The WNBA’s Seattle Storm will honor Amy Pak with the prestigious Ginger Ackerley Community Service award at their annual Inspiring Women Night July 19 when they take on the Las Vegas Aces.
Pak, a partner with Seattle VC firm Social Venture Partners, is also the founding executive director of Families of Color Seattle. The club says she has spent 20 years “creating high-impact change” in the region in the mental health, youth and family and nonprofit sectors.
The Ginger Ackerley Award is given to an individual who has worked to improve quality of life in the region. Ackerley, a founder of the Storm, was also co-owner -- along with her husband, Barry -- of the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics for almost two decades. She died last year.
The club will also honor Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky; LaNesha Debardelaben, executive director of the Northwest African American Museum: and The Riveter founder and CEO Amy Nelson.
The club cited Charbonneau’s work to increase access to contraceptives for women, Debardelaben’s business strategies in raising the profile of the Northwest African American Museum and Nelson’s stewardship of The Riveter, a national membership network of coworking spaces founded in 2017.
The Storm launched the Inspiring Women awards program in 2006 to honor Seattle-area business executives and community leaders “driven by their shared philosophy that women and girls should have the chance to compete at every level.”
Bellevue-based Symetra Life Insurance Co., which signed on this year to sponsor the Storm for the next 10 years, is the presenting sponsor of the program.
The game against the Aces, at Alaska Airlines Arena on the University of Washington campus, is the Storm's final home game before the WNBA all-star break. At 11-5, the Aces have the best record in the league and also feature Kelsey Plum, the former University of Washington star who was named to the WNBA all-rookie team last year.