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Harriet Dumba
Co-Founder, Southern Sudanese Women's Association

Harriet Dumba grew up in Southern Sudan and was forced to move as a young child to refugee camps in Uganda and Kenya. In 1995, at age 15, she was resettled to the U.S. and became a naturalized citizen, attending Garfield High School and the University of Washington, where she earned a Masters of Public Health and Community Medicine. A certified HIV/AIDS instructor with the American Red Cross, Dumba has worked for the United Nationals High Commission for Refugees in Southern Sudan, and is committed to creating leadership around HIV/AIDS prevention in war-torn areas. As co-founder of the Southern Sudanese Women's Association with Agnes Oswaha, Dumba helps newly resettled Sudanese adjust to life in the U.S. Click here to learn more about Harriet Dumba.

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Carolyn Kelly
President & COO, The Seattle Times

Carolyn Kelly joined The Seattle Times as a financial analyst in 1977, moving through the ranks to hold positions including marketing/news business director; VP/chief financial officer and senior vice president/general manager. In 2001, she was named the newspaper's President and Chief Operating Officer, joining a handful of women in the U.S. who have risen to an executive position at a newspaper. In her position, Kelly is responsible for advertising, circulation, corporate marketing, employee resources, finance, information systems and operations. She received a bachelor's degree from Gonzaga University and an MBA from Seattle University. She received her CPA in 1976. Click here to learn more about Carolyn Kelly.

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Danielle Lawrie
2009 NCAA Champion, UW Women's Softball

Danielle Lawrie was named the 2009 USA Softball Player of the Year and the Honda Award Winner after leading the UW Huskies to the school's first national softball championship. A native of Langley, B.C., Lawrie was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Women's College World Series after pitching every inning for the Huskies and going 5-1 with a 1.88 ERA and recording 49 strikeouts in 42.2 innings. In addition, she earned First Team All-American status for the second time in her career, along with being named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, First Team All-Pac-10 and First Team All-Pacific Region. The senior-to-be already ranks fifth in Pac-10 history and 13th in NCAA history for career strikeouts. Click here to learn more about Danielle Lawrie.

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Agnes Oswaha
Co-Founder, Southern Sudanese Women's Association

Agnes Oswaha was forced to flee her home in Sudan in 1998, and was granted political asylum in the U.S. in 1999, after which she earned two bachelors' degrees and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Washington. In addition to co-founding the Southern Sudanese Women's Association with Harriet Dumba, Oswaha is chair of the Sudanese Outreach for Save Darfur Washington State, is a board member for South Sudan Women's Empowerment Network and is a volunteer mentor for the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan. She is a recipient of the UW's Karin Stromberg Award for Contributions to Social Justice and Academic Excellence. Click here to learn more about Agnes Oswaha.