Welcome to the latest episode of Fundamentals with Ian Thomas, a Front Office Sports interview show featuring leading operators and voices of the sports industry.
On Tuesday May 19th, we will be joined by Angela Ruggiero, CEO/Co-Founder of the Sports Innovation Lab and a four-time Olympian who is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
More about Angela Ruggiero…
(extended bio courtesy Sports Innovation Lab)
She is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Sports Innovation Lab, a technology powered market research firm focused on the intersection of sports and innovation- with a focus on identifying trends and evaluating technology products and services that will drive the future of sport. The Sports Innovation Lab is the only company in the world delivering objective global sports technology research, powered by a proprietary technology platform.
Ruggiero is a Member of the 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame (as just the 4th woman), 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. In her career, she was also named as the best Player in the NCAA, and the World by The Hockey News.
She currently serves on the IOC’s Digital and Technology Commission, the IOC Ethics Commission and is a Member of the International Ice Hockey Federation Athletes’ Commission. In addition, through Sports Innovation Lab’s partnership with the NFLPA, Ruggiero is a Board Member of the NFLPA’s One Team Collective, the first athlete-driven accelerator.
Ruggiero has served the Olympic Movement on the administrative and board levels for almost a decade. She was a Member of the International Olympic Committee (2010-2018), Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (2016-2018), the organization overseeing the Olympic Movement, and the Chairperson for the IOC Athletes’ Commission (2016-2018), the body representing all Olympic Athletes Worldwide. She has also served on the Board of the United States Olympic Committee (2010-2018), Foundation Board Member of the World Anti-Doping Agency, and Former President and board member of the Women’s Sports Foundation. Ruggiero, was also the Chief Strategy Officer for the Los Angeles 2028 Candidature Committee.
Ruggiero is a graduate of the Harvard Business School (M.B.A.), Harvard College (B.A.), and the University of Minnesota (M.Ed.).