Patti Phillips is known for her authenticity, charismatic leadership, and her tireless commitment to women’s advancement and leadership development. She is also a well-known keynote speaker on topics such as leadership, teamwork, culture and potential.
Patti has spent her entire career working in the fields of women’s sports and leadership. She has served as the CEO of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) since 2010. In her time at NACWAA, the association has been rejuvenated with a new brand and renewed focus on advancing and empowering women. Membership numbers have more than doubled in five years, and levels of membership engagement and programming are at an all-time high.
Under Patti’s direction, NACWAA established the “Advancement Initiative” that provides a road map, resources, and coaching for women wanting to advance into positions of leadership. As a result, the numbers of women advancing into athletic director and commissioner positions has risen steadily.
Prior to assuming this position, Patti served for 11 years as the executive director of the Women’s Intersport Network based in Kansas City, where she launched an all-women’s triathlon that is now one of the largest in the Midwest. Earlier in her career, Patti worked for the NCAA (in Kansas City) as the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program Coordinator. She started her
career as the head women’s basketball and volleyball coach at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas and turned it into a regional power.
Patti was a basketball student-athlete at Baker University where she received her degree with honors, and earned her Master’s in Athletic Administration and Sport Psychology from the University of Kansas. She has been inducted into O’Hara High School, Baker University, and Missouri Sports Hall of Fames.