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Sally Roberts & Maryann Bruce

Sally Roberts

Wrestling | USA


Sally Roberts is an elite Wrestler who represented the United States in numerous World Cups. She is a retired Army soldier, sport psychology consultant and founder of Wrestle Like A Girl, Inc.®, a nonprofit organization. Sally was a resident at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center for eight years, during which she was a 3-time national champion, 2003 World Cup Champion, 2003 & 2005 World Bronze Medalist, and a 2008 Olympic Alternate. She served six years in the Army as a Psychological Operations soldier, where she volunteered for deployment in Afghanistan. She was also a member of the Army’s prestigious World Class Athlete Program and represented both the US Army and Team USA in elite athletic competitions. Sally is the youngest in her family and the first to graduate from high school. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from University of Colorado - Colorado Springs and a Master of Arts degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from University of the Rockies. She has a certification in nutrition from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. In 2016, Sally founded the nonprofit organization Wrestle Like A Girl, Inc.® on the premise that girls can do anything and that through sport, they can realize their full potential. Sally received the 2016 Women in Sport Award on behalf of United World Wrestling and the International Olympic Committee. She is a board member of USA Wrestling, the United States Olympic Committee Youth Development Working Group, and the Association for Applied Sports Psychology. She is an athlete ambassador for TrueSport, the grassroots organization for the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Sally spoke at the United Nations “Global Good” summit and participated in the Global Goals World Cup activist soccer tournament on Team Sports Equality Enforcers, promoting the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Sally and Wrestle Like A Girl, Inc.® was featured on the Megyn Kelly Today show. In 2018, Sally was named USA Wrestling’s “Women of the Year”.

Maryann Bruce

Corporate Director and Former Fortune 1 Division President & CEO 

MENTOR | IWF North Carolina

Maryann Bruce is an experienced independent director and former Fortune 100 Division President & CEO with expertise in strategy, sales, distribution, marketing, new product development, and regulatory compliance. The breadth and depth of her experience comes from serving in several executive and board leadership positions for firms of various size, including start-ups, organizational structures, and a registered investment company. Her deep understanding of building high-growth businesses coupled with her keen perspective into the financial markets brings a unique and valued point-of-view. Maryann has more than 30 years of success as a dynamic leader with full P&L responsibility in the financial services industry. Throughout her career, she developed and refined the business lines’ vision, mission and value proposition, created and implemented comprehensive market-leading strategic plans and multi media advertising campaigns including digital that increased brand awareness, enhanced company reputation and strengthened customer engagement, built award-winning teams, and drove executional excellence. Known for her client-centric approach, sound business judgement and strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills, Maryann excels at creating trust by cultivating long-term relationships while mitigating business and compliance risk. She is adept at managing crises, ranging from corporate and compliance infractions to reputational and operational risks, as well as life-threatening disasters, including being a passenger on the Miracle on the Hudson. In recognition of her leadership and expertise, Maryann was honored by Directors & Boards as one of twenty accomplished female board members in “Directors to Watch 2017: Governance Insights and Ideas from Top Women Directors”. US Banker magazine also named Maryann one of “The 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking” for her business vision, personal excellence and professional integrity.

Sally Roberts & Maryann Bruce
Sally Roberts & Maryann Bruce
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