Office Hours with Ashley Baker

Dr. Ashley Baker

Chief Inclusion Officer

Xavier University of Louisiana

 

“If it doesn’t exist, create it!” 

Dr. Ashley Baker currently serves as Chief Inclusion Officer at Xavier University of Louisiana. She is Founder of the Women In Sports Forum, a Sport Management Scholar, and a Sports Mom.

 

5 Things She Can’t Live Without

Books: Every month I try to read a new book. I read all kinds of books. Books that make me laugh, books that teach me something new, or books that inspire me. I prefer to hold a book. However, I also download audiobooks so I can listen while I’m out for a walk or driving in the car. 

Leave In Conditioner: I have very curly hair and living in Louisiana, where it’s often hot and humid, I use leave in conditioner to keep my hair under control. I like to experiment with different products to find what helps protect my hair and will make it easier to comb and style. 

Social Media: I love being able to connect and network with people online. I can keep up with my friends and family, but I can also share what is going on in my own life. I also use social media as a space to celebrate and promote the amazing things women in sports are doing.  

Post It Notes: I write everything on post it notes. Whenever I come up with new and creative ideas I jot them down on a note and stick it in my journal. The notes help me keep my thoughts and ideas organized and I just love the way all the different color notes look on the pages. 

Quiet Time: I enjoy being around my friends and family, but having alone time is a necessity for me! It helps me to recharge and refocus, especially when I have had a busy day. Sometimes I spend my quiet time at home, in my room and other times I may go sit near the local lake. 


Office Hours with Danielle Gaw

Danielle Gaw

Director of Corporate Partnerships

Nashville Sounds Baseball Club

 

“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” – Dolly Parton

With nearly 10 years of experience working in baseball, Danielle Gaw oversees all corporate partnerships with the Nashville Sounds, Triple-A Affiliate of the Texas Rangers. 

 

5 Things She Can’t Live Without

My vinyl collection:  I’ve always had an appreciation for old things and good music. I love the thrill of searching for records at a store and hearing them on the record player!

My dog, Merle: My senior and toothless rescue dog. He’s laid back and reminds me to slow down every day. When not at work, you can find Merle and me sitting on the patio or taking a walk.

To-do lists: I find my handwritten to-do lists everywhere. I like to write it all down to get it out of my brain – and the digital notes just aren’t the same.

Coffee: Keeps me going through the long days of working in baseball. It’s never too early or too late for a coffee.

My three sisters and parents: Girl power all the way! We grew up in a household filled with sports, Barbies and a lot of time outside. Thankful for a supportive family that is always there for me. 


Office Hours with Beth DeBauche

Beth DeBauche

Commissioner

Ohio Valley Conference

 

 "Each one of us is given this amazing journey of life. It is up to us to be open to what is in store. Some of which we can control, some of which we cannot. We need to just believe and let go as our precious story unfolds." - Angela Carone

Beth DeBauche is an athletics administrator with a joyful heart. She serves student-athletes as they learn lessons about their true potential through intercollegiate athletics. She lives by the mantra from Adam Hamilton that 'a grateful heart recognizes that all of life is a gift.'

 

5 Things She Can't Live Without
Running Shoes: so that I can to exercise my body and mind and explore the world around me

A Rosary: to continually remind me that God is with me

My passport: so that I can travel the world, and when I am not, still dream of great adventures

My phone: so that those dear to me are always within reach

A key to home: so that I can remember there is a place where I am unconditionally loved


Office Hours with Jennifer Berry

Jennifer Berry

Director of STEAM and Science

Metro Nashville Public Schools

 

“The important thing is to never stop questioning.” —Albert Einstein

Jennifer Berry, PhD, is the Director of STEAM and Science for Metro Nashville Public Schools. As a former science teacher and administrator, Dr. Berry has been recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for her work supporting STEM instruction.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Masters in Teaching from the University of Arkansas, and a Doctorate of Education from Capella University.

 

5 Things She Can’t Live Without

Nature: My happy place is outside, so I can observe the natural world.

Animals: I love having animals, specifically dogs, chickens, and horses in my life. They make everything better.

Books: I love to read, so I never have a book far from me at any given time.

Flowers: There is so much beauty in nature, especially through flowers. I love their smell, texture, colors, and geometry.

Adventures: I love traveling and exploring new places.


Office Hours with Ixzchel Salgado

Ixzchel Salgado

Sr. Manager, International Tour Operator Program

New York Road Runners

 

Listen. Learn. Always get back up.  

Ixchel Salgado is a sport, brand and program strategist with a current focus on international relations. She is passionate about identifying and developing processes that enhance client relations and create more efficient operations. 

Ixchel's career has been fueled by a need to better her family. Therefore, her career achievements have come through dedication, hard work, perseverance and lots of love for what she does and those whom she helps. Ixchel is a first generation college graduate and proud Mexican-American from Los Angeles, California.

 

5 Things She Can’t Live Without

Luna: My furball - she keeps life light and always makes me laugh.

A good book: I love nothing more than losing myself in a good story after a long day's work.

A journal: I enjoy writing everything from to-do lists to poetry.

Calendar: I enjoy writing important dates on a calendar.

Bucket list: I created a bucket list several years back so I didn't miss anything I hoped to achieve or do in life, a sort of to-do list for life. It has certainly been successful at keeping me moving towards new goals.    

  

 


Office Hours with Sara Toussaint

Sara Toussaint

VP, Sports Marketing

Wells Fargo

 

Show up. Do good.

Sara Toussaint is a sports/brand marketer from Chicago’s South Side who now resides in the South. She is a proud Puerto Rican-Palestinian American who credits optimism, drive and luck for the big roles she’s had in her career.

 

5 Things She Can’t Live Without

Kindle: I need to read every day.

Twitter: It’s where I go to learn from new voices and where I share my thoughts with the world.

Passport: For travel. I have so much fun visiting other countries and it enhances my cultural awareness.

Leave-in Conditioner: Keeps my curly hair manageable!

Scented Diffuser Oils:  Aromatherapy is a source of comfort.


Office Hours with Melissa Anderson

Melissa Anderson

Head of Business Innovation & Strategy, Client Group Infrastructure

AllianceBernstein

 

Never be afraid to ask questions – and be prepared to listen to the answer!

Melissa Anderson, a project management veteran, drives the successful adoption of technology solutions to expand AB’s sales and marketing team’s digital footprint, advance business process innovation, and enhance client reach globally.

 

5 Things She Can’t Live Without

Coffee: Can’t live without it! :)

Podcasts: Right now, I’m loving shows about history, folk lore, and science, but it’s such a dynamic medium that you can always find something new that fits your mood.

Beach/Ocean: I love everything about the beach and try to get there as much as I can. (Other than leaving family and friends, it was the hardest thing to let go of when I relocated from NY to Nashville in 2019.)

My iPhone Camera: I use it for so much more than pictures…I keep track of restaurants I want to try, stores I want to google, and recipes I want to make!

Family & Close Friends:  I have a short list of trusted people in my life that are more like a board of directors. They help me to bounce ideas, vent about stress and frustration, and most importantly are my biggest cheerleaders in celebrating success with me!