Rugby | USA
Erin Kennedy is an elite American Rugby player who has competed professionally globally. She has worked in sports administration for over nine years, focusing mostly on rugby development and administration. She is a Co-Founder of Girls Rugby and currently leads Rugby Canada's Mass Participation Rugby Programs. Erin brings with her experience from her time with USA Rugby as a Youth Development Manager, where she managed mass participation programs like “Rookie Rugby” and pioneered “Try on Rugby”, a female-specific development program for rugby across the United States. Erin has also worked for Rugby Americas North, developing youth rugby and women's rugby programs in the Caribbean and Mexico. Previously, Erin coordinated programs for the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland, focusing on the Youth Olympic Games. She is also a World Rugby Educator and coaches at the youth, high school and adult club levels. Erin holds a Master's degree in Sport and Performance Psychology, is a USA Rugby certified coach and referee, and is a passionate advocate for the growth of youth and women's rugby in North America. She is also the author of The Value of Rugby, a children's book aimed at teaching the core values of rugby.
President & CEO | Bridges to Prosperity
MENTOR | IWF Colorado
Avery Bang is the President and CEO of Bridges to Prosperity (B2P), a nonprofit organization that provides isolated communities with access to essential health care, education and economic opportunities by building footbridges over impassable rivers. Under her leadership, B2P has connected over one million people around the world, while being recognized as one of the top 10 social enterprises in the world by Classy, the #1 digital fundraising platform globally. Avery was named one Engineering News Record (ENR)’s Newsmakers; was selected as one of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) top ten engineers under 30 and later received the prestigious ASCE President’s Medal. She was featured in the IMAX film Dream Big and has spoken on stages ranging from TED to the UN. Avery is a Distinguished Young Alumni of The University of Iowa where she completed degrees in Studio Art and Civil Engineering while being on a Division 1 soccer scholarship. She later attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where she completed a MSc in Geotechnical Engineering, and she earned an MBA from the Säid Business School at the University of Oxford, where she was nominated by her peers as a graduation speaker. Avery recently received an honorary doctorate degree from Clarkson University.