Seattle Girls' School

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

2012 SGS Luncheon and Grace Hopper Awards

2012 Grace Hopper Awards

Seattle Girls' School is pleased to announce its 2012 Grace Hopper Award Winners. The recipients of these awards are leaders in their community and women who have made significant contributions in their field. They will be honored at the Luncheon on March 29th. Thank you to everyone who nominated prospective recipients and congratulations to our awardees!

Outstanding Achievement: Estella Leopold, Ph.D.

As a paleobotanist, Leopold has spent more than fifty years combing through pollen fossils to reconstruct the history of climate change and plant evolution on our planet. Now a professor emerita at the University of Washington in Seattle, she has used her scientific expertise to lobby successfully for conservation efforts across the country. Learn more about her work here:

Exemplary Leadership Award: Jill Wakefield, Ed.D.

Dr. Jill Wakefield is a visionary leader who is recognized for the depth of her experience in community college education, innovative solutions and developing strategic partnerships. She became Chancellor of the Seattle Community Colleges in January 2009, after serving five years as president at South Seattle Community College, where she directed the development of leading-edge programs and an architecturally vibrant campus. Learn more about her work here:

About Grace Murray Hopper:
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 navy. With the tremendous spirit of Admiral Hopper at heart, we celebrate women who have excelled remarkably in their field.

10th Annual Luncheon

We hope may of you will join us on Thursday, March 29 for our 10th Annual Luncheon, where once again, our very own students will MC and speak during the event, leading an inspiring showcase of our mission. The Annual Luncheon is the school's primary fundraising event of the year, ensuring that SGS's programs can continue to thrive. There is no entry fee to attend - guests will be encouraged to make a gift that is meaningful to them during the event.

Thank you to our Honorary Co-Chairs: Stephanie Solien, Senior Advisor at Climate Solutions and Frank Greer, Partner at GMMB.

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