September 27, 2016

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    2016 Women of Achievement Awards

    Lois Phillips’ Thread “There’s a thread you follow… you don’t ever let go of the thread” William Stafford (1914-1993) If you knew Lois, like I know Lois, you’d say Oh, Oh, what a woman—her thread woven in the 60’s— dervish, feminist, organizer, family woman, and friend who lends her walking poles and backpack when you’re off on a trek should trails be rocky or steeper than planned. Oh she’s a planner, a juggler whose passion is standing women in the light. If it weren’t for Lois, we wouldn’t be here, AWC’s co-creator, original Founder and ED of Santa Barbara Antioch…

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    Digital and Print Media: Facing the Future Without Losing the Past

    By: Lilly Erickson, Intern In this new digital age, people tend to scroll through Instagram and Facebook on their iPhones to find trending topics, rather than flip through a paper-and-ink magazine. Don’t let these social media-thirsty people fool you. Print is still very much alive. That being said, times have changed and the issue of how to tackle the online world, while still sticking to good old-fashioned print, is multifaceted. On Tuesday evening, April 5, 2016, entrepreneurs, journalists, editors, and numerous other members of the Santa Barbara community attended the insightful panel hosted by AWC-SB, “Modern Journalism: Local Pioneers Keeping…

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    Member Spotlight: Lisa Osborn

    Lisa Osborn is a longtime radio broadcaster and entrepreneur. She moved to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles last year. Currently she serves as the news and public affairs director at KCSB 91.9 FM, the radio station at UCSB. Her business produces on-hold messages and narration services. Lisa is also the host of a weekly health/wellness and personal growth podcast called Lisa.FM Thrive!. Plus she does a weekday (recorded) music show in Southern New England. All that sounds like a lot, but Lisa is very passionate about sharing news and ideas on how to live a more fulfilling life. For Lisa,…

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    Review: Environmentalist Becca Claassen Honored

    By Tara O’Neil At AWC-SB’s event on March 8th, Becca Claassen enlightened the audience on the importance of speaking out about the issue of global climate change. As the recipient of 2016’s Lois Phillips Founders Award, Becca told the inspiring story of her journey as a lifelong environmental advocate. In addition to the AWC-SB Founder’s Award, Ashley Kruzel represented Das Williams to award Becca with a certificate of recognition from the California State Assembly. The night began with a reminder of why AWC is an important community of professionals. AWC-SB President, Dr. Minette Riordan said, “Women who communicate are very…

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    Meet Our 2016 Board of Directors

    President: Lisa Angle started in communications by creating computerized tutorials in 1990, moved on to writing, laying out and editing newsletters, then web design, and now is active in filmmaking and social media. As owner of Ninety Degrees Media her mission is to expand knowledge through creativity and technology. She has written articles for Montecito Journal, The Independent, and Examiner.com, has produced videos for the Santa Barbara chapter of NAWBO, the SB Zoo, the SB Writers Conference, and AWC-SB, and designed and edited the SB Film Weekly e-newsletter for the SB County Film Commission for several years. She co-produces an…

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AWC-SB 2015 Nonprofit & Member of the Year

Villa Majella has provided shelter to women, 18 years old and over, in crisis pregnancy since 1982. The women come from various situations such as homelessness, domestic violence, drug history, incarceration etc.. Once pregnant these women develop courage to pull themselves out of their circomstances and, despite the odds, decide to give their babies life. Whether that means parenting their child or placing for adoption. Villa Majella offers a safe loving environment in which these women take a look at their lives and make changes where needed. In housing the mother and caring for her in all aspects mental, emotional,…

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President’s Letter – October 2015

I’m so excited about our current leadership team. At a wonderful board retreat a few weeks ago we discussed the future of our organization, ideas around how to grow our membership and continue to the meet the needs, and interests of our diverse population. We have some great programs planned for AWC-SB this fall and some exciting announcements. First, we have firm dates for our monthly membership meetings. Please mark the first Wednesday of each month on your calendar for our AWC-SB meetings. Second, we’ve changed locations. Our meeting will now happen at the Ramada Inn, 4770 Calle Real, Santa…

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Poems for 2014 Women of Achievement Award Winners

The Making of an Editor for Marianne Partridge When you’re raised on a Long Island race track, your father a horse trainer, you seek speed, live the excitement of story, take control of the ending. When you think you’re not really a writer, you draw together those who are great, go for broke, become an editor. When told the job isn’t for a woman and Rupert Murdock fires you from the Village Voice, you become a tireless feminist, dedicate yourself to what Gloria Steinem calls the “longest revolution.” You dig in your heels, kick up some dust, get flying and…

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