Last Thursday Knowledge Universe’s Vice President of Education, Linda Hassan Anderson, was named a 2015 Woman of Influence by Portland Business Journal and awarded the publication’s annual Orchid Award.
The Orchid Award recognizes women around the Portland metropolitan area who make a difference in the community, blaze a trail for other women, and are leaving a mark on Oregon. At last Thursday’s award presentation Linda was recognized not only for her work with KU, but for her involvement with local nonprofits including the Portland Children’s Museum, Start Making A Reader Today, Girls Inc., and the Dougy Center.
“For all she has given to KU and to the Portland community, we are most fortunate to have Linda among us,” said Tom Wyatt, Knowledge Universe CEO. “In the past year along she has been a leader in rolling out our new Early Foundations curriculum, lent her expertise to the Children’s Museum in its efforts to blend formal and informal teaching practices, and mentored future women leaders in our area. She’s always willing to lend a hand and I couldn’t be more proud to have her at KU.”
Linda joined KU in April 2013 after serving as the senior director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Academy for Early Childhood Education Program Accreditation. During her time at NAEYC, Linda oversaw transformational work in changing and enhancing their accreditation process. Under her leadership, the Academy experiences record growth, instituted best practices, and created strong relationships with state organizations and thousands of early childhood education providers.
This is the second Orchid Award presented to a KU leader. General Counsel Liz Large received the same honor in 2011 in recognition of her contributions to KU and her community philanthropic work.