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Her Next Play + University of St Joseph Athletics

University of St. Joseph is partnering with Her Next Play to host a Career Accelerator Series for women student-athletes. Designed specifically for women student-athletes, the series will help athletes build on their sports experiences as they prepare for what's next in their careers. Monthly sessions will be held February through April, with the first session kicking off on Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:30 pm.

Career Accelerator Series

You're invited! Join us for the Career Accelerator Series.


Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:30 pm

Student-athletes build incredible leadership skills through sport. Yet it can be challenging to identify and translate those skills and experiences to life and careers. During this interactive session, student-athletes will:

  • Lean how to articulate the transferrable skills they are learning as a student and as an athlete

  • Identify their "superpower" - what strength differentiates them and drives their success

  • Understand how their "superpower" translates to their career


Monday, March 15th at 7:30 pm

Student-athletes get the inside scoop on the hiring process as they work through an interactive case study where they play the role of the recruiter and "hire" a marketing coordinator. Student-athletes:

  • Learn how recruiters review resumes, and evaluate candidates through job fairs, interviews, and social media

  • Discover how to stand out in each step of the hiring process


April, date and time TBD

Creating a successful career is 100% a team sport. Building a team and professional community will help student-athletes make career decisions, look for internships and find new job opportunities. During this interactive session, student-athletes will:

  • Learn how their network will help them successfully transition from college to career

  • Learn tips and strategies to help them build a new team, and overcome fears about networking

  • Develop and practice their professional introduction / pitch to use as they make connections

Questions:  Contact Kristen Folan at


Career Accelerator Playbook

Career Accelerator Coaches

Audra Emerson and Sara Wegmann from Her Next Play will be facilitating the Career Accelerator Series.

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Audra Emerson

Audra is the Executive Board Vice President of Her Next Play. She attributes much of her success to playing sports and is a strong believer in the positive impact sports can have on the lives of girls and women.  


She is a passionate speaker, trainer and career coach with over 20 years of experience in recruiting and human resources. She has consulted for top start-ups and Fortune elite companies including Target, Allianz, Ameriprise, and Russell Investments. She has helped thousands of people establish and advance their careers and brought this expertise to CareerPrep, a career coaching company she co-founded. As a first-generation college student, Audra earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Sara Wegmann

Sara Wegmann is a strong believer in the power of sports in developing leaders. This passion led her to create Her Next Play, a nonprofit that supports leadership and career development for women athletes.    


A lifelong advocate for women’s power and advancement, Sara brings an entrepreneurial mindset, a passion for equity, and a talent for developing young leaders to her role as President of Her Next Play. An early career development expert, Sara co-founded and built CareerPrep, a career coaching and training company, and has held leadership roles in consulting, human resources, and women’s advancement at top companies such as Deloitte, Target, and Merrill Lynch.     


A former college soccer player, and current competitive tennis athlete, Sara has a B.A. in Psychology from Lawrence University and an MBA in Human Resources from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. 

About Her Next Play and the Career Accelerator Network (CAN)

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Her Next Play is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit whose mission is to develop the next generation of women leaders through sports. The Her Next Play ® Career Accelerator Network (CAN) brings together a powerful community of current and former student-athletes focused on leadership and career success. JOIN FOR FREE to access programs, workshops & events designed to help you develop critical career readiness skills, build your professional brand, expand your support network, and accelerate your career.

"The Career Accelerator Network (CAN) session gave me a lot of insight to what life will look like after college and specifically after sports. It showed me how I can use what I've learned from my athletic career in a workplace setting."

CAN Member

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