The Minnesota Lynx Inspiring Women Program presented by Land O’Lakes celebrates women throughout the state of Minnesota who inspire, motivate and encourage others around them through personal and professional leadership. Throughout the season, the Lynx will honor five women who exemplify these qualities.
For more information about the WNBA’s Inspiring Women platform, please visit their website here.


June Honoree | Monica Meyer

On June 17 as the Lynx took on the Connecticut Sun at the Xcel Energy Center, the team honored Monica Meyer as part of the team’s Inspiring Women Platform presented by Land O’Lakes.
Meyer is the executive director of Outfront Minnesota, which helps lead Minnesota towards LGBTQ equality. Meyer has also been involved in policy advocacy of progress causes since 1992 and helped create the Minnesota Safe Schools For All coalition.

May Honorees | Dani Cameranesi, Kelley Pannek, and Lee Stecklein

The Lynx honor three players from the 2016-17 University of Minnesota Women’s Hockey team. Dani Cameranesi,
Kelly Pannek, and Lee Stecklein were selected to join the 23 player roster for the U.S. Women’s National Team and will begin training this fall in preparation for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Through their leadership, the Gopher’s Women Hockey Team earned a spot in the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four for the sixth year in a row.


May Honoree | Sue Moores

The Lynx honor the founder of Roots for the Home Team, Sue Moores. This non-profit helps multi-cultural youth believe in their futures through a salad enterprise they run at sports venues. Youth create salad recipes based on the foods they grow in the garden program. The kids are then employed by Roots to sell the salads at Target Field on Minnesota Twins’ weekend home games and through other outlets.


June Honoree | Fartun Osman

During Tuesday’s game against the Phoenix Mercury, the Lynx honor Inspiring Woman Fartun Osman.

Originally from Somalia, Osman was both a national basketball player and a runner. After moving to the United States in the ‘90s, Osman volunteered with multiple organizations: the Minnesota Thunder, Somali youth development, recreation centers and the Somali American Peace Council.


July Honoree | Carissa Vincent

During Friday’s game against the New York Liberty, the Lynx honor Inspiring Woman Carissa Vincent.

To the community by being an advocate for other young women diagnosed with breast cancer, Carissa dedicates her time to multiple volunteer roles at organizations including the state leader for the Young Survival Coalition, The Firefly Sisterhood, and Little Pink Houses of Hope. Carissa is also actively involved with Gilda’s Club Twin Cities and is a member of the Allina Health Breast Cancer Patient Advisory Council.


August Honoree | Sondra Samuels

The Minnesota Lynx and Land O’Lakes honor Sondra Samuels, President and CEO of the Northside Achievement Zone as part of the Inspiring Women platform on September 30th. In collaboration with partner non-profits, schools and parents, Northside Achievement Zone works to help low-income children in North Minneapolis graduate from high school and prepare for college.

Under Sondra’s leadership, Northside Achievement Zone has supported over 1,000 parents, over 2,000 students and has become a nationally recognized model for comprehensive community development and system change

September Honoree | Dr. Amy Hewett-Olatunde

On September 17th, the Minnesota Lynx and Land O’Lakes as part of the Inspiring Women Platform Honored Dr. Amy Hewett-Olatunde, an English-learner teacher of almost 20 years.

She is currently a teacher at Leap High School of the St. Paul Public School District which caters to an all immigrant and refugee population. She is also an undergraduate and graduate professor at the University of St. Thomas and Hamline University and is the current President of Minnetesol, working to educate, elevate and advocate for English-learners in Minnesota. Her dedication to her learners in and out of the classroom is inspiring to all of those around her.