A Conversation With Abby Wambach

A Conversation with Abby Wambach

Abby Wambach is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, Co-Captain of the 2015 FIFA World Cup title U.S. Team, and 2012 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year. Since her retirement from soccer, she has become a passionate advocate for gender pay equality. 

  • Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 2 p.m.

  • Northern Kentucky Convention Center

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Push Kick: Soccer Expo for kids aged 6-12!

The Women's Fund is hosting a morning soccer expo for children aged 6-12 with Abby Wambach on Saturday, March 25, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the University of Cincinnati Athletics Campus. Kids will learn cool drills, kicks and shots from Abby herself with the help of University of Cincinnati soccer players. Tickets are $30 and will go on sale in on Thursday, February, 16 at 10 a.m.

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FAQ's: Gearing up for Abby!

Q: How many ways can I kick it with Abby?  

There are two main ways to kick it with Abby! Check the "day at a glance" graphic above to plan your day.

Option 1: Push Kick! Soccer expo (sorry, it's just for the kids)

Option 2: A Conversation with Abby Wambach! (for all!)

FYI - "Push Kick" is a style of kick commonly used in soccer that allows you to send a highly accurate, short pass to teammate. Cool, right? 

Q: How much is general admission to A Conversation with Abby Wambach? 

General admission for this event is $50 and it includes access to the one hour pre-reception at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. We’ve got the goods, too! Tasty hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and the company of about 1000 of our closest friends. 

Q: I am interested in getting tickets for a group. How much are tickets?

Group pricing is available now for groups of 15 persons or larger. This special pricing gets you all of the perks of general admission plus you get to sit together. Win! If you’re interested in this option, give Lauren Jones a call at 513-768-6123 to get started.

Q: What is a host and/or hostess?

Hosts and/or Hostesses are a special designation of individuals who desire to be closely connected to The Women’s Fund. These are our people and they lift up our work often. We’d love to invite you to this consider this level of involvement. 

At this exclusive ticket level, you’ll receive access to the one hour pre-reception, your name printed in the program, super-sweet seating at the event, an invitation to the VIP Reception after the speech where you can meet and have a photo opportunity with Abby Wambach and a copy of her memoir, Forward

Pricing for this level is $250 for one person or $500 for two people. There is limited availability for hosts and hostess tickets (we’ve got less than 20 spots left). To purchase your Host or Hostess ticket today online, scroll up! Go for it!

Q: Is this event appropriate for all ages? I have an 8, 12 and a 15 year old.
Yes, this event is appropriate for youth – though, mature subject matter may be briefly referenced or discussed. Should make for interesting dinner conversation.

Q: Can men come to this? 
We love men. Get connected with us to learn more about a happy hour we host every fall in their honor. 

Yes, this event is appropriate for men – though, mature subject matter may be briefly referenced or discussed. Besides, we need more men to champion this work. 

Q: What is the attire? 
Come as you are. I mean, we’ll be fancy because it’s our event – but you should come as you are. Trust me, we’ll envy your sneakers by 3:35 pm. We're The Women's Fund, where the D is silent!

Q: Where can I find out more?
We have this really great website! www.cincinnatiwomensfund.org. We tend to keep a lot of interesting information there. Oh, look! You're already here!

Q: What about parking at the Convention Center?
To avoid a major traffic back up, we suggest you get there early! Plus, there are FOUR parking garages across the street and around the convention center, Marriott Garage, Open Air Lot, RiverCenter Garage, and Kenton County Parking Garage. That’s about 2800 spaces. Here’s a handy link for you.

Join the 'in" crowd

Be a host or hostess for this event! You will have the opportunity to meet (and get a selfie!) with Abby at the VIP reception following the speech and you will also get a signed copy of her memoir. Here is more about becoming a host or hostess [PDF]. If you are ready to purchase, we have 2 ways you can do so: 

  • By with a credit card online
  • By check and mailing to The Women’s Fund, 200 West Fourth Street, Cincinnati OH 45202 with adding to the memo line “Kickin it with Abby!”

Get your company front and center

Sponsorships available now [PDF]

Our Interviewer - Betsy M. Ross 

Betsy M. RossEmmy® award winning sports reporter Betsy M. Ross is president of Game Day Communications, a sports and entertainment communications firm based in Cincinnati and founded in 2002. In October of 2010, her first book titled Playing Ball with the Boys: The Rise of Women in Men’s Sports was released to a national audience. 

As one of the first women to break into national sports news, Ross most recently worked as an anchor at ESPN for five years. Before anchoring SportsCenter and ESPNews, Ross worked at NBC News Channel and Cincinnati’s NBC affiliate, WLWT‐TV, for seven years, where she covered the 1996 Presidential Election and Inauguration and the 1996 Atlanta Games. 

She continues to be involved in sports broadcasting as play‐by‐play anchor for women’s college basketball for ESPN, Fox Sports and other national and regional outlets, and as a sports reporter for Cincinnati’s FOX 19. She won a regional Emmy® for her work on the broadcast of the Lauren Hill Mt. St. Joseph-Hilliard College basketball game at Xavier University in November 2014. She is also the in‐stadium marketing talent for the Cincinnati Bengals and handles the public address announcing for University of Cincinnati women’s basketball, soccer and lacrosse. 

She teaches a master’s level course, Sports and PR, at Xavier University and most recently taught a Sports Journalism course in the Media School at Indiana University. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Ball State and a master’s at the University of Notre Dame. 

More about A Conversation With...

In 2012, The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation created a signature event to celebrate Women’s History Month. We invited a female history maker to speak in an intimate setting – where she could share her journey, her triumphs and her obstacles with our supporters.

Our Past Speakers:

  • In 2016, Cokie Roberts joined us to share her wisdom gained from being an NPR correspondent, political commentator, award-winning broadcaster, and best-selling author. "Investing in women and girls keeps a country out of poverty," she said at our event. See photos from this inspiring event on Flickr!
  • In 2015, we welcomed Lisa Ling to share her experience as a groundbreaking journalist and a human rights advocate.
  • In 2014, we welcomed Sen. Olympia Snowe to share her experience as the first woman to serve in both chambers of her state’s legislature as well as both chambers of the United States Congress.
  • In 2013, we welcomed Phyllis S. Sewell (video) – the first female Senior Vice President of Federated (now Macy's), the first female executive officer of a Fortune 500 company in Cincinnati and a veteran of many corporate boards.
  • For our first year in 2012, we invited Marian Spencer, civil rights activist who fought to desegregate Coney Island and went on to become the first African-American woman to serve on Cincinnati’s City Council.

See our 2016 Photos

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