Watch: Women and Girls Summit Panels and Workshops
The inaugural Women’s and Girls’ Summit was held September 24 at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia and brought together a diverse group of players, coaches, leaders and parents from across the country. Images of the Summit’s expert panels and seminars are now available on the American Squash Youtube Channel and lower.
Women and Girls Summit Expert Group
The Women and Girls Summit featured a panel of experts moderated by MSNBC’s Erin O’Hearn (far right), and including (lr): author Dr. Jamie Zuckerman, Linda Elriani of US Squash, Erin Malone of the Free People Movement, Drexel University Athletic Director Maisha Kelly and Christina Minnis of Goldman Sachs.
College Coaches Panel
The Women & Girls Summit featured a panel of college coaches moderated by College Squash Association League Commissioner David Poolman (far right) and including (lr) Joanne Schickerling of Columbia, Gail Ramsay of Princeton, Pat Cosquer of Hobart & William Smith and Niki Clement of Haverford. The theme of the panel was “Getting the most out of college squash, from choosing a college to competing on a team”.
College Players Panel
The Women & Girls Summit College Players Panel featured former college and professional athletes who spoke about their experiences, challenges they may have faced, how they were supported, and the impact of sport on their life. The panel included (lr) Abbie Wingerd of Dickinson and Eva and Ona Prokes of Drexel.
Dr. Jaime Zuckerman: Addressing the impact of social media on sport engagement and participation
Dr. Jaime Zuckerman is a Philadelphia-based licensed clinical psychologist in private practice. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, stress management and is a nationally recognized expert and relationship coach in the area of narcissistic abuse.
Marci Sier: Using sport to help teens overcome their mistakes and learn from them
Marci comes from a high level environment as a player and a coach. She uses her world-class experience in doubles and singles to guide, coach and train individuals and teams of all ages, helping them reach their potential both as athletes and as people. Marci has been the Head Squash Professional of the Badminton and Racquet Club of Toronto since 2008. She is also a mental performance consultant and practices as a professional member of the Canadian Sport Psychological Association.
Dr. Matt Munich: The Well-Tuned Entourage: Improving Performance, Strengthening Family, and Building Resilience
After a junior career playing in local and national tournaments, Matt played college squash at Cornell, where he won accolades such as Sportsmanship, Most Valuable Player and Captain’s. After college, Matt continued to play competitive squash where he enjoyed a long career at the local, state and national level with highlights including 7 Rhode Island State Championships, the US National Championship 5 .5 in 2003 and US representation in the 1997 Maccabiah Games.
In 2011, under the aegis of the Smith College School for Social Work, Matt conducted qualitative research on the experience of elite college squash players (“No Purer Joy: the Developmental, Social, and Motivational Aspects of Elite College Squash”). Combining his background in social work, with his person-in-the-environment perspective, and his lifelong interest in sports psychology, Matt founded Altius Performance Works to help athletes overcome barriers to peak performance. Along the way, Matt helps the athlete’s entourage better communicate, strengthen bonds, and ensure longevity in sport by fostering a growth mindset in the athlete and the athlete system. . His blog, “Floating & Stinging: A Sport Performance Blog” is a repository of some of the fruits of his research and advice on building resilience on and off the field.