Force 10 Hoops LLC

The Seattle Storm's ownership group, Force 10 Hoops LLC, is comprised of three Seattle businesswomen and civic leaders, all season ticket holders, who stepped forward to purchase the Storm in January 2008 so that the team would remain in Seattle. Their actions were driven by their shared commitment to the importance of giving back to the community and to the philosophy that women and girls should have the chance to compete at every level.

The group's announcement of intent to purchase the Storm was made on Jan. 8, 2008, and the purchase was approved by the WNBA Board of Governors on Feb. 28, making the Storm one of six independently owned franchises in the WNBA. Force 10 derives its name from the point on the Beaufort wind scale at which bad weather officially becomes a storm.

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Dawn Trudeau

As the chairperson for Force 10 Hoops and the president of the Seattle Storm Foundation, Dawn Trudeau is committed to giving back to her local community in order to assure that women and girls have the opportunity to compete at any level, whether in the classroom, in business, education or athletics.

Trudeau has spent more than 20 years in the software industry, including 14 years at Microsoft, where she led divisions in Database and Development tools as well as Consumer Products. For the past 13 years, she has helped emerging non-profits to develop the capacity to deliver their programs with maximum effectiveness.

Trudeau is a devoted member of numerous boards, including:

  • Board of the Economic Opportunity Institute
  • University of Washington Women's Center Advisory Board
  • Board of Social Venture Partners International
  • Microsoft Alumni Foundation Board
  • Advisory Board of the Business Partnership for Early Learning.

Trudeau focuses her energy on early learning and socio-economic justice programs that help provide equal opportunity for all people to develop economic security and personal success.

Lisa Brummel

As the senior vice president for Human Resources at Microsoft and a member of Microsoft's senior management team, Lisa Brummel manages her time between the Storm, business and various charitable ventures. For 10 years prior to her current career, she served as corporate vice president of Microsoft's Home & Retail Division. As head of this billion-dollar division, she was responsible for overseeing worldwide development and business strategy for Microsoft's line of consumer hardware and software.

During her athletic career at Yale University, Brummel was named to the Ivy League Women's Hall of Fame for Softball, received MVP honors on the All-Ivy teams for both basketball and softball, and held numerous university records. She was drafted to the Dallas Diamonds in the fourth round of the 1981 Women's Professional Basketball League (WBL) draft.

Brummel is an active philanthropist for organizations associated with Hopelink community services, the University of Washington Medical Center and Yale University.

Ginny Gilder

An experienced entrepreneur, Ginny Gilder has started several business and non-profit ventures. Gilder is currently the principal of her own investment business and president of one of her family's philanthropic entities, which invests in projects throughout the world that seek to level the economic playing field and promote social justice. She established Washington Works, a local non-profit dedicated to assisting welfare recipients obtain and retain livable-wage employment and served as the organization's first Executive Director. Gilder also serves on various non-profit boards, both locally and nationally, all focused on education or athletics.

Gilder earned four varsity letters as a rower at Yale University and was an All-Ivy Champion twice. During her freshman year, she helped usher in the post-Title IX era at Yale by participating in the now-famous Women's Crew Strip to protest the lack of equal facilities. Gilder represented the United States on four national rowing teams, including two Olympic teams. She was named to the U.S. team that boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games and in 1984 won a silver medal four years later at the Los Angeles Olympic Games. Gilder has since helped launch community rowing programs in Boston, Mass. and Derby, Conn. She received an NCAA Silver Anniversary Award for community service in 2004.

Press Room

July 2012: Dawn Trudeau is a Game Changer (More Magazine)
June 22, 2012: Title IX Shaped Force 10 Hoops
June 12, 2012: Nine Questions for Ginny Gilder on Title IX
Sept. 8, 2011: The Female Entrepreneurs Who are the Seattle Storm's Driving Force (
June 29, 2011: Force 10 Hoops at the White House
Nov. 24, 2010: With Team Success, Seattle Storm's Ownership Group Evolves, Commitment to the Community Grows
Nov. 24, 2010: Force 10 Hoops Fact Sheet
Nov. 19, 2010: Women of Influence: Lisa Brummel (Puget Sound Business Journal)
Nov. 15, 2010: Gilder Team Represents Storm in Head of the Charles
Aug. 25, 2010: Storm's Four Owners are Fans First (Seattle Times)
July 2009: Storm 10th Anniversary Video Series
Feb. 28, 2008: WNBA Approves Sale of Seattle Storm to Local Owners
Jan. 10, 2008: Strong Reaction to New Storm Ownership Group
Jan. 8, 2008: Local Ownership Group Secures Option to Purchase Storm
Jan. 8, 2008: A Force for Storm Fans