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2019 Women of the year

Women of the Year 2019

We asked, and the Inland Northwest answered. We put out a call seeking nominations of impressive women, leaders in business, politics, arts, philanthropy and social services. We received more than 150 nominations, and today we continue a 10-day series honoring but a few of those phenomenal civic leaders. Here we dedicate a special section to our 10 honorees, in addition to five other women honored for their lifetime achievements.
  • Paula Bulkey

    Full-time volunteer at both North Pole and Shriner's Hospital
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  • Carol Guthrie

    For two decades, Spokane's go-to breast cancer surgeon
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  • Sheila Collins

    Came for the World's Fair and stayed to help shape Spokane
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  • Susan Kennedy

    A longtime friend to the Spokane Symphony
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  • Susan Virnig

    Susan Virnig "has lived a lot of lives," all of them devoted to doing good
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  • Elaine Damschen

    Mixing business and family makes for an electric life
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  • Theresa Hart

    Gold Star mother turns son’s death into mission to help veterans
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  • Tracie Meidl

    The police captain continues to be recognized for her proactive, community-oriented approach
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  • Jordan Stevenson

    Being active is the way to help others
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  • Wendy Williams-Gilbert

    A researcher and advocate for rural health care and nursing
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  • Pam Senske

    Running a 300-employee business that's about family and community
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  • Sandy Williams

    The Black Lens publisher's latest endeavor is the Carl Maxey Center, which she hopes will help unite a community that has lacked a voice
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  • Toni Lodge

    The NATIVE Project CEO is a natural storyteller with a passion for community
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  • Linda Thompson

    Earns accolades for her work with the Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council
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  • Maura Ruiz

    Leveraging her struggles to make a difference in the lives of students
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