Announcing Our Grace Hopper Award Winners, Barbara Earl Thomas and Julie McElrath!

SCAD Savannah – Summer 2017 – Exhibitions – "Lines of Influence" – Barbara Earl Thomas – Artist Portrait – SCAD Museum of Art – Photography by Kevin Wells    1432660882508

Barbara Earl Thomas (left) and Julie McElrath (right) 

Dear SGS Families and Supporters,
We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Grace Hopper Award for the 16th Annual Seattle Girls’ School Luncheon! This year, we will be honoring Barbara Earl Thomas with an award for outstanding accomplishment and Julie McElrath for exemplary leadership. We look forward to inviting these outstanding role models into the SGS community.

Barbara Earl Thomas is a Seattle-based artist whose work ranges in many mediums such as egg tempera paintings, linocuts, and woodblock prints. Thomas has exhibited her work in museums throughout the U.S., including The Seattle Art Museum, The Tacoma Art Museum, The Museum of Art and Technology in Indiana, and Meadows Museum in Louisiana. Thomas is noted for her commitment to social justice and inclusivity in her community. She served as the executive director of the Northwest African American Museum from 2008 – 2013, where she was instrumental in creating the agency and broad-based support that now sustains it.

Julie McElrath is a senior vice president and director of the vaccine and infectious disease division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the principal investigator of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network Laboratory Center. Dr. McElrath’s research, conducted through the McElrath Lab, centers on developing an HIV vaccine and investigates the complex relationships between HIV and the immune system. She has been intentional in her work to mentor junior faculty, young investigators, and graduate students as they work together to tackle the HIV epidemic.

The Annual Seattle Girls’ School Luncheon is a creative celebration of our students and mission, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting SGS’s need-based financial aid and innovative academic programs. Registration for the 2018 Annual Luncheon on May 10th is open. Please register here. If you are interested in sponsoring a table at the 2018 Luncheon, please complete and submit the Sponsorship Packet by no later than April 20th.  More information on the Table Captain role can be found here.

If you have any questions about the Luncheon, registration, or details on being a Table Captain, please contact Devon Simpson at

We hope to see you at this important and inspiring event.

Thank you!


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