Gillian Coldsnow Noted as a “Woman of Distinction”
Gillian Coldsnow has been a leader at Northwest Public Broadcasting since joining the staff as a classical music host in 1993. Her leadership includes being a coach, mentor and supervisor for hundreds of students who have worked at the station in the last 25 years. Washington State University recognized Gillian’s efforts and influence as a mentor in April, presenting her a Woman of Distinction award before an audience of some 500. Friends from Oregon and Moscow, past and present mentees, colleagues and her three children were among the audience.
Gillian’s colleagues describe her as “combin(ing) high expectations and direct communication with deep compassion and high ideals.” She works tirelessly to mentor the next generation of media personalities and technical workers, helping each of them to “find their voices.” Beyond mentorship, Gillian holistically impacts the lives of those around her. Multiple times, Gillian has cooked and delivered meals to mentees going through personal difficulties such as illness, repeatedly providing comfort and support.