Soccer Hall of Famer Abby Wambach Chats with Uber about Unleashing Power
Back in May of this year, soccer legend Julie Foudy surprised another superstar, Abby Wambach, with the news that she would be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Fast forward to this past weekend, and Wambach was given the coveted Hall of Fame’s red jacket in Frisco, Texas. But before this exciting event, the FIFA World Cup Champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist stopped by Uber to talk about her new book, Wolfpack, which is all about how to unleash power and change the game.
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Janelle Sallenave, Regional General Manager for Uber Eats, sat down with Wambach and asked her what Wolfpack was about. After discussing how much she missed her teammates and being a part of a team, Abby poignantly stated, “The whole premise of this book and the reason why I wrote it, is that everybody has access to creating their own specific personal Wolfpack whether it’s here at Uber or at home.”
During her time in professional sports, Wambach has seen her share of wolfpacks, although not many that were exclusively comprised of women. Men have what some call an “old boys club,” and Abby wanted one of her own. She wanted a group of women that would help her be stronger and encourage her to harness her abilities, and to return that favor to those women. Sallenave agreed with Wambach’s sentiments, claiming that a wolfpack “allows you to find purpose and through that purpose, the people who share a similar belief system will be there to push you forward and support you when you need it.”
Uber has had its fair share of controversy due to sexism and sexual harassment within the ranks. But with new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi at the helm, the rideshare service is hoping to rebrand for the better. In an introductory “Moving Forward” video, Khosrowshahi explained how he’s planning to do more to listen to riders and drivers to create an improved culture for the company. Hosting Abby Wambach, an outspoken queer woman and outstanding athlete, at its headquarters is surely a good start.