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Colleges For You
Miriam Schaffer is a college admissions coach helping high school and community college students on their path to college. Her work with students includes overall guidance to help them choose the best classes and extracurricular activities to meet their college goals. She also helps them choose colleges to apply to and provides assistance with completing and submitting applications. In addition, Miriam works with students on brainstorming topics for their college essays and University of California (UC) personal insight questions. She reviews and edits essays to get them ready for submittal. Students Miriam has worked with have been accepted to all the University of California and Cal State campuses as well as many public and private colleges and universities nationwide. Miriam enjoys helping students make the transition to college and helping them to find the college that is the best fit for them.
Good referrals for Miriam are high school students, community college students, and their parents. High school students who are targeting Ivy League or other top-tier schools should start preparing for college in their freshman or sophomore year of high school so that they can position themselves to stand out from the competition. Other good referrals are SAT or ACT tutors or other professionals who work with students and their families.
Miriam has been a member of MDBW for about 10 years and has made many friends and good connections in the group. She has served on the MDBW board for several years, first as publicity chair and currently as marketing co-chair with Lisa Andrews.
When not working with students and their parents, Miriam enjoys traveling, theater, the outdoors, and spending time with her husband and family.
Brady Thomas Photography
Brady Thomas is a photographer and owner of Brady Thomas Photography. Her business offers custom fine art portrait experiences for women, and the people and pets they love. When having a portrait taken by Brady, you will have an unforgettable experience that will result in a fine art legacy print and album, which can be celebrated now and years into the future. Brady enjoys working with her clients to coach and photograph them as they unfold, shine, and celebrate themselves as fine art.
A good referral for Brady are women in business who need to showcase a personal brand, moms, moms-to-be, those celebrating milestone birthdays or other events, and women who are 50 and fabulous!
Brady joined MDBW this year and says she has enjoyed the introductions and connections she’s made and looks forward to continuing to make more and deeper connections. She consistently gives back to the community by donating her high-end photo sessions to worthy causes and fundraisers. She also is present in the Bay Area though speeches she gives to networking groups on increasing visibility and memorability.
When not creating beautiful portraits Brady enjoys exploring farmer’s markets, cooking, snuggling with her cats, perusing art books for inspiration, and traveling, even if only to nearby wine country for the day.
Owner of My Travel Consultant
Debi White is a leisure travel specialist and owner of My Travel Consultant. She crafts arrangements for individuals and small groups, providing them with the travel experience of a lifetime! Debi loves traveling and takes many trips with family and friends. She enjoys planning trips for her clients, and especially looks forward to hearing from them when they return and rave about their travel experiences. For those unsure about the benefits of working with a travel specialist, Debi emphasizes that clients save both time and money when she plans their trips. Debi has been a member of MDBW for more than 10 years. She has made new business connections and new friends and has benefited from the many educational and dynamic speakers that have appeared before the group.
When not traveling on a plane, ship, or exploring new locales with her husband, Tom, Debi also enjoys reading. If you are planning a trip, you’ll be in good hands if you let Debi plan your adventure from start to finish! See the Member Directory for Debi’s contact information.
MDBW Board of Directors
MDBW Board of Directors keeps the organization moving forward. The board plans programs for the meetings, develops promotions, implements marketing, publicity and outreach, handles donations to nonprofits and works to keep the group exciting and beneficial to its members. Board's thoughts on the benefits of participation:
It has been an honor to serve on the MDBW Board of Directors. The leadership opportunity has been so valuable, and I've really enjoyed learning from other board members and building friendships with these amazing businesswomen.
Jill West, Past President
My experience has been very positive being on the MDBW Board. I highly recommend that members take this opportunity. It does take some effort to be on any board of directors. However, the visibility is well worth the time that I have put in. Visibility is important to grow your business.
Laura Lawrence, Treasurer
I enjoy the opportunity to deepen relationships amongst members and be a part of implementing change so the group can grow and thrive.
Amanda Keith, Secretary
The collaboration, leadership and visibility of being a MDBW Board member is wonderful! The work gives me a voice to help shape the direction of the group with an equitable and welcoming team.
Joy Colino, Director of Programs
Being on the MDBW Board has been rewarding both professionally and personally. Not only do I love working and networking with a great group of professional women, but I get to contribute to the direction and focus of this wonderful organization.
Lisa Andrews, Co-Director of Marketing
As a member of the board, I have enjoyed getting to know, and networking with, very talented women from different professional backgrounds, all of who bring a strong commitment to helping MDBW to grow and thrive.
Miriam Schaffer, Co-Director of Marketing
Being a member of the MDBW Board means being a member of a great team. It provides an excellent opportunity to help decide the future of our organization. It gives me unique access to other business women and disciplines that I don’t normally encounter in my day job. It encourages me to stretch my intellectual muscles, expand my skill set, practice patience, collaboration, and become even more passionate about the organization.
Gordana Zura, Director of Website
The Board members are givers. They are creative, engaged and care about networking with women in a quality organization. It is great to participate in guiding MDBW with them.
Linda Lewis. Director of Membership