Women of Inspiration

On Friday, July 30 at 7 p.m. during a special halftime ceremony, the Storm organization will honor a group of local women who inspire us. This is the fifth year for "Women of Inspiration Night," an annual opportunity for Storm players and fans to thank those who have had an important influence on making our community strong. It is also a chance to shine the limelight on some who are rarely noticed for their work but have had a profound positive impact on those they have touched.

The 2010 Women of Inspiration:

  • Kim Bogucki, Producer and Co-Founder of the If Project (Ginger Ackerley Community Service Award)
  • Sue Rahr, King County Sheriff
  • Marilyn Smith, Executive Director and Founder of the Abused Deaf Woman's Advocacy Services (ADWAS)

Just as Seattle Storm players provide inspiration as role models for young girls and boys across the Puget Sound, many other Pacific Northwest women serve as role models every day in their own local communities. They are mothers, daughters, volunteers, public servants, business owners, entertainers and oftentimes unsung heroes whose individual contributions make our community great. These women exemplify qualities synonymous with the WNBA and the Storm:

  • Inspires others to greatness
  • A leader or pioneer in her field
  • Affects positive change within her company and/or community

Be inspired with the Storm as we honor these amazing women during a special halftime ceremony.

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Past Recipients

Patricia Barker - Retired prima ballerina with Pacific Northwest Ballet
Dr. Sutapa Basu - Executive Director, University of Washington Women's Center
Harrie Dumba - Co-Founder, Southern Sudanese Women's Association
Bonnie Dunbar, Ph. D - President and CEO of The Museum of Flight and retired NASA Astronaut
Rosa Franklin - Washington State Senator and member of the Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame
Mimi Gates - Director, Seattle Art Museum
Kathi Goertzen - KOMO 4 News
Doris Heritage - Head coach of Seattle Pacific University's women's cross country team and a former U.S. Olympic runner
Sally Jewell - President and CEO of REI
Carolyn Kelly - President & COO, The Seattle Times
Dr. Mary-Claire King - American Cancer Society professor of medicine and genome sciences at the University of Washington
Danielle Lawrie - UW women's softball
Trish Millines Dziko - Co-founder and Executive Director of the Technology Access Foundation
Karen Moyer - Co-Founder and Vice President of The Moyer Foundation
Agnes Oswha - Co-Founder, Southern Sudanese Women's Association
Ramona Pierson - Founder & CEO, SynapticMash
Mary Ellen Stone - Executive Director of the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center
Courtney Thompson - Member of the NCAA champion UW women's volleyball team
Colleen Willoughby - Founding President, Washington Women's Foundation