Laurie McDonald Jonsson is principal and board member of Stellar Holdings,
an international real estate development/investment company and president,
CEO & Founder of Stellar International and Stellar International
Networks. Laurie was the co-founder of travel industry businesses including
Sundance Cruises, Admiral Cruises and Stellar Travel. Business board
directorships include the Puget Sound Bank and founding director of Expedia.com
and Commerce Bank that successfully went public during her directorship.
Laurie has helped build and manage businesses in
the travel industry, cruise ship and real estate business, including
co-founding Sundance Cruises and Admiral Cruises and co-owning Stellar Travel.
She was one of the first women owners in the cruise ship business, handling
everything from supervising construction contracts to actual sailing’s to the
Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Scandinavia, and
Laurie enjoys leading Stellar International
Networks—a company whose mission is to link women leaders of the world
to create new approaches and concrete actions on a range of issues that
concerns all people. In 2006 and 2008 Stellar International
Networks successfully organized women leaders delegations to China with
Senator Maria Cantwell.In addition to China,
Laurie organized and led delegations with Senators Patty Murray and Cantwell to
Cuba, Sweden, Poland,
the Czech Republic,
Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia,
Estonia and South Africa.
Appointed chair of the Governor’s Executive Women’s
Council under then Governor, now, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke; founding chair
of the Center for Women and Democracy, University
of Washington and awarded a US presidential
appointment to the board of the National Women’s Business Council and founding
board member of the Washington State Women’s Forum of the International Women’s
Forum organization. Awarded the 2005 “Women Who Make A Difference” award and
received the “Leading Women Entrepreneur of the Year” award in Monaco.
Laurie currently serves on USC Marshall School of
Business Board of Leaders; the advisory council of the Women Presidents’
Organization; is a long time member of the Committee of 200 (C200) and former
executive committee member of Harvard University JFK School of Government –
Women’s Leadership Board.
Veronica Very, Executive Assistant to the President, Events & Customer Relations Manager
Veronica Very has enjoyed serving as executive assistant to Laurie McDonald Jonsson and Stanley B. McDonald since 2006. In this capacity, Veronica is found supporting,
coordinating and organizing many high level projects, meetings and events on
behalf of Stellar International; Networks and Holding’s companies. Special events and projects
worth special note include 2006, 2008 and 2011 Stellar Women’s Leadership China
Delegations; C200 Best Ticket in Town Seattle; Sweden Week Nobel Laureate Dinner
featuring H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria; Swedish Royal Roundtable and a high
level women leader’s dinner with then presidential candidate Hillary Rodham
Clinton hosted at the Clinton family residence in Washington, DC.
Veronica’s career experience includes working in beauty and
fashion, hospitality and real estate industries with Nordstrom; MAC Cosmetics; W
Hotel Los Angeles, Windermere Real Estate and the Greater Seattle Chamber of
Commerce. Veronica’s leadership, special event and customer relations experience and skills has gained
her recognition and customer service and leadership awards from her employers
and the community at large.
Veronica is an enthusiastic and respected community leader
who serves on the ministerial team at First
Seattle and actively
pursues opportunities to give back by volunteering at the Seattle Children’s
Hospital and recently launching Very Bright Foundation to raise Sickle Cell
awareness through education and inspiration. She firmly believes that pain is
simply an opportunity for power and purpose to teach us life lessons that can
change the world. Veronica’s heart beats with love and joy for her daughter
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