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Olympic Gold Medalist Angela Hucles to Keynote Nichols College Empowering Women in Business Conference

DUDLEY, Mass.—The Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL) at Nichols College will host the 7th annual Empowering Women in Business Conference Thursday, March 23, 2017, from 1 to 7 p.m. Olympic gold medalist Angela Hucles, chief empowerment officer of Empowerment Through Sport, is the keynote speaker. Her talk is scheduled to start at 2 p.m., and it will be held in Daniels Auditorium on Center Road.

“Attendees love the sense of community and the positive energy at every Empowering Women in Business Conference,” said Professor Jean Beaupré, faculty director of the IWL, whose mission is to develop the leadership potential of female students and serve as a resource and authoritative community voice on women’s leadership. “It brings together women of all ages to learn and be inspired and creates a supportive environment. At Nichols College, we are big believers in the power of lifelong learning, professional development, and networking, and the conference provides an opportunity for all three.”

Hucles is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist for U.S. Soccer (2004 and 2008), two-time Women’s World Cup Bronze Medalist (2003 and 2007), former professional soccer player for the Boston Breakers, and the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s 2009 Humanitarian of the Year. Serving as president of the Women’s Sports Foundation (2014-2016) founded by Billie Jean King and covering the 2012 Olympics for NBC and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup for FOX as a sports broadcaster and analyst, she combines sports and leadership to serve as a conduit of inspiration and empowerment when she speaks to groups and works with athletes.

“At the Nichols College Empowering Women in Business Conference, I hope to inspire and empower attendees in reaching their goals and dreams, and ultimately living their best lives,” Hucles said. "I am looking forward to sharing stories with the other women at the conference.”

With over 30 years’ experience in the sports industry, Hucles launched Empowerment Through Sport, a sports leadership and wellness lifestyle brand that helps collegiate- and elite-level athletes navigate the career transition process and youth athletes develop confidence and leadership skills that benefit them in all areas of life.

“Nichols College is honored to welcome Angela as the keynote at this year’s Empowering Women in Business Conference,” said Professor Beaupré. “She is so impressive, not just for her athletic prowess as an Olympian, but also because of what she has accomplished to encourage future leaders. Her motivating messages will resonate with all, athletes and non-athletes alike.”

Conference goers are encouraged to share their interest in business with accomplished women in the field and with those just launching their careers. In addition, several concurrent sessions have been designed for personal and professional development. Session topics include: learning strategies to break through roadblocks to success; boosting productivity; social media techniques; using emotional intelligence to become a high-performing leader; and preparing for retirement. There will be opportunities to network with other women throughout the event. A light buffet is included. The evening ends with a door prize and several raffle items.

Earlier this month, the IWL published its second edition of the biennial Massachusetts Women’s Leadership Index, which measures the percentage of women who serve in positions such as CEO and board member in business, nonprofit organizations, and public entities in the state. According to the Index, women represent 51 percent of the U.S. population yet only 20 percent make up the U.S. Congress; 5.3 percent are CEOs of S&P 500 companies; 18.6 percent hold corporate board seats; and they experience a wage gap of 17 percent (for every dollar a man earns, a woman earns 83 cents). The Index also notes that at the current rate of change, women won’t reach parity in corporate board seats or wages for nearly four decades, and it could be more than a century before women have equal representation in U.S. Congress.

The Empowering Women in Business Conference is open to the public and costs $25. Nichols community members and students may attend at the reduced rate of $10. To register, please click here.

“We are proud of the value we are able to offer conference participants, with thanks to our very generous sponsors,” said Professor Beaupré.

Sponsors are bankHometown, Barnes & Noble College, Brush It Off Paint & Sip Bar, CATIC, Dexter, Gentex, Kerrin Graphics & Printing., The Hanover Insurance Group, Harrington HealthCare System, Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare, hint, IPG Photonics, Northeast Security, Reliant Medical Group, Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center, Southbridge Savings Bank, Vibram, Webster Five, Wilson Language Training, Worcester Business Journal, and WEBCO.


Nichols College is a college of choice for business and leadership education as a result of its distinctive career-focused and leadership-based approaches to learning, both in and out of the classroom. Founded in 1815, Nichols transforms today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business and professional education. Nichols serves students interested primarily in a comprehensive business education that is supported by a strong liberal arts curriculum.


Lorraine U. Martinelle
Director of Public Relations and Social Media
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