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Women of the Year 2023

Every year, in conjunction with Bank of America, The Spokesman-Review honors women from across Eastern Washington and North Idaho as the Inland Northwest Women of the Year. In this section, we tell their stories and the achievements they’ve accomplished. We share their commitment to making our hometowns better tomorrow than they are today and how they truly inspire and make a difference.

This Year's Honorees

  • LaRae Wiley

    Using natural gifts with students to keep Salish language alive
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  • Becky Van Keulen

    Building on the legacy she co-founded with late husband for Cancer Can't
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  • Petra Hoy

    Inspiring 'hope, equity and democracy' through grassroots organizing
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  • Nancy Vorhees

    Trailblazing health care executive lifted up the next generation of women to be Spokane leaders
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  • Terri Cooper

    Medical Lake mayor has been at the forefront of wildfire recovery efforts
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  • Dr. Mable Dunbar

    Helping victims of domestic abuse
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  • Sally Winn

    Helping women in domestic violence, supporting local communities
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  • Pingala Dhital

    Helping refugees like her find belonging in Spokane
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  • Teresa Skinner

    Championing the power of parasports
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  • Gen Heywood

    Spokane Valley reverend pushes back on hate with love and pride
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  • Natasha Hill

    Spokane lawyer, former congressional candidate to relaunch the Black Lens newspaper
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Legacy Women of the Year

  • Shari Williams-Clarke

    The executive director of the Carl Maxey Center stays engaged despite the challenges
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  • Ellen Travolta

    She came to Coeur d'Alene "to give something to this community," not just to have a great place to live
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  • Betsy Godlewski

    Raising millions for Spokane projects like The Fox
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