Abby Wambach comes into Boca for a women’s empowerment panel the same week her new book comes out. No coincidence.
“Wolfpack” urges women to seize the day, “to take leadership of our own lives and careers,” she said via email.
The gold medalist and her wife, author Glennon Doyle, are panelists in “Be the Change.” The event is 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 5 at Florida Atlantic University.
They’ll be joined by activist Brittany Packnett and journalist Elaine Welteroth for an evening of conversation. Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life founder Barb Schmidt and her daughter Michelle Maros are presenting and taking part in the program.
Tickets start at $35. Visit the FAU events page to purchase tickets or call the FAU box office at 561-297-6124.
Here’s the rest of Wambach’s interview.
Q: Why do you think this is happening now?
A: Women have always known that the playing field is uneven for us. Especially in the workplace, we get less support and mentorship, more harassment and discrimination.
We recognize that how far we’ve come is not far enough. We are refusing to accept the status quo that others have set for us.
Q: What kind of feedback did you get from your earlier memoir and talks?
A: Feedback from others played a part, but self-reflection had an equal – if not greater – part in inspiring me. I wrote this book and started my leadership company Wolfpack Endeavor so every woman who is trying to lead – whether it’s a team, a company, a family, or a meaningful life – will be able to use the hard-won lessons I developed from decades of training, failure, and triumph on the field.
Q: Do you offer women practical advice?
A: “Wolfpack” sheds light on the old rules we have all been taught to play by – rules that were never meant to include us. The book replaces those rules with eight new rules. They help women claim their individual power, unite their pack, and take their lives, families, careers, and world further than they could have imagined.
Q: What do you want readers to take away from your book?
A: I want to empower women everywhere to embrace and step into those monumental everyday moments. Because above all, this is what I know is true: It’s our time.
By Marci Shatzman