Wednesday, May 4th Keynote Speaker: Colleen Hacker, Ph.D.

The 2016 annual conference will begin on Wednesday, May 4th with a keynote speech on the topic "The Secrets of the Slight Edge: What the Best of the Best do Better."

We are pleased and honored to welcome Dr. Colleen Hacker as the opening speaker for the 2016 WRPA Annual Conference.

Dr. Hacker has served as the U.S. Women’s National Team’s Mental Skills Coach since 2011. She is an internationally recognized authority on the psychology of peak performance and a sports psychology consultant. Dr. Hacker has served as the Sport Psychology Consultant to the Women’s U.S. National Soccer Team since 1996. During her tenure, the National Team won a Gold Medal at the 1996 Olympic Games, the 1998 Goodwill Games and the 1999 World Cup. Named as an Assistant Coach in 2000, Dr. Hacker helped lead the National Team to a Silver Medal at the Sydney Olympic Games and a third place finish in the 2003 World Championships. The team also won a Gold Medal in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. The United States is the only country in the world to finish in the top three of every major world championship in soccer history.

In addition to her work with the National Soccer Team, Dr. Hacker works with professional, international and Olympic athletes in a variety of sports. Her strategies for peak performance are sought by corporations, business groups, professional sport teams, civic organizations and both print and television media.

With more than 30 years of experience in higher education, she is currently a Professor in Kinesiology at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Dr. Hacker has conducted extensive, applied research in the field of sport psychology with particular emphasis on peak performance, team building, leadership, mental toughness and psychological skills training for excellence.

We are certain this is a keynote presentation you won’t want to miss!

The Secrets of the Slight Edge: What the best of the best do better

Dr. Hacker will share her insights for generating higher performance in yourself and in teams you manage. These insights include:

  • "Pressure is a privilege"
  • "Don't burn out someone else's candle so yours can burn brighter"
  • How to rekindle passion at work
  • Preparation, and how to work smarter, not harder
  • Act on deficiencies. Consider what is hardest for you--a Call to Action
  • Gain perspective. What are you not seeing? Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work

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