Abby Wambach, Equality and Inclusion Activist, to Open In-Person HR Tech

May 17, 2021 10:00:00 AM / by HR Tech

Olympic Gold Medalist and Bestselling Author will share messages of perseverance and resilience HR leaders can use to build inclusive workplaces during her opening keynote session.


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – May 17, 2021 – Soccer legend, bestselling author, and equality and inclusion activist Abby Wambach will kick off the 2021 Human Resource Executive® HR Technology Conference & Exposition®, sharing messages of perseverance and resilience with attendees. The two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and National Soccer Hall of Famer, will present on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at 3:45 p.m. ET as the opening keynote for the world’s largest and best-attended event dedicated to HR technology.

Wambach will present How HR Leaders Can Change the Game, imparting winning strategies for creating inclusive workplaces that empower and unite all drawing on the rules laid out in her best-seller “WOLFPACK”. In addition, she will explore revolutionizing leadership development by leading from nontraditional roles and redefining what it means to succeed in the context of today’s workforce. 

Wambach took to soccer at an early age, continuing to play through high school and into college before turning pro in 2002. Ascending to the sport’s highest levels, she competed in four World Cup tournaments and two Olympics, taking home countless awards and accolades, including being the first soccer player – man or woman – named Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press. Off the field, Wambach has become a staunch advocate for equal opportunity and inclusion, seeking to inspire change through her champion mindset.

Conference chair Steve Boese shared, “Abby’s career, both as a soccer player and since her retirement, has been all about making the most of every move. She knows what it takes to lead and how to get ahead while still being a part of the team. That thinking corresponds directly to what HR does, especially at this moment, with so many trying to figure out the next steps.”

As the industry’s leading independent event for more than 20 years, the HR Technology Conference focuses on driving HR success through technology, giving attendees direct access to top HR thought leaders and more than 450 solution providers. Attendees can expect to learn about actionable applications for how HR technology supports today’s new work reality across the hottest topics, including artificial intelligence in HR; hybrid workplaces; diversity, equity and inclusion; employee well-being; the employee experience and more.

This year’s in-person conference and exposition will take place September 28 – October 1, 2021 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Registration is currently open. For additional information, please visit

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