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WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game

WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game

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WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game

4.5/5 (12 ratings)
69 pages
42 minutes
Apr 9, 2019


Based on her inspiring, viral 2018 commencement speech to Barnard College’s graduates in New York City, New York Times bestselling author, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup champion Abby Wambach delivers her empowering rally cry for women to unleash their individual power, unite with their pack, and emerge victorious together.

Abby Wambach became a champion because of her incredible talent as a soccer player. She became an icon because of her remarkable wisdom as a leader. As the co-captain of the 2015 Women’s World Cup Champion Team, she created a culture not just of excellence, but of honor, commitment, resilience, and sisterhood. She helped transform a group of individual women into one of the most successful, powerful and united Wolfpacks of all time.

In her retirement, Abby’s ready to do the same for her new team: All Women Everywhere.

In Wolfpack, Abby’s message to women is:

We have never been Little Red Riding Hood. We Are the Wolves.
We must wander off the path and blaze a new one: together.

She insists that women must let go of old rules of leadership that neither include or serve them. She’s created a new set of Wolfpack rules to help women unleash their individual power, unite with their Wolfpack, and change the landscape of their lives and world: from the family room to the board room to the White House.

· Make failure your fuel: Transform failure to wisdom and power.
· Lead from the bench: Lead from wherever you are.
· Champion each other: Claim each woman’s victory as your own.
· Demand the effing ball: Don’t ask permission: take what you’ve earned.

In Abby’s vision, we are not Little Red Riding Hoods, staying on the path because we’re told to. We are the wolves, fighting for a better tomorrow for ourselves, our pack, and all the future wolves who will come after us.

Apr 9, 2019

About the author

Abby Wambach is an American soccer player, coach, two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion, and the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year. A six-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award, Wambach has been a regular on the U.S. women’s national soccer team since 2003, earning her first cap in 2001. She is the highest all-time scorer for the national team and holds the world record for international goals for both female and male soccer players, with 184 goals. Karen Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City, American Rose, and, most recently, Liar Temptress Soldier Spy, named one of the best books of 2014 by Library Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, Amazon, and Flavorwire, and optioned by Sony for a miniseries. A native of Philadelphia, she now lives in New York City, where she's at work on her next book. 

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To our youngest daughter, Amma,

Whose howl makes me Brave.

And for all of our daughters:

May they live every moment

Knowing the Power of their Wolf

And the Love of their Pack.

Note to Reader

Since I identify as a woman, this book is written from a woman’s point of view. The leadership ideas, however, are universal.

Recently, on a call with a company hiring me to teach about leadership, a man said, Excuse me, Abby, I just need to ensure that what you present is applicable to men, too.

I said, Good question! But only if you’ve asked every male speaker you’ve hired if his message is applicable to women, too.

Women have had to find themselves within content presented from the male perspective forever. It’s essential to flip this and allow men the opportunity to find themselves within content presented from a woman’s perspective.

In this book, I use words like women, men, girls, and boys. These are not my favorite words, as I’ve always understood gender—even my own—to be on a wide, beautiful spectrum.

My dream is that people of every gender—as well as people between or beyond gender—will find themselves in these pages.

My hope is that this book becomes a leap forward for humankind.

Welcome to the Wolfpack

Imagine that you’ve been asked to give a commencement address at one of the premier women’s colleges in the nation. You’ve got fifteen minutes to stand behind a podium in a fancy robe and tell hundreds of brilliant young people everything you know about:

What makes a good life,

What makes a beautiful world, and

How to build both.

Would it make you stop and think hard about what you believe?

Would it make you feel overwhelmed and underqualified?

Might it even lead you to sweat profusely and wonder if a person who hasn’t even graduated from college should really give a commencement speech?

(Maybe that last worry was uniquely mine.)

Shortly after my retirement from soccer, I was asked to deliver such a commencement address at Radio City Music Hall to Barnard College’s 126th graduating class.

The invitation said:

We are awed by your talents on the field, but we are also moved by your commitment to issues like gender equality, pay inequity and gay rights. Our seniors would be thrilled to have you address them at this watershed moment in their lives.

I sat on my couch, read those words

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  • (5/5)
    Excellent perspectives about how traditional rules and societal norms don’t serve women well. Abby Wambach then offers new rules to change the game. Read it aloud to my college aged daughter/NCAA athlete, and it’s quickly become a favorite of hers. These aren’t just rules for athletes, but rules for life. It’s a quick, inspiring, and engaging read for all women, regardless of age.
  • (2/5)

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    Poor book. Author literally never offer new information but instead talk about her self a lot.

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