Women's Sports Foundation
CEHD degree: M.Ed., Sport Management
A four-time Olympic medalist, Angela Ruggiero is one of the most prominent women’s ice hockey players in the world. She is currently pursuing an MBA at Harvard, while promoting sport and physical activity for girls and women with the Women’s Sports Foundation. In 2010, Angela was elected to the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission, where she is also chair of the 2016 Lillehammer Youth Olympics Coordination Commission.
What is a fun fact about you?
I grew up in Los Angeles, but never surfed.
What is your favorite memory from the University of Minnesota?
Class with Jo Ann Buysse! She is a great professor and challenged us to think big, especially regarding the role of women in the sports world. She is an inspiration.
When you have free time, what do you do?
I learn a new sport...squash, yoga, basketball...I am trying to find ways to enjoy sport outside of the elite level. It will always be a part of my life. I'm usually studying for class if I have spare time. Business school is a grind!
What gets you excited about work?
The chance to change the world, whatever that may be. We can all make a difference. I love envisioning ways business can help make our lives better in some way. I guess I'm an entrepreneur at heart!
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A hockey player. In second grade, I wore my gear to career day.
What was the impact and benefit of your experience in CEHD?
It allowed me to continue to grow as a student while I prepared for the 2010 Olympics. I give a lot of credit to Jo Ann Buysse and the entire group at the Tucker Center, especially Nicole LaVoi, for their efforts to advance girls and women in sport. The lessons I learned at the U of M will continue to assist me in my various roles.