Greater Vancouver Chamber opens nominations for 2023 Iris Awards

The Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC) announced that it is accepting nominations for the 2023 Iris Awards, an annual recognition to honor the lasting and far-reaching contributions of women in Southwest Washington and beyond. The recipients of this honor will be revealed on Wednesday, March 8, during an award ceremony following the GVC’s Women Who Mean Business Virtual Symposium.  

Since 1985, the Southwest Washington community has been recognizing and celebrating women of achievement for their outstanding dedication and contributions in the region. Each year, community members nominate female leaders throughout the Greater Vancouver region who represent exceptional leadership, philanthropy and public service. What is known today as the Iris Awards were established in 2012. From 1985 through 2010, award recipients were honored as “Women of Achievement.”  

Following in the tradition, the Iris Awards will be presented in observation of International Women’s Day on March 8. Anyone may submit an online nomination at Nominations must be received by Feb. 10, 2023. A list of past award honorees can be found at

“The Greater Vancouver Chamber is proud to host the 36th year of recognizing the incredible successes of women throughout the Southwest Washington region. These awards are a great opportunity to continue empowering our female leaders, while we learn from their inspiring stories and achievements. We encourage the community to join us in nominating extraordinary women who have truly worked to stand out in their commitment to going above and beyond,” said Chamber President & CEO John McDonagh.    

This year’s Iris awards are sponsored by LSW ArchitectsRiverview BankKey BankLegacy Health and OnPoint Community Credit Union.  

For more information about the Iris Awards, sponsorship opportunities and to purchase award ceremony tickets, visit  

Joanna Yorke is the managing editor of the Vancouver Business Journal. She has worked in the journalism field since 2010 after graduating from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. Yorke worked at The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground for six years and then worked at and helped start


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