The new Empowerment Through Sport Leadership Series held its first event at Boston’s Simmons College January 12th. US Olympian Angela Hucles is behind the idea, hoping to use the successes of female athletes on the national and international levels to inspire young girls both on and off the field, court or ice.

For her first event, she brought her former U.S. National Team teammates Heather O’Reilly and Heather Mitts to Boston to speak to 150 young women during a full day conference. Keynote speeches, smoothie socials and breakout sessions dotted the day’s agenda. The young athletes also heard from former U.S. Olympic figure skater Alice Cook of She’s Game Sports and Northeastern University women’s soccer head coach Tracey Leone. And last but certainly not least, 2012 FIFA Women’s Player of the Year Abby Wambach Skyped into the event for her Keynote address after a last minute change of plans kept her from physically being there. (Gotta love technology!)