Since our beginning in 2013, SkirtsAfire has had an Honorary Skirt. Each year when we consider who we should choose for our next Honorary Skirt, we look for a woman who is well known for her work, accomplishments and community spirit; who inspires greatness from other women. Someone who is passionate and clearly connected to the community she serves.

Dr. Wanda Costen
Honorary Skirt 2021


Dr. Wanda Costen is an academic leader who champions inclusive excellence. Leading with integrity, Costen eliminates barriers to sustainable change by reimagining how to prepare students for the 21st-century life of work and purpose.

To accomplish goals, Costen strategizes with civic and business leaders, and campus stakeholders—faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Her collaborative approach synthesizes experiences from the military, private industry, and higher education in the United States and Canada.

Costen earned a Ph.D. in sociology at Washington State University, an EMBA from Pepperdine University, and a B.S. from the United States Military Academy.

Lesley MacDonald

Honorary Skirt 2020

Marni Panas

Honorary Skirt 2019

Muriel Stanley Venne

Muriel Stanley Venne

Honorary Skirt 2018

Linda Duncan

Honorary Skirt 2017

Marguerite Trussler

Honorary Skirt 2016

Rachel Notley

Honorary Skirt 2015

Sarah Chan

Honorary Skirt 2014

Lynn Mandel

Honorary Skirt 2013

Heather Klimchuk

Honorary Skirt 2012