The Minnesota Lynx Inspiring Women Program 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.

2018 INSPIRING WOMEN WINNERS

Pride Night Honoree | Andrea Jenkins

On June 16 while the team and fans celebrated their annual Pride Night, the team honored Andrea Jenkins. Jenkins is the first African American openly transgender woman to be elected in office in the United States. She’s currently serving on the Minneapolis City Council representing Ward 8.
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Military Appreciation Night Honoree | Cumah Blake

On July 3, the Minnesota Lynx honored Lieutenant Cumah Blake as part of their Inspiring Women Platform. The honor goes to those who inspire, motivate and encourage others through their personal and professional leadership. Blake serves as a Judge Advocate for the Minnesota National Guard. She previously served as a Deputy General Counsel for the Office of Governor Mark Dayton and Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith.
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We Are Women Night Honoree | Deb Loch and Jill Pavlak

On Aug. 5, the Minnesota Lynx continued their Inspiring Women Platform by honoring Jill Pavlak and Deb Loch. In 2017, the two were awarded the Alice O’Brien Award from St. Paul in recognition of a women-owned business that is committed to equity and empowerment. They are also the sixth-largest LGBTQ business in the state of Minnesota.
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Breast Health Awareness Night Honoree | Marti Madden

The Lynx continued their Inspiring Women platform on Aug. 12, honoring Marti Madden. As the Lynx had their Breast Health Awareness Night, the team honored Madden, who is a breast cancer survivor and a peer mentor for Firefly Sisterhood.
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Fan Appreciation Night Honoree | Women of the Final Four Local Organization Committee

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