Inspiring Women presented by CenturyLink

Program Overview

The Seattle Storm is proud to announce our 2017 Inspiring Women Night sponsored by CenturyLink. Join us in celebrating their remarkable achievements on July 15, as the Storm takes on the Atlanta Dream at 6:00 p.m. This year’s honorees include Natalie McCarthy, Mary Pugh and Tricia Raikes.

Just as Seattle Storm players provide inspiration as role models for young girls and boys across the Puget Sound, many other Pacific Northwest women also serve as role models. They are mothers, daughters, volunteers, public servants, business owners, entertainers and oftentimes unsung heroes whose individual contributions make a positive difference in our community.

In 2009, the Storm also established the Ginger Ackerley Community Service Award. The Ginger Ackerley Community Service Award will be given annually by the Seattle Storm to an individual who has had a measurable impact on improving the quality of life in Puget Sound through a significant and sustained record of volunteer service to the area’s youth.
Inspiring Women Night is an annual opportunity for Storm players and fans to thank those who have had an important influence on making our community strong. It is also a chance to shine the limelight on some who are rarely noticed for their work but have had a profound positive impact on those they have touched.

2017 Honorees presented by  CenturyLink

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Natalie McCarthy

Natalie McCarthy

Women’s Varsity Crew, Pacific Lutheran University

Natalie McCarthy, a Tacoma native, faced adversity at a young age, losing her sight at age 10 due to a brain tumor. An accomplished athlete, McCarthy competed with the women’s varsity crew at Pacific Lutheran University and graduated with a degree in Biology. While competing with PLU crew, McCarthy was invited to train with the United States Para-rowing national team. After years of success in domestic competitions, including The Head of the Charles and The Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, McCarthy was named to the 2013 para-rowing national team where she won a bronze medal at the 2013 World Rowing Championship in Chungju, South Korea. McCarthy was also part of the national team for the 2015 World Championship Lac d’Aiguebelette France.

“I am honored to be recognized by the Seattle Storm because I appreciate any opportunity to connect the para-sport community with the elite, able bodied athletic community. These relationships will build more positive and inclusive sports at all levels.”
– Natalie McCarthy

McCarthy currently has plans to attend law school in the fall of 2017, and works as a case manager at the Dispute Resolution Center of King County.

Natalie McCarthy
Mary Pugh
Mary Pugh

Mary Pugh

CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Pugh Capital

Mary Pugh is CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Pugh Capital, a company she co-founded in 1991. Pugh’s vision in founding Pugh Capital was to create a diverse Seattle based asset management firm that clients view as a trusted partner. Pugh Capital specializes in managing fixed income portfolios for institutional clients and manages $4.7 billion on behalf of its clients.

A graduate of Yale University, Pugh has a long history of community service. Her areas of focus include working to improve the success of students of color and sharing her passion and knowledge of investments. She is a member of the Seattle Foundation and Seattle University Investment Committees, President of the Board of the Scholarship Fund for Rainier Scholars, and Vice President of the Greater Seattle Chapter of the Links. She is also a non-voting member of the Washington State Investment Board and on the Seattle Central College Foundation Board.

Tricia Raikes

Tricia Raikes

Co-Founder, Raikes Foundation

This year’s recipient of the Ginger Ackerley Community Service Award, Tricia Raikes is the co-founder of the Raikes Foundation, an organization that works to improve and transform the lives of the youth homeless community. She has been recognized as a White House Champion of Change, Woman of Influence by the Puget Sound Business Journal and a Humanitarian Super Hero by ParentMap. Raikes’ professional background includes leadership of Creative Services at Microsoft Corporation and her co-founding role in Marketing Partners, a marketing communications firm serving high-tech companies. She serves on the boards of the College Success Foundation and the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Raikes is a former board member of the Task Force on Undergraduate Education at Stanford University and United Way of King County. Together, she and her husband and Jeff co-chaired the United Way of King County’s 2006-07 Campaign. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Washington State University.

Tricia Raikes