WNBA hosts twelfth annual Inspiring Women’s Luncheon

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In an era where empowerment has become a rallying cry for women everywhere, it is fitting that the WNBA, as the most successful women’s sports organization in history, takes a lead in fighting for women’s causes.

The 12th annual Inspiring Women’s Luncheon took place recently in New York City and had a litany of notable figures from the realms of basketball and beyond attend.

The 2018 Inspiration Award was bestowed upon civil rights lawyer Roberta A. Kaplan. She recently began her own firm after being a partner at the Paul, Weiss law firm headquartered in New York. Kaplan is also a professor of law at Columbia University Law School.

Her signature case came in 2013 in the United States vs. Windsor Supreme Court case which ruled that the federal government had to recognize same-sex marriages.

Also honored was Giovanna Allison, who received the Verizon Innovative Learning Award. She is an instructional coach at McNair Middle School in Atlanta.

Allison has been credited with cultivating a learning environment centered around the usage of technology at the school which has changed how students learn and teachers teach.

Of course, what is a WNBA event without WNBA players? Natasha Cloud of the WNBA Finals participant Washington Mystics was the W’s social media host for the event. She even interviewed another noteworthy W hooper – Sugar Rodgers from the New York Liberty.

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