Seattle Storm President & CEO Karen Bryant has been inducted to the University of Washington Department of Communication Alumni Hall of Fame, the department announced. The ceremony took place on October 15 at the University of Washington Club.
“To be in the same conversation as the past honorees of the award’s history is very humbling,” said Bryant. “This is a reflection of the work that has gone into making the Storm one of the most successful women’s professional basketball teams in the history of the sport.”
The award is given to distinguished alumni who have made an impact on their community through service and achievement after graduation. Bryant is a board member of the Seattle Sports Commission. She is also part of the faculty for the Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership master’s program at UW.
“Karen Bryant’s dedication to promoting women’s sports; her tireless efforts around giving back to the community through Storm game day, family-friendly activities and the team’s numerous public appearances; and her very impressive success in building a winning WNBA team on and off the court drove her induction into the UW Department of Communication Hall of Fame,” said Victoria Sprang, the Alumni Relations Manager for the UW Department of Communication. “She embodies the altruistic spirit of our Hall of Fame members and rightfully joins a stellar group of UW Communication alumni.”
Past recipients include former Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, New York Times reporter Tim Egan, and Joanne Harrell, chief of staff for the Microsoft OEM division.
Bryant graduated from UW in 2002 with a B.A. in communication. She started her career in sports in 1996 as the director of operations with the Seattle Reign, Seattle’s American Basketball League team. She moved to the Seattle SuperSonics in 1999, and led the organization’s effort to bring a WNBA team to the city. In 2008, eight years into the Storm’s existence, Bryant was elevated to the position of President & CEO. In her five years at the helm, Bryant has helped lead the organization in year over year revenue growth.