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WISE Chapters Honor Their 2019 Women of Inspiration

To commemorate Women’s History Month, we take a look back and celebrate the outstanding Women of Inspiration recognized by our chapters in 2019.


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  • Amber Cox, Vice President, Connecticut Sun and New England Blackwolves, Mohegan Sun


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  • Jackie Paulus, Marketing and Operations, After The Whistle
  • Julie Haferkamp, Senior Director, Mosaic
  • Watchen Nyanue, Vice President Marketing Partnerships, Chicago Sky
  • Kelly Wilkie, Head of North America Partnerships, Motorola Mobility


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  • Anjua Maximo, Owner, GrooveRyde
  • Maureen Patterson, Owner, Solus Lighting

Los Angeles

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  • Heather Brooks Karatz, President, Los Angeles Wildcats
  • Allison Howard, Vice President Corporate Partnerships, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Danita Johnson, President and COO, Los Angeles Sparks

San Diego

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  • Ronda Sedillo, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, San Diego Padres

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Twin Cities

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  • Kelly McGrath, Xcel Energy Center | Woman in Business
  • University of Minnesota SoftballWomen in Sports
  • Gabriele “Gabe” Grunewald, Brave Like Gabe Foundation | Inspiration Award
  • Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx | Organization of the Year
  • Leah Hazlett, Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx | Young Professional

Washington DC

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  • Cassandra Nicaisse, Senior Manager, Partner Services NFL Players Association | Empowerment Award
  • Kelley Walton, Senior Director, Global Events and Athlete Tours/Communications Under Armour | Woman of Distinction
  • Danielle Berman, Founder and CEO, Tackle What's Next | Emerging Leader

Titles and company affiliations were accurate at the time of the award and are subject to change.


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