Brenda Braxton, TV news anchor, KGW Northwest News Channel 8, left, chairs a panel of the four business executives of the year before an audience of over 600. Pictured here, left to right, with Braxton are: Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Danielle Forsyth, co-founder/CEO, Thetus Corp.; Woman Executive of the Year, Nonprofit, Sue Hildick, president, Chalkboard Project; Woman Executive of the Year, Small-Medium Business, Kerry McClenahan, president, McClenahan Bruer Communications; and Woman Executive of the Year, Large Business, Judy Peppler, president-Oregon, Qwest.
Cited for "significant accomplishments in their profession combined with exceptional involvement in the community," according to Portland Business Journal Publisher Craig Wessel, 25 executive women were honored April 26 at the 2007 Women in Business Expo at the Oregon Convention Center.
Selected from 200 nominations, the women received plaques representing the Journal's highest honor of achievement in business. Twenty-one Orchid awards were presented.
Orchid Award winners included:
Roma Bergstrom, chairwoman and CEO, Bergstrom Nutrition; Jennifer Black, president, Jennifer Black & Associates; Diane Boly, CPC, partner, Boly Welch; Cheryl Cebula, CEO, Albina Community Bank;
Regina Ellis, CEO/founder, Children's Cancer Association; Nancy Floyd, founder, Nth Power; Bobbie Dore Foster, vice president/executive editor, The Skanner News Group;
right: Bobbie Dore Foster
Patricia Granun, president/CEO, Co-Operations Inc.; Lisa Kaner, shareholder, Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, PC; Elizabeth King, director, organizational development, ESCO Corp.; Margaret Kirkpatrick, vice president/general counsel, NW Natural; Maria Loredo, operations officer, Virginia Garcia Medical Centers; Ann Mason, director of finance, ZRT Laboratory; Sandra McDonough, president/CEO Portland Business Alliance; Judith McGee, chairwoman/CEO, McGee Financial Strategies; Lillian Tsai, president, TsaiComm; Kay Toran, CEO, Volunteers of America;
left: Kay Toran
Beth Ugoretz, firm managing partner, Stoel Rives LLP; Pamela Vukovich, Sr. vice president/CFO, Legacy Health System; Carey Wendle, partner, KPMG LLP; and Linda Williams, Oregon regional president, Washington Trust Bank.