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Felicia Hall Allen Addresses Student Athletes, NFL and College Athletic Administrators at Summit Sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Football League (NFL)

FHA_WORDPRESSNFL Engagement Insider – 2/17/13
CHARLOTTE, NC February 17, 2013 – The best way to teach leaders how to increase their impact on those they touch is to form a faculty of dynamic speakers who have already had a strong influence and can articulate their secrets of success to others.

With that purpose paramount, two of America’s top sports organizations teamed up this weekend to hear from experienced experts how to maximize the athletic and personal development of student-athletes and the transition into their professional lives.

Held in Charlotte, NC, the NFL-NCAA Life Skills Education and Professional Development Summit was a time for 75 league Player Engagement personnel and their college counterparts to discover synergies for developing best practices and categorizing available resources for those they serve.

“Collaboration is the key to the NFL and NCAA learning how to build trust with today’s student-athletes to maintain their mental and physical health,” according to NFL Player Engagement (NFLPE) Senior Vice President Troy Vincent. “We assembled an all-star faculty to teach our attendees how to best reach these young people.”

That star-studded faculty kicked off the event in style with Keynote Speaker Oliver Luck, Director of Athletics at West Virginia University, and former Mountaineer and NFL quarterback whose son Andrew was last year’s number one NFL pick.

“We immediately were told by attendees that we started off with a bang, which was good to hear since Oliver Luck is someone who has been on both sides of the NCAA and NFL, and is in the position to determine what this Engagement role will look like,” observed Ron Brewer, Assistant Director of Leadership Development for the NCAA.

Brewer, who opened the event by outlining its objectives, added that, “we designed the Summit so it would kick off that way, and then followed up with forceful speakers such as Felicia Hall Allen (President of Felicia Hall Allen and Associates), one of the most dynamic individual speakers that I have ever been around, and she truly challenged the group.”

Julie Dunn, Assistant Athletic Director for Career Enhancement and Employee Relations at Northwestern University, said, “I have been very impressed with the speakers they brought in, and they got our minds going as we take to heart their expertise that they share with us.”

Additionally, the Summit educated attendees through the use of Case Studies and Breakout Sessions, including “Inside the Locker Room” sessions with the likes of former Pittsburgh Steeler Willie Parker and San Diego Charger Jacques Cesaire, who talked about current issues they and their teammates face.

Brewer shared, “The goal of the Summit was to bring these two groups of professionals together since they both touch the athletes, so that as they go from college to the NFL we can both be aware of what the other is seeing. Ultimately, it’s a great opportunity for the two groups to meet each other and discuss what’s working, what the hot topics are, and where they need help and assistance.”

For questions regarding the Professional Development Summit contact Ron Brewer at (317) 917.6970.


The NFL-NCAA Life Skills Education and Professional Development Summit is a partnership between the NFL and the NCAA focused on identifying and outlining the synergies that exist between NFL Player Engagement Directors and intercollegiate Athletics Professionals. The Summit is designed to provide relevant, effective, and practical training and professional development opportunities to enhance the ability of Athletics Professionals to serve student-athletes in the areas of life skills and student-athlete development. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how to enhance student-athletes’ personal growth based upon their needs and how the NFL and NCAA can work collaboratively on student-athlete programming and resources.

About Felicia Hall Allen, J.D.
Felicia Hall Allen, CEO of Felicia Hall Allen & Associates, brings unique depth to specialties of leadership, team building, organizational development, executive coaching, and sports management. Currently, Felicia represents college coaches in more than a dozen NCAA Division I Conferences and was recently voted onto the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa, College of Law and is a member of the New Jersey State Bar. Felicia and her husband Johnny Allen reside in Charlotte, NC. For additional background information on Felicia visit http://www.feliciahallallen.com.

To contact her regarding interviews or speaking engagements call 704.968.1987.

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