Patricia M. Olsson, Moffatt Thomas Attorney, Idaho Business Review 2016 Women of the Year Honoree

Moffatt Thomas celebrates firm partner, Patricia M. Olsson, and all of the 2016 Women of the Year honorees for their dedication, hard work, and invaluable contributions to our community.  Ms. Olsson, was one of 50 women honored at the February 25th IBR Women of the Year Gala.  Nora Carpenter, President and CEO of United Way of Treasure Valley, was named 2016 Woman of the Year.  Congratulations!

Patricia Olsson
Patricia M. Olsson
Partner and Shareholder, Moffatt Thomas

Ms. Olsson’s practice emphasizes employment, health care law, and medical malpractice defense.  Since 1983, she has tried numerous cases before state and federal trial courts and has conducted an active appellate practice in the federal and state courts of appeals.  She was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in October 2003, and served as Idaho State Chair for three years, ending in 2010. She continues to be active in the ACTL’s committees.

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From the Idaho Business Review:

50 women leaders inspire a crowd of 600 at Women of the Year event

Since 2011, Idaho Business Review has named a Woman of the Year in a presentation and gala. On Feb. 25, with about 600 people in attendance at the event, the honor went to Nora Carpenter, president and CEO of United Way of Treasure Valley.

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.

Nora Carpenter
Nora Carpenter,
President/CEO United Way of Treasure Valley

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.”

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