April 1, 2015

  • www.rsthurston.com/ Rachel Sarah Thurston is a portrait, events, travel, and wedding photographer, travel/lifestyle writer and filmmaker based in Santa Barbara, California.

    Wed, April 8: AWC-SB Spring Mixer – Networking with Soul

    Join top professional women communicators on Wednesday, April 8, 5:30-7:30 pm at Casa Blanca Restaurant & Cantina in downtown Santa Barbara. The Association for Women in Communications promotes “Networking with Soul” on a national level and AWC-SB plans to practice this principle. This event is FREE so if you’ve never attended an AWC-SB meeting, or haven’t in a while, this gives you an excellent opportunity to meet some of our local chapter members and learn what the organization is all about. Bring your friends and enjoy food and drinks at Happy Hour prices. Wednesday, April 8, 5:30-7:30 pm Casa Blanca…

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    Review: Leadership and Diversity

    By Rebecca Ponsdomenech At AWC-SB’s “Leadership and Diversity” event, Audrey Addison Williams, a leader in both the profit and nonprofit world, discussed what diversity and leadership means to her. Her speech shed light on how humans create diversity by our own personal perceptions of the world. Audrey shared personal stories of struggles she faced in her life due to her gender, weight, and the color of her skin. Instances such as when she noticed the valet left her headlights on. She didn’t turn them off for fear someone might think her stealing her own car. She realized where we’re from…

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    Review Sandra Tsing Loh’s Visit to AWC-SB November 5, 2014

    By Alessandra Labrador At AWC-SB’s event on November 5, Author, Sandra Tsing Loh, shed light on what it means to go through menopause. After discussing her book, The Madwoman in the Volvo, Loh depicted a positive side to menopause, emphasizing the importance of discourse on a taboo subject. When Loh experienced her own menopausal meltdown she turned to research to get some answers. She discovered women experiencing “the change”, showed hormone levels similar to that of a preteen girl. Since the women of today live much longer than women of the past, fertility only applies to a third of a…

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    Wed, Dec 3: AWC-SB Annual Holiday Party

    Event management for Wed, Dec 3: AWC-SB Annual Holiday Party powered by Eventbrite Annual Holiday Party Honoring Member of the Year: Poet Perie Longo Nonprofit of the Year: Friendship Center Wednesday, December 3, 2014 5:30-7:30 pm C’est Cheese 825 Santa Barbara Street AWC-SB Members $25; Nonmembers $35 TICKET DEADLINE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30 AT THE DOOR: Members $35; Nonmmbers $45 Start the holiday season off by celebrating with AWC-SB at our annual holiday party. By tradition we will honor our 2014 Member of the Year Perie Longo and Nonprofit of the Year Friendship Center. Come enjoy holiday cheer with other communicators…

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    Member Spotlight: Carolyn Jabs

    Carolyn Jabs has written about families, ethics, environmental issues and the Internet for almost four decades. In 1984 she published The Heirloom Gardener (Sierra Club Books), a book “often cited as a turning point in the pro-heirloom movement.” Hundreds of her articles have been published in magazines ranging from Readers Digest and Redbook to Self and Working Mother. Her opinion essays have appeared in Newsweek and the New York Times. In the 90’s, Carolyn started writing about how computers infiltrated American homes, first as a Contributing Editor at Home PC and then at Family PC.  When the dot.com crash shuttered…

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February President’s Message

Happy New Year! I’m proud to serve as AWC-SB President for 2015. Let me share what the Board of Directors has worked on for the past couple of months. In part, the purpose of AWC-SB is to: Create a supportive environment for women to share experiences and exchange information and opportunities for success in their work as professional communicators. Provide access to role models and leaders in the communication fields, explore current trends, and learn related technologies. Provide educational seminars and access to professional development in the Santa Barbara region to help members stay abreast of trends and shifts in…

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2014 Nonprofit & Member of the Year

Dimly lit with hints of holiday cheer, C’est Cheese hosted the Annual Holiday Party for the Association for Women in Communications, Santa Barbara Chapter. Members and guests sampled fine wine paired with delectable cheeses, artisan crackers, and other hors d’oeuvres. Every year AWC-SB honors a member of the year and a nonprofit organization. Introduced by AWC-SB’s President, Dr. Minette Riordan, Perie Longo, an exquisite poet, child therapist, and teacher accepted the honored of Member of the Year. When Longo read a poem written by a fourteen year old student of hers, she encouraged her audience to think of nonmaterial gifts…

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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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