Iris Awards

Honoring women of achievement in Southwest Washington

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The Iris Awards follow in the tradition of the Southwest Washington Women of Achievement Awards and celebrate women’s outstanding contributions to the community. 

2017 Iris Award Recipients

Five women representing exceptional leadership, philanthropy and community service have been named as recipients of the 2017 Iris Awards, honoring women of achievement in Southwest Washington.

Awards will be presented to Deena Pierott, founder of the nonprofit iUrban Teen and president of Mosaic Blueprint; Temple Lentz, host of the “Hello Vancouver!” talk show and former Parks Foundation executive director; and Jody Campbell, director of community partnerships
for The Columbian newspaper. 

New to this year's ceremony is the Iris H-RoC Award, which will be presented to Dr. Carolyn Long, a professor of political science at Washington State University Vancouver. H-RoC, a non-partisan political action committee dedicated to the advancement of elected and appointed female leaders in Southwest Washington, is the sponsor of this award honoring women in the community who have promoted civil discourse, teamwork, collaboration, and cooperation.

The second annual Legacy Award will be presented to Judie Stanton, co-chair of the League of Women Voters of Clark County who was first honored in 2002 for her service as a county commissioner. The Legacy Award is presented to a former Iris Award or Women of Achievement recipient whose continued leadership remains an enduring inspiration for others.

Please click here to read full bios of the honorees.

2017 Iris Awards Reception

This year's event celebrates 32 years of honoring women in Southwest Washington

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Clark College's Gaiser Student Center

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., ceremony will begin at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $35 per person; a table sponsorship, which includes eight tickets, can be purchased for $310. Seating is limited. Please visit the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce to purchase tickets:

Driving directions and parking maps are available at Anyone needing accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in this event should contact Clark College’s Disability Support Services Office at (360) 992-2314 or (360) 991-0901 (VP), or visit Penguin Union Building room 013, as soon as possible.

About the Iris Awards

The Iris Awards are presented annually by Clark College, the Clark College Foundation, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce,
H-RoC and the Vancouver Business Journal, which publishes the “Women in Business” directory, the only Portland/Vancouver metro area directory of businesses that are owned, directed or managed by women. The Iris Award winners will be featured in the 2017 “Women in Business” directory.