Linda Lindquist-Bishop received the BoatUS/National Women’s Sailing Association 2017 Leadership in Women's Sailing Award Saturday at the NWSA Women’s Sailing Conference in Marblehead, Mass.
The award, which recognizes an individual with a record of achievement in inspiring, educating, and enriching the lives of women through sailing, was presented by NWSA president Linda Newland.
BoatUS is a partner of the NWSA, a program of the Women’s Sailing Foundation, which is an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of women and girls through education and access to the sport of sailing.
From the early years when Lindquist-Bishop raced 470’s with her brother to her early teen years racing Lasers when her father had to coax her off the lake after sunset to ultimately becoming the first female sailing master at her yacht club, she has been a trendsetter and a leader, BoatUS said.
After collegiate sailing and racing J24s, Lindquist-Bishop made her mark as a leader on the SC70 team that broke every record on the Great Lakes, BoatUS said.
As a pioneer in the all-male world of offshore yacht racing, Lindquist-Bishop made history as a member of the first all-women’s America’s Cup team, sailing America3. She has sailed on more than 100 teams in the past 28 years, winning two world championships along the way.
“Linda has made a significant impact on improving the confidence of young women through international sailing competitions,” Newland said in a statement. “She is a role model for what can be. We are pleased to recognize her commitment to women in sailing with this award.”
Through her public speaking engagements and her role as president of Courageous Thinking Inc., Lindquist-Bishop has worked to create leadership opportunities for women in sports and business.
“To add more women leaders to the equation we must inspire and equip, but we also have to change the acceptance for what women can achieve, with those who can provide or prevent access for women at the leadership table,” Lindquist-Bishop said.
She continues to champion women in leadership through the efforts of the non-profit Rising Tide Leadership Institute. Lindquist-Bishop founded the institute with Katie Pettibone. They teach and champion the correlation between the skills required to compete in high-technology sports and the skills to compete and lead in the global economy.
Lindquist-Bishop was a key figure in developing the NWSA and has a position on the advisory board.