World-renowned 4-time Olympic medalist and successful African American entrepreneur,
Dominique Dawes, will headline the Tabor 100 Captains of Industry Gala on September 30.
Dawes, who founded Dominique Dawes Gymnastics Academy, has been featured nationally for
her transition from world class African American Olympic athlete to entrepreneur.
Dawes’ history in the elite world class gymnastics world and how it served as the catalyst to lead her to
create her gymnastics academies is a true testament to perseverance and discipline in the midst of very trying times for her personally and professionally.
“We look forward to hearing from Ms. Dawes about her journey to entrepreneurship, the challenges she’s faced and how her personal history has transformed her into a successful business owner,” said Ollie Garrett, Tabor 100 CEO.
Dominique Dawes is a three-time Olympian, Olympic Gold Medalist, Healthy Lifestyle Advocate, and Gymnastics Academy Owner of the Dominique Dawes Gymnastics & Ninja Academies. She opened the gyms to continue her commitment to developing a healthy and compassionate culture in the sport of gymnastics. Her first academy opened in the midst of a global pandemic, July 2020, and her second location is slated to open in early 2023.
Dawes also holds minority ownership of the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League, and served as the co-chair of the President’s Council for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition under the Obama administration alongside Drew Brees.
Alongside LeBron James and Maverick Carter, she recently served as Executive Producer of the Peacock docu-series “Golden”, the journey of USA’s elite gymnasts on the road to the Tokyo Olympics, which has been nominated for a Sports Emmy.
Dawes holds her degree from the University of Maryland and was inducted into UMD’s prestigious Hall of Fame in 2022. In 2023, her hometown of Montgomery County, Maryland, will honor her career and legacy with a life size statue to continue inspiring the next generation to follow in her footsteps. As a wife, mother of four, Olympian and business owner, Dominique Dawes has transcended the world of sports, politics, entertainment, and culture.
Master of Ceremonies
Bruce Harrell and his family have been committed to community service in this region for more than four decades. Bruce began his public service in 1979 working for the Seattle City Council under Council President Paul Kraabel. He attended Seattle Public Schools, graduating from Garfield High. He played football for the University of Washington (1978 Rose Bowl Champion, 1979 Sun Bowl Champion, 1st Team Academic All American and All Pac-10). He received the 2007 University of Washington distinguished Alumni Award in Political Science and 2008 Husky Legend award. Bruce was also elected to the UW Alumni Board of Trustees.
In 2007, Harrell was elected to the Seattle City Council. He was reelected in 2011 and 2015, choosing not to run in 2019. In 2016 he was chosen as President of the City Council and for a brief time in 2017, served as acting mayor. He was elected Mayor in his own right in 2021, becoming the second black mayor in the city and the first Asian American.
Harrell’s legacy is substantial, from leading the move requiring police officers to use body cameras, to barring employers from automatically excluding job candidates with criminal records. Bruce’s commitment to minority business in the region is impressive. He has served as the MC for the Tabor 100 Gala many times in the past, and we are pleased to have Mayor Bruce Harrell onstage for our 22nd Annual Gala.
DaNell Daymon is a native of Rochester, New York. After many years of cultivating his own sound and brand in the music industry on both the East and West Coast, he formed the Greater Works choir (2010).
DaNell Daymon & Greater Works has garnered recognition as Regional Winners and Finalists in the national choir competition “How Sweet the Sound” (2012). Additionally, they were semi-finalists on Season 12 of the internationally renowned America’s Got Talent television competition (2017). They have received numerous awards, traveled to Brazil, and toured throughout Europe (2019). They have performed a virtual concert, partnered with the Game Changers to spread awareness for ALS, and participated in the March on Washington held in our nation’s capital (2020). Greater Works has also recorded and released two projects, the latest being DaNell Daymon & Greater Works- “Live In Las Vegas” – Charting #19 on Billboards for the single “Worship & Praise”!
Recently, this dynamic choir performed at the Neo Soul Fest, Mosaic Fest, and the Umoja Fest (2023). DaNell Daymon & Greater Works will leave a lasting impact on everyone they encounter!
Gee Scott, a Chicago native who has called Washington home since 1999, is co-host of “The Gee & Ursula Show” on KIRO 97.3FM. Gee, a graduate of Western College of Auctioneering, is also Seattle Seahawks game day host. Gee and his wife Lillian live in Tacoma, Washington. Gee, a high-energy speaker and auctioneer for today’s audiences, built a career infusing personal experiences, innovation and infectious energy across many industries. Gee embodies hustle, drive, determination, transformation and success.
Feb 1 – Feb 12
The 21st Annual Captains of Industry Gala is sold out. Contact Gala@Tabor100.org or 206.368.4042 for Questions or Assistance with Table, Ticket, or Partnership Payments