Speaker Highlight: Joanna Lohman

Joanna Lohman has grit, that’s for sure. She’s lost her job, injured her back, and lived in least three countries whose languages she did not speak, but the words she chooses to sum up this experience are, “I do what I love, and I love what I do.” Joanna is a professional soccer player, a member of the Washington Spirit in the National Women’s Soccer League, and as she says, she does nothing by halves.

The National Women’s Soccer league pays their players roughly the Massachusetts minimum wage – less than $50 a day. The women on these teams don’t get mansions or celebrity-level media attention, and their league has folded twice in the last ten years. But when we asked Joanna what her life is like, that’s not what she talked about. What she talked about is how she loves when girl soccer players show up to her games and ask for autographs and photos; she told us about how she admires soccer as a universal language, a way for people around the globe to connect. She explained how lucky she is to do her favorite thing every day, and how she can’t imagine doing anything else.

Joanna, like many of our TEDxBeaconStreet speakers, has not had it easy. Her dedication to soccer has driven her over a somewhat rocky road, and she tells her story with exhilaration and pride. She sets an example of someone dedicated to excellence, and pursues the thing that she loves with integrity. To learn more about Joanna’s extraordinary story, watch her TEDx talk below!