Highlighting the World of Performance from the Women’s Point of View
Our Inaugural Women’s Performance Summit will bring together industry leaders and attendees for a weekend of connection, growth and learning. Following two days of lectures, panel discussions, small group breakouts, and small group physical activities, attendees will leave enriched, inspired and poised to step up as the next generation of leaders in amateur and professional human and sports performance.
Mobility Breathing & Mindbody Coach
Known as the “Mobility Maker,” Dana Santas CSCS, E-RYT, is a breathing, mobility and mind-body coach in professional sports, on-air health & wellness expert, best-selling author of the book “Practical Solutions for Back Pain Relief” and international presenter on ways to breathe, move and feel better in our bodies and minds for performance enhancement and healthier, happier living.
Specializing in training athletes in MLB, NHL, NBA, NFL, MLS, PGA, WTA & WWE, Dana has nearly two decades of experience with 45+ professional sports teams and thousands of athletes worldwide, and is the creator of the YIT (Yoga-Inspired Training) Method for Athletes Coaching Certification.
She also proudly works with tactical athletes (military, special forces, first responders and veterans), including previously serving as exclusive mind-body coach to the Boston Fire Department, and currently serving as a wellness consultant to the Fairfax Criminal Justice Academy.
Stephanie Cacioppo, Ph.D.
Director, Affective Science | Mamba Sports Academy
Dr. Stephanie Cacioppo, Ph.D., is the director of the Affective Science Center of Excellence at the Mamba Sports Academy. She is also the first female President of the Society for Social Neuroscience; the Director of the Brain Dynamics Laboratory at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience in the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago. Named a “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science for her “outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, and/or application”, she has won several other prizes and awards for her research in affective and social neuroscience. She has authored more than 120 scientific publications and her work has been featured in several outlets, including the Scientific American, Washington Post, Discover Magazine, The Guardian, National Geographic, and the New York Times.
High-Performance Director for the Chicago Red Stars
Megan was hired as the First Team High-Performance Director for the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women’s Soccer League. Prior joining the Red Stars, Megan was the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for women’s basketball and soccer, a role she had since 2010.
As an intern at Auburn, she worked with championship teams in baseball, football, women’s soccer, and women’s basketball. A native of Durham, NC, Young came to Auburn after earning her Master’s in Exercise Physiology with and emphasis in Strength & Conditioning from Baylor University.
While at Baylor, Young worked directly with the football and basketball teams while assisting with other sports in speed, strength, and explosive training. Prior to her time at Baylor, she served as a strength and conditioning intern at her alma mater, University of North Carolina-Wilmington.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from UNC-Wilmington, and was a four-year varsity athlete of the track and field team as a thrower. Currently, Young is working towards her Doctorate in Adult Education from Auburn University. Young holds certifications from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa), USA Weightlifting (USAW),and USA Track & Field, (USATF).
Kara (28y/o) is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and M.S. in Molecular Muscle Exercise Physiology with a background in sports performance. Born and raised in a wrestling household in the middle of New Jersey, she became accustomed to the rule of “work hard, play hard” in both academics and athletics. Her interest in the human body started at a young age when at the age of 3, lost her left lung to a rare post-inflammatory tumor.
After years of development she was granted the opportunity to play college basketball where 4 ACL reconstructions ended her career. This is where her story really began in the search to understand why her physiology had failed her despite all the rehabilitation. She began training again and identifying where sports and the realities of life could be optimized. With the completion of Sealfit’s Academy and Kokoro 34, she found her purpose in muscle physiology as an athlete and coach. At California State University-Fullerton completing the first ever study on the fiber-type molecular responses to HIIT in both male and female elite athletes. Kara trains multiple extreme sports athletes, military special operators, and clientele around the world.
Currently residing in Los Angeles, CA as a coach at DogPound her purpose is still rooted to push her performance to better serve others in high demand environments. Recently becoming a Titan on NBC’s The Titan Games with The Rock Johnson.
Director of Sports Performance at Western Oregon University
Cori is currently in her 9th year as the Director of Sports Performance at Western Oregon University, in Monmouth, Oregon, she is the 1st ever full-time Director of Sports Performance at WOU. This is her 20th year as a Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach, she is a Master Strength & Conditioning Coach through the CSCCa, and also USAW and CSCS certified. She oversees all facets of training for WOU’s 13-DII Sports and directly oversees training for Football, Baseball, Softball, and Women’s and Men’s Basketball.
Highlights while at WOU:
- In 2019, WOU Football won the GNAC Championship for the first time in school history
- WOU Baseball has won all but two GNAC championships since 2011 (when she started at WOU)
- In 2016, WOU Men’s Basketball advanced to the Final Four, for the first time in history
- First Female to speak at the Nike Football COY Clinic in Portland Oregon, 2015
- Finalist for NSCA Strength and Conditioning Coach of the year, 2017
Prior to WOU, she spent 5 years at Washington State University – the last 3 years as Associate Director, was the Head Assistant at Colorado State University for 5 years, at Ohio State University for one year, and completed her Master’s as a G.A. for Western Michigan University.
She was a downhill ski racer and soccer player at Fort Lewis College from 1994-1998 where she got her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science.
Sarah Snyder, MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N, CSCS
Director of Sports Nutrition, Baltimore Ravens
With more than a decade of sports nutrition experience at both the collegiate and professional level, Sarah Snyder is in her fourth year in the NFL. She serves as the director of sports nutrition for the Baltimore Ravens. Snyder worked for the Detroit Lions 2016-2018 after previously working in the collegiate ranks with the football programs at the University of Florida and University of Michigan. She also served as a graduate assistant for the strength and conditioning department at Florida State University. Snyder started her sports dietetics career at EXOS in Arizona, specializing in nutrition consulting and programming for NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB athletes as well as the Memphis Grizzlies.
As a student athletic trainer for baseball, basketball and women’s soccer at Santa Clara University, Snyder earned a bachelor’s Degree in Combined Science in 2004 and a master’s degree in Human Food and Nutrition from FSU in 2007.
Snyder holds certifications from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics), National Strength & Conditioning Association (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist). Sarah has been a member of the American Dietetic Association since 2007, has been active in CPSDA since 2010, and has been involved with SCANN since 2004.
A native of Boulder, Colorado, Snyder currently lives in Baltimore Maryland and likes to travel in the off season while spending time with friends and family. She enjoys snowboarding, hiking, yoga, working out.
Former Division 1 Athlete | Mental Health and Body-Image Advocate
Victoria Garrick is a former Division I and semi-pro volleyball player, TED Talk speaker, mental health advocate, and self-love enthusiast deeply passionate about inspiring, supporting, and motivating people from all walks of life.
In 2015, Victoria walked-on to the #1 ranked USC volleyball team where she became a four year starter. She won a Pac-12 championship, served two seasons as co-captain, and finished her career with the top five most digs in program history.
Despite a successful career on the surface, the high-pressure environment of collegiate athletics took a toll on her mental health. Victoria first began sharing her story of how she battled and overcame depression and anxiety in her 2017 TED Talk, “The Hidden Opponent,” which has been viewed over 240,000 times. Victoria has been featured in The Players’ Tribune, USA Today College, and Popsugar magazine, amassing over 200,000 followers combined on her social media platforms where she’s known for her positive media campaign, #RealPost.
Victoria now tours the country sharing her experiences with mental health and body-image, while bringing this conversation to life weekly on her down to earth podcast, RealPod. Victoria’s infectious energy and passion for authenticity inspires, motivates, and empowers people to become their best selves.