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Student-Athletes attend career-networking event


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Pitt student-athletes gain valuable knowledge from the Etiquette Series


The Cathy and John Pelusi Family Life Skills Program Host Legacy Night

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Cathy and John Pelusi Family Life Skills Program Emphasizes Personal Branding

Lisa Auld joined the University of Pittsburgh athletic department in August 2011 as the Career Consultant for Student- Athletes. In that role, Lisa split time between Athletics and Career Development and Placement Assistance and served as the primary contact for student-athletes in all facets of career development and graduate school preparation.  In 2014, Auld was promoted to Director of Life Skills and assists in managing daily operations within the department and eight key commitment areas of the Cathy and John Pelusi Family Life Skills Program. Lisa also has direct oversight over the commitment areas of Career Development, Personal Development and Health and Wellness initiatives for 475 Student- Athletes.

In Auld’s time in Pitt Athletics, she has played an integral role in assessing the program direction at university and national levels to address the ongoing needs for our student-athletes. Additionally, she seeks to proactively address the mental health and sports psychology needs of our student-athletes and serves as a liaison with Sports Performance, the University Counseling Center, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and outside consultants. She also brought a new career development software to the department and is actively developing and launching a mentoring program for student-athletes. Additionally Auld served as part of the Strategic Planning Committee in the 2016 re-brand of Pitt Athletics and as a part of the ACC Branding Committee in 2013 for Pitt’s move into the conference.

In Auld’s time as a Career Consultant, she developed an active portfolio of professional opportunities for student-athletes and alumni and built key relationships and connections that continue to present day.  Auld re-energized the Annual ‘Career Networking Night’ and recruited over 100 employers and networkers based on majors, industry interests and corporate needs. In addition, she developed the ‘Employer Education and Recruitment Night’ to assist in fostering relationships, establishing partnerships and educating employers on the benefits of hiring the Pitt Student-Athlete.

Lisa was also instrumental in maintaining alumni relationships and brought back ‘Legacy Night’ to provide a platform for former Pitt Panthers to share transition challenges and successes with current Panthers.  A key element of the professional development of our student-athletes occurs through a ‘Professional Etiquette Training Series’ and Auld was instrumental in designing and delivering curriculum for this series, that started in 2011 and continues today.

Auld is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania, as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor. She completed her Master’s of Community Counseling at California University of Pa, as well as a certification in Sports Counseling. Additionally, Auld is certified as Myers Briggs Type Indicator Practitioner, a Daring Way Facilitator, based on the work of Dr. Brenè Brown, and an Emotional Intelligence Trainer.  She also serves as an Adjunct Professor in both the School of Health and Rehab Sciences at Pitt, teaching Psychology of Sport, and at Cal U of Pa in the Counseling Program. 

As an undergrad Lisa studied Communications at Villanova University, interned as a News Producer with Fox, and served as a member of the Sports Marketing Committee in it’s infancy for over three years.  After she graduated, she took a position with And 1 Basketball and was a key member in the Sales department for over five years in the company’s prime. In her time at And 1, she called on Footlocker and Footlocker Canada, as well as other key national accounts. Additionally she was the Sales Director for key trend setting independent accounts across the nation and executed sales and marketing plans to launch a product tied to the And 1 Mixtape tour. Lisa was also a key member of the team that sold the footwear licensee Triple 5 Soul. Auld continued in the Footwear and Apparel Wholesale Industry, working for both Timberland and Converse.

Lisa is a Washington, Pa., native and now calls Pittsburgh home.

Beyond the Bio
Favorite sports moment at Pitt?
Standing on the sidelines during the Pitt vs. Penn State game in 2016 and watching us score that first touchdown. Pure joy.

What do you love most about the University of Pittsburgh?
Pitt is the hometown school that everyone roots for, even if you’re not an alum (which I’m not), but I’ve now worked for Pitt longer than my time in school, so I now cheer for Pitt! Pitt has my heart. That and the family atmosphere in the Athletic Department sealed it for me. H2P!

Favorite quote?
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” - Theodore Roosevelt

Lisa Auld

Lisa  Auld

Director of Life Skills

Petersen Events Center
3719 Terrace St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone - (412) 648-8750
Fax - (412) 648-8115

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