The tradition of honoring women who have made significant contributions to the Greater Puget Sound community began in 2006 and was entitled “Inspiring Women Night.” Creating such an honor allowed the team and fans to recognize and thank the women who have made a difference in the community. To reflect the ever-changing roles and opportunities that women have in our community, the program will now be called “Believe in Women Night.” This year the program amplifies the contributions of Black women, leaders of color, and organizations serving Black communities during the 2020 WNBA season and beyond. This year’s Believe in Women honorees are Seattle-area businesswomen and civic leaders of color, driven by their shared philosophy that women and girls should have the chance to succeed at every level no matter their race, ethnicity, or gender.
First Black woman and first African American of any gender to summit Mount Everest
International Policy Leader, Environmental Policy Analysis and Strategy, Boeing
Sophia Danenberg is a rock, ice, and mountain climber who, in 2006, became the first black woman and the first African-American to summit Mount Everest. In addition to climbing, she volunteers as a Washington State Parks and Recreation Commissioner, on the board of NatureBridge, an organization that provides hands-on environmental education to students in national parks, and as a track & field official with Special Olympics. She is also very active in state and local politics, currently serving on the Legislative & Public Affairs committees for the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) and the King County Redistricting Committee. Professionally, Sophia leads international environmental policy analysis in Global Enterprise Sustainability at Boeing.