August 27, 2016

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    Wed, Sept 7: All About Networking

    Powered by Eventbrite Does networking make your palms sweat? Do you find yourself hiding behind a pillar at business mixers? AWC-SB invites everybody, from pro networkers to novice minglers, to their “All About Networking” event on Wednesday, September 7, 5:30-7:30 pm. Join us for facilitated speed networking at workzones in Paseo Nuevo. Come prepared with your elevator pitch for your business, and to tell others what you can do for them and what they can do for you. We will gather in cozy table groups then rotate so you will get a chance to talk to all the other attendees….

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    Fri, Aug 19: Books For Breakfast – Small Victoriesby Anne Lamott

    Powered by Eventbrite AWC-SB’s popular summer reading program continues on Friday, August 19 at Eladio’s by the beach. For August our discussion will revolve around Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace by Anne Lamott. Please join us and support this lovely venue by treating yourself to breakfast (Please bring cash). Friday, August 19, 7:30-9 am Eladio’s 28 W. Cabrillo Blvd 90-minute free street parking kicks in at 9 am Bestselling author of the iconic Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott writes about faith, family, and community in essays that are both wise and irreverent. It’s an approach that has become her trademark….

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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: Dr. Minette Riordan is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and speaker who’s passion is connection. Through her work as a trainer, coach, writer and speaker, she has educated thousands of people – helping them to improve communication skills, relationship skills and build confidence in their creative abilities. Minette’s passion for connection is deeply rooted in her belief that it is our connections to Spirit, self and others that are the foundation of true happiness. You can find her blogging at and Locally, she runs a Meetup for Women who love art and journaling and need more creative space…

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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…


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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