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2019 Women of the year

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.

Legacy Women of the Year

This Year's Honorees

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Best and brightest: Spokane-area women, past and present, blaze trails

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

Earlier this fall, The Spokesman-Review honored 15 women for the work they have done to improve the quality of life in the Inland Northwest. (Revisit those stories at On Thursday night at the Bing Crosby Theater, we’ll give these fine community members a proper shoutout during a special Women of the Year event with the Northwest Passages Book Club. Joining us will be two impressive women who talk about “Making Life Work on Your Terms.” Karen Wickre is a former executive at Google and Twitter, and Tess Vigeland is a former reporter and host for the public radio business magazine “Marketplace.” Joining them onstage to moderate the conversation will be Mary Cullinan, president of Eastern Washington University.
News >  Spokane

The nominees are…

Thank you. We asked to hear from you about the fantastic women you know. You answered in a big way, with names of many accomplished and talented individuals. Although we could only profile 15 women from your suggestions, we want to give everyone a little love. So here are your nomination letters. They have been edited for length. Jessica Bonar