Iva I. Harris, the wife of Ermon M. Harris, SR. for more than fifty years, mother of two sons and grandmother of five grandchildren began her career in 1962 as a pre-school and kindergarten teacher at Kindergarten and Children’s Aid Association in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 1965, she became the director of Vanbuskirk Community Children’s Center in Stockton, California. She became a school teacher and counselor for Stockton Unified School District in 1965, and retired from the state of California in 2004. She also worked for Clark County School District from 2005 as a school teacher and counselor in the state of Nevada and retired in 2010. Alongside her career as an educator, in 1985, Iva started her own business named Iva’s International Skin Care and Cosmetic Company. Iva still provides the opportunity for Independent Distributors to build their own business by sharing the Iva’s International’s financial opportunity and her exquisite and affordable skin care and cosmetic products. Iva is also a student of guitar and alto saxophone. Iva is also a professional actor and loves to sing.
Psi Upsilon Omega Chapter Spotlight on Iva I. Harris, Entrepreneur
Education and Credentials:
Iva received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from AM&N College (now University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) in 1963 with a major in social sciences and minors in Humanities and English. In 1979, Iva received a Master of Arts Degree from California State University at Turlock, California with a major in school counseling.
In June, 1991, Iva received the Athena Award in Stockton, California from Don Man of Hansel and Ortman Dealership and San Joaquin County Chamber of Commerce for Outstanding Business Woman of the Year. The Susan B. Anthony Award from San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, State of California Senate, Congressman Richard W. Pombo, California State Assembly and San Joaquin County Commissioner of Women in February, 1998 in Stockton, California, Career Day Participation Award from John C. Fremont Middle School in Stockton, California in 1987, Outstanding Business Woman of The Year from NAACP (Stockton Branch) in 1997, Proclamation from Mayor Richard J. Riordan of Los Angeles in 1995, Proclamation from the Mayor’s Office of Reno, Nevada in 1987, Proclamation from the Mayor’s Office of Duncan, Oklahoma in 1988, Proclamations and Key to The City from the Mayor’s Office in Stockton, California in 1985-1997, ProclamationShreve
Psi Upsilon Omega Charter Member, Iva I. Harris, Owner of Iva's International Skin Care and Cosmetic Company.
1985-1997, Proclamation and Key to the City of Fresno, California, Sacramento, California, Carson, California, Compton, California, Shreveport, Louisiana, and Kansas City, Missouri, Freedom Award from Alphonso E. Hamilton in Los Angeles, California in March, 1994, Certification of Recognition as Guest Speaker for National Association for Professional Saleswomen in Stockton, California in 1989, Certification of Graduation from Barbizon School of Modeling in January, 1994 in Los Angeles, California, Honored by San Joaquin County Commissioner of Women of Stockton, California and archived in the San Joaquin Historical Society Museum in Lodi, California along with other Top Business Women of San Joaquin County in 1996, the “Willie Award” from Stockton Civic Theatre for Outstanding Performance in A Leading Role as Rose in the play called “Fences” in 1999-2000, the “Willie Award” from Stockton Civic Theatre for Outstanding Lead Actress as Clemma in the play called “Proposals” in 2003-2004, and a member of Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Radio and Television Association since 1997.
A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. since June, 1978 Iva served in Eta Gamma Omega Chapter in Sacramento, California, Mu Zeta Omega Chapter in Stockton, California, and now with Psi Upsilon Omega Chapter of Henderson, Nevada. Iva’s philosophy of life is to not wait for others to do for her. She makes things happen for herself with the help of others who value her goals and aspirations. In turn, it is her desire for their lives to be touched, as well.