Play event in honor of International Women's Day. This event featured women leaders of the Minnesota Vikings who shared their professional and personal journeys on how to break in and move up in the sports industry.
Her Next Play, Positive Coaching Alliance, and the University of Minnesota celebrated the special bond between Dads and Daughters at the Gopher Women's Basketball game. This special event featured a post-game talk with Kelly Curry about the support she received from her father as a player and coach.
The Minnesota Wild hosted a pre-game Women In Sports Panel. Our very own Her Next Play Vice President Audra Emerson spoke at the panel alongside other female leaders who have worked in the sports industry!
The Her Next Play Career Accelerator Network hosted a Building Your Team event at Royal Foundry. Guests were informed on strategies to build relationships with mentors, sponsors, professional contacts, peers, and new friends to create the support system needed to grow their career.
Inspired Athletx hosted a Female Athlete Summit on January 16. The Summit educated and inspired guests with women's sports medicine experts, champions for women in athletics, and elite female athletes! Our President, Sara Wegmann, was a Keynote speaker.
The Her Next Play Career Accelerator Network hosted a Health and Wellness event at mXe Movement Studio. Guests rocked their MOJO workout and heard from health coach Allison Mosso about intuitive eating.
Communicating with Confidence Workshop: Edina Dance Team
November 9, 2019
Her Next Play and the Edina Dance Team had a day filled with interactive activities, building confidence, and practicing communication skills. There were more than 40 attendees and the girls showed significant improvement in their confidence and communication skills.
A Conversation with Figure Skating Champion Surya Bonaly and Sports Commentator Lea B. Olsen
November 2, 2019
Her Next Play joined Rethink the Win for an up close and personal talk with former figure skater and special guest Surya Bonaly. Surya is the five-time European champion, nine-time French champion, and three-time World silver medalist. She is the only figure skater to land a backflip in Olympic competition.
CAN: Pivot Play- Transitioning from Sport to Career
October 24, 2019
The HNP Varsity Board hosted their first Career Accelerator Network Event. Over 50 former and current female athletes came to hear from a panel of powerful women leaders and former athletes who have successfully made the transition from sport to career.
The HNP JV Board set out to help their peers recognize the life skills learned through athletics and inspire girls to stay in sports. 130 middle school girls participated in a day full of yoga, mental skills training, soccer, nutrition advice, photo booth fun, and learnings from an Elite Athlete Panel.
98% said they learned skills that they can use in sports & life
97% reported feeling more confident about taking risks and playing bold
99% said they felt inspired to stay in sports
This event was made possible by our generous Sponsors: Edina Community Foundation, Edina Girls Athletic Association, Twin Cities Orthopedics and University of Minnesota Physicians. As well as our wonderful Partners: Inspired Athletx, Premier Sports Psychology, Life Time Sport, Positive Coaching Alliance, Rethink the Win, Braemar, Physical Culture, Barilla, Stephanie May Potter, and Edina Soccer Association.
Middle School girls are dropping out of sports at twice the rate of boys. Many girls drop out because they don't believe they'll have the opportunity to compete in high school. At the She Can Play event, parents got the inside scoop on the many athletic opportunities for girls from Edina High School Administrators and Coaches. This informative and insightful evening was made possible due to the generosity of our partner The Riveter and dozens of EHS coaches and administrators.
We love TrackGirlz and everything they are doing to empower young women through sisterhood and fitness. Founder and Olympian Mechelle Freeman led nearly 75 girls through an inspiring day of pilates, soccer and of course running! Her Next Play joined in and led interactive empowerment sessions to teach girls the importance of body language and how to communicate with confidence.
Congratulations to all the powerful athletes that completed this year’s Physical Culture Triathlon. This community event celebrated Physical Cultures's Community and raised funds in support of Her Next Play. Together we are building the next generation of women leaders!
Over 350 women coaches attended the 2019 Tucker Center Women Coaches Symposium for a day of professional development at the University of Minnesota. Her Next Play facilitated a break-out session for student athletes titled Your Next Play: Confidently Transitioning from Sport to Career. During this interactive session, students learned how to identify and articulate their transferable skills learned as an athlete, and reflect on the strength that differentiates and drives success. Through engaging exercises, they practiced how to confidently tell their story and market their skills to employers.