Inspiring Women presented by Russell Investments
The Seattle Storm is proud to announce our 2016 Inspiring Women presented by Russell Investments. The honorees will be part of an on-court ceremony during Inspiring Women Night, Sunday, July 10 on Carter Subaru Court at KeyArena as the Storm takes on the Indiana Fever at 4:00 p.m. The Storm will recognize three outstanding Seattle-area women: Katie Collier, Marty Hartman, and Megan Rapinoe. These women have dedicated their lives to serving and inspiring others through their daily professions and their service initiatives. “We are thrilled to celebrate the work of these women who have an immense impact on the Seattle community,” said Storm President & GM Alisha Valavanis. “The Storm is so thankful for Marty, Megan and Katie’s contributions to the community. This night is an opportunity to recognize those contributions and inspire others to bring community service to the forefront.”
Marty Hartman

Marty Hartman

Executive Director, Mary’s Place

Marty Hartman, this year’s Ginger Ackerley Award winner, is the Executive Director of Mary’s Place, a non-profit center for homeless women and their families. Marty is an unstoppable advocate for families experiencing homelessness. She is committed to bringing every family inside at night, together, to safety and stability. Under her direction, the organization’s budget has grown $4 million a year, and programming has expanded from a single day center serving homeless women, to two day centers and six emergency night shelters providing shelter and resources to over 200 moms, dads, and children each day.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be included with these amazing women at Inspiring Women Night! Thank you to the Seattle Storm for all that they do for this community, and for this recognition, that I share with the courageous homeless women, families, and children at Mary’s Place. They inspire me everyday.”
– Marty Hartman

During her tenure Marty has strengthened the board of directors by cultivating board leadership and increasing diversity, expertise and influence. She has provided strong leadership for a well-qualified staff, engendering loyalty and commitment. Marty has also successfully leveraged the organization’s finances by effective utilization of volunteers, interns and pro-bono volunteer services as well as growing the value of in-kind donations over $3 million a year.

Marty Hartman
Katie Collier
Katie Collier

Katie Collier

Current Member of the University of Washington Women’s Basketball Team

Katie Collier is a current member of the University of Washington Women’s Basketball team, helping her squad reach the 2016 NCAA Final Four. She was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia during a recruiting visit to Washington in 2011, but is now cancer-free. During her senior season at Seattle Christian High School, Collier played 18 games for the Warriors despite debilitating chemotherapy treatments.

“I am beyond excited for this event and to be honored alongside so many inspiring women. The Storm’s Inspiring Women Night is pivotal and special because it creates a great opportunity for strong women to unit and grow with one another! Go Seattle & Go Storm! ”
– Katie Collier

Today, Collier volunteers for Ronald McDonald House, which supports seriously ill children and their families.

Megan Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe

Current Member of the Seattle Reign and U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

Rapinoe is internationally known for her crafty style of play and her precise cross to Abby Wambach in the 122nd minute of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinals against Brazil, which resulted in an equalizer goal and eventual win for the Americans after a penalty kick shootout. She is also an advocate for numerous LGBT organizations, including the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and Athlete Ally.

“Thank you to the Seattle Storm for this recognition. Thank you for being an example of powerful women in our community. I am very lucky to have the platform as a professional female athlete and feel honored to be a part of this historical time for women’s equality in this country and around the world.”
– Megan Rapinoe

In 2013, she was awarded the Board of Directors Award by the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.

Megan Rapinoe