Women Leadership Awards


Women leaders are rethinking existing paradigms regarding how we live and work. They’re determined to reshape their industry and create a smarter and more inclusive future.


Their leadership is disruptive and inspires growth. Lot of women today are proving their outstanding leadership and achievements that are reflected by their initiatives and making an impact in our communities and society at large.

Aligned to our vision "Encourage, Inspire, Appreciate & Empower Women", Women Leadership Awards which are given to outstanding women who have enriched us with their significant contributions and as role models are inspiring others to create their own path and chase their dreams.

Awards intends to :

  • Recognize women leaders as catalyst - change agents.

  • Highlight their achievements and appreciate their success in regional and global levels.

  • Encourage and inspire young women to have role models.

  • Fuel aspirations by strengthening their leadership skills and emphasizing their role in the sustainable development of economy.

  • Uphold and highlight the various business initiatives to encourage and motivate women to compete in the corporate and labor market.

  • Evaluate the effective leadership and the contribution of women leaders in the development and growth of the region.

Ravishing Women Leadership Award Winners

Carment Best

Leader - Law Enforcement


Chief Carmen Best assumed the role of Chief of Police of the Seattle Police Department on August 13, 2018. Chief Best has served with the Seattle Police Department for 27 years. Most recently, she served as Deputy Chief, overseeing the Patrol Operations, Investigations, and Special Operations Bureaus, as well as the Community Outreach section. Chief Best has completed the Senior Management Institute for Police, the FBI National Academy, the Criminal Justice Executive Leadership Academy, and the Major Cities Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Institute. She holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. Chief Best serves as the Chair of the Human and Civil Rights Committee (HCRC) for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and is on the IACP Board of Directors. She is the Vice-Chair of Exploring for the Learning for Life National Executive Board, and serves on the National Law Enforcement Exploring Committee. She is also co-chair of the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force (LEITF), and a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and the National Latino Police Officers Association (NLPOA). Additionally, Chief Best is a board member for United Way of King County, and is the Leadership Council Chair for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Seattle. She serves on the Visit Seattle Advisory Board and is on the St. Jude Advisory Council for Seattle. In 2015, Chief Best received the "Newsmaker of the Year" award from the Seattle Black Press. In 2019, she received the "Vision from the Mountaintop" award from Urban Impact for her commitment to justice and community. She was also awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which recognizes individuals for accomplishments in their field and dedicated contributions to society.

Julie Danforth

Leader - Fashion


Julie grew up in Gig Harbor Washington and attended Seattle Central Community College in 1998-1999, graduating with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Apparel Design. As one of the top in her class, she was on the Dean’s list, a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Student Member and Hallmark Awards officer. She was also a student member in the Seattle Chapter of Fashion Group International and is a current member today. While earning her degree, Julie was an intern at Cutter & Buck as a Design Assistant Color Technician. During the summer quarter, Julie attended American Intercontinental University in London to attend a women’s wear course and an internship with Designer Paul Costello in Knightsbridge, as a Design Assistant. She also worked at London Fashion Week with setup and staging for the event. The quarter following graduation from Seattle Central Community College she returned to London for in internship at Angels Costumiers in Camden London, as a Design Assistant. Julie is an award-winning fashion designer who is passionate about creating elegant, beautiful gowns inspired by classic movies and glamorous editorials. Being a fashion designer is her purpose in life. She love’s every aspect of it, from designing to completing each piece. Her collections have been featured in numerous magazine editorials and fashion shows in Seattle, Bellevue, Portland and Los Angeles.

Autum Grimm

Leader - Technology


Autum is Co-Founder CRO for PartnerTap. She is responsible for sales, demand generation, and business development. Over the past 15 years Autum has spent her time both selling to domestic and international companies as well as leading and developing top producing sales teams. Autum is passionate about equality in the workplace and works hard to celebrate diversity.

Ratna Roy

Leader - Performing Arts


Ratna Roy, Ph.D., was born in Ranchi, India, and completed her Master’s in English from the University of Calcutta (now Kolkata), through the Presidency College. Subsequently in 1966, she came to the United States to complete her Ph.D. in English from the University of Oregon in 1972. Her acclaimed dissertation was in African American literature, one of the earliest in the field. Initially as a child trained in Katthak and Bharata Natyam, Ratna started her training in Odissi dance in 1972 under Guru Govinda Chandra Pal, and from 1977 until his death in 2003, under Padmashri Guru Pankaj Charan Das in the little known tradition of the devadasis (temple priestesses) of the Jagannatha Temple in Puri. As one of Guru Pankaj Charan’s seniormost disciples, she has performed extensively as a soloist in India, the USA, Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, the Baltics, South Africa, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, China, and Japan. In the US she is also well-known for her own choreography based on her dual heritage as an Indian and an American and her penchant for the disadvantaged. Ratna has published several articles in both Indian and US journals as well as a well-reviewed book, Neo-Classical Odissi Dance, and has received fellowships and awards for her traditional dance, choreographies, and dance scholarship, including the Advanced Fulbright Research Fellowship for her dance research (1985), American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship (1988), National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowship (1988), Summer Fulbright Fellowship (1988), Arts International Award (2001), Fund for Folk Culture Award (2005), Washington State Arts Commission's Master Apprenticeship Award (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010), the Gordon Ekvall Tracie Memorial Award from Ethnic Heritage Council, Washington (2008), Washington State Arts Commission's Fellowship Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts (2008), “Building Bridges across the Nations” award for her “exemplary contribution to the community” to honor the memory of Mahatma Gandhi (2014). As a scholar on Odissi dance she has been a speaker for Humanities Washington in 1988-1990, 1991-1993, 1995-1997, and 2012-2014. In 2015, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Odissi Dance, Odisha, India, and on March 17, 2018, Ratna received the Adiguru Pankaj Charan Das Parampara [succession] Samman Award from Nalco in Odisha, India, and in 2019 the Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Award from Humanities Washington and Washington Arts Commission. Currently, she is Professor Emeritus, The Evergreen State College (1988-2014) and Artistic Director, Urvasi Dance Ensemble. Through dance scholarship, Ratna has broken the artificial boundaries between arts and humanities in her lectures accompanied by dance. She has also striven to give voice to the disenfranchised through dance interpretation, choreography and scholarship.

Cassandra Gholston

Leader - Technology


Cassandra is responsible for the strategic vision of PartnerTap. Prior to founding PartnerTap Cassandra spent her career in sales as a top performer in SaaS companies. She obtained multiple President’s Clubs and awards. She is driven to make the jobs of salespeople more lucrative through PartnerTap. Cassandra is passionate about giving back with a focus on charities around autism and youth.

Linda Lowry

Leader - Media & Public Relations


Linda Lowry – Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at DSA Solutions Linda Lowry’s creative energy, entrepreneurial spirit, and passion for the arts are evident in all her ventures whether it be the motivation that drives success in her role as Co-Founder and CMO of DSA Solutions. Her focus on enhancing relationships through connecting community leaders, or her active participation on numerous advisory boards and committees that demonstrate her love of the arts and community involvement. Linda studied at Chapman University and received her BA in Political Science/International Law. She recently co-produced with Cathy Allen, the National Women’s Political Caucus NWPC Audio Campaign Training. In her role as CMO at DSA Solutions, Linda can pull from nearly 20 years corporate and entrepreneurship experience to provide strategic marketing, sales relationship consultation, and tactical business development, with a focus on the technology sector, creative arts, and life sciences community. Linda has enjoyed a remarkable career and as part of her core values embraces the leadership, sales, marketing, and business development experience from world class organizations that include Nordstrom, Enterprise (Ride Share Division), and Pitney Bowes as well as start-up projects Just4Fund, Cin’atra Vodka, Tiger Mountain IT, Fashion Lab International, and of course DSA Solutions. She is also very active in the media platform and has been a lifestyle writer & editor for MODE Fashion Magazine, IBUKI Magazine, and a contributing community lifestyle writer for King 5’s new show, Take 5. A couple highlights that Linda is most proud of include: 1) her efforts to promote air quality improvement, while at Enterprise, through advocacy that consisted of introducing legislation to promote alternative commutes and actively working at a local, state, and federal level to promote these policies, and 2) Co-Founding of the Art Committee at the Columbia Tower Club(CTC) whereby she has been part of a passionate group that have both promoted community engagement of the arts from CTC members as well as bringing regular, local artists to the CTC for performances or to showcase their works. The annual highlight of this committee is a fundraising gala to support local artistic groups such as: SANCA, The Michael J. Owens Music Foundation, The Film School, and the Cornish School of the Arts. 3) Fashion Lab International – a fashionable platform created for fashion designers as a runway to success to expand their brand image. Ms. Lowry remains active in the greater Seattle community as evident by her volunteer efforts with the following organizations: Columbia Tower Club (Board of Governors, Chair of Art Committee), Arts Unlimited (President), Encanto (Committee Member), Goodwill Glitter Gala (Committee Member), The Diversity Center of Seattle (Board Member). Linda also embraces opportunities to assist like-minded entrepreneurial efforts and women in business and currently serves on the advisory board for PartnerTap and Bitlume. Follow Linda on Instagram to learn more about her community involvement efforts: @Linda_Lowry Connect with Linda on LinkedIn for professional networking: http://linkedin.com/in/lindalowry

Jean Craciun

Leader - Diversity


Founder Jean Craciun is a nationally recognized moderator/facilitator. She has decades of experience helping groups and individuals get to that next level in team building and group dynamics, emotional intelligence, social justice, and community engagement. As a founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Craciun Research Group Inc. she consulted on full service market research projects internationally and nationally. Jean is a sociologist and feminist. She spent 30 years as an activist mentored by renowned Gloria Steinem and Congresswoman Bella Abzug. Jean served as Vice President of The National Women’s Political Caucus in the 90s and noted in November 2018, “we could only dream of the election cycle we just witnessed with women starting to take their rightful place in the politics that impacts our daily lives.” As Jean's company thrived on a world stage, she honed skills in Social Marketing Campaigns consulting with USAID to train Russian sociologists on how to conduct quantitative and qualitative research. Working with Alaska Native Corporations' global businesses, she saw first-hand matriarchal leadership at its best. Jean moved to Seattle in 2012 and believes her life’s purpose is to help women/men take decisive action to facilitate greater works by employing DEI to their daily practice. After founding Diversity Center of Seattle in Spring of 2018, she endeavors to assist clients with understanding the people issues in corporate America today. She pushes for a focus on inclusion, pay equity (comparable worth) and, as part of our heritage of white privilege, to assist in the eradication of institutional racial injustice. Highly ethical in all aspects of her work she lives-into the motto “do no harm” at all levels of interaction working with human participants.

Anjana Kumar

Leader - Entertainment


Anjana Kumar, Founder and CEO of 5678 Media Group, is one of most successful woman entrepreneurs based in New York, USA. Over the past few years, Anjana has been actively involved in various social programs geared towards gender equality, education, sustainability and youth empowerment of South Asian women. Through her unique programming of events, she employs multiple strategies to raise awareness and initiate community funding for critical social issues prevalent in the South Asian community. In 2018, she set a great example of inclusiveness and diversity by bringing Bollywood and western dance worlds together on one stage.

Patsy Surh O’Connell

Leader - Cultural Heritage


Patsy Surh O'Connell was born in Shanghai, China of Korean parent refugees from Japan’s military occupation of Korea. Her family returned to Korea after Japan’s surrender. The Korean War, with North Korean and Chinese communist military invasions, again uprooted and imperiled her family. After that war, she lived her early life in Korea before immigrating to America in 1963, and graduated as an Interior Designer in San Francisco. She has two sons, and an adopted daughter, and lives with her husband of 54 years in Gig Harbor, Washington since 1985. Achievements highlights: -She studied Chinese ink painting, Sumi-e, oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, lapidary, weaving, pottery, quilting, and batik in Korea, Japan, China, and in the United States. -Governor-appointed as an Arts Commissioner to the Washington State Arts Commission for two terms through 1996-2003. -Appointed to Board of Trustees of Western States Arts Federation representing Washington State for two terms through 1997-2004. -Received Governor Jay Inslee Arts and Heritage Award in 2018 -Received President’s Award from Republic of Korea President Moon Jae In, in 2019 -Founder and President of the nonprofit Asia Pacific Cultural Center since 1996 where 47 countries and cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands are represented in our community. The mission of the organization is bridging communities and generations through arts, culture, education, and business. www.asiapacificculturalcenter.org She has shown her works in many juried art shows, and received numerous awards. Her works are in private collections in Korea, Japan, Sweden, and the United States. She has been a water media teacher at college level for 37 years, a juror, served as President of the Korean American Artists of Washington for the past 5 years, member of Women Painters of WA, and is a Signature Life Member of the Northwest Watercolor Society. She believes learning is a life-long endeavor, and keeping one’s cultural roots is an important factor in one’s life. Assimilating what we each consider to be good from our cultural roots into the fabric of our American culture is an important legacy role for each of us to practice. She is affiliated with: Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) Women Painters of Washington (WPW) Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS) Korean American Artists Association of WA (KAAAW) Puget Sound Sumi Artists (PSSA) Overseas Chinese Artists Association (OCAA) Peninsula Art League (PAL)

Patty Kuderer



Senator Kuderer is the first female state Senator representing 48th Legislative District. She was selected by her colleagues to chair the new Senate Housing Stability & Affordability Committee, Kuderer has brought diverse voices to the table as the Legislature looks to tackle the statewide crisis of housing instability. In addition to her new role as chair, she also serves as the Senate’s assistant majority floor leader, as vice chair of the State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections, and as a member of the Law & Justice and Rules committees.

Laurie Zundel



Laurie is an educator, author and CEO of My Travel Friends. She believe that we can change the world, one child at a time. She founded My Travel Friends with a goal to inspire the next generation of children to become “World Changers.” Through interactive books, apps, dynamic music, children with their unique learning styles experience the joy of learning.

Uzma Butte

Community Activist


Uzma is an educator and an activist who advocates progressive values and social justice. She advocates for safe neighborhoods, more affordable housing, improved community centers, better parks, effective transit, and balanced growth. She believes in building private-public collaborations , when tackling issues, and wants to bring more transparency and fiscal responsibility to City government. She is currently vice-president of the Kirkland Rotary Club and is on the board of Attain housing to help transition more families towards housing stability.

Satwinder Kaur

City Council


Satwinder is Kent City Councilmember where she serves to be a voice for the people who are not at the table. She sees her role on the Council as a great learning opportunity and a chance to bring a fresh set of eyes to the City’s problems . Passionate about the community, Satwinder volunteers with a number of local organizations.

Mona Walia Berdan

Community Advocacy


Mona is the founder of South Asians for Sexual and Social Empowerment (SASSE) and has spent 20 years as a champion for Social and Reproductive justice through health care, advocacy, and education. Her focus a been towards "Change Leadership"; to provide culturally relevant education through healthcare and strongly believes that every individual has a voice, and through knowledge, our voices will come together to make change for future generations to come.

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