2014 Inspiring Women Honorees
The Seattle Storm is proud to announce our 2014 Inspiring Women.
Inspiring Women night, Thursday, July 24 at KeyArena
as the Storm take on the New York Liberty at 7:00 p.m.
Nicole Piasecki, Vice President and General Manager Propulsion Systems Division, Boeing
Nancy Nordhoff , Founder of Hedgebrook, Ackerley Award Winner
Jenny Durkan, United States Attorney, Western District of Washington
Nicole Piasecki | Vice President and General Manager Propulsion Systems Division, Boeing
“This award invites the power each of us has to make a difference in the lives of others – to inspire them to dream big, to do great things, things they never imagined or thought possible. The women of the Seattle Storm are role models of this positive power. We need women –and men– who aren’t afraid to take risks, to stand up for what they believe and do things that haven’t been done before. I’ve been so blessed to have women like that in my life, and I’ve tried to do for others what they have done for me.”
– Nicole Piasecki
Nicole Piasecki is vice president and general manager of the Propulsion Systems Division of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In this role, she is responsible for engine and propulsion systems strategy, procurement, contracting, engineering, and manufacturing integration for all commercial airplane programs, in addition to support for more than 12,000 in-service airplanes. She was named to the position in March 2013.
In addition to her work at Boeing, Piasecki is the vice chairman of Seattle University’s Board of Trustees and is also a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Seattle Branch and the Weyerhauser Company. She is also a member of U.S. Department of Transportation’s Future of Aviation Advisory Committee.
Previously at Boeing, Piasecki served as vice president of Business Development and Strategic Integration for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, where she was responsible for the strategic planning and analysis critical to enhancing the long-term competitiveness of the business and driving growth. Prior to that assignment, Piasecki was president of Boeing Japan, where she was responsible for developing and strengthening the company’s presence, managing business partnerships and pursuing new growth and productivity initiatives in Japan.
Earlier leadership positions at Boeing included vice president of Business Strategy & Marketing for Commercial Airplanes, and vice president of Sales, Leasing Companies, for Commercial Airplanes. She joined Boeing in 1992 as a customer engineer on the 777 program and held subsequent positions in Sales Operations and Business Strategy.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Yale University and a master of business administration degree in operations management from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania. Piasecki also has attended the Keio Business School in Japan as part of her business degree program.
Nancy Nordoff | Founder of Hedgebrook, Ginger Ackerly Award Winner
“The Ginger Ackerley Community Service Award is an honor. The chance to help others in our community and help those in need is a constant motivation. Thank you to the Storm for this award. It is another example of how the Storm takes pride in the selfless workings of those in the Seattle community.”
– Nancy Nordoff
Nancy Skinner Nordhoff was born in Seattle in 1932. She has lived continuously in the Pacific Northwest since then, with the exception of her four years at Mount Holyoke College. She has had a long career as a philanthropist, both raising money and giving it away. In 1985, Nordhoff bought a farm on Whidbey Island and turned it into a haven to support the creativity of women writers. Hedgebrook, the non-profit retreat, has since supported 1600 women writers in residence. The retreat also sponsors an annual festival for women playwrights, and regularly holds readings, performances, and workshops on the Island and in Seattle and New York.
In addition to her work with Hedgebrook, she also helped found Goosefoot, a non-profit organization based on Whidbey Island that is working to support a healthy sustainable future for South Whidbey.
Goosefoot hosts the Bayview Saturday Farmers’ Market and operates a small grocery story on the island.
Nordhoff was also one of eight women who founded Seattle’s CityClub 32 years ago.
Skinner Nordhoff has lived on Whidbey Island since the late 1980s. She received an honorary degree from Mount Holyoke College in 2004, and in 2009 was recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals for her outstanding philanthropic contributions. Senator Maria Cantwell awarded Nancy the Women of Valor Award in 2009, and in 2010 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Senior Services of King County.
Jenny Durkan | United States Attorney, Western District of Washington
“It is a great honor to receive this recognition from the Storm, a team of inspiring women. Athletic opportunity has allowed girls to challenge themselves, blaze new trails and gain confidence in so many ways. Women in all walks of life, throughout our country, are better for it.”
– Jenny Durkan
Jenny A. Durkan is the United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington. She loves all things hoops! She also serves as the top federal law enforcement officer for 19 counties in Western Washington.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Ms. Durkan to chair the Attorney General’s Advisory Subcommittee on Cybercrime and Intellectual Property Enforcement and she is a member of three other Subcommittees; Terrorism and National Security, Civil Rights and Native American Issues.
Under Ms. Durkan’s leadership, the U.S. Attorney’s office is increasing its efforts in enforcing intellectual property laws and combating the ever increasing threat of cyber/digital crimes. She is also revitalizing the office’s prosecutions in the areas of fraud and white collar crimes, environmental crimes, illegal gun sales and civil rights enforcement.
Before becoming U.S. Attorney, Ms. Durkan represented a wide variety of clients in civil and criminal cases in both state and federal court. Throughout her legal career, Ms. Durkan has played leadership roles on a variety of public policy matters. She served on the Washington State Sentencing Guidelines Commission as the first Citizen Observer on the Seattle Police Firearms Review Board and on two oversight investigations of the Seattle Police Department. She also played an advisory role in the establishment of the King County Drug Court and the Mental Health Court.
Ms. Durkan has been active in both the state and federal bar associations. She served on the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors and as a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. She also served on the Merit Judicial Selection Committee for court vacancies in the federal judiciary in Washington State. Ms. Durkan also served as a founding board member of the Center for Women and Democracy and the Seattle Police Foundation. She chaired the Washington State Attorney General’s Task Force on Consumer Privacy, which resulted in legislation that became a national model for identity theft protections.
Ms. Durkan, a Seattle-area native, graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received her law degree from the University of Washington. Consistently recognized as one of the outstanding trial attorneys in the United States, Durkan has maintained a Martindale Hubbell Preeminent AV rating and is a member in the American College of Trial Lawyers. She is a member of the Washington State and District of Columbia bars. Ms. Durkan was nominated by President Obama in May 2009 and was confirmed by a unanimous vote of the U.S. Senate on September 29, 2009.