Olympic gold medalist Wendy Boglioli to speak at Auburn University

AUBURN – Wendy Boglioli, a world-record-setting swimmer and Olympic gold and bronze medalist, will speak about planning for the future in her talk, “Financially Sound, Physically Strong,” on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m. in the auditorium at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

The lecture is designed to educate and motivate through stories of Boglioli’s personal experiences in both the financial and athletic realms. Boglioli says she was motivated to become an expert in financial planning when, during the 1976 Olympics, her father, who had been her swimming coach, became ill and required long-term care. While researching solutions for her parents, she learned that women disproportionately suffer the consequences of a failure to plan. Since then, she has taken up the cause of educating families about the importance of financial planning.

The free public event is sponsored by the Women’s Leadership Institute in the College of Liberal Arts in partnership with Ameriprise Financial, Kelsy R. Brown, financial advisor.

Boglioli has been featured regularly on NBC’s Dateline, ABC, Fox News and in a recent PBS documentary. She is a spokesperson for the Women’s Sports Foundation, the Sports Illustrated Speakers Bureau and the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Alumni Association. She says her talk is designed to assist others in creating their own winning strategies.

The Women’s Leadership Institute was established to help women associated with Auburn University take a proactive step in closing the gender gap created by the underrepresentation of women in politics, corporate boardrooms and the administrations of business and educational institutions. It offers a network, think tank and cutting-edge learning environment to empower all women for a lifetime of leadership.

(Contributed by Vicky Santos.)

Contact: Barbara Baker, (334) 844-6169 (bab0011@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)