"There’s so much to be learned from the people around us; you just have to take the time to listen and be attentive."

Shelley Thomas makes painting and sculpture come alive for children.

"Carry yourself with grit and grace. Be hungry and go forth with integrity."

"Ask for help, ask for promotions and ask for the next new role. If you don’t ask, people will never know what you want or are capable of."

"I grew up in a family of politicians and there was hope that I would follow in the family footsteps."

"Your voice, opinion and experience are important and can often lead to breakthrough moments and ideas."

Longtime civic activist will join other honorees October 25 at the Nordic Museum.

"Too often, I find that gender equity programs focus purely on what women can do differently. I disagree, as I think women are fine just as they are."

"When it comes to gender equity, awareness is important, but it’s not enough."