Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) Executive Director Stan Johnson joins ADU’s Tai M. Brown at the 2023 NCAA Convention to share the story of MOAA’s founding and 23 years of work in college athletics, including its dual goals of developing a diverse leadership pipeline and placing more people of color into top roles within the industry. Johnson discusses the evolution of MOAA’s work and how it serves as a catalyst for change related to DEI, the current challenges facing college athletics such as the post-pandemic talent drain and how the organization plays a pivotal role in developing leaders for all segments of the industry.
The conversation is indexed below for efficient viewing:
- 1:15 - Tell us the story of MOAA's founding.
- 2:12 - Who were the six people involved in the development of MOAA?
3:35 - When you think about MOAA's evolution, what were some of the key concerns you saw back when the organization was founded? What is your focus today?
- 6:40 - How do you allocate your organizational focus between the process - developing diverse leaders - and the outcome - placing more people of color in the big chair?
- 9:11 - What is MOAA's role in exposing young administrators to leadership lessons and opportunities?
11:39 - How do you evaluate the work MOAA has done over the last 23 years? Do you look at outcomes or the depth of the pipeline?
- 15:31 - What are the similarities between convincing student-athletes and young professionals to work in college athletics and recruiting talent from outside of the industry?
- 18:29 - What are the programs in place now to attract young talent to college athletics?
21:02 - What's the value in the being the central hub for all things DEI for every segment of the industry?