– Jimi Hendrix
"Perfect valor is to do,
without a witness,
all that we could do before the whole world."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
"Let faith be the bridge
you build to overcome evil and welcome good."
- Maya Angelou
Our founder’s great-grandmother, Irious Thompson was the original CEO of her family. She believed in the importance of community, demonstrated how we all rise by lifting others and brought people together to create change.
Just as the Iris flower, she represented the importance of valor, wisdom and faith. Our commitment to each client we serve is built upon these values.
To the Greek: iris = rainbow. Named for the goddess "Iris" for its beauty and varied colors. Iris, was the messenger who traveled on the rainbow as a bridge between the lands of humans and the Gods.
To the Egyptians: iris = power and majesty. The iris was placed on the Sphinx's brow and the scepter of kings for valor, wisdom and faith.
To The IRIS Collaborative: iris = foundational values that drive our commitment to bridge people, purpose and profit, for social impact.