Rhonda Vetere is a woman to watch if you’re looking to level up your fitness and smash goals. Her life as a global tech leader and high-endurance, corporate athlete inspires and changes lives all around the globe.
She’s a Global C-Suite executive, world renowned STEM activist, high-endurance athlete. She’s also author of Grit & Grind. the ultimate guide for “living an extraordinary life.” Not to mention, Vetere was named one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council in 2019 and 2020, and one of the Most Influential Businesswoman in Technology.
Well-known as an internationally highly-respected endurance athlete, Vetere has completed 92 races including multiple Ironman 70.3s, and was crowned an Ironman Bronze All-World Athlete as a result of her performance in the top ten percent of her age group in both the 2018 and 2019 race seasons.
If you don’t know what an Ironman entails, just know it’s not an activity you can master in your spare time over the weekend. It is a grueling single-day race covering a total of 70.3 miles, combining a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bicycle ride, and a marathon 13.1-mile run. So far, Vetere’s completed 14 Ironman events.
And when she’s not traveling all over the world to help teach and inspire others in technology, Vetere makes (not finds) the time to mentor Olympic athletes, Navy SEALs and others while training for multiple races. In 2022 Vetere went on and founded Aligned Alliance, and road on an eight-person team for Race Across America (RAAM), a 3,070-mile bicycle race from Oceanside, CA, to Annapolis, MD.
Next on Vetere’s Schedule
In 2023, Rhonda Vetere will participate in a handful of Ironman 70.3 events, including the St. George 70.3 Ironman. In addition, she has a 55-mile-long endurance run on the books and several marathons including her seventh year in a row partaking in the New York City Marathon.
So, how does she do it? How does she consistently and successfully balance her work life, personal life, and training for sports? Vetere explains the connection between STEM and sports and provides her top tips for staying on track.
The Connection Between Sport and STEM
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is one of Vetere’s passions as she sees an eye-opening connection between STEM and sport. “There are positive correlations between the mindset in STEM, athletics, and the business world, ” says Vetere. “In technology, we are always pivoting, adapting, innovating, reverse engineering, correlating, problem-solving, being creative, and focused on an end goal,” she explains. Much like sports.
Vetere recognizes this relationship and practices it daily. As a top female leader in technology and global STEM advocate, Vetere is committed to using her platform through sports to show what it takes to lead day in and day out in the C-Suite, and how certain athletic skills can translate directly into those environments.
How Rhonda Vetere Conquers All
When it comes to training and preparing for races, Vetere is all business. Planning her racing event schedule out over a year in advance so she can overlay her work demands, fitness regimen, and other important life milestones in the calendar.
As soon as the marathons, Ironman 70.3s, and race schedules are released, Vetere plans her year accordingly, including her training and nutrition.. Giving 100 percent to find success in both her business and athletic pursuits, Vetere knows how to stay focused.
Here’s a close look at her dedication and how she stays on track.