Iris Newman Award
AWE established this award in honor of Iris Newman, a founder of AWE and a lifelong leader who made incredible impact for women entrepreneurs and as an entrepreneur herself. We present this award every year to a woman business leader who has demonstrated a strong commitment to advancing women, women’s entrepreneurship and especially women’s high-growth entrepreneurship.
The award recipient will exhibit exceptional strengths in most or all of the following areas:
- Leadership in the entrepreneurial community
- Commitment to mentoring and educating others
- Impact innovating and improving opportunities for women in business
- Trailblazing spirit in her respective field
- Outstanding support of women entrepreneurs
We also take this opportunity to celebrate the great successes achieved that year as we continue to move the needle for women high-growth entrepreneurs.
2016 Iris Newman Awardee
Denise Devine, Founder and CEO of FNB Holdings, LLC, will receive the prestigious Iris Newman Award at the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs’ (AWE) annual gala on Monday, November 14th at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. Read Press Release
2016 Denise Devine
2015 Donna DeCarolis
2014 Fran Pierce
2013 RoseAnn Rosenthal
2012 Barbara Schilberg
2011 Maria Maccecchini
2010 Maxine Ballen
2009 Kathy Crothall
2008 Lucinda Duncalfe Holt
2007 Jane Holmes Hollingsworth
2006 Kathleen Shay
2005 Brenda D. Gavin
2004 Gerianne DiPiano
2003 Geri Swift
2002 Irene Horstmann Hannan
The Original Iris Newman
Iris Newman was the consummate business leader. She played a pivotal role in AWE's development and was a mentor to many younger entrepreneurs throughout her career. She believed that helping to open the doors for others was not just a smart thing but the right thing to do.
She founded several brokerage firms and was the founder and CEO of Veritas Medical Services. Iris Newman left an indelible mark on not just women entrepreneurs but on the business community as a whole. The winners of The Iris Newman Award reflect her high level of commitment, energy, and desire to give something back.