Annual Luncheon

Grace Hopper Award

Seattle Girls' School Annual Grace Hopper Award

Who was Rear Admiral Grace Hopper?

Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (1906–1992), was a mathematician, computer scientist, systems designer, and programmer. Her groundbreaking work as a mathematician and computer scientist led to the development of the computer language COBOL. She is more famously known as the ‘mother of the computer’ and was the first female Admiral in the US Navy. With the tremendous spirit of RADM Hopper at heart, we celebrate women* who have excelled remarkably in their field.

What is SGS's Annual Grace Hopper Award?

SGS's Annual Grace Hopper Award honors women*, like RADM Hopper, who provide SGS students with positive role models. We aim to honor a visionary Northwest woman who is not only a leader in their community, but exemplifies mentorship excellence, having made an outstanding commitment to creating pathways and encouraging other women* to become leaders in their own communities. 

*This award recognizes any woman regardless of their gender assigned at birth.

2024 Grace Hopper Award Recipient

We are proud to announce our 2024 Grace Hopper Awardee: Dorothy (Dottie) Metcalf-Lindenburger!

Dorothy (Dottie) Metcalf-Lindenburger, a retired NASA astronaut, educator, and geologist, hails from Colorado's Front Range and studied at Whitman College. A former track and cross-country athlete, she earned her B.A. in Geology. She taught earth science and astronomy for five years at Hudson’s Bay High School, coaching cross-country and participating in Science Olympiad. 

Selected by NASA in 2004, she flew as a mission specialist on the STS-131 crew, contributing as a robotic arm operator and coordinator for spacewalks during a fifteen-day International Space Station resupply mission. She later commanded NEEMO 16, simulating asteroid conditions underwater. Retiring from NASA in 2014, she completed an M.S. in applied geology, worked as a geologist, and founded Dottie ML, LLC. Now, a professional speaker and STEAM education advocate, she volunteers with Challenger Learning Center and the Museum of Flight.

Join us in congratulating Dottie, our 2024 Grace Hopper Awardee, at our 22nd Annual Luncheon!

Previous Grace Hopper Award Recipients

Outstanding Achievement

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Exemplary Leadership

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Located in the Central District, Seattle Girls' School is an independent school for girls and gender nonconforming students in grades 5-8. Our mission is to inspire and develop courageous leaders who think independently, work collaboratively, learn joyfully, and champion change.