2018 Symposium

The Wisconsin Women's Soccer Advisory Council together with Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association is proud to present the first annual Women in Soccer Symposium. From within the Wisconsin border and beyond, this event brings together the framework of our sport — coaches, administrators, officials and sports science experts.
The Symposium is the pinnacle of the year for our membership to both energize and educate our community leaders, to Celebrate Females in Soccer. We salute the trailblazers who have paved the way for the next generation, to close the gap in equality for an enriched player experience and drive for credible leadership. Our guest speakers are a blend of local, national and international expertise to address on and off the field topics to not only improve our female player’s experience in the game, but also to provide valued career opportunities.
Thanks to our partners for supporting and promoting our endeavors—the future of Wisconsin Women in Soccer has never looked so bright!

Symposium Presentation Resources

Creating a Culture

Sport Science Panel

Sports Psychology


Saturday, December 8, 2018
Downtown Kitchen (777 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202)
$75/person (includes annual WWSAC membership)

Registration closes Friday, November 30. For registration information beyond the deadline, contact Melissa Zielinski at mzielinski@wiyouthsoccer.com.

There are several convenient parking options in close proximity to the venue. Parking Options

Symposium Summary


An event room block has been secured at the adjoining Westin Milwaukee Hotel for a discounted rate of $139/night. Space is limited and the reduced room rate is only available until November 5. Room Reservations

Sports Bra Collection Drive

Donate 30 or more new sports bras to The Sports Bra Project through the WWSAC and be entered in a drawing to win a 1 year team subscription, (for up to 30 players), to Techne Futbol! Contest Entry Form


09:00am - 09:30am Registration
09:30am - 09:45am Welcome Address
10:00am - 11:00am Concurrent Session 1 (Creating a Culture & Sport Science Panel)
11:15am - 12:15pm Concurrent Session 2 (Sports Psychology & Professional Panel)
12:30pm - 01:45pm Lunch Break
02:00pm - 03:30pm Keynote Address: Differences in Leading Men and Women
06:00pm - 09:00pm Social


Session Summary

Creating a Culture
Dawn Crow, Head Women’s Soccer Coach, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point & Stefanie Golan, Head Women’s Soccer Coach, University of Minnesota, share experiences and keys to success of creating a culture where female players go all in.

Sport Science Panel
Mick Collins, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, DPT, Dr. Kim Hornbeck, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, MD, Annie Weiss, Registered Dietician and Ultra Runner, describe before, during and after effects of trending topics in sports medicine and nutrition for female athletes.

Sports Psychology
Dr. Kris Eiring, Private Practice and Director of Clinical and Sport Psychology for Student Athletes, University of Wisconsin – Madison, focuses attention on the most powerful muscle of an athlete--the brain. Dr. Eiring highlights the power of communication to learn what goes on between the ears of your female athletes

Professional Panel
The panel includes Brittany Nikolic, Head Women’s Soccer Coach, University of Wisconsin – Parkside, Nancy Ziaja, Manager of Membership Services, Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club, Margaret Domka, Retired FIFA Referee, Peggy Seegers-Braun, Athletic Director, DSHA, & Molly Duffy, Director of Coaching, Middleton United. Interact and experience the power of story-telling as our professional panel shares perspectives on the peaks and valleys of various careers and how to find a grounded voice and balance in your daily grind and career goals.

Keynote Speaker
Anson Dorrance, Head Women’s Soccer Coach, University of North Carolina and one of the most successful coaches in the history of American Sports will discuss the Differences Between Leading Men and Women. Equality among genders doesn't necessarily mean they are led the same way. Anson will share from his own experiences and talk about leadership styles and the varied needs of the male versus female athlete.

Meet Our Guest Speakers

Dawn Crow
Head Women’s Soccer Coach, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
Now serving as the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at UW – Stevens Point, Dawn Crow has an extensive soccer background as a player and coach. The two-time All American, was a member of the Texas Longhorns Youth National Championship Team in 1991, a four-time National Champion at the University of North Carolina and former U.S. National Team player. She played professionally in the USISL-W, USL and W-2. As a coach, Crow is now “giving back to the game that gave her so much”. She has worked with Collegiate programs around the country, coached youth teams with FC Dallas of Major League Soccer and currently has a role with the Wisconsin and US Youth Soccer Midwest Region Olympic Development Programs. Crow holds her US Soccer National ‘B’ License and a National Youth License. Besides her time in the beautiful game, she is a proud mother of two.

Stefanie Golan
Head Women’s Soccer Coach, University of Minnesota
The 2018 season will mark Stefanie Golan’s seventh year at the helm of the Golden Gopher women’s soccer team. Golan and her athletes have found great success on and off the field since her arrival in 2012. Prior to Minnesota, she spent five and a half years at the United States Military Academy preceded by stops as an assistant coach at PITT and the University of Evansville. Golan herself was a scholarship soccer player at Duke University. She currently serves as the Chair of the NSCAA Great Lakes Region for the All-America Committee. In addition to her coaching duties, she is a mom of two.

Mick Collins
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin - PT, DPT
Mick Collins is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin specializing in pediatric orthopedics and sports medicine for young athletes aged 8-22 years old. You will find Mick as a guest lecturer in Concordia and Marquette University’s DTP programs. Mick is the lead therapist for CHW Mequon’s PT department, PT lead for CHW’s concussion program and has been an integral part of CHW’s outreach in the community to education parents, organizations and athletes about concussions, rehabilitation and ways to be proactive to prevent these issues in the weekly hours we spend with our athletes. Mick hails from Burnley, England and is an active member of our WYSA community as Director of the Academy at North Shore United and a father of two in the program.

Kim Hornbeck
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin – MD, 
Dr. Kim Hornbeck, MD, is a Pediatric Orthopedic specialist at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and has a passion for working in sports medicine and innovative research for concussion management. Dr. Hornbeck currently leads the Clinic for the Female Athlete Triad at CHW to propel education and treatment. The clinic encompasses all aspects of furthering our knowledge about the Female Athlete Triad from physical and nutritional to psychological considerations. She is dedicated to her patients and educating our sport communities to highlight the steps we can take to improve our daily and seasonal environments for our female athletes..

Annie Weiss
Rogers Behavioral Health Dietician - RD, CD, CPT
From Boston to Africa and the Ice Age Trail, Annie Weiss, RD, CD, CPT, understands what it means to push your body to its limits. She is a Registered Dietician, ultra-runner sponsored athlete and brand ambassador who has a passion for sport and teaches how fueling your body can improve performance. She will present the facts and crush the myths, leaving the audience with a better understanding of how to educate and present nutrition to young women.

Dr. Kris Eiring
Private Practice and Director of Clinical and Sport Psychology for Student Athletes, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Dr. Kris Eiring is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Mental Performance Consultant with the USOC, which aligns her to work with national level athletes. She helped create the first Clinical and Sport Psychology center for student-athletes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the co-author of Mindfullness, Sports Pyschology and Athletes. A former record holder as a UW track and field athlete, she understands first hand the demands of both youth and young adult athletes. For more than 20 years, Dr. Eiring has been working with teams and individual athletes on both sides of the coin to help manage anxiety, depression and disability as well as nurture confidence building, coping in pressure scenarios and to learn focus strategies.

Brittany Nikolic
Head Women’s Soccer Coach, University of Wisconsin – Parkside
Nikolic, currently the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at UW – Parkside, took the program over with a championship pedigree as both a student-athlete and a coach. She was a standout player at Stanford University from 2000-03. From there, she went on to serve as an assistant coach at Northwestern University, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her first head coaching position was with NCAA Division III, Alverno College in Milwaukee, where she left the all-women’s college as the program’s all-time winningest coach. Nikolic holds a US Soccer ‘C’ License and is a mom of two.

Nancy Ziaja
Manager of Membership Services, Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club
The Manager of Membership Services for Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club, Nancy has been on staff with Wisconsin’s largest youth club for more than 30 years. Humble beginnings have evolved into one of the most storied clubs in Wisconsin with a top facility and youth programs which serve more than 7,000 children annually. Nancy plays a role in getting each of those players on the field. Her career highlights include procuring Uihlein Soccer Park, being the home site for Wisconsin’s former professional soccer teams – Milwaukee Rampage and Milwaukee Wave United, bringing the US National Team for exhibition games to Milwaukee and the creation of the Kickers Nationals Program. Her husband is a former US National team member and both of her children played youth and collegiate soccer. In addition to her role with the Kickers, Nancy sits on the WYSA State Board.

Margaret Domka
Retired FIFA Referee
Margaret played at the University of Steven’s Point, is a Wisconsin Hall of Fame Inductee and Wisconsin’s only official to serve on the World Cup stage at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015. Officiating youth, college, professional and international games, soccer has brought her all over the world. An education director, project manager, and editor for Referee and the National Association of Sports Officials, her appetite for education is insatiable as she is now completing not one, but two Masters in Organizational Leadership and Administration and Information Design and Strategy.

Peggy Seegers-Braun
Athletic Director at DSHA, CMAA and current WADA President
Peggy Seegers-Braun, CMAA, has been a staple in the interscholastic athletic community for over 30years. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a double major in Physical Education and Health Education and also has completed her Master’s in Sport Administration. A former teacher and coach, since her time at DSHA as Athletic Director, Peggy has defied the trend of females dropping out of sport by introducing 8 new sports and increasing programs from 14 to 40 teams that engages nearly three quarters of the student body. A master of leadership, advocacy and fundraising, she has led the way in celebrating females in sport. She has served on both WIAA’s Sports Advisory and Scholar-Athlete committees and in 2017 was named WADA’s Athletic Director of the Year. Peggy is a mother of two and is shining example of what it means to break through the glass ceiling.

Molly Duffy
Director of Coaching at Middleton United, Manages Fond Blanc Foundation

Home grown in Madison, Molly graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in Educational Studies, Leadership and Counseling. A stand out player, Molly played at UWM, competing in 4 consecutive Horizon League Conference Championships and was an NCAA Woman Athlete of the Year nominee in 2006. Now leading on the sidelines, Molly holds a USSF C License, is the DOC at Middleton United and staff coach at Madison 56ers where she led the ‘Sixers Strong’ campaign to bring awareness to the self-esteem and body image perceptions our young female athletes face. Molly is a stellar example of leadership on the field while also balancing life managing the non-profit, Fond Blanc Foundation of Haiti. Molly has traveled there for the past 4 years and now serves as a board member of the Foundation which continues to provide emotional, physical, and educational support (and soccer opportunities) for the children of Fond Blanc.

Anson Dorrance
Heads Women’s Soccer Coach, University of North Carolina
Anson is one of the most winningest coaches of all time. He has been at the helm of a Women’s World Cup Championship and 21 NCAA Championships. A true ambassador of the game, he has developed some of the greatest players and leaders of our time. His ‘Ansonisms’ are published in books and plastered on walls around the world. There is no doubt the female game has roots because of Anson and this master motivator will continue to shape lives and the game for years to come.

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