Lori Otter Named Idaho’s 62nd Business Leader of the Year
Lori Otter, CEO of Idaho Women in Leadership, is Idaho’s 62nd Business Leader of the Year. Alpha Kappa Psi (Delta Upsilon Chapter), Idaho State University’s professional business fraternity, will recognize Otter at its annual awards dinner in Pocatello on Thursday, March 31, 2022.
The award recognizes annually an Idaho business leader who has demonstrated outstanding business and professional ethics while providing significant support for worthwhile community, civic and educational activities. Awarded by students at the Idaho State University College of Business since 1959, previous honorees have included a member of Congress, former governors, entrepreneurs, and leaders of some of Idaho’s biggest companies. The recognition program is the oldest of its kind in Idaho.
Otter’s commitment to Idaho has been clear from the start. After graduating from Idaho schools with her undergraduate and graduate degrees, she began teaching in the Idaho public education system. Otter taught K-12 students in the Meridian Idaho School District. She gave back to her community in every way she could, even coaching three state championship teams at Centennial High School. His passion for inspiring and educating the public didn’t stop there. Today, Otter is actively involved in several nonprofit organizations throughout Idaho, including working with the Boise Chamber of Commerce, Ada County Meridian Boys and Girls Club, Special Olympics World Games and more.
Otter’s efforts have had a positive impact on the Pocatello area as well as communities throughout Idaho. She is the Executive Director of Idaho Women in Leadership, a bipartisan nonprofit that advances Idaho women’s leadership in government and business through its leadership training programs. She encourages women to take up positions in politics and business after sharing with them the traits and characteristics of leadership.