The Heron Award was established in June, 1996, by Kathleen O'Beirne to honor women who have exemplified outstanding leadership skills. The Great Blue Heron is the hero-heroine of Kathleen's work, Birds of a Feather: Lessons from the Sea, which examines behavior patterns in the workplace, as well as in family and volunteer settings. Fishing in deeper waters than others, the Heron often has the company of many smaller birds, because she is not in competition for their food and they enjoy what she stirs up. Her patience and collegial bearing make her a metaphor for remarkable leadership.
Heron Award recipients
2017 JoAn Collins