Friday, May 27

How Dillard’s Kiki Baker Barnes Leads: 100 Influential Black Women in Sports


Sports Illustrated and Empower Onyx are highlighting the diverse journeys of black women through sports, from veteran athletes to rising stars, coaches, executives and more, in the series, Elle-evate: 100 Influential Black Women in Sports.

It seems that Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes, athletic director at Dillard University, always understood the power of intentional leadership, especially for women new to sports. Since taking over from the New Orleans-based HBCU in 2006 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Barnes has excelled at elevating not just sports programs, but also the communities and individual athletes around her. Through her own experiences and those of the mentors and peers who paved the way for her, Barnes is determined to raise the next generation of black women in athletics and provide them with the same gentle care, and more.

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