Empowering Women

An Adventure to the Women’s World Cup – An Odyssey Worth the Effort

Damn! How could it be nearly 4pm, 3:55, and we were still not in the arena? My wife, Lynn, daughter, Sierra, and I had left our house over six hours earlier. More than enough time to reach BC Place, a mere 110 miles from our starting point. Ok, that didn’t count the […]

July 10th, 2015|Empowering Women, Sports, Women's Soccer|

Game On!

Force 10 Hoops – 2010 Storm Championship Celebration (Photo credit: Aaron Last/Storm Photography) I had no idea what an adventure owning a professional sports franchise would turn out to be back in the early summer of 2007. Never in a thousand years would I have predicted I would want to do something like this, much less sign up to, or be granted the chance. Yet somehow, I teamed up with my current co-owners, Dawn Trudeau and Lisa Brummel, to attempt to purchase the Seattle Storm eight years ago, when it became abundantly clear that Clay Bennett, the then new owner… […]

June 2nd, 2015|Empowering Women, Seattle, Sports, WNBA|

Let’s Put Our Money Where It Matters to Our Daughters

I don’t pretend to know the answer to the NCAA’s mess regarding the big money that men’s college basketball and football bring to a plethora of universities across the country. But I do know that, nearly four decades since I started college, women’s athletic programs are still underfunded and undervalued. […]

January 21st, 2015|Empowering Women, Gender Equality, Parenting, Sports, Title IX|

The Gift of Sally Ride’s Secret

I stayed up until 4 a.m. last night reading Lynn Sherr’s biography, Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space, an unwise choice, given my schedule for today. Now, I’m sitting on my flight home to Seattle from NYC, where I just finished it, sniffling quietly, hoping my seatmate doesn’t notice my tears. After I read the last page, I spent several minutes flipping through the photographs in the center of the book, staring at the various renditions of this famous woman, pictured from infancy into her fifties, then rereading snippets of pages, marveling at her complexity and wondering at the price she paid for the choices she made. […]

December 19th, 2014|Courage, Empowering Women, Essays|
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