Keynote Speaker

 Jacqueline (Jacqie) McWilliams Parker 

Jacqueline (Jacqie) McWilliams Parker is in her 9th season of serving as the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Commissioner. She is the first female to serve as Commissioner for the CIAA and first appointed African American female Commissioner representing Division I, II or III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Mrs. McWilliams Parker spent nine years at the NCAA managing national championships to include both the men’s and women’s Division I basketball tournaments. She started her career in coaching, compliance and administration at Virginia Union University followed by career growth opportunities at the CIAA, Norfolk State University and Morgan State University prior to the NCAA.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Hampton University and a Master of Arts in sports management and administration from Temple University. She was a two-sport athlete at Hampton and was a member of the Hampton University 1988 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship team and Freshman Player of the Year. In 1990 she was named Player of the Year for CIAA Volleyball.

Mrs. McWilliams Parker  was selected as a member of the 2013 class for Women in Sports Business Journal Game Changer. She was inducted into the Hampton University Hall of Fame, Temple University’s Gallery of Success, and the Sierra High School Hall of Fame.

She is the past president for Women Leaders in College Sports (2019-2020) and current member of the board. She serves on the board of directors for the John B. McLendon Scholarship Foundation, Samaritans Feet International and the NCAA Gender Equity Task Force. Additionally, she served as the chair of NCAA DII Management Council, a member of the NCAA Board of Governors and NCAA Cultural Diversity Committee.

Mrs. McWilliams Parker is a woman of faith, motivational speaker, and an active member of the Charlotte Crown Jewels Links Chapter of Charlotte. She has received numerous awards for her leadership and contributions to the community.