2016 Portland First Citizen
Karen Fishel and Barb Attridge
Dress for Success Oregon founders Karen Fishel and Barb Attridge and are improving the local economy one life at a time. “We are on a mission to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life” states Karen Fishel. With a partnership that began over 17 years ago, Barb and Karen are actively engaged in the community with a deep commitment to improving the lives of women and their families. The Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors® (PMAR) is pleased to announce Barb and Karen as the recipients of the 2016 Portland First Citizen Award. They will be recognized at the 88th annual Portland First Citizen Banquet on May 26th at The Nines, Portland, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Since opening its doors, Dress for Success has served more than 18,000 women in Multnomah, Clark and Washington counties. While best known for providing suits to women, their employment retention programs are the cornerstone of the organization. Dress for Success provides a network of support and career development tools to help women remain employed and build a rewarding career. Each year they promote economic independence by helping more than 1,500 disadvantaged women in our community get and keep jobs.
Before founding Dress for Success Oregon, Karen worked in marketing at Nike and Barb was a CPA at TriMet. They met nearly 30 years ago through a Career Maker workshop they took to explore new career options. The two started Dress for Success in 1998 after Karen saw an article that intrigued her in People Magazine. Karen called her good friend Barb to tell her about the organization and together they started the first Dress for Success on the west coast.
The organization has received numerous accolades for their work, and recently learned that Dress for Success Oregon has been selected to be in The Willamette Give!Guide 2015.
The Portland First Citizen Award was created in 1928 by the Portland Realty Board (now PMAR) to honor civic achievements and business leadership within the community. It is considered one of Portland’s most prestigious awards, and the individuals who have received it form an honor roll of the city’s most prominent leaders during the last eight decades.
In addition to the Portland First Citizen Award, two other awards will be presented at the banquet. The Portland Future First Citizen Award recognizes a high school student in the Portland metropolitan area who is a model of civic responsibility and provides a $5,000 scholarship toward the recipient’s higher education. And, the PMAR Good Neighbor Award recognizes a Realtor® for his or her extraordinary commitment to improving the quality of life in the community with a $1,000 contribution to the recipient’s charity of choice.
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Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors: The Oregonian, RE/MAX Equity Group and Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS™).
Past Portland First Citizens
|1928||Ben Selling||1972||Ira C. Keller|
|1929||J. C. Ainsworth||1973||Howard Vollum|
|1930||Aaron M. Frank||1974||William E. Roberts|
|1931||Henry B. Van Duzer||1975||Fred G. Meyer|
|1932||Raymond B. Wilcox||1976||Larry Hilaire|
|1933||George L. Baker||1977||Louis B. Perry|
|1934||Hopkin Jenkins||1978||Edith Green|
|1935||Edward C. Sammons||1979||David Edwin Abram|
|1936||Arthur L. Fields||1980||William Swindells, Sr.|
|1937||Richard B. Dillehunt, M.D.||1981||Judge Harlow F. Lenon|
|1938||Franklin T. Griffith||1982||Samuel T. Naito & William S. Naito|
|1939||Charles H. Martin||1983||Carl M. Halvorson|
|1940||Ross McIntyre||1984||Bishop Paul D. Waldschmidt|
|1941||Mrs. Thomas D. Honeyman||1985||John Piacentini|
|1942||Edgar F. Kaiser||1986||Dr. Albert Starr|
|1943||Portland Service Men/Women||1987||Robert L. Ridgley|
|1944||Mrs. C.S. Jackson||1988||Don C. Frisbee|
|1945||Theodore R. Gamble||1989||Melvin ‘Pete’ Mark|
|1946||Chester A. Moores||1990||Harry L. Demorest|
|1947||Sid Woodbury||1991||Dr. Matthew W. Prophet, Jr.|
|1948||Hillman Lueddemann||1992||Harry Glickman|
|1949||Thomas Harry Banfield||1993||John ‘Jack’ Faust|
|1950||David B. Simpson||1994||Maestro Jacob Avshalomov|
|1951||Frank Erwin McCaslin||1995||Harold & Arlene Schnitzer|
|1952||Edgar William Smith||1996||Fred A. Stickel|
|1953||C.B. Stephenson||1997||Neil Goldschmidt|
|1954||Ben H. Hazen||1998||Brian & Gwyneth Booth|
|1955||Dr. Morgan S. Odell||1999||Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr.|
|1956||Harold Fox Wendell||2000||Peter E. Jacobsen|
|1957||Rt. Rev. Benjamin Dagwell||2002||Senator Mark O. Hatfield|
|1958||William Bruce Boone||2003||Tony L. Hopson, Sr.|
|1959||Paul Boole McKee||2004||Dan Wieden|
|1960||Dr. Leo Sherman Lucas||2005||Gert Boyle|
|1961||Dr. Samuel Latta Diack||2006||Jack McGowan|
|1962||Truman Wesley Collins||2007||Peggy Fowler|
|1963||Judge Donald E. Long||2008||Joe Weston|
|1964||Charles R. Holloway, Jr.||2009||Bill Schonely|
|1965||Aubrey R. Watzek||2010||Brian J. Druker, MD|
|1966||Mrs. S. Mason Ehrman||2011||Mercy Corps|
|1967||John M. Fulton||2012||Duncan Campbell|
|1968||John D. Gray||2013||Jean DeMaster|
|1969||Homer T. Shaver||2014||George “Bing” Sheldon|
|1970||Judge Gus J. Solomon||2015||Mark and Ann Edlen|