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Voting opens




The Champion Awards!


Last day to nominate

Last day to vote!

Last day to purchase tickets!

Adriane Brown
Venture Partner, Flying Fish Ventures | Independent Board Member
Betti Fujikado
Co-founder & CEO
Amy Nelson
CEO & Founder, The Riveter
Robin Lorenzini
Philanthropist, Community Builder |Trustee, US Olympic & Paralympic Foundation
Angela Stowell
CEO, Farestart
Julie Pham
VP, Community Engagement & Marketing, WTIA
Annie Liu
Regional Market Executive, Charles Schwab
Sonya Erickson
Partner, Cooley LLP
Jessica Eggert
CEO & Founder, LegUp | Board member FFA
Kerry Schroeder
President, Seattle Market Bank of America
Leslie Feinzaig
Founder & CEO
Female Founders Alliance
Lydia Frank
Vice President
Mikaela Kiner
Founder & CEO
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The Champion Awards are a community-driven celebration of the people and organizations that champion equity and diverse leadership across workplaces. They were born two years ago on the heels of our current President’s first year in office; a scary, uncertain, divided time in our nation. Our goal was to celebrate the good in the face of all that was terrifying; to shine a light on the heroes who unite us, who champion others, who move us forward.


Today we face a very real, rapidly escalating global pandemic. Our lives are disrupted because people’s lives are at stake. More than ever before, fear and uncertainty rule the day. And in the face of all this fear, we believe that there has never been a more important time to celebrate the good. 


That’s why we are counting down the days to the third annual Champion Awards and Gala. And this year, in addition to our usual award categories, we will present awards to the heroes, recognized and unsung, who are rising to the occasion amidst the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.


We invite every single person in the Pacific Northwest to submit a nomination, to celebrate their own efforts and others. We are all hungry to recognize the good in others, to parlay the championship we’ve received into bigger and better outcomes for more than just ourselves. Championship is compounding. It’s how we change the world. It’s what we need today.

COVID-19 Update: The Champion Awards will be moved to a later date. Nominations open soon.

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Read more about the 2019 Champion Award winners here.

 Key Dates for 2020

The 2020 Selection Committee

The Awards

The Advocate

An advocate is an individual or organization who uses their public platform to promote and advance women’s causes.

The Company

This organization has created a work culture that supports and advances women, forging meaningful outcomes for its employees that run counter to what’s typical in its industry as a whole.

The Founder 


A founder has persevered in the face of adversity to launch and grow a business. This is a peer award that will ultimately be voted on by the members of the Female Founders Alliance. 

The Investor

brought to you by Seattle Bank

An investor has literally put “their money where their mouth is” when it comes to investing in women-led businesses and helping founders succeed. 

The Sponsor

A sponsor leverages their network and resources to help the women that they mentor advance and succeed in their career. 

The Role Model

A role model demonstrates what is possible for ambitious women. She is someone with a long trajectory, demonstrated integrity and leadership in her field, who inspires other women to strive for greatness.

The Unsung Hero

Unsung heroes don't get a lot of press but work hard to provide support and opportunities for women.

2019 Finalists & Winners

The Advocate Award

BTSW Podcast
Laura Clise
Founder & CEO
Michelle Nitz
Executive Director
WINNER: Julie Pham
VP Community Engagement & Marketing, WTIA
Deena Pierott
Founder, iUrban Teen
Co-Founder, Black Women in STEM 2.0
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The Company Award

Girl Scouts of Western Washington
Megan Ferland, CEO
WINNER: Molly Moon's Homemade
Molly Moon Neitzel, CEO
Anika Lehde, CEO
Seattle Storm
& Force 10 Sports Management
Alisha Valavanis, CEO
Kieran Snyder, CEO
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The Founder Award

Kristina Bergman
Founder & CEO
Integris Software Inc.
Beth Kolko
Shift Lab
Sandi Lin
CEO and Co-Founder
WINNER: Karen Okonkwo
Ambika Singh
Founder & CEO
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The Investor Award

Hope Cochran
Managing Director
Madrona Ventures
Amy McCullough
Managing Director
Trilogy Equity Partners
Lisa Nelson
Managing Director, M12
(Microsoft’s Venture Fund)
WINNER: Yoko Okano
Angel investor
Founding member, Grubstakes
Javier Soto
Founding Member
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The Role Model Award

WINNER: Jill Angelo
CEO and Co-Founder
Aiko Bethea
Head of Diversity & Inclusion
Fred Hutch
Adriane Brown
Venture Partner
Flying Fish Venture Fund
Elis Salamone
Medical Practice Manager
Puyallup Tribal Health Authority
Tana Senn
State Representative
Washington State Legislature
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The Sponsor Award

Ahmad Corner
Young Professionals of Seattle
Olive Goh
Citi Private Bank
Janis Machala
Managing Partner
Paladin Partners
Martina Welkhoff
Managing Partner
WXR Fund
WINNER: Shellie Willis
Redefining You Foundation
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