Kathryn Beck

Women’s Leadership Breakfast: Past Panelists

2015 WLB Panelists | Seattle Sheraton Hotel | October 28, 2015

Karen Bryant

Former Husky women’s basketball player and Seattle Storm CEO, Karen has long been a leader in the sports community in our region. She helped bring the WNBA to Seattle, and led the Seattle Storm to two WNBA Championships during her tenure as CEO.

Ginny Gilder

A former Yale rowing star and current Seattle Storm co-owner has matched her business success to her athletics success.  As an athlete, Ginny was named to two U.S. Olympic Teams (1980 & 84) winning silver for the women’s rowing team in 1984 Summer Games. As a businesswoman, she is a co-owner of the 2x WNBA Champion Storm and CEO of her family investment firm.

Karen Moyer

Co-founder and Vice President of the Moyer Foundation, a highly successful foundation that helps children with severe distress, Karen is a leader in the non-profit community. Karen played everything growing up and was literally the first girl to play Little League baseball in South Bend, IN.  She was offered an opportunity to play Division II basketball but went to Notre Dame instead.  She has coached club soccer and HS girls varsity basketball and started and ran a select baseball league in Seattle.

Karen Spencer

Combining her passions for numbers and sports, Karen is the CFO of the Seattle Seahawks. Karen joined the Seahawks organization in 1991 as a staff accountant and moved up the ranks to financial director by 2003. In 2009, she was promoted to her current position as CFO. As a Seattle native, she received her degree in accounting from Seattle University.


2014 WLB Panelists | Washington Athletic Club | October 30, 2014

Charmaine Crooks

Crooks represented Canada in five Olympics and won an Olympic silver medal in the women’s 4x400M relay in 1984. In 1994, she co-founded and became the President of NGU Consultants, a sports marketing, management and consulting company.

Bob Ernst

Crew coach at the University of Washington, Ernst is the only collegiate coach to lead both men’s and women’s varsity to a National Championship. He has coached his teams to eight National Championships and one Olympic gold medal (1980 women’s crew team). In 2015, Ernst began his 41st year of coaching at the University of Washington.

Mimi Griffin

Griffin worked as ESPN women’s basketball analyst from 1983-1999 and is considered to be the first broadcast expert for women’s basketball. In 1990, she became the first woman color analyst for a NCAA Men’s Tournament game and the first woman to broadcast the first two rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in 1991. Since 1983, Griffin has owned and operated MSG Promotions, the hospitality management group for the 2015 U.S. Open Golf Championship.

Lt. Col Erin M. Staine-Pyne

Staine-Pyne was a collegiate soccer player for the U.S. Air Force Academy. In May of 1998 she graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy where she was commissioned as a second lieutenant. Currently, Staine-Pyne is the Commander for the 8th Airlift Squadron of the U.S. Air Force.


2013 WLB Panelists | Hyatt at Olive 8 | Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Lisa Brummel

From Hall of Fame athlete to Microsoft Executive Vice President, stunning success has followed Brummel every step of the way. A four sport athlete at Yale, Brummel was named to the All-Ivy team as a basketball and softball player and is in the Ivy League Women’s Hall of Fame for softball. As EVP, she has overseen the Human Resources department at Microsoft since 2005 and is a co-owner of the two-time WNBA champion Seattle Storm.

Karch Kiraly

Kiraly is the most decorated volleyball player in the sport. Taking home the Olympic gold medal in both indoor and beach volleyball, Kiraly is the only athlete to medal in both sports. Kiraly’s transition from player to coach has been equally as successful as he is now Head Coach of the USA Women’s Volleyball team.

 Stephanie Rempe

From walk-on to SWA, Rempe helped lead University of Arizona volleyball team to the NCAA Tournament and advance to the sweet sixteen in her senior season. As an administrator, she has risen to become Sr. Associate Athletic Director and SWA at the University of Washington.

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