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4X Olympian, CEO & Global Sports Business Leader

Angela Ruggiero

Angela Ruggiero is a leading figure in the global sports world, having served as an elite athlete, educator, administrator, innovator, advisor, and board member in the world of sport. She has been named to Sports Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 List, Forbes’ Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Sport, and is a Member of the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s Hall of Fame.

Ruggiero is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Sports Innovation Lab (https://www.sportsilab.com), a technology-powered market research firm focused on the intersection of sports and innovation. With the mission of enabling brands to create breakthrough fan experiences through technology, Sport Innovation Lab identifies and evaluates the trends, products and services driving the future of sport. Sports Innovation Lab currently services over 70 global clients through a combination of proprietary data and software and a team of analysts and strategists. 

Ruggiero has served the Olympic Movement on the administrative and board levels for over a decade. She was a Member of the International Olympic Committee (2010-2018), Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee, and the Chairperson for the IOC Athletes’ Commission, the body representing all Olympic Athletes Worldwide. She has also served on the Board of the United States Olympic Committee, Foundation Board Member of the World Anti-Doping Agency, and was the former President and board member of the Women’s Sports Foundation. 

In prior professional roles, Ruggiero served as the Chief Strategy Officer for the successful Los Angeles 2028 Candidature Committee’s bid to host the 2028 Olympics, a Senior Management Associate of the largest hedge fund in the world, Bridgewater Associates, a New Business Consultant for NBC Sports, and a Director at the New York Islanders Hockey Club. 

Ruggiero is a Member of the 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame (the 4th woman inducted), a 4-time Olympian in ice hockey–winning a Gold Medal in 1998, Silver Medal in 2002 and 2010, and a Bronze Medal in 2006–and a member of Harvard’s NCAA National Championship team in 1999. She was a 4-time All-American at Harvard, a 4-time World Champion with Team USA, and was voted as the Best Defenseman at two Olympics. She was named as the best Player in the NCAA (winning the Patty Kazmaier Award in 2004), and the best player in the world by The Hockey News

She currently serves on the International Olympic Committee’s Digital and Technology Commission, the IOC’s Ethics Commission and the IOC’s Nominations Commission, the Board of Harvard Athletics, Titletown Tech, the Boston Athletic Association, and is a Member of World Rugby’s Executive Committee. Ruggiero is a graduate of the Harvard Business School (M.B.A.), Harvard College (B.A.) cum laude, and the University of Minnesota (M.Ed.)

Reimagining the future of women’s sports.

Leading Expertise:

  • The Olympic Mindset
  • The Power of Team & Working Together to Win
  • The Value of Inclusion & Diversity
  • The Importance of Empathy & EQ

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