UVA alumni return for ESPN-W Campus Conversations

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- ESPN-W stopped by the University of Virginia on Monday as part of its Campus Conversations tour with women student-athletes. A panel of UVA alumni and former student-athletes told the young women in the room how being an athlete helped them in their careers.

Kimberley Hatchett went on to Harvard Business School after graduating from the UVA in 1984. She is now the Executive Director in Private Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley in New York City.

Hatchett said being on the track and field team taught her rewarding lessons early on in life.

"It's discipline. It's teamwork," said Hatchett. "It's how to get up and dust yourself off and just keep going when you think that things just could not get worse. Having an injury, rehabbing that injury, and coming back and being stronger and better."

ESPN-W has traveled to schools all over the country since 2016, and UVA was its 29th Campus Conversations stop. Hatchett said she wants the young women to learn that it is okay to change paths along the way.

"Get to know yourself, and you do get to know yourself through being an athlete," said Hatchett. "Then take that and you can change your mind as many times as you want in life, and it's going to be okay."

For fourth-year lacrosse player Maggie Jackson, she said hearing these women's stories is reassuring.

"I know that the lessons I learn while playing sports are definitely something I will hold on forever and they will help me further on," said Jackson.

Hatchet said it is important for young women to see other women making strides in what is still a male-dominated workforce.

"I can do what a guy can do," said Hatchet. "And if you're a good athlete you know. You know that."

The other panelists included Michelle Cusimano Vachris, Assistant General Counsel for CBS in New York City and former lacrosse and field hockey player; Kaili Torres, who is a student at NYU Film School and former soccer player; and Lauren Morrissey, Vice President Affiliate Sales and Marketing for ESPN.

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