Monday, September 16th was a historic night at Memorial Stadium with the first-ever Inner Circle Leadership meeting taking place. Distinguished letterwinner alumni Dr. Alan Nissen (basketball), Garth Glissman (football) and Maggi Thorne (track and field) shared valuable leadership and life skills insights with 28 upplerclass student-athlete leaders representing nearly every intercollegiate team. The goal of the alumni panelists was to offer practical leadership insights that would serve the current Huskers well in college and beyond.
“I appreciate being invited back to share my experiences with the hope of better preparing others for future success,” remarked Glissman who is an attorney at Kutak Rock in Omaha. Retired surgeon, Dr. Nissen issued a challenge to the Inner Circle members, “Never, never, never, give up and remember even though there may be some who are smarter, there is no substitute for a relentless work-ethic.” Thorne, who came to Nebraska from California and has have never left the “Good Life,” stressed the importance of taking risks, being disciplined, dependable and accountable. Currently, the Assistant Director of Capital Planning and Construction for Nebraska Athletics, Thorne is self-taught in the profession and has garnered unmatched respect for her service, confidence, teamwork and passion; playing a critical role in the planning and completion of some of Nebraska’s newest athletic venues. Above all, in Glissman’s opinion, “it comes down to how you treat people… be consistent, ethical, respectful and accountable.”
The student-athletes enjoyed the time with Glissman, Thorne and Dr. Nissen quickly realizing the unbelievable opportunity to adopt and incorporate years of leadership experience into their personal repertoire. Sarah Larson (track and field/cross country) was inspired from the meeting and appreciated the message from Thorne. “She was willing to take on any challenge and operated with supreme confidence. She is such a poised professional who I can learn so much from,” summarized Larson. Added softball standout student-athlete leader, Mattie Fowler, “they all emphasized using all available resources, involvement and networking in order to become the very best you can be. I am trying to live their advice by having a very well-rounded experience here at Nebraska,” explained Fowler. The Inner Circle will meet five more times this academic year connecting with 15 to 20 additional letterwinner alumni who will no doubt share some amazing life experiences.