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Amber Gray Named Austin Business Woman of the Year


Amber Gray

I am absolutely beside myself and happy to share that I was named Austin Business Woman of the Year 2021! I am so grateful to all of you that nominated and voted, and this is definitely one of the highlights of my entrepreneurial experience. 

To accept the award, I attended the Austin Business Woman Award Gala on May 25, 2021, along with my wife, Emily Rhudy, our Vice President of Operations, Emily Fisk, my friends Brennen Bliss of PixelCutLabs and Thomas Gherling, and my niece and Trusty Oak Personal Assistant, Marissa Gonzales, at the beautiful Abel’s on the Lake in Austin, TX. 

Amber and Trusty Oak Team

The gala was an incredible event. Before the awards were presented, there was a raffle by the event sponsors as well as a fashion show by haute couture brand Tastalitsi and their head designer Tatyana Morris in collaboration with local female entrepreneurs. It was a great time to network and chat with attendees, such as a client of ours, Felicia Reed of Felicia Reed Photography–it was great to be around so many inspiring people doing big things.

Thank you to the editor-in-chief of Austin Business Woman, Olga Adler, for creating such a wonderful night for the businesswomen of Austin. I am more motivated than ever to keep working and building our special community of freelancers and business owners.

Finally, thank you to my team for being amazing, and I just want you to know that this is for all of us. You all make it worth the hustle, and I am excited to keep growing with you at Trusty Oak!

Check out more Austin Business Woman Award Gala Photos here.

Amber Gray

Amber Gray is the founder and CEO of Trusty Oak, an Austin-based virtual assistant company providing administrative and marketing support to small business leaders, authors, and creative teams. A people-first approach to hiring, along with a scalable growth model have positioned Trusty Oak as a flexible, dependable, and affordable alternative to hiring administrative and marketing employees. In 2021 and 2022, Trusty Oak was named Freelancer Hiring Platform of the Year, and in 2021 Amber was recognized as Austin Business Woman of the Year.

Before founding Trusty Oak, Amber spent five years at a rapidly growing digital agency based in Austin, TX. Four of those years, she was responsible for hiring and leading both local and virtual teams while working closely with clients ranging from CEOs to bestselling authors to build their brand online. As VP of Operations, Amber helped lead the company’s growth to #15 on Austin Business Journal’s Fast50 List in 2014.

As a female founder and leader of a company that has quickly established a recognizably special culture within a non-traditional workforce, Amber has energized and empowered women from diverse professional and personal backgrounds to go against the grain of historically standard female roles in business, technology, and leadership. Trusty Oak provides an opportunity for experienced admin and marketing professionals to work independently as freelancers, but with a supportive internal network consisting of other ambitious and resourceful remote workers.

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