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MS in AT Student Jamisha Banks Meeting NATA President Scott Sailor

EKU MS in AT student, Jamisha Banks, was provided an opportunity to mix and mingle with NATA leadership and students from other programs at NATA's iLead Conference. This opportunity was thanks to a scholarship provided through the NATA Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee (EDAC) for ethnically diverse athletic training students who would like to attend the conference and pursue leadership within the profession.

After submitting an application and enduring the selection committee's evaluation, she found herself on her first plane ride ever to Dallas, TX. While at the conference, she was able to network with peers from other institutions as well as numerous professionals in various forms of leadership within the profession. She was able to attend sessions directed at understanding the roles and responsibilities of leaders as well as those aimed at providing guidance on fulfillment in her own professional aspirations. Among the numerous "take-aways", she was reminded of the fact that leadership is not something that can always be turned on and off. It never ends and becomes a part of who you are...though it is reflected in many different ways that vary based on setting, position, peer perceptions and many other factors.

Though the conference is over, the opportunity will continue to pay dividends that will grow from lunch meetings with many of her new connections, an opportunity to present about the conference at the 2017 NATA Clinical Symposia in Houston.

She is grateful for the past opportunity and excited about the future. When asked to summarize the experience, she responded in true Jamisha style with a slight shrug, a smile and "Cool!"

Published on February 21, 2017

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