A dedicated entrepreneur who says she “was born to help people” is the 2014 Rising Star Woman of Influence. You can find her on her blog, at her day job, organizing and running half-marathons or leading a PTA committee.

Rosie Martinson, creator of www.TacomaWorkingMom.com, is an employee of Sound Physicians, active volunteer for local charity events and mother to four boys in a blended family. She admits she is driven, hard-working and proactive, using her positive attitude to never lose hope.

Martinson was three years into her drive to become the first in her family to earn a college degree when she became a single mother. When the child was six months old, she returned to full-time work and night school classes to achieve that goal. And somewhat ironically, her unplanned status as a parent became the core of her blog that shares local events, tips, recipes and other items about motherhood.

This Rising Star has also volunteered with Gilda’s Club to support patients and families dealing with cancer, including chairing the upcoming annual luncheon in Tacoma Nov. 5. Martinson has also been volunteer race director for Tacoma Undy 5000, a fun run and 5k race on behalf of Colon Cancer Alliance.

Rosie Martinson will receive her 2014 Rising Star recognition at the Women of Influence banquet on Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Tacoma. Also to be honored are Lois Bernstein, senior VP at MultiCare Health System, for a Lifetime of Achievement; and five individual recipients:

  • Jean Carr, principal of SCJ Alliance, Olympia
  • Robin Lucas, founder/CEO of ShowCase Media & Showcase Magazine, Edgewood
  • Denise McCluskey, mayor of University Place & regional manager, Milburn Academy, JBLM
  • Mary Pontarolo, executive director of SafePlace Olympia 
  • Julie Tappero, founder/CEO of West Sound Workforce, Gig Harbor

For more information on Women of Influence and tickets to the event, visit www.BusinessExaminer.com/WOI