Boxing | United States
Angelique (Angel) Bovee began her competitive martial arts career in high school but it wasn’t until she picked up the gloves after college that she became enamored with the power, speed, and grace of Olympic boxing. Taking her newly found love on the road, she set her sights on competing in the 2004 Olympic Games, which were widely expected to be the first Olympics to include women’s boxing. In 2000, Angel won her first national title by winning the gold at the U.S. National Golden Gloves in Augusta, GA. In 2001, she won gold again and was crowned the U.S. light-middleweight Champion being ranked #1 in the US. In 2002, she was able to pull off another gold medal performance in a new weight class, being crowned the U.S. light-welterweight Champion.
Angel was one of only six athletes in the country to represent Team USA at the first two World Championships ever contested for female boxers. She went on to win multiple national titles and was ranked #8 in the world, showcasing her talent from Istanbul to Madison Square Garden. The focus of Angel’s competitive career drastically changed when she reached the mandatory retirement age for Olympic boxers without having realized her Olympic dream simply because she is female. Taking her fight outside the ring, Angel’s new mission was to work to ensure that no other female boxer would be denied their Olympic dream simply because of their gender.
In 2006, she was elected as the only female member on the USA Boxing Board of Directors, also serving as the Chair of the USAB Athlete Advisory Council where she fought tirelessly for equal respect, training resources, media exposure, and Olympic inclusion for female boxers. Through the work of many pioneering advocates, women’s boxing finally made its debut at the London 2012 Olympic Games, making London the first Olympic Games in history to have men and women represented in all sports. Angel was ringside to complete a personal journey and witness the first U.S. female boxer, 17-year-old Clarissa Shields take home the gold.
Upon retirement, Angel received the Diversity scholarship from the SUNY system and completed a master’s degree in Recreation Management. Her thesis was on the constraints and facilitators facing U.S. elite female boxers in their quest for Olympic Gold. In August of 2011, she was hired by the Adecco Group and the U.S. Olympic Committee to be a Career Coach for the Athlete Career and Education (ACE) program, an initiative that supports Olympic and Paralympic athletes by providing career services and job placement assistance during and after their athletic careers to assist in a smoother transition from the field of play to their next professional endeavor. In 2017, Angel was voted to serve on the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athlete Career Program Steering Committee to help provide guidance and best practices to the global program.
As an out LGBT athlete and advocate for her entire career, Angel Bovee has been invited to speak for various community groups and her message is one of risk-taking, resiliency, and redefinition as her fight in and out of the ring has been an incredible journey of life lessons.
CEO | Insight Shift
MENTOR | IWF Utah
Colette Herrick is the owner and CEO of Insight Shift, a Utah-based firm since 2003. A highly experienced Executive/Leadership Coach, Strategic Facilitator, and Organizational Consultant, clients have described her as “compassionately insightful.” She builds trust quickly by evoking courageous conversations through the art of skillful questions, mindful attention, and a thoughtful curiosity of each client’s unique experiences and aspirations.
Her mission is to unleash the creative capacities of leaders to envision and co-create better futures that they own. In partnership with her clients, she designs and delivers high quality learning forums that ensure a high return on their investment. From seasoned C- suite healthcare leaders and academic physicians, to educational leaders and non-profit directors, she guides transformational learning through best practices, evidence-based methods, and a wealth of professional and practical knowledge.
Early in her career, she served as the Chief Cardiac Transplant Nurse at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center, and was a pivotal contributor to the launch, development and rapid growth of that world-renowned cardiac transplant program.
In 1990 she joined a biotech division of Johnson & Johnson, a Fortune 100 company. She worked in consultative sales, designed training programs for national and international affiliates; and ultimately led a team in more than half the geographic United States. In that leadership role, she had frontline responsibility for 18-20 million dollars of revenue per year in a dynamic, complex corporate environment.
She is a Certified Integral Coach through New Ventures West, an Integrative Somatic Coach through Coaching to Excellence, has certified in the Leadership Circle Assessment Tools and Workshops, Grove Principles of Facilitation, Six-Seconds Emotional Intelligence Assessment and Workshops, Barrett Cultural Values Assessments and Tools, and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Utah.
In 2007 she was awarded the Outstanding Leader Award in Medicine and Health by the YWCA Utah and was the recipient of many leadership awards in her corporate roles.
In community affairs, she is the Past President of the Board of Directors of the YWCA Utah; serves on the Governing Board of Directors of Park City Hospital and Salt Lake Acting Company; and is the current President of Utah Women’s Forum.
With an abiding appreciation for the natural world, she enjoys hiking in beautiful places with her partner and two dogs.