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The “Women of the Year” meet and greet present, past honorees 

Idaho Business Review’s past and present Women of the Year honorees gather for a Sept. 1 meet-and-greet reception. Photo by Alx Stevens

Idaho Business Review held its sixth annual Women of the Year Meet-and-Greet reception on Sept. 1 in Boise at the Arid Club. More than 50 women were in attendance — including some of this year’s honorees as well as past recipients — networking together, reconnecting and/or creating new friendships.

The ladies spent the evening getting to know one another and sharing some laughs over light refreshments. A couple notable highlights of the meet-and-greet reception included an end-of-evening raffle where the reception sponsor Spa 35 — longtime supporter of the event — gave away three gift certificates, which were highly coveted, to reward the women for their leadership and contributions to the community.

Another fun focus of the evening was the introduction of the “Be” theme for the event. Since the onset of the pandemic in early 2020, along with the difficulties presented, the community at large has been afforded time to reflect on how precious life is and to reconfirm the value of relationships. In light of this reality, IBR decided to carry this theme into this year’s Women of the Year event.

Attendees of the meet-and-greet reception (along with the honorees who were not present) are invited to share their “Be” statement with the world — whether that is “Be kind,” “Be courageous,” “Be authentic,” “Be a leader” or whatever other descriptor best encapsulates their being.

Reception attendees were encouraged to write down their “Be” statements on notecards, and these will be shared (along with the rest of the honorees’ statements) at the awards gala at the end of the month.

Please join us for this year’s event on Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at Boise Centre to celebrate the 2021 honorees as they accept their awards and learn who is recognized as this year’s Woman of the Year by last year’s winner Tammy de Weerd. Tickets are available now.

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