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Women's International Shipping & Trading Association

WISTA USA PNW – Guest Speaker Alisha Valvanis CEO and GM of WNBA Champion Seattle Storm and Force 10 Sports

August 16, 2019

On Friday August 9, 2019 the WISTA USA PNW Chapter had its lunch n’ learn. The facility location was provided by Holland America Group (member Cady Morris) and Lunch was provided by ABD Insurance & Financial Services, Inc. (member Tosca Pinder).  We had 26 in person attendees and 1 remote attendee. As summer is typically light attendance we took this opportunity to bring guests that may be interested in membership.  Our speaker was Alisha Valvanis CEO and GM of WNBA Champion Seattle Storm and Force 10 Sports (that included Seattle Reign FC, Seattle Seawolves, USA basketball, etc).    Alisha  graciously donated her time in the spirit of women supporting women as well as to bring more visibility to Seattle Storm and Force 10 Sports Management.  We spoke about leadership, culture, team, diversity and empowerment.  By listening to leadership and experiences outside of our industry it brings a better awareness of where we are personally and collectively for diversity.  We are following up by attending a Seattle Storm game on August 27th, we’ve opened it up to members and their families. We have 30 going as of today.

NPR clip

https://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=747766451

https://storm.wnba.com/alisha-valavanis/

She normally charges $2500 and the money goes to Storm Cares or Tickets for kids program.

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