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Women of RMU Luncheon

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

GOAL KEEPING:
FROM ACCOLADES TO ADVERSITY, LESSONS FROM THE OLYMPIC ICE

RMU alumna, goalie, and two-time Olympic silver medalist Brianne McLaughlin Bittle '11 appreciates the lessons she’s learned from her own “incredible journey — a journey that has taken her from her hometown of Sheffield, Ohio, to the barrios of Nicaragua to the Olympic villages of Vancouver and Sochi. From worldwide media tours and TV appearances with the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, all the while earning a nursing degree at RMU, to hours spent training and coaching young skaters on Neville Island. Brianne is now building her own career out of her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of playing for the USA … and she’s only 26.

 “With the Olympics, there’s only a certain amount of time that people pay attention,” she noted. “So I want to get involved in whatever I can – to build up interest in women’s hockey, to help young players get a better start and to bring together my interests in healthcare, hockey and intensive competition to start my own training and motivational business.”

Brianne will share her unique insights into the rarefied world of a two-time Olympic medalist and tell you everything you’ve always wanted to know about the experiences of elite athletes outside the media limelight.

She’ll also talk about the mentors and life experiences that have inspired her, from her father and brother who provided “the carrot and the stick” approach to her hockey training to the nursing professors who helped her see for herself how changing someone else’s life changes your life forever.

Finally, she’ll talk about how she combines intensive mental and physical preparation with perseverance and a “mission focus” to compete and prevail. She’ll share what she’s learned about leadership and the secrets of a high-performance team of women. And she’ll talk honestly about how she’s tried to balance the pressures of competition with a personal life – how to find the energy and willingness to soak up and reflect back the joys that life brings along the way.

Brianne will share pictures from Vancouver and Sochi … and will take your questions. This is a great chance to get to know a shining star and share with others how her life lessons may help you navigate your own incredible journey. 

About the Women of RMU Luncheon
Founded in 1995, the Women of Robert Morris University Luncheon & Program is designed to bring you current information of interest and provide the opportunity to network with business colleagues and other alumnae. Please join us for the Spring 2014 luncheon – and don’t forget to bring plenty of business cards. Networking opportunities abound! 

HELP SUPPORT THE WOMEN OF RMU SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Since 2004, the university has awarded a scholarship to a young woman pursuing an undergraduate degree through the Women of RMU Scholarship Fund. We appreciate all those who have already donated to this worthy cause.

You can help too. Simply add a gift to your registration fee for April’s luncheon and program, and we will deposit it into the Women of RMU Endowed Scholarship Fund.