The Iris Awards: Honoring women of achievement in Southwest Washington
2016 Iris Awards
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Clark College's Gaiser Student Center
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., ceremony will begin at 6 p.m.
Emcee: Renee Newman
Tickets are on sale now through the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.
Tickets are $35 per person; a table sponsorship, which includes six tickets, can be purchased for $250. Seating is limited.
This year's event celebrates 31 years of honoring women in Southwest Washington
The Iris Awards are a continuation of a tradition of honoring women in Southwest Washington that began in 1985 with a photography exhibit at Clark College. Over the years, the annual event has developed into an official awards ceremony, with a nomination process open to all members of the local community. Learn more . . .
2016 Iris Award Recipients
Katherine Garrett has worked for Share in Vancouver, Wash. for the past 14 years. In that time she has helped transform Share into one of the major voices for the homeless in Clark County. During the past nine years she led the Share House and Share Outreach programs. Recently she moved into a new leadership position as the Housing First Program Director at Lincoln Place, a permanent supportive housing program for high-resource-using, chronically homeless individuals.
Garrett has been a strong advocate for the homeless in Clark County and someone whom the community counts on to help bridge the divide between those who are homeless and the business community. As one example of this, she has worked on the Safety Committee of Vancouver’s Downtown Association to help resolve concerns. As the issue of homelessness has come to the forefront in recent months, Garrett has been at the forefront of helping city leaders and others understand and make good policy decisions in terms of the homeless population in Southwest Washington.
Vancouver City Councilmember Anne McEnerny-Ogle came to the Vancouver City Council after a 30-year career as an educator. Anne received the Milken Foundation Educator Award and was chosen as Oregon Math Teacher of the Year. She serves on a diverse number of boards and is an active volunteer in a number of organizations in Southwest Washington. Beyond her work on the city council, which includes the role of Mayor Pro Tem, she is the Chair of the C-Tran Board of Directors, is a member of the Regional Transportation Council Board of Directors, and the Vice-Chair of the Clark County Historical Museum. Anne is also the Chair for the Fort Vancouver District for the Boy Scouts of America.
There are very few volunteer organizations in Southwest Washington that have not benefitted from McEnerny-Ogle’s energy, enthusiasm, and leadership. Issues particularly important to women and underrepresented groups have also been at the core of McEnerny-Ogle’s work. She has worked with the League of Women Voters to help educate the community on important issues and elections, and the Community Military Appreciation Committee in support of our veterans and their families. A Leadership Clark County graduate and alumni award winner, she has worked tirelessly to make Southwest Washington a better place to live for all its residents.
2016 Iris Legacy Award Recipient
This year’s ceremony features a new award, the Legacy Award, to honor the legacy of a past Iris Award or Women of Achievement winner whose continued leadership in our community has left an enduring inspiration for others. Since 1985, the Iris and Women of Achievement Awards have been bestowed on more than 200 women in Southwest Washington.
Heidi Johnson Bixby
Heidi Johnson Bixby, owner of Johnson Bixby & Associates, a comprehensive financial planning firm with locations in Vancouver and Longview. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis in financial planning from Marylhurst University in Portland, as well as her Associate of Arts from Clark College. She received a Women of Achievement award in 2004 for her community involvement and business leadership.
Beyond her success as a business owner, Bixby serves the community in a variety of roles. She is currently Chair of the Board of Directors for Columbia Springs, which provides over 5,000 kids and adults annually with the opportunity to get outdoors and to learn more about the natural world. She also supports ARC of Southwest Washington, where she and her team have made gift wrapping of donated items an annual tradition. Bixby is the treasurer for H-RoC and Global Sojourns Giving Circle. Other organizations Bixby supports with her time and resources include the Vancouver Downtown Association, Community Home Health & Hospice, Identity Clark County, the Nonprofit Network of SW Washington, the Clark County Skills Center, and Children’s Center. In addition to her community involvement and business accomplishments, Bixby is a world traveler and photographer who has traveled to more than 30 countries.
The Iris Awards are presented annually by Clark College, the Clark College Foundation, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and theVancouver 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 2015 “Women in Business” directory. This year we welcome H-RoC as a presenting sponsor.
Attending the event:
Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Driving directions and parking maps are available at www.clark.edu/maps. 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.