Laura has earned the Woman of the Year award for her consistent participation and commitment to Mt. Diablo Business Women (MDBW), her trustworthy reputation in her professional life, as well as her dedication to volunteerism.
Members and guests consistently experience Laura’s dedication to MDBW. She is welcoming to all and easily embraces those who are new to the group. Laura is always encouraging women in the group to take the time to get to know one another outside of the monthly meetings. She knows that building business relationships are “where the magic happens” to help a business grow.
Her helpfulness and enthusiastic spirit has resulted in making MDBW the strong group it is today. Her commitment to the organization is evident in the Board roles she has held as a past president and serving for several years as treasurer.
Laura is highly respected in her profession as a Medicare specialist, earning her the title of the “go-to-lady in Medicare insurance.” As an excellent resource for those who need to navigate the Medicare system, she is knowledgeable, confident, and capable at explaining the complex Medicare system in easy-to-understand terms.
Laura’s outgoing personality and great sense of style, along with her care and support for others is evident in her community service work at the Martinez VA Hospital where she volunteers weekly driving vets on the campus. She is easy to spot and often referred to as the lady with the crazy hat.
Laura’s many contributions in the professional world and in the community epitomize the values of MDBW and represent the best of who we are as women and business professionals. We applaud Laura’s contributions and proudly recognize her as MDBW Woman of the Year.
Owner of Paleoventures
Trudy has distinguished herself in our organization, as well as in her career and in community service activities. Her outstanding professional and civic achievements have earned her the honor of the MDBW Woman of the Year award.
Trudy has been an active and valued member of MDBW, regularly attending meetings and helping to market the organization through local Chambers of Commerce. She served on the Board of Directors for several years and was president for two years. Her innovative leadership increased awareness of MDBW throughout the business community.
Trudy is widely regarded and respected in the business community. When she joined MDBW, she was Director of Leadership Development for Kaiser Permanente in the Northern California region. In 2014, she and her son founded Paleoventures, an outdoor teambuilding company. The company’s mission includes “To do good for those doing good in the world.” To that end, Paleoventures provides some pro bono teambuilding sessions. This year, the company is supporting Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), with a pro bono teambuilding offsite for its staff. It was because of MDBW that Trudy made a connection with CASA.
When it comes to community service, Trudy is extremely active. Since 2013, she has been in the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek, an organization whose motto is “Service Above Self.” Her involvement in Rotary includes serving on its board of directors and as president. Her Rotary involvement provides her with many volunteer opportunities with local organizations. She also raised funds for Rotary’s Wheelchair Foundation, which sent 220 wheelchairs to Costa Rica in 2017, and currently continues in those efforts, collecting enough money to send over one hundred wheelchairs to Honduras.
Trudy’s many contributions to the business and civic communities epitomize the values of MDBW and represents the best of who we are as women and business professionals. We applaud Trudy’s contributions and proudly recognize her as MDBW Woman of the Year.