Foudy is one of the most accomplished female soccer players in the world, perhaps best known as the retired captain and 17-year veteran of the U.S. Women’s National Team, a two-time Olympic gold medalist (1996 and 2004) and a silver medalist (2000). In her lecture, she will share experiences of her stellar career and her formula for success both on and off the field. Foudy will discuss what it takes to be an effective leader, the importance of teamwork and motivation, and how to overcome obstacles in order to achieve your goals.
Foudy’s career began with her debut at the age of 16 with the national team in 1987. She went on to play with the USA when they captured the 1991 inaugural FIFA Women’s World Cup in China, where she played every minute of every game. She was also co-captain of the 1999 team that captured the FIFA Women’s World Cup in the USA.
A graduate of Stanford University, Foudy earned a degree in biology and decided to forego her acceptance to medical school in order to pursue her dreams as a professional athlete. While at Stanford, she was a four-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American. Among her many accolades, she was named 1991 Soccer America Player of the Year, the 1989 Soccer American Freshman of the Year and a Hermann Trophy finalist in 1991 and ’92. She won Stanford’s Outstanding Athlete Award for her freshman, sophomore and junior years and was named “Soccer Player of the Decade” by The Los Angeles Times.
Currently, Foudy provides personality-driven features for ESPN studio programs — SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown — and serves as studio analyst for FIFA World Cup and MLS telecasts. She is the lead television voice (studio and game analyst) for ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC’s coverage of the quadrennial FIFA Women’s World Cups, and also covers the Olympics for ESPN.
In addition, Foudy sits on the board of Athletes for Hope (AFH), and is also on the advisory board of the American Democracy Institute (ADI). In 2006, she and her husband launched The Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy, which offers week-long programs for girls ages 12-18 and weaves together soccer instruction along with leadership training.