All who have achieved Woman of the Year were on hand Feb. 25 at the Boise Centre to present this year’s incoming class of 50 Women of the Year: Heidi Thompson, president and co-founder of Scentsy Inc. and 2011 Woman of the Year; Karen Vauk, CEO and president of Idaho Foodbank and 2012 Woman of the Year; Stacy Pearson, vice president of finance and administration at Boise State University and 2013 Woman of the Year; Toni Nielsen, Western Idaho region president for Zions Bank and 2014 Woman of the Year; and Teresa Poppen, founder, executive director and ultimate difference maker at One Stone Inc. and 2015 Woman of the Year.
The 50 women and their guests were toasted with champagne and entertained by jazz from Sally Tibbs and Kevin Kirk, and some were interviewed by TV personalities.
The theme of the evening was proclaimed as “Strong is the new pretty.”
Interspersed with the groups of inspirational women – and the stories of inspiration that brought them to the stage – were vignettes featuring some of the women talking about their awards. In a video and via live, on-stage mini talk shows, CBS Idaho Living’s Johnna Johnson and Liz Amar quizzed the women about what it means to be honored.
All 50 received hand-blown, lotus leaf glass awards created individually by Zion Warne. At the end of the presentations, Nora Carpenter was revealed as this year’s Woman of the Year. Carpenter, after receiving a standing ovation, and obviously surprised by the win, took the microphone and said the one thing she hoped everyone would do is: “Say yes. Find something to say yes to. Everyday.”