Two-time USA Olympian and former women’s basketball coach Sherry Winn, who led the University of Charleston’s team to two consecutive National Collegiate Athletic Association Elite Eight appearances and 11 successful seasons overall, will offer valuable leadership insight on the University of Findlay’s campus in January.
Community members are invited to attend a special leadership lunch on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 11:30 a.m. Sponsored by UF’s Office of Student Activities, Commuter Services & Leadership Development and the Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce, Winn’s public program, titled “Unleash the Winner Within You,” will be held at Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. Tickets for Hancock County Chamber of Commerce members, and UF students, faculty and staff are $20. Tickets for non-members are $25. Reservations should be made by contacting the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce at 419-422-3313 by Friday, Jan. 20. Reservations can also be made online by visiting FindlayHancockChamber.com.
Winn also will be providing professional development training for UF staff, and leadership development training for UF student leaders on Tuesday, Jan. 24.
Winn’s advice on how to lead a fulfilling and successful life is derived from personal experience as a winning athlete and coach, and from overcoming physical challenges.
As a gifted athlete, she was a member of the U.S. National Handball Team from 1981-1988, competing in more than 100 international games, including the World Championships, Pan American Games and Goodwill Games, earning gold medals in the Pan American Games. She also competed on Team USA in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. She was twice named Most Valuable Player of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, where she set 11 school records at the University of Charleston in just two years of competition.
Her coaching expertise shaped the University of Charleston women’s basketball team into memorable champions. She earned Coach of the Year during the season she took her team to a 35-5 record, winning the national championship. She is the sole coach in the history of the U.C. to take her teams to back-to-back Elite Eight Championships, during the 2004-2005 season and the following season. She was also the only person named as one of the top 25 players and top five coaches of the past quarter century in the West Virginia Athletic Conference.
Off the court, the Ohio University graduate considers her victory overcoming chronic pain as one of her most notable accomplishments. At age 33, she was told by 17 medical professionals that there was no answer to her excruciating pain. Rather than succumb to defeat, she embarked on what she characterizes as a miraculous, life-altering journey to health.
Winn’s UF presentation will focus on the fact that winning is not just about the scoreboard, but about learning to win in love, laughter and leadership too.
“Some think winners are born, have special DNA or possess an incredible lucky streak. If you think that way, you will never succeed in life,” Winn emphasizes. “You have a chance every single day to make the most of who you are and to fulfill a life where winning is your nature.”
After hearing Winn’s keynote on the WIN Philosophy, attendees will be able to:
- Define the key ingredients to success as success applies to them.
- Utilize the foundational building blocks of nurturing relationships between themselves and others.
- Nurture the two most powerful words that turn challenges into opportunities.
- Gain the secret recipe to recover quickly from past mistakes.
- Maximize your time so you do more productive work in half the time.