An Afternoon with Angela Ruggiero – The Olympian
Thursday, April 19th 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Angela Ruggiero knows what it means to overcome diversity. As the first female non-goalie to play professional men’s hockey in North America, she has had her fair share of obstacles. Angela will take us deeper into her story, sharing details of her journey to become one of the most prominent players in women’s hockey history; her journey to attending Harvard and graduating with an MBA; her journey to becoming the first female defensemen in the Central Hockey League; and her journey to becoming an Executive Board member of the International Olympic Committee. Through anecdotes from her own life, Angela explores what it takes to succeed and overcome obstacles on your way to success.
Considered one of the best defenders and most prominent players in women’ts hockey history, Angela Ruggiero retired in 2011 after playing more games in a Team USA uniform than any other player (256), winning four World Championships and four Olympic medals (one gold, 2 silver and a bronze).
A four-time Olympic medalist, Ruggiero spent over 15 years as an ice hockey defenseman with Team USA, in addition to her alma mater, Harvard. In 2010 Angela was elected to her first highly regarded position as a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, which serves as a consultative body and is a link between active athletes and the International Olympic Committee. She continues to serve as a member of and has been appointed to several prominent positions on IOC and USOC boards.
As the first female defenseman in the Central Hockey League, Angela was the first woman non-goalie to play professional men’s hockey in North America, playing with the Tulsa Oilers alongside her brother, Billy. The two earned a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame as the first brother-sister duo to play pro hockey together.