Inspiring Women

In conjunction with the WNBA's Inspiring Women platform, for the third straight year the Minnesota Lynx will be honoring women in the state of Minnesota who inspire, motivate and encourage others through personal and professional leadership. Beginning in May, the Lynx will honor one woman per month during the season who exemplifies these traits. Each winner will be awarded a team-autographed basketball in an on-court presentation and receive recognition on LynxBasketball.com in hopes that her story will inspire others. Please fill out the nomination form below if you know of someone that devotes her life to motivating those around her: View All Inspiring Women Winners,


2014 Inspiring Women Winners

Sarah Caruso July Winner | Sarah Caruso
Sarah R. Caruso has more than 30 years of combined business and non-profit leadership experience. Ms. Caruso joined Greater Twin Cities United Way as President and Chief Executive Officer in November of 2009. Greater Twin Cities United Way is the second largest among 1,200 local chapters in a worldwide network. Raising and investing over $90 million annually, the organization supports 338 Twin Cities programs at more than 180 nonprofits. United Way seeks to build community strength through supporting education, job training, health and safety net programs for the most vulnerable.

Ms. Caruso has extensive business experience. At General Mills, her responsibilities included managing large established brands such as Cheerios and Wheaties, as well as new business efforts in both retail and foodservice channels. She has received national industry awards and citations for marketing excellence.



Val Aarsvold June Winner | Val Aarsvold
As part of our Inspiring Women platform, the Minnesota Lynx would like to honor Val Aarsvold, Executive Director of the Minnesota FFA Foundation. Val Aarsvold works to support the education of the more than 25,000 young people enrolled in agricultural education, each year since 2001. Dedicated to helping young people grow their leadership and community service skills, she works to find partners who understand the value of investing in young people. Having been a classroom teacher prior to her current role with the Minnesota FFA Foundation, she has a love of students and an appreciation for the important work of teachers.

During her time with the Minnesota FFA Foundation, Val along with the dedication of board members, has grown the Foundation budget annually. The budget has grown more than 500% since 2001. When asked about her role with the Minnesota FFA Foundation, Val shares, “I feel very passionate about what I do. Young people are inspiring to be around. I am confident that they will take this country in a positive direction.”



Dorwatha Woods May Winner | Dorwatha Woods
As part of our Inspiring Women platform, the Minnesota Lynx would like to honor Dorwatha Woods, Principal of Ascension Catholic School since 1987 – finishing her 27th year this school year. Under her tenacious leadership, her vision is being realized. She recently was awarded the 2014 WEM Outstanding Educator Award from the WEM Foundation and Synergy & Leadership Exchange in “recognition of superior contributions of educators whose leadership and dedication inspire a spirit of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities outside the traditional education system and classroom”.




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