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GINNY GILDER

Managing Member
Force 10 Enterprises/Seattle Storm

Ginny is the managing member of Force 10 Enterprises, which owns Force 10 Hoops, the WNBA’s Seattle Storm franchise, Force 10 Sports Management, which provides marketing and management expertise to local and national sports organizations, and Force 10 Performance, an affordable multi-sport training center for all athletes and abilities. This latest career chapter comingles her love of business with her passion for sports and deep belief in its power to transform lives. Force 10 Enterprises is dedicated to the philosophy that women should enjoy access to competitive opportunities at every level: the Storm showcases the power of women as inspirational athletes and leaders and Force 10 Performance makes affordable, world class training available to everyone. 

In addition, Ginny has started several entrepreneurial ventures, both businesses and non-profits, whose founding dreams range from the practical to the transformational. Today she is CEO of the Gilder family investment office (which she founded in 2004) and president of one of her family’s philanthropic entities, the Starfish Group, whose mission is to champion the underdog, individuals who face steeper odds in creating a sustainable life for themselves. 

Early in her business career, Ginny established Washington Works, a local non-profit dedicated to assisting welfare recipients to obtain and retain livable-wage employment, and served as its first Executive Director. She has also served on various non-profit boards, locally and around the country, all focused on education or sports.
 
A rower, she earned four varsity letters at Yale University, and was an All-Ivy Champion three times. Her freshman year she helped usher in the post-Title IX era at Yale by participating in the now-famous women’s crew strip-in protesting the lack of equal facilities. Ginny represented the United States on four national teams, including two Olympic teams. She was named to the U.S. team which boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games and won a silver medal as the stroke of the women’s quadruples sculls with coxswain at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984. She holds a pair of international medals, including a bronze from the 1983 World Championships in the single.

Gilder has since helped launch community rowing programs in Boston, MA and Derby, CT. She received an NCAA Silver Anniversary Award for community service in 2004. She is also the recipient of the 2015 US Rowing Association Jack Kelly Award and the 2015 Yale University George H.W. Bush ’48 Lifetime of Leadership Award. The author of the memoir, Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX, Ginny is also a mother of three children, step-mother of two, and grand-mother of one. Ginny lives with her wife, Lynn, and their two poodles in Seattle, Washington.