Inspirational Women: trends, updates, forum and leadership awards

At our second annual Inspirational Women Forum & Awards, which was held on October 18 at The Beverly Hilton, we highlighted the accomplishments of outstanding women from corporations and nonprofit organizations throughout California who demonstrated noteworthy success and accomplishments over the past 24 months in 12 award categories.


One of the few women at the helm of a moving company, Laura McHolm’s NorthStar Moving is the go-to mover for A-List celebrities, The Getty and other movers and shakers. She has single-handedly crushed the dim view consumers once held about the moving industry. McHolm coined the phrase “eco-luxury moving services” and is changing the way people move by offering the red carpet treatment. Honored with more awards for service than any other moving company, she is breaking the long-held notion of moving and storage as burly men doing one job.

NorthStar Moving contributes time, services and financial support to over two dozen community-focused charities and socially conscious organizations including Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, E-Cycle Environmental, Global Green USA, Goodwill of Southern California, Habitat for Humanity, Lou Parker Project, Make-A-Wish LA and the Women In Green Forum.

An example of McHolm and her company’s philanthropic focus is the work done with the nonprofit organization Miry’s List, which crowdsources supply requests for vetted refugee families. The supplies help refugees rebuild their lives as they settle in the United States. She and her team at NorthStar Moving provide free services to store essential household items and deliver them to the new homes of the resettling families.