PETALUMA -- The North Bay Leadership Council will recognize five honorees at the 2010 Leaders of the North Bay Awards Luncheon Oct. 29 at Embassy Suites Hotel, San Rafael. The event includes a keynote address by early childhood education author and research scientist Dr. Alison Gopnik.

 The 2010 Leaders of the North Bay are: 

Caught in the Act of Leadership, Individual Excellence in Leadership:

Brett Martinez, President and CEO, Redwood Credit Union

We’re All in this Together, Community Building: 

Katie Crecelius, Chair, Novato Housing Coalition

Paint the Community Green, Environmental Stewardship:

Agilent Technologies, Santa Rosa

The “Light Bulb” Went On, Innovative/Entrepreneurial Spirit:

Sonoma County Energy Independence Program

Empowering the Latino Community, Leadership within the Latino Community:

Wanda Tapia-Thomsen, Latino Service Providers

 The honorees will receive their awards at a luncheon featuring best-selling author and research scientist, Dr. Alison Gopnik, who will deliver the keynote speech “Getting it Right When It Counts -- In the Beginning! Early Child Development and Education Are Key to Future Success.”  2010 is NBLC’s Year of Education, and Gopnik will talk on the importance of early child development and education as foundations for future success. Her books include The Scientist in the Crib (coauthored with Andrew Meltzoff and Patricia Kuhl), and The Philosophical Baby; What Children’s Minds Tell Us about Love, Truth and the Meaning of Life. She has appeared on The Colbert Report, Nova and many NPR programs.  A book signing will follow the awards ceremony.

The event is at Embassy Suites on Friday, Oct. 29 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Tickets are $50 per person or $500 for a table of ten.  To purchase tickets, please visit, email or call 707- 283-0028.  Tickets are limited.  The deadline is Oct. 25.