Storm Honors Jenny Durkan, Nancy Nordhoff, Nicole Piasecki

inspiring_womenTS070114The Seattle Storm has named Jenny Durkan, Nancy Nordhoff and Nicole Piasecki as honorees for Inspiring Women night, Thursday, July 24 at KeyArena.

“Jenny, Nancy and Nicole are joining an esteemed group of women that are outstanding Seattle community leaders,” said Storm co-owner Dawn Trudeau. “They have contributed to our community in very different ways, but their unique experiences and successes are truly remarkable. On behalf of the Storm, we are honored to celebrate these three women.”

Durkan is the United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, where she serves as the top federal law enforcement officer for 19 counties in western Washington. Under Durkan’s leadership, the U.S. Attorney’s office is increasing its efforts in enforcing intellectual property laws and combating the threat of cyber/digital crimes.  She is also revitalizing the office’s prosecutions in the areas of fraud and white collar crimes, environmental crimes, illegal gun sales and civil rights enforcement. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Durkan to chair the Attorney General’s Advisory Subcommittee on Cybercrime and Intellectual Property Enforcement and she is a member of three other Subcommittees; Terrorism and National Security, Civil Rights and Native American Issues.

“It is a great honor to receive this recognition from the Storm, a team of inspiring women,” said U.S. Attorney  Jenny A. Durkan. “Athletic opportunity has allowed girls to challenge themselves, blaze new trails and gain confidence in so many ways.  Women in all walks of life, throughout our country, are better for it.”

A Seattle-area native, Durkan graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1980 and received her law degree from the University of Washington in 1985.

Nordhoff, who will receive the Ginger Ackerley Community Service Award, has sustained a long career as a philanthropist, both in raising money and giving it to those in need. Her notable work includes a 1985 purchase of a farm on Whidbey Island which she turned into a haven to support the creativity of women writers. Hedgebrook, as the farm is called, has since supported 1,600 women writers in residence. The retreat also sponsors an annual festival for women playwrights and regularly holds readings, performances and workshops on Whidbey Island, in Seattle and in New York. In addition to her work at Hedgebrook, Nordhoff also helped found Goosefoot, a not-for-profit organization based on Whidbey Island that is working to support a healthy, sustainable future for South Whidbey.

“The Ginger Ackerley Community Service Award is an honor,” said Nordhoff. “The chance to help others in our community and help those in need is a constant motivation. Thank you to the Storm for this award. It is another example of how the Storm takes pride in the selfless workings of those in the Seattle community.”

Piasecki is the vice president and general manager of the Propulsion Systems Division of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In this role, she is responsible for engine and propulsion systems strategy, procurement, contracting, engineering, and manufacturing.

“This award invites the power each of us has to make a difference in the lives of others – to inspire them to dream big, to do great things, things they never imagined or thought possible. The women of the Seattle Storm are role models of this positive power,” said Piasecki. “We need women – and men – who aren’t afraid to take risks, to stand up for what they believe and do things that haven’t been done before. I’ve been so blessed to have women like that in my life, and I’ve tried to do for others what they have done for me.”

In addition to her work at Boeing, Piasecki is the vice chairman of Seattle University’s Board of Trustees and is also a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Seattle Branch and the Weyerhauser Company. She is also a member of U.S. Department of Transportation’s Future of Aviation Advisory Committee.

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