Women of Influence: Sandi Briggs

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Friends and associates of Sandi Briggs describe her as a humble woman who swoops in to take care of business.

“Those who know Sandi say she is quick to get involved in any effort needing attention, happy to lead the charge on tackling initiatives that improve people’s lives or create opportunity, and always has a smile and positive attitude to build everyone up,” said Erin Hannan of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, who nominated Briggs for the award.

Briggs is coming up on her 10th year as business affairs director of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and that makes her an influential woman in the sports-rich community of Colorado Springs.

“I am so honored to be recognized as one of the 2013 Women of Influence, and included with such amazing group of current and past recipients,” Briggs said.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas, Briggs worked more than a decade in the finance and accounting industry before settling in at the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

“USADA maintains a strong focus on vision/mission and organizational goals,” Briggs said.

“Our commitment to integrity of competition, inspiring of true sport and protection of athletes are the foundation of our programs and the basis of what inspires our staff and corporate culture.”

Since 2004, she has helped ensure financial accountability, accuracy and compliance of the agency with regulatory and accounting standards and is currently responsible for duties such as recruitment, retainment and development of a an athletic workforce.

“Without requiring or soliciting fanfare or credit, she quietly shepherds those in her sphere with the deftness and benevolence of a saint,” Hannan said.

Aside from her career, Briggs is the mother of 7-year-old twins, Emily and Michael, and cites her most significant personal accomplishment as nurturing them — both with medical challenges related to premature birth — through their first few years. She currently volunteers as the treasurer for her son’s Cub Scout pack and for the Parent-Teacher Organization at Kilmer Elementary School, where they attend second grade.

“Sandi is a stellar example of an influential woman who may not loudly and boisterously toot her own horn, but she quietly and meaningfully impacts others in countless ways,” Hannan said. “I’m sure, and am happy to know, that our organization and our community will have much more opportunity to benefit from Sandi’s warm, selfless influence for many years to come.”

— Cameron Moix