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Life Skills Symposium

The Life Skills Symposium is a three-day program for athletics professional whose job responsibilities include student-athlete development. Attendees receive relevant, effective and practical training through various workshops, breakouts and general sessions, equipping them a toolkit to best serve the ever-changing needs of college athletes.

Topics center on student-athlete well-being, allowing administrators from across the Association to discuss and share ideas through both programming and networking opportunities. Additionally, attendees participate in train-the-trainer sessions to assist them in better facilitating key development discussions with student-athletes on campus.

In 2016, the NCAA announced a partnership with the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics, better known as N4A, for daily oversight and operation of programming for student-athletes and life skills professionals at NCAA member institutions.

2016 Symposium

Registration is currently open for the 2016 NCAA-N4A Life Skills Symposium, scheduled to take place June 9-11 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas in conjunction with the 2016 N4A National Convention.


Participants’ job responsibilities must currently include student-athlete development at NCAA member institutions. Graduate assistants and interns serving in this capacity are welcome, and encouraged, to attend.

Cost and registration information

 Starting in 2016, symposium attendees are responsible for all costs associated with travel to and from the program, as well as lodging. The NCAA and N4A will cover meals and program materials during the symposium.

Registration is first come, first serve to the first 150 participants, beginning March 21. Register today via the NCAA Program Hub. There is no cost to register and it includes opportunities for cross-over programming with N4A.

Call for presenters

We are currently accepting proposals from athletic professionals to conduct break out session presentations at the 2016 symposium. These sessions provide participants with information and materials to implement developmental programs at their institutions. During the 60-minute sessions, presenters will focus on one of the following areas:

  • Personal enhancement.
  • Social engagement.
  • Career development.
  • Leadership.

The format for proposals:

  1. Title of the program.
  2. Focus area (from list above).
  3. Program details and description. Include key collaborations, best practices for buy-in, program results, and program evaluation methods.
  4. Contact information for presenter (name, institution, email, contact phone number).

Please submit all presentation proposals in a Word document (.doc or .docx) not later than 5 p.m. EST on Friday, April 22, to Jackie Kelly, postgraduate intern of leadership development, at

Contact us

For more information about the NCAA-N4A Life Skills Symposium, please email