SSC Women’s Leadership Breakfast

Presented by AT&T

October 23, 2019 | 7:00am – 9:30am  | Hyatt Regency Seattle

Photo: Alabastro Photography
Alabastro Photography
Women's Leadership Breakfast 2017
Kathryn Beck
Kathryn Beck
Kathryn Beck
Women's Leadership Breakfast 2017

Join us for a morning of inspiration, encouragement and motivation as the Seattle Sports Commission and AT&T present the annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast on Wednesday, October 23 at the Hyatt Regency Seattle.  Engage in the conversation as panelists discuss turning points in their careers and the risks they took on the path to “owning their brand”. We’ll also hear about how their involvement in sports helped drive and develop them to become the leaders they are today.

Enjoy a morning with your peers, mentors, and the leaders of tomorrow as you discover how to navigate your career path, how lessons learned from athletics can be applied to the workplace, and how taking risks can help refine your unique identity.

Visit our WLB18 album for photos from last year’s event.

Check out #WLB18 on social for a look back at last year’s event.


Should you have questions about the event, please contact the Seattle Sports Commission Team at or (206) 461-5864.

If you would like to be involved in sponsorship of this year’s Women’s Leadership Breakfast, please contact

2019 Women's Leadership Breakfast Panelists

After serving an unprecedented two consecutive terms as United States Tennis Association Chairman and President, 2015-2018, Katrina M. Adams now serves 2019-2020 as Immediate Past President. Adams was the first African-American, first former professional tennis player and youngest person ever to serve as USTA President. An accomplished professional player, Adams competed for 12 years on  the WTA Tour, winning 20 career doubles titles and reaching the quarterfinals or better in doubles at all four Grand Slam events. She was named to Adweek magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Sports” list in 2016 and 2017, and Forbes magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Sports” list in 2017. Since 2005, Adams has also served as the Executive Director of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program, based in New York City. Ms. Adams is a global speaker with emphasis on topics such as diversity and inclusion, gender equality, leadership, and self development via sports.

Julie Averill is lululemon’s Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Averill joined lululemon in 2017, bringing more than 25 years of experience leveraging innovative technology. Prior to lululemon, Averill served as REI’s first-ever Chief Information Officer, leading the company’s technology strategy, overall IT operations, and technology transformation that enabled its member and employee base to more deeply connect with its purpose for people to enjoy the outdoors. Averill spent over a decade at Nordstrom before transitioning to REI, where she held several key positions on the company’s IT leadership team. Ms. Averill received her MBA from the University of Washington, and Bachelor’s in computer science from Seattle Pacific University.

Pat Campbell has spent more than 30 years in the ski industry – working her way up from a ski instructor to leading a growing global portfolio of world-class mountain resorts, while simultaneously mentoring and championing dozens of future industry leaders along the way. Campbell was named President of Vail Resorts’ Mountain Division in 2015 and now oversees operations at 17 mountain resorts and 3 urban ski areas across 10 states and 3 countries. Throughout her impressive career, Campbell has been instrumental in advancing women in a primarily male-dominated industry. Since joining the Vail Resorts Executive Committee in 2015, Campbell has played a driving role in launching and expanding two of the Company’s leadership programs, Women in Leadership and POWDER (Providing Opportunity for Women through Diversity, Equality and Respect). In 2019, Vail Resorts was named one of America’s Best Employers for Women by Forbes.

Anne Fielding Simpson was born and raised in the Seattle area. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Physical Education. Simpson was a varsity athlete on the Cal Women’s Crew and a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. While in college, Simpson completed her flight training in preparation for the aviation career that followed. In January 1981, Simpson was hired by Northwest Airlines becoming their 3rd female pilot and one of the first 30 women hired by a legacy carrier in the US. In her 35 year career with Northwest and Delta Air Lines, she held many flying positions including 747 Captain. Simpson is married and has two adult children. She sits on the board of the Seattle Rep and the Museum of Flight, where in 2016 she became the first female Chair of the Board of Trustees. Simpson credits sport and competitive athletics for her success and passionately supports Title IX and the doors that it continues to open for girls and young women.

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