Annual Luncheon

Luncheon Registration

Registration for the 18th Annual Luncheon is not yet open. Please stay tuned for updates.

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Stay tuned for information about next year’s Annual Luncheon.

What is the Annual Luncheon?

The Annual Seattle Girls’ School Luncheon is a creative celebration of our students and our mission, with all proceeds directly benefiting Seattle Girls’ School. What is remarkable about the Luncheon is that our students host the program and collaborate on the creation of its content. Self-assured young women from every grade confidently speak in front of hundreds of attendees and articulately honor the role models we recognize that day.

The Annual SGS Luncheon is the school’s primary fundraising event of the year. The goal is to raise support for our need-based financial aid and innovative academic programs.

2019 Luncheon Sponsors


Collaborator: $5,000+:




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Inspirer: $2,500+:







Previous Grace Hopper Outstanding Achievement Awards

The Grace Hopper Outstanding Achievement Award honors Northwest women who have achieved greatness in their chosen field.

2003 – Mary Clair King, Ph.D.

Dr. Mary-Claire King is an American human geneticist. She is a professor at the University of Washington and is known for identifying breast cancer genes, demonstrating that humans and chimpanzees are 99% genetically identical, and applying genomic sequencing to identify victims of human rights abuses.

2004 – Usha Varanasi, Ph.D.

Dr. Usha Varanasi’s leadership and vision have had deep and lasting impacts in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, including her involvement in establishing the Center for Urban Waters, and her long-term service to the University of Washington as affiliate professor with the Chemistry department and School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

2005 – Linda Buck, Ph.D.

Dr. Linda Brown Buck is an American biologist best known for her work on the olfactory system. She was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her work on olfactory receptors. She is currently on the faculty of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

2006 – Bonnie J Dunbar, Ph.D.

Dr. Bonnie Jeanne Dunbar is a former NASA astronaut. After retiring from NASA, she served as president and CEO of The Museum of Flight until April 2010. Dr. Dunbar now leads the new University of Houston’s STEM Center and joined the faculty of the Cullen College of Engineering.

2007 – Nalini Nadkarni, Ph.D.

Dr. Nalini Nadkarni is an Indian-American ecologist who pioneered the study of Costa Rican rain forest canopies. Using mountain climbing equipment to make her ascent, Nadkarni first took an inventory of the canopy in 1981, followed by two more inventories in 1984.

2008 – P. Dee Boersma. Ph.D.

Dr. P. Dee Boersma is a conservation biologist and professor at the University of Washington, where she is Wadsworth Endowed Chair in Conservation Science. Dr. Boersma’s area of work focuses on seabirds, specifically Magellanic penguins. She has directed the Magellanic Penguin Project at Punta Tombo, Argentina since 1982.

2010 – Laura Koutsky, Ph.D.

Dr. Laura Koutsky is Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. Dr. Koutsky’s research interests are in the acquisition and natural history of genital human papillomavirus (HPV) infections and the prevention of HPV-related infections and cancers

2011 – Yoky Matsuoka, Ph.D.

Dr. Yoky Matsuoka is the VP of Technology and Analytics at Twitter. Previously, she was an associate professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, director of that university’s Neurobotics Laboratory, and director of the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering. She is a 2007 MacArthur Fellow.

2012 – Estella Leopold, Ph.D.

Dr. Estella B. Leopold is a paleobotanist and a conservationist. As a researcher in the United States Geological Survey, she aided in uncovering records of plant life from the Miocene in the Pacific Ocean and from the Rocky Mountains. Leopold’s work as a conservationist includes taking legal action to help save the Florissant Fossil Beds in Colorado, and fighting pollution.

2013 – Adriane Brown, Ph.D.

Dr. Adriane Brown is president and COO for Intellectual Ventures (IV), the leader in the business of invention. With a portfolio of nearly 40,000 high tech patents, her leadership and business acumen serve as the cornerstone for building strong, global performance for IV.

2014 – Paula Boggs, J.D.

Before attending the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Paula Boggs completed U.S. Army Infantry Airborne School. She worked as an assistant U.S. attorney and then entered private practice. Boggs served first as VP of legal at Dell and then as executive VP and general counsel at Starbucks. In 2010, President Obama named Boggs to the White House Council for Community Solutions.

2015 – Maxine Hayes, M.D.

Maxine Hayes is the retired state health officer of the Washington State Department of Health, where she worked for 25 years. Prior to her appointment as state health officer, Dr. Hayes was the assistant secretary of Community and Family in the Department of Health. She is the recipient of many awards and honors for her work in maternal and child health.

2016 – Kristin Laidre, Ph.D.

Kristin Laidre, Ph.D. is a principal scientist at the Polar Science Center, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington, and an Assistant Professor at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. As a post-doctoral fellow at the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources in Nuuk, she studied arctic animals, in particular the narwhal and the polar bear. Dr. Laidre’s research uses NASA satellites and is supported by a NASA ROSES grant, examining the relationship between the winter pack ice habitat, narwhal movements, and the impacts of climate change.

2017 – Karina Walters, Ph.D.

Karina L. Walters, an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is the Associate Dean for Research, the Katherine Hall Chambers Scholar, and the Director and Principal Investigator of the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at the University of Washington. Dr. Walters has over 20 years of experience in social epidemiological research on the historical, social, and cultural determinants of health among American Indian and Alaskan Native populations as well as chronic disease prevention research.

2018 – Barbara Earl Thomas

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.

2019 – Nicole Gaines Phelps 

Nicole Gaines Phelps has more than 20 years of legal experience, including eight as a judicial officer. When Judge Phelps joined the King County Superior Court bench in 2017, she was the first African-American woman to win a contested election for an open seat on the Superior Court bench. Judge Phelps is committed to providing equal access to justice in her courtroom. As an attorney, she practiced both civil and criminal law, ensuring that constitutional rights were accessible to all. In her community, Judge Phelps works to eliminate barriers to legal services and educates the public on their legal rights.
Previous Grace Hopper Exemplary Leadership Awards

The Grace Hopper Exemplary Leadership Award honors professional Northwest women who have made an outstanding commitment to creating pathways and encouraging women to become leaders in their own community.

2003 – Millie Russell, Ph.D.

Dr. Millie Bown Russell became the first African American student in the Medical Technology program at Seattle University. Millie Bown Russell worked for 26 years with the King County Central Blood Bank, and then at the University of Washington as the director of the Preprofessional Program for Minority Students in Health Sciences. Later she became assistant to the vice president, Office of Minority Affairs.

2004 – Trish Millines Dziko

Trish Millines Dziko is the co-founder and executive director of the Technology Access Foundation. She received her B.S. in Computer Science in 1979. In 1988 Dziko became one of the early employees at Microsoft Inc., in Redmond, Washington. It was during her nearly nine years at Microsoft that she became active in promoting awareness of the importance of diversity in the corporate world.

2005 – Luversa Sullivan (1949-2011)

Luversa Sullivan launched the Intel Computer Clubhouse on Tacoma’s Hilltop, which offers math tutoring and mentoring along with lessons in robotics, computers and technology. Sullivan was dedicated to creating more diversity in the technology sector.

2006 – Michelle Williams, ScD

Now at Harvard University, Michelle Williams was previously a professor of epidemiology and global health at the University of Washington School of Public Health, she has published more than 230 scientific articles and has received numerous research and teaching awards. In 2011, President Obama presented Williams with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.

2007 – Carolyn Corvi

Carolyn Corvi is the former vice president-general manager of Airplane Programs at Boeing. As Boeing’s lean leader, she continued to spearhead Boeing’s lean cultural transformation, while leading the implementation of industry leading practices.

2008 – Karen Morse, Ph.D.

As the first woman president of Western Washington University, Dr. Morse lead large growth in the campus and is credited with fostering a collaborative student-centered academic environment, innovative faculty teaching, increased faculty-student research collaboration, and supporting green energy and alternative transportation.

2010 – Nan Stoops

Nan Stoops has worked in the anti-violence movement as an advocate, trainer, and organizer for more than 30 years. Currently, she serves as the executive director of the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a non-profit organization that works on behalf of 73 community-based domestic violence advocacy agencies in Washington.

2011- The Honorable Mary Yu

Mary Yu is an associate justice of the Washington Supreme Court and former judge of the King County Superior Court. She is the state’s first openly gay justice, the first Asian American justice, and the first Latina justice. She is also the 6th woman currently serving and the 11th woman ever to serve on Washington state’s Supreme Court.

2012 – Jill Wakefield, Ed.D

Jill Wakefield oversees the three Seattle College campuses and has been chancellor since 2009, and the first woman to serve in that role. Wakefield is known for piloting the first applied baccalaureate programs in the country—programs that allow students to earn four-year degrees in community colleges—and for initiating I-BEST, a nationally recognized model for mixing basic and technical education in credit-bearing classes.

2013 – Phyllis J. Campbell

Phyllis Campbell is the chairman, Pacific Northwest for JP Morgan Chase. Previously she was the president/CEO of The Seattle Foundation. Prior to that she served as president & CEO of US Bank of Washington. Phyllis has devoted her time, energy, and expertise to countless civic activities, with a focus on education and human services issues.

2014 – Ana Mari Cauce, Ph.D.

Dr. Cauce was raised in Miami after emigrating with her family from Cuba. In 2011 Cauce was named provost and executive vice president of the University of Washington, responsible for overseeing the education, research, and service missions of the university’s schools, colleges and other academic units. She is also a strong advocate for women and underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

2015 – Martha Choe

Martha Choe served as the chief administrative officer of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she oversaw substantive foundation operations. Previously, Choe served as the director of the Washington State Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development, and  was elected to two four-year terms on the Seattle City Council. Choe is the former chair of the White House Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islanders.

2016 – Beth Takekawa

Beth Takekawa is the Executive Director of the Wing Luke Museum. Under her leadership she has established the Wing Luke as a community-based cultural institution in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District, the only pan-Asian Pacific American museum in the nation, the first Smithsonian Institution affiliate in the Pacific Northwest, and a newly designated Affiliated Area of the National Park Service.

2018 – Julie McElrath, MD, Ph.D. 

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 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.

2019 – Mona Locke

With more than 20 years of global experience working in both the public and private sectors, Mona Locke has held a variety of positions in journalism, communications, corporate and community partnerships, and government relations. She also served for eight years as Washington State’s first lady and more recently, she worked on U.S. Department of State issues pertaining to U.S.-China relations. Ms. Locke is also known for her advocacy against sexual harassment and is an active member of her community.