2011 Superheroes for Washington families: Karen Bryant
Written by ParentMap Staff
For Seattle Storm CEO Karen Bryant, it’s all about impact, whether she’s leading her team to its second WNBA championship or reaching out to inspire girls. “It’s so important,” says Bryant. “I’ve been so fortunate in my life to have so many great adults supporting me, starting with my parents and all my coaches.” Now, Bryant, an Edmonds native and former standout college athlete, is doing all she can to do the same. “I know how impactful it is to a young girl to have adults who invest in their growth and development.”
Bryant is the backbone — really, the heart and soul — of professional women’s basketball in Seattle, serving first as head of the now-defunct Seattle Reign and now running the Seattle Storm. But when she’s not building a successful basketball franchise, she’s quietly working in very personal ways to better the lives of local kids. Bryant has served on the boards of King County Sexual Assault Resource Center and Girl Scouts USA. Currently, she’s on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County. In February, she was honored as a Girl Scouts’ Woman of Distinction for her influence in the community.
“Karen is a wonderful role model to kids,” says Dawn Trudeau, the chairperson of Force 10 Hoops LLC, which owns the Storm. “Not only in her personal achievement through hard work and commitment, but also in the potential she highlights to our community through the variety of ways that kids are featured during Storm games.
“Karen exemplifies that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and your dreams.” —Kristen Russell
Get to know Karen Bryant...
Personal heroes: My mom. I’ll always remember her just doing it all — she was a wife, a mother to three, a sister to 16 and a career woman. She was able to balance all of that remarkably well, and I don’t remember her ever complaining. She’s a very resilient and strong woman.
Pet peeve: Dog owners who don’t pick up after their dogs.
Best recent read: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
Best way to get kids involved in giving back: Model the behavior and invite them to participate with you, which also opens a dialogue.
Flip back to see previous 2011 Superheroes:
Mike Heinisch, Kent Youth and Family Services
Rebecca Mallos, Attachment and Trauma Specialists
Ron Sher, creator of local retail centers
Dr. Beth Harvey, pediatrician
Karen Kodama, Seattle Public Schools
Estela Ortega and Roberto Maestas, El Centro De La Raza
Shandra Benito, Reach Out
Michael Schindler, Operation Military Family
Sebrena and Rena Mateja Burr, Wellspring Family Services
Dan Savage, It Gets Better Project
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