As a co-owner of the Seattle Storm and active member of the Seattle community, Lisa Brummel brings her love of the game of basketball and extensive corporate leadership experience together as leader for Force 10 Sports Management. Throughout her career she has engaged in the “business of people” whether in team sports or corporate settings and strives to bring out the best in whatever the situation has to offer.
Brummel was most recently the executive vice president for human resources at Microsoft until her retirement in 2014. She was a member of the senior leadership team and an active proponent for employee engagement. During her time in the HR role, she and her teams were responsible for many changes to the people agenda at the company from changes in compensation and benefits, to advocacy around diversity, to a complete overhaul of the performance review program. Prior to stepping into the HR role, Lisa served as the corporate vice president for the Home and Retail division of Microsoft. In this role she was responsible for overseeing worldwide development and business strategy for Microsoft’s line of consumer software and hardware business.
Outside of work and basketball, Brummel is engaged in various community ventures. She currently serves on the board of directors for Laird Norton Wealth Management and is on the advisory board for 6 Crickets and Sound Food Uprising. In addition, she is active in philanthropic activity for organizations such as Yale University and Seattle community efforts including Hopelink, KEXP, and KNKX.
Brummel was a stand-out, four-sport athlete at Yale University. She was a member of the volleyball, basketball, and softball teams in addition to participating field events for the track and field team. As a basketball player, Lisa is 7th on the all-time scoring list amassing 1,361 career points and 5th in field goal percentage at 48.8%. She was on the All-Ivy Leagues teams for basketball and softball in addition to representing Yale as an academic All-American. Upon graduation, she was drafted by the Dallas Diamond of the Women’s Professional Basketball League (WBL).
Ginny Gilder has started several entrepreneurial ventures, both businesses and non-profits, whose founding dreams range from the practical to the transformational. Today she is CEO of the Gilder family investment office (which she founded in 2004) and president of one of her family’s philanthropic entities, the Starfish Group, whose mission is to champion the underdog, individuals who face steeper odds in creating a sustainable life for themselves.
In addition, Ginny is the managing member of Force 10 Enterprises, which owns Force 10 Hoops, the WNBA’s Seattle Storm franchise, Force 10 Sports Management, which provides marketing and management expertise to local and national sports organizations, and Force 10 Performance, an affordable multi-sport training center for all athletes and abilities. This latest career chapter comingles her love of business with her passion for sports and deep belief in its power to transform lives. Force 10 Enterprises is dedicated to the philosophy that women should enjoy access to competitive opportunities at every level: the Storm showcases the power of women as inspirational athletes and leaders and Force 10 Performance makes affordable, world class training available to everyone.
Early in her business career, Ginny established Washington Works, a local non-profit dedicated to assisting welfare recipients to obtain and retain livable-wage employment, and served as its first Executive Director. She has also served on various non-profit boards, locally and around the country, all focused on education or sports.
A rower, she earned four varsity letters at Yale University, and was an All-Ivy Champion three times. Her freshman year she helped usher in the post-Title IX era at Yale by participating in the now-famous women’s crew strip-in protesting the lack of equal facilities. Ginny represented the United States on four national teams, including two Olympic teams. She was named to the U.S. team which boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games and won a silver medal as the stroke of the women’s quadruples sculls with coxswain at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984. She holds a pair of international medals, including a bronze from the 1983 World Championships in the single.
Gilder has since helped launch community rowing programs in Boston, MA and Derby, CT. She received an NCAA Silver Anniversary Award for community service in 2004. She is also the recipient of the 2015 US Rowing Association Jack Kelly Award and the 2015 Yale University George H.W. Bush ’48 Lifetime of Leadership Award. The author of the memoir, Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX, Ginny is also a mother of three children, step-mother of two, and grand-mother of two. Ginny lives with her wife, Lynn, and their two poodles in Seattle, Washington
A former Microsoft executive, Dawn Trudeau served as chairperson for Force 10 Hoops and president of the Seattle Storm Foundation from 2009-13, and for the past 20 years has helped emerging non-profits develop their capacity to deliver their programs with maximum effectiveness.
Trudeau spent over 20 years in the software industry, 14 of which came at Microsoft, where she held a variety of executive leadership positions. Her time in the software industry has seen stints in general management, product development, marketing and business systems capacities.
Committed to assuring that women and girls have the opportunity to compete at any level, Trudeau has been a devoted member of numerous boards, including Board of the Economic Opportunity Institute, University of Washington Women’s Center Advisory Board, Board of Social Venture Partners Seattle, Social Venture Partners International and she currently serves as Chair of the Microsoft Alumni Foundation Board. She focuses her energy on early learning and socio-economic and racial justice programs that help provide equal opportunity for all people to develop economic security and personal success.
A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Trudeau began her career building computer monitors and learning how to program before landing a tech job at Microsoft in 1984.
Community and Connection the Guiding Forces behind Alisha Valavanis
Hired on June 18, 2014, Alisha Valavanis is currently President and General Manager of the Storm and President of Force 10 Sports Management, LLC; a sports management firm that creates world-class sport and entertainment events in Seattle by providing operations, revenue generation, communications and marketing expertise. Valavanis has expanded the Force 10 Sports Management portfolio that included the Pac 12 Conference and USA Basketball, to the Seattle ProAm, Seattle Reign FC (NWSL) and the Seattle Seawolves (MLR).
In her first move as General Manager of the Storm, Valavanis used the 2015 No. 1 overall pick to select guard Jewell Loyd, who went on to win 2015 WNBA Rookie of the Year. The following year, Valavanis added Breanna Stewart to the roster, bringing to the Storm the only player in collegiate history to win four consecutive NCAA Championships and four Final Four MVP honors. Breanna Stewart went on to be named the 2016 WNBA Rookie of the Year and All-WNBA second team.
Deeply anchored in a leadership style that values meaningful community partners, Valavanis led the Storm to a marquee jersey and community partnership with Swedish Medical Center and negotiated a new television partnership with Q13 FOX. This partnership expanded the reach of the Seattle Storm through its live and streamed broadcasts nationwide. Valavanis also expanded the long-standing Carter Subaru partnership to include court-naming rights, a first of its kind for the Seattle Storm.
A native of Valparaiso, Ind., Valavanis came to the Storm with a strong history in women’s basketball. She played four years at California State University, Chico, finishing her career as the program’s all-time leader in three-pointers. Valavanis went on to coach for the Wildcats. In her four years as an assistant coach, the program made four straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
In 2006, she moved on to the associate head coach role at the University of the Pacific. She has also worked as a WNBA scout with the New York Liberty before the pivot to the business side of sports wherein Valavanis spend time with the front office of the Golden State Warriors and her final stop prior to the Storm was as an associate athletics director for Cal Athletics at UC Berkeley.
Valavanis completed her B.A. in journalism in 2000, and received her masters in physical education in 2004, both from Chico.
Valavanis is a member of the Seattle Sports Commission Board of Directors, the Seattle Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees, and is part of the American Cancer Society’s CEO’s Against Cancer.
Formerly, she served as a board member of the Greater Seattle Business Association and the 2016 Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk Executive Leadership Team hosted by the American Heart Association.
In 2017, The Puget Sound Business Journal named Valavanis an 2017 Outstanding Voice honoree, given to Seattle business leaders who promote equality, inclusion and diversity. She also earned the 2016 Washington Leadership Excellence Award from the Washington Diversity Council. She was also honored as the 2016 Distinguished Alumni for Chico State.
Valavanis accepts dozens of speaking engagements throughout the year to honor her passion for the blend of business, sport and community. She has spoken at the Seattle Sports Commission Women’s Leadership Breakfast, the Group Health Women’s Leadership Forum and has participated in a number of Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce events.