July 29, 2014

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    Fri, Aug 22: Books for Breakfast

    Riding on the heels of an intriguing July book discussion AWC-SB announces their next Books for Breakfast. The August selection is The Happiness Choice: The Five Decisions That Will Take You From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Santa Barbara-based author Marilyn Tam. Friday, August 22, 7:30-9 am Eladio’s 28 W. Cabrillo Blvd 90-minute free street parking kicks in at 9 am $20 AWC-SB Members, $24 nonmembers (includes a fabulous breakfast, tax and tip) Synopsis: Tam takes what she learned from being an unwanted, neglected, and abused child in Hong Kong to become an international business…

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    Review: 2013 Women of Achievement Awards

    By: Rachel Cansler AWC-SB prides itself on accomplished members. AWC-SB is the premiere organization for communication professionals in the greater Santa Barbara area whose mission is to provide access to communication role models. The organization empowers women in the workplace by hosting motivational events that stimulate change, spark new ideas, and encourage collaboration between its members. AWC-SB hosted their annual Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon, Money Matters: Journalism, Justice, and Empowerment, on Wednesday, June 5 at the Montecito Country Club. A sold-out crowd of 150 came to honor Kathleen Sharp, author of Blood Medicine and Mr. & Mrs. Hollywood, and…

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    Review: Image, Success, and Self-Confidence

    By: Rachel Cansler In our professional lives we’ve all heard the adages, “Dress to Impress,” “Confidence is key,” and “Dress for the job you want, not the one you have.” Is there any truth to these common sayings? Are our business ventures influenced by our individual style and level of confidence? Empirical research has shown one’s professional success can be dramatically increased by one’s ability to project a refined, poised image. Professional Image and Design Consultant Valerie Burns and Jewelry Consultant Calla Gold led an interactive discussion on image, success, and self-confidence at AWC-SB’s May 1 event. To help participants…

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    Member Spotlight: Laura Inks

    By Leslie A. Westbrook AWC: Describe your business. What do you do? Why do you do it? Laura Inks: I am the Interim Executive Director of SunnyED, an educational program that pairs third grade students struggling with math with eighth grade tutors via the Internet. They begin by viewing vodcasts of our National Teacher of the Year, who explains the lessons in fun and engaging ways. The duo then work on problems together, until the younger one “gets it.” We are also developing a game, where the students can practice newly learned skills, in a fun and non-threatening way. Once…

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    Review: It’s Mine! Right???

    By: Rachel Cansler As the media world grows increasingly digitized communicators struggle to protect their intellectual property. What is considered intellectual property and how do we go about protecting our works?  Attorneys Mike Velthoen and Jim Q. McDermott of Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP discussed these questions and others pertaining to copyright and trade secrets at AWC-SB’s March 6th presentation, It’s Mine! Right??? Protecting Your Intellectual Property. Intellectual property, as with other forms of ‘property’ says Mike Veltheon, Managing Partner, is best thought of as a “bundle of rights.” We have the right to control the use of, the right…

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2013 Nonprofit & Member of the Year

By: Rachel Cansler AWC-SB hosted their annual holiday party on Wednesday, December 4 at Municipal Winemakers in the Funk Zone. Members and friends came together to celebrate the holidays, enjoy delicious cuisine catered by Marmalade Cafe and honor the association’s Nonprofit of the Year, Storyteller Children’s Center, and AWC-SB Member of the Year, Lisa Angle. Storyteller Children’s Center is a local nonprofit organization that provides superior, tuition-free early childhood education for homeless and at-risk children, as well as comprehensive support services for their families. Executive Director, Terri Allison accepted the award for the nonprofit, sharing a heartwarming story about one…


August President’s Message

Summertime, And the livin’ is easy Fish are jumpin’ And the cotton is high ~ Porgy and Bess I hope that some of the “livin’ is easy” mindset has been with you this summer! If not, there are still some good summer days left.  To capture the summer spirit, we at AWC-SB hope you will join us by doing some summer reading with us and also connecting with your communications comrades. AWC-SB kicked off the summer with our always fabulous Women of Achievement event, Money Matters: Journalism, Justice and Empowerment, at the Montecito Country Club. Please read Rachel Cansler’s review…

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The Matters Of Making a Difference

(AWC-SB  Women of Achievement Awards, 2013) for Marsha Bailey and Kathleen Sharp If you want to make a difference in life, go for the gold or awards, you probably won’t make it past the front porch. Too many leaves need sweeping after near hurricane winds, so you take up ballet, like Kathleen, begin to bend your body in extraordinary ways, arabesque like a doe, land like a swan and glide in the rippled lake of your making. Tap dancing shoes not allowed, like Marsha you choose swimming, built strong as a plow like her ancestors, and noted how her father’s…


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