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Women in Sports and Events Twin Cities Chapter Announces 2019 Women of Inspiration Award Winners

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Minneapolis, MN – November 8, 2019

The Twin Cities Chapter of Women in Sports and Events (WISE TC) today announced the recipients of the 2019 Women of Inspiration Awards. The winners will be honored at the Women of Inspiration luncheon on November 14, 2019 at A’BULAE in St. Paul. The Women of Inspiration Awards recognize women leaders in the business of sports and events who serve as role models and mentors for other women in the Twin Cities community.

2019 Women of Inspiration Award Winners

Inspiration Award
Gabriele “Gabe” Grunewald (Brave Like Gabe Foundation)

Women in Sports
University of Minnesota Softball

Organization of the Year
Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx

Woman in Business
Kelly McGrath (Xcel Energy Center)

Chapter President Tami Hedrick said, “This event gives us the opportunity to honor and recognize women that exemplify the spirit of WISE through the positive work and impact they are making as women in sports and events. Congratulations to all of the honorees!”

The award ceremony will be hosted by Paul Allen (Sports Commentator and Voice of the Minnesota Vikings) and feature Courtney Cronin (NFL Nation Reporter - Minnesota Vikings) as the Keynote Speaker.

This is the second annual luncheon for the WISE Twin Cities Chapter. The 2018 Women of Inspiration winners were Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx), Amy Anthony (Minnesota Vikings), Kara Kawakami (Minnesota United FC) and The Minnesota Whitecaps.

Founded in 2017, WISE Twin Cities carries out the WISE mission by facilitating meaningful connections among local industry professionals and offering programming, events and valuable networking opportunities in the area throughout the year. Our signature programs include WISE Power Play, Women of Inspiration, and Speed Mentoring Roundtables. We partner closely with WISE National to deliver industry-wide thought leadership and sports and events industry connections beyond our Minnesota and region borders.


Kristin Gow
WISE Twin Cities
Director, Web Design & Content


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