Lawrie To Be Honored At Upcoming Storm Game

Aug. 10, 2009

SEATTLE - For the fourth year, the Seattle Storm will honor a group of accomplished women who are leaders in their respective fields and have had a profound influence on the community and this year Washington softball player Danielle Lawrie will be one of those women honored.

The four honorees will be recognized at a special halftime ceremony at KeyArena during the Storm's Aug. 22 'Women of Inspiration Night' game against the Indiana Fever.

'As we celebrate our 10th Anniversary season, we are proud to continue our tradition of shining the spotlight on women who have done so much for our community through their leadership and dedication to excellence,' said Seattle Storm President and CEO Karen Bryant. 'This night reaffirms the Storm's commitment to providing young girls and boys with inspiring role models, and to demonstrate how much you can accomplish when you work hard to reach your goals.'

Each honoree chosen as 'Women of Inspiration' exemplifies qualities synonymous with the Storm and the WNBA, including someone who inspires others to greatness, serves as a leader or pioneer in her field and affects positive change within her company and/or community. This year's honorees are Harriet Dumba and Agnes Oswaha, co-founders of the Southern Sudanese Women's Association; Carolyn Kelly, president and chief operating officer at The Seattle Times; and Danielle Lawrie, the 2009 USA Softball Player of the Year who led the University of Washington Huskies to the NCAA Division I National Softball Championship.

About the 2009 Women of Inspiration honorees:

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.

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.

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

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.

Previous Storm Women of Inspiration honorees include Patricia Barker, retired prima ballerina with Pacific Northwest Ballet; Dr. Sutapa Basu, executive director of the Women's Center at the University of Washington; Bonnie Dunbar, Ph. D, president and CEO of The Museum of Flight and retired NASA Astronaut; Trish Millines Dziko, co-founder and executive director of the Technology Access Foundation; Rosa Franklin, Washington State Senator and member of the Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame; Mimi Gates, director of the Seattle Art Museum; Kathi Goertzen, anchor at KOMO 4 News; Doris Heritage, head coach of the Seattle Pacific University's women's cross country team and a former U.S. Olympic runner; Sally Jewell, president and CEO of REI; Dr. Mary-Claire King, American Cancer Society professor of medicine and genome sciences at the University of Washington; Karen Moyer, co-founder and vice president of The Moyer Foundation; Ramona Pierson, founder and CEO of SynapticMash; Mary Ellen Stone, executive director of the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center; Courtney Thompson, member of the NCAA champion UW women's volleyball team, and Colleen Willoughby, founder of Washington Women's Foundation

Tipoff for the Aug. 22 Women of Inspiration game is at 7 p.m. For information on purchasing tickets, visit

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