Santa Clara Director of Athletics Renee Baumgartner joins ADU’s Tai M. Brown at the 2023 NACDA Convention to discuss the importance of cultivating curiosity as a leader. Baumgartner dives into her work on various NCAA Committees, including the impact of serving on the Competition Oversight Committee. Baumgartner also advocates for implementing outside-the-box thinking to ultimately serve the best interest of student-athletes and the entire industry, sharing the story behind the inspiration for Santa Clara’s $38M, 50K-sq. ft. Stephen C. and Patricia A. Schott Athletic Excellence Center. Baumgartner: “If you have that, people working together… you can accomplish dreams and goals beyond your wildest imagination.”
The conversation is indexed below for efficient viewing:
- 0:52 - You've served on a number of councils and committees throughout your administrative career. Are there any that had a big impact on you? Are there any that you felt you made a significant impact on?
2:05 - What makes the Competition Oversight Committee the most impactful for you?
- 3:35 - Tell us about the curiosity aspect of serving on these influential committees.
- 4:54 - Have you ever been in a situation where there was consensus on an idea before the primary decision-maker entered the room, but when they do, you're the only one actually bringing up the new idea?
6:10 - How has curiosity manifested itself throughout your time at Santa Clara and even earlier in your career, before you got to that position?
- 6:59 - How did you sway everyone [at the University of Oregon while you were the Executive Senior Associate AD/Senior Woman Administrator] to the decision to add Women's Lacrosse as a sport?
- 10:37 - What role has mentorship played in your career?
12:35 - What aspects of organizational culture do you see now that you wrote about in your dissertation that has come to fruition?