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  • NYS Writers Institute

Soccer icon Abby Wambach, author Glennon Doyle discuss women empowerment October 13

Abby Wambach and her partner Glennon Doyle will talk about finding your true self when they headline the University at Albany’s virtual Fall 2020 Speaker Series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13.

The event is free and open to current UAlbany students, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public. It will be broadcast via YouTube. Pre-registration is required.

Debbie Millman UAlbany Class of ’83, who is best known as the host of the world’s first design podcast, Design Matters, will moderate the event.

Questions pre-submitted from students will also be featured during the discussion.

Women of Influence

Wambach is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA World Cup champion and six-time winner of U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year. She has dedicated the next chapter of her career to fighting for equality and inclusion. Her autobiography, Forward, released in September 2016, is a New York Times bestseller. Her second book, Wolfpack: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power and Change the Game, based on her commencement speech at Barnard College, a talk that went viral, became her second New York Times bestseller last year.

Doyle is an American author known for her New York Times bestsellers Untamed, and Love Warrior. She is also the creator of the online community Momastery and founder and president of Together Rising, an all-women led nonprofit organization that has raised over $25 million for women, families, and children in crisis. She resides in Florida with Wambach and their three children.

Millman co-founded the world’s first graduate program in branding at New York City’s School of Visual Arts. She is the president emeritus of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), one of only five women to hold the position in the organization’s 100-year history. For 20 years, she was president of Sterling Brands, one of the world’s leading branding organizations. She credits her education at UAlbany for sparking her interest in design.

The Speaker Series

In 2008, the UAlbany Student Association conceived the Speaker Series to bring world leaders and thinkers to campus. Since its inception, the event has featured a variety of nationally-recognized icons including President Bill Clinton (Spring 2011), Earvin 'Magic' Johnson (Fall 2011), Bill Nye (Spring 2015), Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (Spring 2017) and Dan Rather (Fall 2019).

The series is sponsored by the UAlbany Student Association, Division of Student Affairs, University Auxiliary Services and the Alumni Association, in partnership with the NYS Writers Institute. View a list of past Speaker Series events.


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