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October 11, 2012

Executive Director Robin Harris Speaks at Brown's 40th Anniversary of Title IX Celebration

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Courtesy of Brown Athletic Communications

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Ivy League Executive Robin Harris took part in the events hosted by Brown's Department of Athletics commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Title IX's enactment. Athletic and academic administrators, coaches and students gathered to remember the past, to celebrate the present and to discuss the continued support and evolution for all involved in women's sports.

Harris was a part of the evening session that also featured Brown Director of Athletics Jack Hayes, who remarked about the importance of Title IX as it pertains to the strength of intercollegiate programs, and Lindsay Nickel, co-president of SAAC and a women's basketball player at Brown. Harris shared her vision and broader perspective about Title IX, how it currently relates to the Ivy League and where she hopes the League will be well into the future.

The first event, an afternoon panel discussion, featured five experts in careers ranging from coaching to business to sports journalism and broadcasting. Panelists included current Brown women's soccer coach Phil Pincince, Brown alumnae Carolyn Thornton '90 and Nancy Fuld Neff '76, Doris Burke and Melissa Hem. Thornton played softball at Brown and is currently a writer for the Providence Journal. Neff is a Brown Corporation member and former tennis and basketball player for the Bears. Burke is a commentator and analyst for ESPN and ABC, while Hem is a marketing and development professional. Topics of discussion included the skills intrinsic to student-athletes and how they prepared the panelists for successful careers, and the evolution of coaching and recruiting during the Title IX era.