SPEAKER BIOS

Five #ChooseToChallenge Sessions Over Two Days

Sunday, March 7 & Monday, March 8, 2021

Monday Evening Keynote

Regarded as the world’s premier point guard, Sue Bird is a universally celebrated star and the WNBA’s All-Time Leader in Assists. She is known for being selfless, driven, encouraging, funny and smart and receives regular coverage for her fashion prowess. Seemingly ageless and playing some of the best basketball of her career at 40, she is one of only seven women to win an Olympic Gold Medal (she’s won four), a World Championship Gold Medal (she’s won four) an NCAA Championship (she’s won two), and a WNBA Championship (she’s won four).
Sue is also a five-time Euroleague Champion, an eleven-time WNBA All-Star, was voted by the fans as one of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All Time. Off the court, Sue spends time as a basketball analyst for ESPN, as a front office executive with the Denver Nuggets and advocating for equality, LGBTQ+ rights, Black Lives, universal health and wellness and expanding opportunities for girls.

A former Microsoft executive, Dawn Trudeau served as chairperson for Force 10 Hoops from 2009-13 and is president of the Seattle Storm Foundation, and for the past 22 years has helped non-profits develop their capacity to deliver their programs with maximum effectiveness. Trudeau spent over 20 years in the software industry, 14 of which came at Microsoft, where she held a variety of executive leadership positions. Her time in the software industry has seen stints in general management, product development, marketing and business systems capacities. Committed to assuring that women and girls have the opportunity to compete at any level, Trudeau has been 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 Seattle, Social Venture Partners International and she currently serves as Chair of the Microsoft Alumni Network Board. She focuses her energy on early learning and socio-economic programs and anti-racism that help provide equal opportunity for all people to develop economic security and personal success.

Jessamyn McIntyre is an Executive Producer for Q13 FOX in Seattle. She is also the sideline reporter for Washington State Football’s radio broadcast, having held that position since 2012. She sideline reports for Major League Rubgy on ROOT Sports, ESPN, FS1 and CBS Sports. This year she was also the sideline reporter for the Seattle Seahawks radio broadcast.

Monday Happy Hour

As Vice President, Community Engagement & Social Impact for the Seattle Kraken, Mari Horita is in charge of developing and advancing the organization’s social impact vision and strategy, forming and running the team’s charitable foundation, and co-leading all DE&I initiatives. Prior to joining the Seattle Kraken, Mari was President and CEO of ArtsFund. In this role Mari crafted and implemented the organization’s strategic direction, as well as oversaw all operations, governance, fundraising, external relations, and programs for ArtsFund.

Mari has served on a number of nonprofit and industry boards and commissions including ArtsFund, United Way of King County, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Asian Bar Association of Washington, Washington Appleseed, Bertschi School, Densho, University of Washington Alumni Association, YouthCare, and the Seattle Arts Commission. She currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Downtown Seattle Association, the Seattle Center Foundation Board, and the Advisory Board of Copper Strategic. A lawyer by training, Mari practiced commercial real estate law at Bogle & Gates, and later Dorsey & Whitney and K&L Gates. She has presented on a number of topics including nonprofit governance, art law, creative placemaking, DE&I, and strategic planning at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, Seattle University MFA in Arts Leadership, United Way of King County’s Project LEAD, Leadership Tomorrow, the Washington State Bar Association, and the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County, among others.

Entering her 20th season with the club, Amy Sprangers serves as the Seahawks Senior Vice President of Revenue. In her role, Amy leads revenue generation across sponsorship, ticketing, suites, and local media rights. She leads passionate, high performing, revenue-driven teams that cultivate authentic, innovative, impactful partnerships and measurably grow both the Seahawks’ business and that of its partners. Amy joined the Seahawks organization in 2001 as a Director of Corporate Partnerships, where she was part of the management team that opened CenturyLink Field. In 2004, she was promoted to Managing Director of Suite Sales & Service where she led an expansion of premium suite inventory, adding a total of 40 new suite locations. She was named Vice President of Corporate Partnerships & Suites in 2014, and led a team that set franchise records for full season suites sold, ranking 12th in the NFL in suite revenue despite being 25th in inventory. Her teams have driven impressive revenue growth, including 41% and 72% increases for corporate partnerships and suites, respectively. Additionally, her teams have cultivated activation strategies that have resulted in steady increases in brand engagements for the team’s corporate partners each year. Notably, Amy also led the naming rights extension negotiation for CenturyLink Field, one of the top three busiest stadiums in the NFL with more than 300 event days and over 2.4 million visitors annually. The Seahawks brand continues to be one of the strongest in professional sports, both locally and nationally, holding a Top 5 NFL ranking in broadcast ratings, web visitors, and social engagement. In 2018, Amy was promoted to her current role as Senior Vice President of Revenue, adding season tickets to her management responsibilities and now overseeing a team that enters the 2020 season with 146 consecutive sellouts and a 97-percent season ticket renewal rate for the eighth-consecutive year

Stacy Rost is one half of “Jake & Stacy,” a sports radio program that airs weekdays 11am-2pm on 710 ESPN Seattle. Rost began her career in sports as a writer and digital content producer at CBS Radio Seattle in 2014 before transitioning to the same role with Bonneville in 2017. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and is from SeaTac, WA.

Sunday Sessions

Kaylee Allen was born and raised in Edmonds, Washington and attended Berklee College of Music to receive her degree in Music Therapy.  She specializes in using music therapy in dementia care.  She is the founder of Seattle Music Therapy and co-founder of The Creative Dementia Collective. Kaylee is a firm believer in the healing power of music and spends much of her time educating folks in the Pacific Northwest about Music Therapy.  As part of this mission she trains student music therapists and post-baccalaureate interns from Seattle Pacific University on their way to becoming board-certified music therapists.

Cynthia Andrews is the Sr. Marketing and Communications Manager for Homage Senior Services. She often claims that her best career move was turning 50 years old. With a passion for the elders in her community, She is the editorial lead for the homage newspaper and leads the advocacy efforts at Homage, following bills that affect older adults. Ms. Andrews also serves on the local organizations such as Executive Board for Snohomish County NAACP, President of Seattle Girls Empowerment Foundation, VP of Seattle Chapter of The Girl Friend Inc. and a member of several committees on aging, She is a dynamic public speaker, captivating her audience with her real=topics and delivering with grace, wit and her amazing smile. Cynthia has written articles in many publications, local blogs, and newsletters and has hosted her own talk radio show called Living it Up After 50, addressing aging issues in ALL communities. Her goal is to help usher everyone she meets through the greatest time of their lives…. Fifty-Plus!

Alicia Crank is the Chief Development Officer for AtWork!, a highly supportive and innovative conduit between people with disabilities and employers in the community. Prior to this role, she was a leader in major fundraising and partnership roles at YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish, CityYear Seattle and Washington Business Week.

A Detroit native, Alicia held several leadership positions in corporate banking, education, business and the nonprofit sector in Silicon Valley. Having moved to Greater Seattle in 2014, she is now one of only a few women of color in corporate philanthropy. Alicia has served on several boards and commissions centered around equity and inclusion, and currently serves as Vice Chair on City of Edmonds Planning Board as well as Chair of the Snohomish County / Paine Field Airport Commission.

Dawn Hamid is a Project Assistant at Sellen Construction but her heart is as the Outreach Director for Black Coffee Northwest. Dawn has a passion for helping people in a community where the ones who need it most aren’t seen or heard. There are huge gaps in how we help our community. She has taken her experience and hardships and created a system that has reached more people than she imagined. Dawn is excited to learn more to create better systems that work. She is a single mom of a brilliant 17-year-old.

Ranice Innocent is a race and equity educator and leader. She has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction and is a National Board Certified first grade teacher in Shoreline. Ranice has been teaching for 12 years and leads unapologetically and with an urgency to disrupt and dismantle racist and oppressive systems.

Perry Janssen has been a psychotherapist, adjunct faculty, writer for 30 years as well as a consultant for Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in corporations and organizations. Throughout her career, her primary commitment is a focus on Women’s Challenges at an individual and collective level. Perry is currently completing a book with an emphasis on psychological epidemics for women (self-loathing, eating/body challenges, depression/anxiety) caused by toxic culture and misogynistic education.

Former Metropolitan Opera violinist Erica Miner is now an award-winning author, lecturer and arts writer for numerous musical organizations. The third novel in her much-praised “Opera Mystery” series, Staged for Murder, was recently released. Erica regularly presents opera lectures for the Seattle Symphony, Osher Lifelong.

Learning Institute at UW and UC San Diego, Edmonds College, Wagner Societies on both coasts and numerous other venues.

Tina Wilson has worked in finance for 30 years but her real love is community. Tine currently serves on the Edmonds Kiwanis Board of Directors and the Friends of the Edmonds Library Board. She volunteers at numerous Edmonds Chamber of Commerce events, including the annual 4th of July Parade.Tina was raised in Edmonds and truly believe this is the best place in the world.

Melody Murray is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Child Mental Health Specialist. She counsels individuals, adolescents, couples and families helping them manage emotions and behaviors associated with trauma, stress, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and childhood abuse. In addition to private practice, Melody conducts mental health evaluations in the Emergency Department at Seattle Children’s Hospital and provides therapy in schools to students in crisis. Melody utilizes personal experiences as well as intensive training in trauma to help a multitude of communities become healthy, positive and productive.

Erin Staadecker has worked in the field of elder and dementia care for over eight years with over a thousand people living with dementia and their care partners. She is a Certified Independent Trainer with Positive Approach to Care, a global organization that advocates for a dementia-positive care culture and supports people along their dementia journey. Erin also works for Eldergrow, a company that offers seniors a therapeutic connection to nature through innovative gardening programs & services in long-term care settings nationwide. Erin also serves as Co-Founder and Life Enrichment Specialist with The Creative Dementia Collective, a group of young female entrepreneurs who exist to empower all people touched by dementia through expressive therapies, stigma smashing & dementia education, community engagement, and care partner support.

Jael Weinberg,MA, LMHCA, ATR-P is a mental health counselor and art therapist specializing in working with individuals living with dementia. Following her graduate studies at New York University, Jael moved to Seattle, WA and began working in the senior living industry. She has since started her own company with partners Erin Staadecker and Kaylee Allen called the Creative Dementia Collective. Jael’s area of expertise is supporting people in sharing their life stories and engaging in legacy work through art therapy.

Dr. Helene Wright has over 25 years of experience in business operations management for nonprofit and for-profit organizations and is the President and CEO of HDW Consulting which partners with people and organizations to advance equity through policy, systems, institutional, community and societal change. She specializes in research and analysis, strategic planning and consultation, and training and education strategies to address systemic barriers to racial equity to help businesses improve their business operations and foster inclusive work environments. Dr. Wright also serves on several committees and boards throughout Puget Sound and is the Environmental Chair for the NAACP of Snohomish County. In addition, she is an expert reviewer for the American Sociological Association and the American Educational Research Association. As a social scientist, she examines issues of race, class, gender, discrimination, health care inequities, criminology, and environmental racism. She has authored several papers.

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History of International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.


International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom’s Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups
campaigned for women’s equality.

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