Meet Nancy

Advocate and Founder of Champion Women

About Nancy Hogshead-Makar

Nancy Hogshead-Makar

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Life-long advocate for access and equality in athletics, internationally recognized legal expert on sports issues, scholar and author Nancy Hogshead-Makar has a commitment to equality, using sport as a vehicle for social change. As one of the foremost exponents for gender equity, she advocates for access and equality in sports participation. Legal issues include sexual harassment, sexual abuse and assault, employment, pregnancy, and legal enforcement under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Her book, co-authored with Andrew Zimbalist, Equal Play, Title IX and Social Change, has received acclaim since its release by Temple University Press. She was the lead author of Pregnant and Parenting Student-Athletes; Resources and Model Policies, published by the NCAA, and her book chapter, The Ethics of Title IX and Gender Equity for Coaches, appears in The Ethics of Coaching Sports; Moral, Social and Legal Issues, edited by Robert L. Simon.

Hogshead-Makar has testified in Congress numerous times on the topic of gender equity in athletics, written numerous scholarly and lay articles, and has been a frequent guest on national news programs on the topic, including 60 Minutes, Fox News, CNN, ESPN, NPR, MSNBC and network morning news programming. She serves as an expert witness in Title IX cases and has written amicus briefs representing athletic organizations in precedent-setting litigation. From 2003 – 2012 she was the Co-Chair of American Bar Association Committee on the Rights of Women. She was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Intercollegiate Sport. Sports Illustrated magazine listed her as one of the most influential people in the history of Title IX.

Hogshead-Makar practiced law at the law firm of Holland & Knight, in both their litigation and public law departments. She was a tenured Professor of Law at the Florida Coastal School of Law, where she taught Torts, Sports Law and Gender Equity in Athletics courses for twelve years. Hogshead-Makar had a 30 year history with the Women’s Sports Foundation, starting as a college intern, becoming the third President from 1992-94, it’s the legal advisor from 2003-10, and serving as a consultant as the Senior Director of Advocacy until 2014. She earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is an honors graduate of Duke University.

Hogshead-Makar has received significant awards recognizing her commitment to athletics, including: an honorary doctorate from Springfield College, induction into the Academic All-America Hall of Fame and the International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame, the Hall of Fame for the National Association for Sports and Physical Education, and receipt of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators’ “Honor Award”. In 2011 she was presented with the National Organization for Women’s “Courage Award,” and was inducted into the National CoNancy's Gold Medalsnsortium for Academics and Sports Hall of Fame. In 2012 she was awarded the “Title IX Advocate Award” from the Alliance of Women Coaches. In 2014 she was awarded the “Babe Didrikson Zaharias” Award.

Hogshead-Makar capped eight years as a world class swimmer at the 1984 Olympics, where she won three Gold medals and one Silver medal. Through high school and college dual meets she was undefeated. Other major awards include the Nathan Mallison Award, given to Florida’s outstanding athlete, and the prestigious Kiphuth Award, given to the best all-around swimmer nationally. Nancy has been inducted into eleven halls of fame, including the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.

She and her husband Scott Makar, a judge on Florida’s First District Court of Appeal, have a son and twin daughters. They are continuously restoring their 1920s Mediterranean home.

Professional Activities




Champion Women, 2014 – current

Founder and CEO

Champion Women provides legal expertise for girls and women in sports, investing in projects designed to get change to scale. Subjects include: equal play, such as traditional Title IX compliance in athletic departments, sexual harassment, abuse and assault in sport, as well as employment, pregnancy and LGBT discrimination.

Women’s Sports Foundation, 1985 – 2014

2010 – 2014, Senior Director of Advocacy (independent consultant)

Responsibilities include all public policy issues; identifying effective strategies for change, forming coalitions, writing persuasive memos, articles and legal memoranda, and executing strategy. Extensive media and public speaking.

2003 – 2010, Legal Advisor
1995 – 2003, Board of Stewards
1992 – 1995, President
1990 – 1992, Vice-President
1985 – 1990, Board Member
1985, Summer intern

Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, Florida.

2007 – 2013, Full Professor with tenure
2004 – 2007, Associate Professor
2001 – 2004, Assistant Professor

Courses Taught & Teaching Awards:

  • Torts I and Torts II, Sports Law, Amateur Sports Law, Sports Law Seminar, Gender Equity in Athletics Seminar, Sports Law Skills, Products Liability.
  • Steadily mentored independent study projects and oversaw research assistants.
  • “Favorite 1L Professor” 2004.
  • Sports Business Law, University of Central Florida’s DeVos Sport Business Management Program, Orlando, Florida, 2003.
  • (List of service to school available upon request)

Holland & Knight, LLP, Jacksonville and New York City offices

1997 – 2001, Litigation and Public Law Departments

Represented both plaintiffs and defendants in Title IX matters, among many others.



Professional Activities

Civil rights lawyer, representing girls and women in sport. Beyond writing, legal activities, public speaking and media (see below), projects included:

  • Legal memos to Division I universities who are most out of compliance with Title IX in athletics, as measured by the university’s self-disclosed data in the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act. Video description of the project:
  • Seven year effort to create a separate, independent entity to investigate and sanction sexually abusing coaches, outside the United States Olympic Committee. The U.S. Center for SafeSport opened in March, 2017.
    • Draft federal legislation to create entity to investigate and sanction sexually abusing coaches, akin to the United States Anti-Doping Association.
    • Cooperation with congressional representatives re; sexual abuse in club and Olympic sports.
    • Legal memos re; SafeSport Code, and sign-ons in efforts to assure proper policies, jurisdiction and procedures for SafeSport, the new entity tasked with investigating and sanctioning sexually abusing people in power in club and Olympic sports:
    • Summarized SafeSport Code:
  • Eight year effort to get legal protections from sexual abuse for children and athletes in club and Olympic sports.
  • Gathered international support for world’s elite female soccer players to play on grass, instead of turf.
  • Wrote and organized support for NCAA re-structuring after Northwestern, a legal ruling allowing football players to unionize under labor law.
  • Co-wrote and organized 56 organizations and individuals to support Office for Civil Rights 2011 Guidance on peer sexual violence in education.
  • Wrote and organized letter sign-on to NCAA on revenue distribution, to be consistent with the educational mission of athletics, rather revenue based on winning.
  • Wrote and organized protest of the NCAA’s failure to monitor member institution’s Title IX compliance through a mechanism formerly called “Certification.”
  • Wrote letters to NCAA leadership re; structuring Certification’s replacement, Institutional Performance Program (IPP), with support from the original drafters of Certification.
  • Incorporated research into support for state legislation that now requires schools to publish the number of male and female students provided with a sports experience.
  • Wrote and organized petition to remove GoDaddy! as a sponsor of intercollegiate sports.
  • Featured in, We Are Straight Allies Campaign, in support of the human rights ordinance in, 2013 – 2017; available at:

Supporting materials available upon request.

  • Georgetown University Law Center, D., 1997
  • Duke University, A. cum laude, Political Science and Women’s Studies, 1986 President’s Leadership Award


Swimming Achievements
  • 1984, won three gold medals and one silver medal at the Los Angeles Olympics. The most decorated swimmer at the Games.
  • 1977, at the age of 14, the only American swimmer to be ranked number one in the world in an international event.
  • In 2000, ranked by Sports Illustrated as Florida’s 13th greatest athlete of the 20th Century.
  • Numerous records during eight years on the United States National Swimming Team.
  • Undefeated in High School and Collegiate dual meet competitions.

Major Swimming Awards:
Nathan Mallison Award, Florida’s outstanding amateur athlete, 1978.
Kiphuth Award, the best all-around U.S. swimmer, 1984.
Sullivan Award nominee, 1978.
Comeback Swimmer of the Year Award, 1983.
Member of thirteen halls of fame, including the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Leadership Positions
  • Board Member, Aspen Institute, “Sport and Society” 2011 – Present
  • Advisory Board Member, Association of Title IX Administrators “ATIXA” 2011 – 2017
  • National Advisory Council, One Love Foundation, 2015 – Present
  • NCAA Gender Equity Taskforce, 10 person, 2015 – 2017
  • LGBT Sports Coalition Member (Champion Women membership) 2015.
  • National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education. (Champion Women membership) 2015- Present.
  • Executive Committee Member, World Olympians Association, 2014 – 2015
  • Trustee, St. Johns Country Day School; pre-K – 12.
  • Evaluator, United States Anti-Doping Agency (“USADA”) for missed and positive drug tests.  Participate in hearings to determine if a “missed test” will be considered a “positive test”.  2003-2014
  • Co-Chair, American Bar Association (ABA) Committee on the Rights of Women. (2004-2013)
  • Board Member; The Forum for the Scholarly Study of Intercollegiate Athletics in Higher Education. (2009 – 2013)
  • Editorial Board Member; the Journal of Intercollegiate Sport. (2009 – 2013)
  • The Florida Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, The council provided Governor Crist with a state plan of action to promote physical fitness and nutrition, particularly among children. (2007- 2010)
  • Founding Member of FCSL’s Sports Law Center, offering students a certificate in Sports Law program. 2004-2013.

Current Local Leadership Positions: Baptist Hospital, Women’s Community Advisory Council




  • EQUAL PLAY: TITLE IX AND SOCIAL POLICY, co-authored with Andrew Zimbalist, economist at Smith College, Temple University Press, November, 2007.
  • ASTHMA AND EXERCISE, Henry Hold and Company. Stories of successful world-class athletes controlling their asthma, and gives detailed instruction for asthmatics to exercise safely, with Gerald Cousins, 1990.

Book Chapters:

  • The Ethics of Title IX and Gender Equity for Coaches, in THE ETHICS OF COACHING SPORTS; MORAL, SOCIAL AND LEGAL ISSUES, edited by Robert L. Simon, 2013.
  • S. Klein (Ed.)., HANDBOOK FOR ACHIEVING GENDER EQUITY THROUGH EDUCATION, Sage Publications. (2007). Co-authored a chapter regarding gender equity in physical education and sport with Staurowsky, E. J., N., Kane, M. J., Lerner, P., Wughalter, E., & Yiamyiannis, A. (2007).
  • CREATING AMERICA, READING AND WRITING ARGUMENTS, 4th Edition, The Ongoing Battle Over Title IX. Chapter in undergraduate text on persuasive writing.
  • Success Is A Learned Skill; in AWAKEN THE OLYMPIAN WITHIN, (2000). Edited by John Naber.

Law Review Articles:

  • Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Hurricane Warning Flags for All Olympic Sports: Biedieger v. Quinnipiac, BOSTON COLLEGE LAW REVIEW, Spring 2011. Available at:
    • Argues that men’s Olympic sports should pay attention to the tricks being played against women as revealed in the most recent case, Biediger v. Quinnipiac. The university practices cheated women out of real athletic experiences. Men’s Olympic sports are next, inevitably. Our futures are tied, and we should work to preserve the educational mission of athletics.
    • Over 750 full-text downloads
  • Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Attitudes, Platitudes and the Collegiate Sports Arms Race: Unsustainable Spending and Its Consequences for Olympic and Women’s Sports, JOURNAL ON INTERCOLLEGIATE SPORTS, Vol. 3, Issue 1, June 2010. 4
    • Despite collegiate athletic budgets increasing at 7% per year for the past decade (well ahead of spending in education broadly), very little of that money is going to expand opportunities for men and women in athletics, and that the undue focus on two men’s sports creates a very difficult employment and administrative environment for women.
  • Foul Play; Department of Education Creates Huge Title IX Compliance Loophole, with Donna Lopiano, CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation, BARNARD SCHOLAR & FEMINIST ONLINE, The Cultural Value of Sport: Title IX & Beyond, June 2006. Peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal.
  • Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Tilting the Playing Field: Schools, Sports, Sex and Title IX, 13 UCLA WOMEN’S L.J. 101 (2004).
  • Nancy Hogshead-Makar & Daniel L. Marburger, Is Title IX Really to Blame for the Decline in Intercollegiate Men’s Non- Revenue Sports?, 14 MARQ. SPORTS L.J 65 (2003).
    • Included in Philip T.K. Daniel and E. Gordon Gee’s LAW, POLICY AND HIGHER EDUCATION, to be published by Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., 2013
    • Excerpted in SPORTS LAW AND REGULATION, by Matthew Mitten, Timothy Davis, Rodney Smith and Robert Berry, Aspen Publications, 2009.
  • Nancy Hogshead-Makar & Shelden E. Steinbach, Intercollegiate Athletics’ Unique Environments for Sexual Harassment Claims: Balancing the Realities of Athletics with Preventing Potential Claims, 13 MARQ. SPORTS L.J. 173 (2003).
  • Playing the Quota Card, Letter to 60 Minutes (Dec. 2002), 27 JOURNAL OF SPORT & SOCIAL ISSUES 89 (2003) (lead article in a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal)
  • The Ongoing Battle Over Title IX, USA TODAY MAGAZINE (SOCIETY FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF EDUCATION) (July 2003) pp.64-66.

Legal and Editorial Writing:


Legal Activites





Amicus Brief in Support of Precedent-Setting Litigation:

  • Author and counsel of record, Amicus Curiae Brief in support of plaintiffs in Ollier v. Sweetwater Union High School District, et al., in the Ninth Circuit, Civil Case No. 07cv714L (WMC), May 22, 2013. Other parties that signed onto the brief were the American Volleyball Coaches Association, Coaching Corps, The Dad Man / Dads and Daughters, the Drake Group, the Feminist Majority Foundation, Girls Inc., Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., the National Organization for Women (NOW) Foundation, the National Law Center of Maryland, Inc., and the Women’s Law Project.
  • Author and counsel of record, Amicus Curiae Brief in support of plaintiffs in Mansourian v. Regents of the University of California, et al., in the Ninth Circuit, Civil Case No. 03-cv-02591-FCD-EFB, February 9, 2009.  Other parties that signed onto the brief were the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS), the Feminist Majority Foundation, Northeastern University Center Sport in Society, Dads & Daughters®, and the Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association (SGMA).
  • Author and counsel of record, Amicus Curiae Brief in support of the Petitioner Brief, Jackson v. Birmingham Board of Education, Case No. 02-1672 (U.S. 2004). 124 S. Ct. 2834 (U.S. 2004). Other parties that signed onto the brief were the Myra Sadker Advocates, National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS), National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA), National Consortium of Academics and Sports (NCAS), Northeaster University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society (CSSS), Dads & Daughters®.
  • Author, Amicus Brief, Koebke v. Bernardo Heights Country Club, Fourth Appellate District Court of California, Division 1, Case No. GIC 767256 (2003). Amicus brief in support of petitioner, a lesbian golfer seeking golf club family benefits for her partner. Published at:
  • Declaration in Heather Sue Mercer v. Duke University, 301 F. Supp. 2d 454, 463 (M.D.N.C. 2004) (declaration quoted in district court’s attorney fees’ order in support of Mercer.)

Legal Cases:

  • Fawcett et al v. Willamette University; represented rowers and female athletes at Willamette to start new sports. (2016 – 2017)
  • Barrs v. Southern Conference. In a budget-cutting move, the Southern Conference cut twice as many women’s teams as men’s teams in post-season competitions. Settlement agreement restores game schedule and agreement not to make changes. (2011).
  • Cook v. Florida High School Athletic Association. In a budget-cutting move, the Florida High School Athletic Association cut the number of games for all students by 2-% – 40%, but exempting 30% of male athletes. All competitions restored. Settlement requires annual training for membership on Title IX and a Florida Statute that also requires gender equity in education. (2009)
  • University of North Florida Agrees to Reinstate Swimming, after amicable discussions.

Expert Witness:

  • Expert Witness, Leader v. Harvard University
  • Expert Witness, Duffield v. University of Mary
  • Expert Witness, Eginoire v. Indianola Community School District, et. al.,
  • Expert Witness, Burns v. University of California at San Diego
  • Legal Consultant, for plaintiff against Florida State University and Jameis Winston sexual assault dispute, 2014-2016
  • Represented Mary Tappmeyer, University of North Florida Basketball Coach 2016.
  • Expert Witness, Knutson v. Foster, 2016
  • Expert Witness, Joan Roe v. St. Louis University, 2009 – 2013.
  • Title IX Advisor, University of Colorado. Lisa Simpson and another woman were raped during their football recruiting trip to the university. Appointment was agreed upon by Plaintiff and Defense counsel in Simpson v. University of Colorado.
  • Title IX Advisor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Expert witness, Title VII and IX employment case, Schmidt v. California State University (San Diego State University)
  • Legal Consultant for female soccer players regarding a sexual harassment lawsuit against their soccer coach at Rollins College. (2005-2007)
  • Expert Witness, Title IX case in Colorado, Jessica Wieker, et al. v. Mesa County Valley School District No. 51,
  • Expert Witness, Norris v. Thrall ISD, et al.





Public Speaking





United States Congressional Testimony and Published Remarks:

Significant Speeches:

  • Speaker, Republican Women’s Club of Duval Federated, Sexual Abuse in Sports, Mar. 8, 2018.
  • Speaker, Federalist Society, Panel Discussion – College Sexual Violence: Why the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter Should be Reinstated, Feb. 4, 2018.
  • Speaker, DeVos Distinguished Speaker Series, Sexual Abuse in College, Club, and Olympic Sports, Feb. 2, 2018.
  • Speaker, Women’s March Florida – Jacksonville, Women, Sports, Institutional Sexism, and the #MeToo Movement, Jan. 21, 2018.
  • Keynote Speaker, University of Washington at Oshkosh, Gender Equity in Sports: Why You Should Be an Advocate Even If You’ve Never Done a Sit-Up, Apr. 5, 2017.
  • Speaker, Harvard, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Sports and Sexual Violence: A Community Discussion, Apr. 4, 2017.
  • Speaker, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Law, Suja Thomas’ Sports Law Class, The History and Theory of Title IX in Athletics, Mar. 15, 2017.
  • Speaker, Women’s Leadership Forum, Panel Discussion – Fit to Lead: Conditioning the Mind, Body, and Soul, Jacksonville, Mar. 9, 2017.
  • Keynote Speaker, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Women’s History Month, Discussing Title IX Issues, Mar. 6, 2017.
  • Keynote Speaker, Duke Fuqua School of Business, Resilience, Durham, NC, Feb. 8, 2017.
  • Keynote Speaker, Atlanta Rotary, Take Your Daughter to Work Day, Atlanta, GA, Dec. 19, 2016.
  • Speaker, Campaigning for Hillary Clinton, with Feminist Majority, National Organization for Women, and Planned Parenthood, Nov. 2-5, 2016.
  • Speaker, University of Virginia, Siva Vaidhyanathan’s Class, Charlottesville, VA, Oct. 31, 2016.
  • Keynote speaker, National Consortium for Academics and Sports, Giant Steps Award Banquet and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Activism in Athletics, Orlando, FL, Oct. 26, 2016.
  • Speaker, Generation W, Preventing Sexual Abuse in Sport, March 2016.
  • Speaker, American Bar Association, Section of Civil Rights and Justice, “Part 5 – Campus Sexual Assault: Role of Courts,” Moderated by Kristen M. Galles, Section Mar. 10, 2016; available at:–a-civil-rights-pers.html.
  • Speaker, National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, “Advocacy as Leadership,” University of Maryland, 2015.
  • Speaker, Young Women’s Leadership Forum, National Organization for Women, Washington D.C., 2015.
  • Speaker, Alliance for Women Coaches, Stronger Together; Advocacy, Kansas City, KS, July 2015.
  • Keynote Speaker, National Pi Beta Phi Sorority, Leadership, Chicago, 2015.
  • Speaker, Women’s Basketball Coaching Association, Advocacy is Leadership, Orlando, FL, 2015.
  • Keynote Speaker, Carroll University, Sports and Sexual Violence; a cultural crossroads, Founder’s Day Convocation, Feb. 5, 2015.
  • Keynote Speaker, My Sister’s Place, Sexual Violence – A Cultural Crossroad, Oct. 30, 2014.
  • Speaker, NCAA Inclusion Forum, Women’s Sports Foundations Strategies for Achieving Gender Equity, May 2, 2014.
  • Keynote Speaker, Karpovich Lecture, Springfield College, Title IX: We won right? So, why the stubborn disparities in athletics? Apr. 21, 2014.
  • Keynote Speaker, University of North Carolina at Ashville, The Power of Taking a Stand, Apr. 15, 2014.
  • Speaker, Rotary district 6900, Leadership¸ with Vince Dooley and Admiral Peter Booth, Apr. 25, 2014.
  • Presenter, National Women’s History Museum, Game Changers: Women and Sports, Google Connect Classroom, Mar. 31, 2014.
  • Speaker, Jacksonville University, What Every Student Can Do to Achieve Gender Equity at Their School, Mar. 7, 2014.
  • Speaker, Aspen Institute, Project Play Summit, Feb. 25, 2015.
  • Keynote speaker, Sports Lawyers Association annual meeting, Orlando, Feb. 2014. (discussing legal landscape for sexual abuse in club and Olympic sports; compared and contrasted with criminal law and civil law.).
  • Speaker, American Bar Association, SOGI V. SOCHI; Olympic Boycott Considerations for Putin’s New Anti-Gay and Lesbian Laws, Chicago, IL, Feb. 2014.
  • Keynote Speaker, DeVos Distinguished Lecture Series; Title IX for Business School Students; an Athlete-Centric View, Orlando, FL, Feb. 2, 2014.
  • Keynote Speaker; Sport and Recreation Lawyers Association; Sanctioning Sexual Abusers in Olympic Sports; solving hurdles created by the unique legal landscape. Orlando, FL, Feb. 28, 2014.
  • Speaker, Jacksonville University Leadership Conference; Title IX; The Most Important Legislation Since Women Earned the Right to Vote, Jacksonville, FL, Mar. 2014.
  • Speaker, National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Protecting Club and Olympic Athletes from Sexual Abuse; Athletes Not Protected by Title IX, Washington, DC, Feb. 2014.
  • Keynote Speaker, US Olympic Committee Women and Minority Leadership Conference, Employment Law Protections for Gender Equity Advocates, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nov. 2013.
  • Speaker, NCAA Inclusion NCAA Inclusion Forum, The NCAA’s 1993 Commitment to Women to Hold Members Accountable for Gender Equity, Indianapolis, IN, May 2013.
  • Keynote Speaker, Int’l Swim Coaches Association, Protecting Athletes from Sexual Abuse with Legal Changes, Clearwater, FL, Aug. 28, 2013.
  • Speaker, Association of Title IX Administrators, Annual Conference, Special Risks of Sexual Assault From the Athletics Department, Napa, CA, Aug. 2013.
  • Keynote Speaker, International Olympic Committee, Los Angeles 2013.
  • Speaker, Doha, Qatar as part of DohaGOALS symposium. Dec. 9-13, 2012.
    • “The mission of the forum is to recognize sports ability to offer a level playing field on which everyone is an equal participant.”
  • Speaker, Harvard University, A Legal Gap in Addressing Sexual Abuse in Olympic Sports Invitation by Diane Rosenfeld. 2012.
  • Keynote Speaker, the University of Maine Law School Symposium, “Law and the Olympic Movement.” Title IX for the Amateur Sports Act; Addressing Sexual Abuse in Coaching, 2012.
  • Keynote speaker, University of Delaware’s International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Program (ICECP), 2011.
  • Keynote speaker, with Eleanor Smeal (founder of the Feminist Majority Foundation) Duke University symposium on Title IX, 2012.
  • Keynote presenter, Softball Coaches Association annual meeting, Achieving Gender Equity without Losing Your Job, 2012.
  • Keynote Speaker, U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Associations, 2012.
  • Keynote presentation at AALS (Association of American Law Schools) on Title IX with other law professors on the status of Title IX, 2012.
  • Keynote speaker, Association of Title IX Administrators (“ATIXA”) in San Antonio, Texas. 2012.
  • Keynote speaker, Association of Student Conduct Administrators in St. Petersburg, Florida. 2012.
  • Speaker, Invited by U.S. State Department to speak at a 5 day/ 3-city International Conference on Women’s Education in France, most about education in Africa in conjunction with Diambars.
  • Speaker, Duke University, “Athletics and Higher Education” The Economics, Ethics, and Excesses of the Games We Love
  • Moderated Panel on Academic Mission of Athletics, NCAA Scholarly Colloquium on Sports, in conjunction with NCAA annual meeting, Jan. 10, 2011.
  • Speaker, Professional Skater’s Association annual conference, Addressing Sexual Abuse in Sport, May 28, 2011. With Sheldon Kennedy and Paul Wylie.
  • Participant, Aspen Institute, Sport and Society – youth sports organizations structure.
  • Speaker, DaVos Sports Business School; Distinguished Speakers Series. 2011.
  • Speaker, Flagler College, Celebrating Women’s History Month. March 21, 2011.
  • Speaker, Boston College, Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the NCAA. The NCAA as a Gender Equity Advocate, 2011.
  • Mom Blogging event April with TheMotherHood.
  • NCAA Video, What Does Title IX Mean to You, Nancy Hogshead-Makar? Sep. 2008; available at:
  • Speaker, National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators, Legal Developments in Title IX, focus on the recent litigation involving retaliation and sexual harassment.  With Karen Doering, Senior Council for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, discussing the organization’s project on athletics. October 6, 2007.
  • Speaker, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, Reflecting on the President Ford’s legacy, including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Sep. 28, 2007. Other presenters included Bill Martin, Athletic Director of Michigan and former President of the United States Olympic Committee, and Welch Suggs, Special Assistant to the President at the University of Georgia.
  • Speaker, Legal Symposium: UMKC’s Amateur and Professional Sports, Emerging Legal Issues.  Court’s unlikely deference to 2005 OCR “Model Survey” for Title IX participation compliance under Prong 3. Apr. 13, 2007; available at:
  • Speaker, Legal Symposium: Girls and Women Rock: Celebrating 35 years of Sports and Title IX, Special Considerations for Sexual Harassment in Athletic Departments; Rethinking Jennings et al. v. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, et al., 444 F.3d 255 (4th Cir. 2006). Held during the Women’s Final Four Basketball tournament in Cleveland, Ohio, Mar. 30,2007.
  • Speaker, conference on Ethical Leadership at Ripon College in Ripon Wisconsin, Shrinking the Prize When Winning is Everything, on Feb. 2, 2007; available at:
  • Speaker, NCAA Annual Convention, Courts are likely to reject a claim of Title IX compliance for participation under Prong 3 of Title IX using the new OCR “Model Survey,” Orlando, Florida, Jan. 6, 2007, 300 attendees; available at:
  • Commencement Speaker to Graduate Students, Springfield College with Senator Edward Kennedy addressing undergraduates on May 13, 2006.
  • Keynote speaker to the DeVos Sport Business Management Program at UCF on Mar. 23, 2006.
  • Keynote Speaker, Michigan State Journal of Gender Law and the Entertainment and Sports Law Society, Title IX and Gender Equity in Sports: Much More Action and Seasonal Changes, Apr. 16, 2005.
  • Speaker, American Constitution Society, Georgetown University Law Center, panel discussion held, Wachington, D.C., Nov. 30, 2004. After oral argument in the U.S. Supreme Court in Jackson v. Bingham.  With Marcia Greenberger, co-President of the National Women’s Law Center.
  • Moderator for panel discussion on IX in Washington, D.C. during National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Feb. 4, 2004. Panelists included Marsha Greenberger, President and founder of the National Women’s Law Center, and Dominique Daws, Olympic gymnast.  The discussion focused on Title IX compliance in high school athletics.
  • Speaker, Georgetown University Law Center, Legal Issues in Collegiate Athletics, September 2004; available at:
  • Moderator, FCSL’s Sports Law Symposium, The NCAA Enforcement Process on Mar. 15, 2007.  The panelists included Josephine (Jo) R. Potuto, Chair of NCAA Infractions Committee, Jerry R. Parkinson, NCAA Coordinator of Appeals, and Richard Evrard, from the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC.
  • Speaker, CLE program at ABA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, “Title IX: Why You Should Expand Your Litigation Practice Into This Under-served Area of Law” (2002).
  • Keynote Speaker, National Federation of State High School Association, Orlando, Florida, December 2001. (Spoke with membership about Title IX compliance)
  • Speaker, World Sports Forum, Lausanne Switzerland. Women in Sports: Lessons from Title IX in the United States. (May 20, 2001) &
Awards & Recognitions
  • The Carlile Cup for Lifetime Achievement, 2018
  • Florida Trend Magazine, Listed in Women in Leadership, 2017
  • Nancy Hogshead Endowed Scholarship at Duke University for the Swimming Team, 2017.
  • Inductee, Episcopal School of Jacksonville Hall of Honor, May 2016;
  • Shape America, Guiding Women in Sports Award, 2015. (Formerly AAHPERD)
  • Pi Beta Phi, National Sorority, Distinguished Alumni, 2015.
  • International Olympic Committee, Monaco, Women and Sport Award for the Americas, December, 2014.
  • Babe Didrikson Zaharias Award, Miami, May 6, 2014.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Women Owned Business Association, 2014
  • 40 Women Who Will Change Way Sports are Played.
  • Women Who Have Made a Significant Impact on Society After Playing High School or College Sports,
  • Advocate’s Award, Alliance of Women Coaches in Atlanta, May 30, 2012.
  • National Consortium for Academics and Sports Hall of Fame,
  • National Organization for Women, Courage Award, 2011.
  • Sports Illustrated Magazine, Listed Hogshead-Makar as one of the 13 most influential people in the history of Title IX.
  • Inductee, Academic All-America Hall of Fame, The Academic All‐America Hall of Fame® recognizes Academic All‐Americas who have achieved lifetime success in their professional careers and are committed to philanthropic causes in the communities where they reside. 2008.
  • Honor Award Winner, National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators, (NACWAA) October, 2007. Presented at annual convention banquet in St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • Featured, “100 Trailblazers; Great Women Athletes Who Opened Doors for Future Generations” by Richard Lapchick.
  • Inductee, International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame, October 2004. Presented at the Women’s Sports Foundation’s annual dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.;
  • Yolanda L. Jackson Give Back Award, presented by Billie Jean King at Women’s Sports Foundation’s annual event at the Waldorf Astoria. The award is presented to the person who has contributed the most to women in athletics. 2003.
  • Honorary Doctorate, Springfield College, received honorary degree, 2002.
Media in the Past Few Years

“There are skills learned in sports that are not—and cannot—be learned in other places: teamwork, winning and losing, learning how to put off short-term gratification for long-term rewards,” said Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a US Olympian who won four medals as a swimmer at the 1984 games and is now senior director of advocacy at the Women’s Sports Foundation. “These are the most important lessons that all kids take with them from the sports experience.”

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