Installation Breakfast & UXL Awards

On Wednesday, May 17, the Chamber hosted its Installation Breakfast at Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar. Last year's UXL Citizen of the Year, Kathleen Odne, opened the ceremony and guest speaker, Jeff Saut, Chief Investment Strategist, Raymond James, shared his wisdom with the attendees. Linda Rimac Colberg, Board Chair for 2016-2017, passed the gavel to Mary Brooks and last (but most definitely not least) we recognized our 2017 UXL Award winners Francene Anderson, Citizen of the Year, and Dawson CPA Firm, Business of the Year accepted by Leslie Dawson. You can check out the photos from the event on our Facebook page


Business of the Year is awarded Dawson CPA Firm. A certified public accountant for more than 20 years, Leslie Dawson is the owner of Dawson CPA Firm, anactive and growing business providing accounting and litigation services. Leslie is a respected member of the community, who displays leadership and integrity both in her professional and personal life. Leslie volunteers her expertise as treasurer and financial director for many nonprofit organizations and has been a member of several boards of directors. Her tireless work on behalf of the Walnut Creek business community is extraordinary, and she has volunteered countless hours of time and services. Leslie is a graduate of the Leadership Contra Costa program. Dawson CPA Firm embodies the spirit of entrepreneurship and corporate citizenship that the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau seeks to recognize with this award.





franceneandersonCitizen of the Year is awarded to Francene Anderson. Francene is recognized for her inspiration, motivation, and tireless effort on behalf of the Walnut Creek Chamber and community. Francene’s professional life is in the cosmetic industry representing Mary Kay for over 38 years, and her presence in our community is far reaching. She has combined business and community together, embracing a variety of great causes including Operation Sunscreen, which is run in partnership with Soldiers’ Angels; the holiday program Adopt-a-Grandparent, delivering over 450 stockings to five local convalescence facilities; and Fashion for a Cause, which includes the “Fashions for Foster Care” program. A tireless advocate for the Chamber, Francene continues to be instrumental in the success of the East Bay Women’s Conference, which is now in its 12th year. Francene models excellence in being a leader and frequently mentors women as part of her role in her Professional Women’s Referral Group. Francene represents what being part of the Walnut Creek community is all about.