Clemson Announces POWER Women’s Leadership Academy – Clemson Tigers Official Athletics Site

CLEMSON, SC – In celebration of the annual National Day of Girls and Women in Sport, Director of Athletics Graham Neff and Deputy Senior Assistant/Senior Administrator Stephanie Ellison-Johnson announced the formation of POWER: Women’s Leadership Academy. POWER is a one-of-a-kind program for female student-athletes at Clemson and considered one of the few in the country to focus on this area. Clemson Athletics currently offers an affinity group for all female student-athletes called WE, or Women Empowering, through Student-Athlete Development. “POWER” embodies the strength of Clemson’s female student-athletes, while also incorporating the WE name.

“We are very excited to launch our first female leadership academy which will provide an incredible opportunity for our young women, especially this first cohort who have been instrumental in guiding our department to meet the needs of empowerment and growth. ‘enhanced leadership growth opportunities for women,’ Johnson says. “This leadership academy would not have been possible without the generosity of our former and current Athletic Director who graciously provided funding to launch the program.”

The Female Leadership Academy is a three-pronged female leadership program with curriculum developed by AD Assistant for Student-Athlete Development Tori Niemann and Dr. Janna Magette Butler, Sports Leadership Graduate Program Lecturer Clemson.

Student-athletes must apply and be selected to participate in the year-long program focusing on identity, professional presence, self-reliance and community, as well as an annual experiential trip and culminating in a summer summit on the leadership for all student-athletes. The first POWER cohort will travel to Chicago, Illinois this summer for the chance to be exposed to unique leadership experiences and network with female leaders in various industries. The Leadership Summit is an opportunity for POWER attendees to design, organize and execute a transformational leadership experience for their Clemson student-athlete peers.

Inaugural cohort

  • Gracyn Burgess (golf)
  • Ariana Daley (athletics)
  • Devi Dudley (soccer)
  • Colleen Finney (volleyball)
  • Savannah Grewal (golf)
  • Morgan Johnson (softball)
  • Pepper Kolman (rowing)
  • Alia Logoleo (softball)
  • Dani Medvedeva (tennis)
  • Makayla Mills (tennis)
  • Chloe O’Brien (rowing)
  • Madison Ott (basketball)
  • Emery Sampson (rowing)
  • Danielle Sloley (athletics)
  • Grace Wadas (athletics)

Funding for women’s programs and initiatives is a priority for IPTAY and Clemson Athletics. Last week, Clemson announced new and improved facilities for the expanding department, which includes the addition of women’s gymnastics and women’s lacrosse. Those interested in supporting POWER or other women’s initiatives can contact Associate Director of IPTAY Major Gifts Lauren Gaulin at[email protected].


Mara R. Wilmoth