Oct. 28: Women in Leadership Symposium
Bobbe J. Bridge is the founding president and CEO of the Center for Children & Youth Justice, a nonprofit organization she created in 2006 to reform Washington State’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems. She served on the State Supreme Court from 1999 to 2007 and on the King County Superior Court from 1989 to 1999, where she was Chief Juvenile Court Judge for three years. She continues to chair the Washington State Supreme Court Commission on Children in Foster Care.
Before joining the bench, Justice Bridge was the first female partner at the Seattle law firm of Garvey Schubert Barer. Among her many awards as an advocate for children and youth are the 2010 Advocacy Spirit Award from the National Network for Youth, the 2009 Strategies for Youth Award from the Washington State Lieutenant Governor, the Passing the Torch Award from Washington Women Lawyers, the Seattle Civil Rights Champion Award from Lambda Legal, the Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Washington School of Law and the Judge of the Year Award from the King County Bar Association. Justice Bridge also has been inducted into the Washington Generals for special service to the citizens of the state and into the Warren E. Burger Society of the National Center for State Courts.
Dawn Trudeau, chairperson of Force 10 Hoops LLC, spent more than 20 years in the software industry before taking the helm of the ownership group for the 2010 WNBA champions, the Seattle Storm. During 14 years at Microsoft she held a variety of leadership positions, heading up divisions in database and development tools as well as consumer products. For the past 12 years she has helped emerging non-profits to develop the capacity to deliver their programs with maximum effectiveness.
Trudeau is also the president of the Seattle Storm Foundation, chairs the board of the Economic Opportunity Institute and is a member of the University of Washington Women’s Center Advisory Board. Additionally, she serves on the board of Social Venture Partners International and the advisory board of the Business Partnership for Early Learning.
Trudeau focuses her energies on early learning and social and economic justice programs that help provide equal opportunity for all people to develop economic security and personal success.
Barbara Earl Thomas is a Seattle-based painter and writer. She has exhibited artwork at the Seattle Art Museum, The Bellevue Art Museum, Whatcom County Museum and in museums throughout the U.S. Her work is included in a number of prestigious private and public collections such as the Safeco Corporate Collection, the Microsoft Corporate Collection, The City of Seattle Percent for Art and the Seattle Art Museum permanent collection.
In 1998 & 2000 she received The Seattle Arts Commission award for new non-fiction. Her essays have appeared in numerous publications, and anthologies, including Raven Chronicles, Aorta and Gathering Ground. The University of Washington Press published “Storm Watch,” a book of her painting and writing in 1998.
As an arts administrator her career spans more than 25 years. She has worked with individual artists in all genres and with most of Seattle Arts major presenting organizations. Currently she is the Director for the Northwest African American Museum, an organization that explores and tells the stories of African American history, arts and culture in the region.
Colleen S. Willoughby ’55, moderator, graduated from Whitman with a degree in politics and speech. She is an emerita trustee of Whitman who has made a career of community service and leadership in the Seattle area, most notably as co-founder and board member of CityClub and founder of the Washington Women’s Foundation (WWF), which helps women donors become effective philanthropists. Since its inception, the WWF has touched more than 800 organizations through pooled and individual grants and has been honored by the National Society of Fund Raising Executives and Childhaven.
Colleen’s many honors and contributions as a volunteer leader include the 1966 Gordon Scribner Award for Distinguished Service, presented by the Whitman College Alumni Association; YWCA and Junior League awards for community service; and similar awards from the Puget Sound Business Journal, the Seattle Storm and the Women’s University Club of Seattle. In 2009 she received the Association of Junior Leagues International’s highest honor, the Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award.
She established the annual symposium, Women’s Education: For Living and Leadership, 25 years ago to bring women to campus to share their life stories as inspiration to generations of students and alumni. Colleen also enjoys keeping family traditions, like the annual Christmas Swedish smorgasbord, with her husband, two children and six grandchildren.
This event is free and open to the public.