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In Partnership with Marsh McLennan Agency


Her Next Play + University of Minnesota - Duluth Athletics

University of Minnesota - Duluth 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.


Career Accelerator Series

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


Tuesday, January 18th at 7:00 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



Tuesday, February 8th at 7:00 pm

How will your student athletes answer when asked "So tell me about yourself"?  Their answer is a make-it or break-it moment in their career search.  During this interactive session, student-athletes will:

  • Learn how to construct a clear and concise elevator pitch that highlights their strengths, communicates their value, and incorporates their student-athlete experience

  • Learn how to confidently communicate who they are, what they've done and why it matters

  • Practice their pitch and receive feedback


Wednesday, April 13th at 7:00pm

Every athlete knows that preparation and practice are essential to game day success.  In this interactive session we help student-athletes approach their upcoming interviews with the same research, strategy, preparation and practice that they put into preparing for a championship game.  In this session, student-athletes will:

  • Learn how to develop a "scouting report" for their industry and the companies they interview with

  • Practice STAR answers to behavioral interview questions

  • Learn interview tips and strategies to help them perform their best and stand out from the competition












Career Accelerator Coaches

Audra Emerson, Sara Wegmann and Abby Dyson 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. 

Abby Dyson

Abby is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities where she earned her B.S. in Kinesiology - Exercise and Sports Sciences. Abby is a longtime lover of sports growing up playing basketball, she shared this passion with others in her continued service with youth groups and coaching. 


She also is very passionate about inclusion as she served as an intern, coach, and volunteer for Special Olympics Minnesota. Helping pilot and develop the Cool School movement she plans to carry over the ideas of inclusion and equity into her work with Her Next Play and the Rookie Career Accelerator. Her work as an advocate and passion will help develop the next generation of Women leaders in America 

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

About Our Sponsor

Her Next Play is proud to partner with Marsh McLennan Agency to bring the Career Accelerator Series to the University of Minnesota - Duluth. 

MMA is a full service insurance, retirement and risk management firm dedicated to serving the insurance needs of organizations.  As a subsidiary of Marsh, the world’s largest broker and risk advisor, we provide clients with unparalleled access to local service, regional expertise and global resources.  MMA has over 6500 employees in more than 120 office locations in the US, including Duluth and Minneapolis. 

Additional Recognition to Laura Moore for bringing together Her Next Play and Marsh McLennan Agency to host the Career Accelerator Series

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Laura (Hanson) Moore was a UMD Bulldog playing basketball under Karen Stromme from 1997-2001.  After college, she did stay at UMD as a graduate assistant coach while she was getting her Masters in Environmental Health & Safety.  Today, Laura is the Business Insurance Practice Leader of Minneapolis.  She is responsible for leading all growth initiative for the $55M division and ensuring operational efficiencies.  She focuses on sales planning, forecasting, talent acquisition, training and developing and executing on growth initiatives across the agency.  She never thought about a career in insurance, but loves the industry, the relationships she has built and the impact she has made with colleagues, clients, carriers and the communities they serve.

Marsh McLennan Agency





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