TWIN 2012 Honoree Spotlight

10 Aug

The YWCA’s Tribute to Women of Influence (TWIN) event honors women who have made significant contributions to their fields, and recognizes those organizations that support such achievements. 2012 marks the 21th anniversary of TWIN. Leading up to this year’s September 20th event at Pack Place & Diana Wortham Theatre, we will highlight each of our 20 incredible TWIN Honorees. If you would like more information about the TWIN event, or to reserve a ticket, please visit

Imke Durre

Being blind since birth has had little effect on Imke’s professional and personal accomplishments. Imke is a leading expert and visionary in the field of climate science. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, has developed research-quality databases critical to the assessment of climate change, and has advanced user-focused information products, most notably the climate “normals” that appear on television weather discussions every night.

Imke is also active in supporting the career development of those with visual impairments or other disabilities. She mentors blind students helping them to succeed in math and science, and consults on the adaptive technology requirements for both children and adults. In addition, Imke has served on several national and international committees and written articles on the importance of thinking outside the box to help facilitate educational and career success for the visually impaired and disabled.

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