Mechelle Olórtegui, Leadership Gifts Officer, The Jackson Laboratory
Member since 2017; currently serves on the Membership Committee
Education/Alma Mater: AS-Tourism Mgt., BS-Hospitality Sales & Meeting Mgt, MBA-International Business/Johnson & Wales University
Morning News Sources: NBC News
Hometown/Current town: New Rochelle, NY/Vernon, CT
How long have you worked in your current position? Almost 2 years (in July)
Did you have a job that might surprise people? Not a paid job but two volunteer jobs: ESL teacher and Sexual Assault/Violence Advocate.
What do you value most about CWC? Meeting amazing women and the opportunities to help each other personally and/or professionally. Also going to and learning about local companies and organizations that you might not have been able to or have access to.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? So many pieces of advice but I have two – No is an opportunity to learn more and Have meetings in person.
Piece of advice for people entering your field / looking to excel in your field? If you are looking to work for a nonP – find out more about them by volunteering your time. This allows you learn about them. Work for an organization where you care about the mission. In philanthropy, be comfortable with No.
Proud moment or accomplishment you’d like to share? Being the 1st person in my family to obtain a college and advance degree
First Job in high school: Had 2 – As a travel agent and a bagger at the supermarket
Dream Job (besides current): Ancestry or Genealogy related work
Bucket List Item: Travel to Scandinavia and Portugal, see the Northern Lights, get my 2nd and 3rd tattoos, and complete my genealogy and family tree.
Hobbies: Volunteering, traveling, dancing, exercising, enjoying and being appreciative of time spent with family and friends, and stress-free relaxation.
Favorite Sports Team: none
TV Character most like you: I like many characters, but one of my most favorite TV character is Hiccup from How to Train your Dragon series. He is determined, even with a disability he excels and most important, he looks pass differences.
Vacation Spot: Home – Barbados, then Australia, anything with a beach
Lori Budnick, Partner and Director of Services for
Non-Profit Organizations, BlumShapiro
Member since 2003; serves on CWC Board of Directors and Treasurer
Education/Alma Mater: BS in Accounting University of CT
Morning News Sources: Twitter feed – follow a variety of local and national news outlets.
Hometown/Current town: Born and raised in Jewett City, live in Kensington for last 27 years.
How long have you worked in your current position? 33 years
Did you have a job that might surprise people? Worked in a family owned commercial printing business.
What do you value most about CWC? The friendships I’ve nurtured through attending events and functions.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? Work hard, play hard.
Piece of advice for people entering your field / looking to excel in your field? In the public accounting field, it’s really more about communication skills than the numbers.
Proud moment or accomplishment you’d like to share? My daughters’ college graduations.
First Job in high school: Working at a convenience store.
Dream Job (besides current): Any role in a major sports enterprise.
Bucket List Item: Travel to every country in Europe.
Hobbies: Golf, traveling, sporting events.
Favorite Sports Team: Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, CT Sun
Vacation Spot: Newport
Favorite Movie: The Breakfast Club