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Stories tagged: women of the year 2019


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

Former ‘Marketplace’ reporter Tess Vigeland finds a fulfilling life without a Plan B

Vigeland, an award-winning broadcast journalist, will be in Spokane on Nov. 14 in conversation with tech executive Karen Wickre.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

Here’s one ‘high-verbal, low-math girl’ who thrived in the tech world

Wickre, a former executive at Google and Twitter, will be in Spokane on Nov. 14 for a Northwest Passages Book Club event with journalist Tess Vigeland.


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 …


Women of the Year: For two decades, Dr. Carol Guthrie has been Spokane’s go-to breast cancer surgeon

“It’s just such a privilege and honor that women share their journeys with you,” Guthrie said. “And they’re very vulnerable, and I’m just amazed by how strong they are, and …


Women of the Year: Gold Star mother turns son’s death into mission to help veterans

Theresa Hart’s grief still shuts her down some eight years since her son was killed in Iraq. Her outlet for all that pain is to make sure other veterans get …


Women of the Year: For Elaine Damschen, mixing business and family makes for an electric life

As co-owner of Mainstream Electric in Post Falls, Elaine Damschen often visits high schools to educate students about going to trade school and market the field to women.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019

Women of the Year: Meidl found her calling in policing

Spokane Police Capt. Tracie Meidl developed an affinity for proactive, community-oriented policing early in her career, and she continues to be recognized for taking that approach, even as she’s ascended …


Women of the Year: For Jordan Stevenson, being active is the way to help others

“I think that one of the things that I learned early on as an advocate is that using your story is the most effective way to advocate for legislation or …


Women of the Year: Linda Thompson said she has more work today after advocating for treatment, recovery for 30 years

Linda Thompson earns accolades as an Inland Northwest Woman of the Year for her work with the Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 16, 2019

Women of the Year: Wendy Williams-Gilbert researches, advocates for rural health care and nursing

Wendy Williams-Gilbert knows a thing or two about rural health care, and in her role at the WSU College of Nursing, she works with students every day to ensure they …


Women of the Year: Maura Ruiz leverages her struggles to make a difference in the lives of students

Maura Ruiz welcomes them every day in her office at Lewis and Clark High School: dozens of young men and women who desperately need her help.


Women of the Year: For Pam Senske, Pearson Packaging is about family and community

Under Pam Senske’s direction, Pearson Packaging Systems – a business started by her father – has thrived and now generates more than $100 million in annual revenue with more than …


Women of the Year: Sandy Williams publishes black newspaper, eyes community center for African American community

Sandy Williams said her commitment to fairness started very young. Since 2015, she’s published the Black Lens newspaper, incorporating the work and ideas of black journalists and writers in Spokane …


Women of the Year: For NATIVE Project’s Toni Lodge, her work is about creating community.

Seconds into a conversation, Toni Lodge taps into humor. She’s a natural storyteller, too. But other clues about Lodge soon surface, such as her tenacity and passion for community when …