Seasons End, Skills are Forever: Skills Translation Workshop


Free Workshop | Thursday, April 29, 2021 | 7:00 PM (ET)


What are hiring managers looking for when they hire new staff? What skills should you talk about in an interview? We’re bringing together a group of female leaders in their field to share their perspectives on hiring athletes. Hiring managers listen and look for various transferable skills athletes have that are valuable contributions to the workplace.


Join us virtually for an interactive workshop to learn how you can leverage your sport experience when applying for jobs. Discover ways to speak to your skills to help set you apart from other candidates!



7:00 PM – Introduction of Event and Speakers

7:05 PM – Panel Questions for Speakers

7:30 PM – Small Group Discussions with Individual Speakers (Breakout rooms)

7:58 PM – Thank You and Closing Remarks



We are welcoming any female athlete or sport participants seeking job/career opportunities. This workshop is suggested for post-secondary students.



Theresa Hanson

Simon Fraser University Senior Director of Athletics & Recreation

Theresa Hanson is the senior director of Athletics & Recreation at Simon Fraser University, a position she has held since 2015. She leads a department that represents the first and only international university in the NCAA and she was instrumental in making it happen while serving as the athletic director at the University of British Columbia, lobbying the NCAA to open its doors to Canadian institutions. She currently sits on the NCAA DII Regional Advisory Committee for men’s soccer, and is co-chair of the Great Northwest Athletic Association (GNAC) Mental Health Task Force.


Hanson’s career in intercollegiate athletics began as assistant coach at SFU from 1988-90, after competing for the women’s basketball team at Lewis-Clark State College (1982-86). The 1990 SFU women’s basketball team was the first basketball team – male or female – to qualify for a national championship tournament. After coaching at SFU while also working in the financial sector, Hanson became athletics director at Langara College and in 2004, was recruited to UBC as associate athletic director. She was later promoted to director of athletics, operations and student-athlete services, where she was responsible for the overall direction and management of 29 varsity sports programs, coaches and department staff.


Hanson has held a number of prominent leadership roles within intercollegiate athletics, including CIS Vice-President International, Canada West Vice President Sport, and as a member of the Canada West Board of Directors.  In addition, she has also held leadership positions for Canada internationally, serving as Chef de Mission of Team Canada at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia, and as a member of the mission staff at the 2009 Summer Universiade in Serbia. In May, 2014, Hanson had the distinct honor of being inducted into the Greater Trail Home of Champions Registry celebrating her career in sport administration.

Dr. Stephanie Muehlethaler

Principal of Otonabee College at Trent University


Stephanie earned an Ed.D in Higher education leadership from the University of Calgary, her M.A in Higher education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut, and a BA Hons from Wilfrid Laurier University. She has worked at Trent since 2016 both as Director of Colleges and now Principal of Otonabee. Prior to Trent Stephanie worked both in America and Switzerland in a multitude of functional areas including housing and residence life, sexual health, student conduct, and senior year transition programming. Stephanie has also taught in three different countries focusing on leadership, global citizenship, student development theory and service learning both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Stephanie is passionate about supporting students in their transition through higher education, working to create and facilitate opportunities of connection, belonging and mattering.

Lisa Pendergast

Clinical Director Perioperative Services at SickKids Hospital


Currently, Lisa is the Clinical Director of Perioperative Services at SickKids Hospital in Toronto ON and has over 25 years of pediatric healthcare leadership. She is an energetic and passionate leader with a reputation for setting ambitious goals, fair-minded decision-making, and professional and personal accountability that brings people together to achieve extraordinary results. Lisa has a proven track record of success in leading transformational change in the clinical environment and achieves success through building solid partnerships with key stakeholders including executive leadership, physicians, peers, front-line care teams and external stakeholders, leveraging her extensive clinical background with strong leadership and relationship management skills.


Lisa has a BSc in Nursing from Ryerson University and a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Phoenix.


She has also completed the Rotman Healthcare Executive Leadership Certificate at the University of Toronto.

Meera Vignarajah

Vice President Customer Success, Solutions & Transformation at Equifax Canada Co.


Dynamic leader with a proven track-record of creating and launching large scale strategic programs and projects while continuously exceeding corporate expectations. 15 years of experience leading large professional customer service and solutions teams nationally. Recognized as a change champion executing complex business, transformational and inclusion and diversity programs at FinTech’s, Consulting Firms and Global Organizations.