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Wed, Feb 6: Money, Money, Money: Cultivating the Courage to Speak Up

Money-talk can feel taboo—especially for women. But until we speak up with clarity about what we want and what we need financially, we will continue to limit our economic lives and pay a high price in our relationships. So let’s speak up! Join us on Wednesday, February 6 when we welcome two experts for an interactive workshop where you'll get guidance in what you need to know to talk gracefully and comfortably about money.

Wednesday, February 6, 5:30-7:30 pm
workzones
Paseo Nuevo
351 Paseo Nuevo 2nd floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
AWC-SB Members Free; Nonmembers $20
Wine & Refreshments included

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A financial professional for 30 years, Sharon Cox's experience includes serving as a financial planner, socially responsible investment advisor, small business consultant, and national conference manager. An award-winning speaker and author of materials published by the National Endowment for Financial Education, Sharon offers private and small group money coaching, interactive workshops, and speaking engagements through her business, The Money Dance, www.themoneydance.com.

Daisy Swan has been a Career and Executive Coach for almost 30 years helping clients discover, and be, their most authentic and productive selves. Daisy has worked with CEO’s, attorneys, producers and writers, sales professionals and executives in the media and technology sector, as well as those just starting their careers. She works with clients in one-on-one sessions, and teaches or presents in corporate and University settings.

Wed, Jan 9: Miss Representation Documentary Screening

AWC-SB's annual film night returns with a provocative documentary on Wednesday, January 9. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.

Wednesday, January 9, 5:30 pm
Balboa Building Theater
(in the basement)
735 State Street
Downtown Santa Barbara
AWC-SB Members Free; Nonmembers $20; Students $10
Wine & Refreshments included

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Miss Representation includes stories from teenage girls and interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists, and academics like Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Condoleezza Rice, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Jackson Katz, Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem. The film offers startling facts and statistics to leave audiences shaken and armed with a new perspective.

“I made Miss Representation because we live in a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, and the collective message the media send to our young women and men is that a woman’s value lies in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader,” Newsom said. “I wanted to shed a light on this problem, because if we don’t question that thinking and work to change it, we are going to continue to be marginalized.

AWC-SB Annual Holiday Party Review

By Valerie Anne Burns

Wine, food and conversation flowed at this year’s AWC-SB holiday party held at Crush Tasting Room and Kitchen, owned by Michael and Lisa Amador. A festive crowd turned out to enjoy the warmth indoors as a light rain softly fell outdoors. Platters of sushi, cheese, crostinis, flatbreads and gourmet panini’s paired sumptuously to wine of the guest’s choosing from a selection of Rose to Cabernet, all from small production wineries on the Central Coast. Rachel Sarah Thurston, AWC-SB member and photographer took photos throughout the evening of all the women communicators in holiday attire.

This year AWC-SB honored Jen Baron, Executive Director of Girls Rock and Hilary Soren Molina, who co-chaired the 2018 Women of Achievement Awards.

AWC-SB board member Lisa Osborn presented Hilary with the Member of the Year award. Hilary said, “I’m honored to be a part of this incredible group of women and want to encourage young women to get involved.” She then offered to sponsor a college student who wants to join AWC-SB.

Dr. Lois Phillips, foundering chapter President of AWC-SB, presented the Founders Award to Jen Baron. Lois mentioned the importance of creating a space for women to stand in their own light. Jen said, “Life is about authentic connection and teaching girls to be brave, which is something I do every day.”

Lots of chatter and cheer continued until the party wrapped up for the night. Everyone enjoyed appetizers, wine and catching-up.


Valerie Anne Burns is an Image & Design Consultant/Author & Blogger. www.cautionmermaidcrossing.com

Wed, Dec 5: AWC-SB Annual Holiday Party

If you haven't experienced the new Crush Tasting Room & Kitchen yet, join us at the AWC-SB Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 5. We’ll celebrate the season and raise a glass to honor two special communicators. This year's AWC-SB Member of the Year. Hilary Molina, co-chaired the 2018 Women of Achievement committee and worked tirelessly to raise the bar on our signature event. Jen Baron, Executive Director of Girls Rock, will receive the Lois Phillips Founders Award for her efforts to help girls find their voices through music. AWC-SB plans to adopt Girls Rock SB as our 2019 Nonprofit of the Year. Several Girls Rock SB students will perform at the party.

Annual Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 5
6-8 pm
Crush Tasting Room & Kitchen
432 E Haley St

Downtown Santa Barbara
AWC-SB Members $25; Nonmembers $35
includes appetizers and $12 wine credit

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKET NOW

Lois Phillips will present the Founders Award to Jen Baron, Founder and Executive Director of Girls Rock, a nonprofit that helps girls become more confident through music. Jen started the organization single-handedly, pitching her ideas to mentors, funders, board members, parents and the public. When she launched the first summer program in 2012, one hundred girls attended. Today, the organization has grown to a community of more than 4,000 students who participate in after-school programs as well as day camps and sleep away camps during the summer.

Jen graduated from Santa Barbara High School and Antioch University. Although her professional background is in marketing and public relations, she's written songs and played music most of her life. At her father’s urging, she followed her dream and recorded songs professionally.

She discovered her true calling in a graduate program at Antioch when a professor urged her class to design their dream jobs. Jen envisioned a nonprofit that used music to spark creativity and instill confidence in girls aged 7-17. Although she knew nothing about starting, much less funding, an organization, she spent a year researching the project which eventually became Girls Rock SB. Girls Rock programs bring together girls from diverse backgrounds. Under the guidance of mentors who are themselves musicians, girls learn to collaborate and communicate through music.

Hilary Molina co-chaired our 2018 Women of Achievement luncheon, an annual AWC-SB event that honors women who use their talents as communicators to improve the community. Hilary brings passion to everything she does. Thanks to her gift for strategic planning, she produced an inspiration event that exceeded the expectations of the AWC-SB board and attracted new sponsors and more public attention to the event.

Hilary is the Alumni Relations Director for Fielding Graduate University where she serves as the direct contact for over 5,000 alumni around the world. She's also responsible for programming that provides tangible benefits to alumni, students, faculty, board members, and donors.

Before joining Fielding Graduate University, Hilary worked as an account executive at Fidelity National Title, a Fortune 500 company which is the nation's largest provider of commercial and residential mortgage and diversified services. She earned a Masters of Science from Cal Poly SLO. Her current interest includes road cycling and supporting her family run junior development team Galaxy Cycling.

How to Recognize and Respond to Burnout

The 805 experienced a tough year in 2018. In addition to the usual pulls of balancing our personal and professional lives, we’ve dealt with the undertow of a stormy political climate and the lingering trauma from the Thomas Fire and debris flow. Even the strongest among us might need help recognizing our own limits. How do you determine when you—or someone close to you—has reached that breaking point? From stress management to suicide prevention, our panel of experts will answer some dark questions while shedding light and providing guidance about how to find help and relief when it’s needed.

Panelists:

  • Simon Fox, Founder Adventures in Caring
  • Dr. Deborah Smilovitz Foster, PhD and NeuroPsychologist
  • Dr. Meridith Merchant, PhD and Psychologist UCSB
  • Mariana Harms, Manager of Clinical Training at CALM

Simon Fox has led Adventures in Caring for 32 years. He and his wife Karen, who founded the nonprofit, are internationally respected leaders in teaching compassion as a practice that supports the healing of the whole person. Their award-winning programs are used in hundreds of hospitals, hospices, and nursing schools. Simon is the primary caregiver for Karen, who has suffered from life-threatening illnesses her whole life. Simon is co-author of the book, What Can I Say? A Guide To Visiting Friends and Family Who Are Ill and co-producer of five video-based training programs on compassion, including The Medicine of Compassion which won the 2004 International Health & Medical Media Award for the best video in patient care. Simon has served on the National Advisory Committee for the American Trauma Society and produced its Second Trauma train-the-trainer program.

Dr. Deborah Smilovitz Foster, specializes in neuropsychology with a sub-specialty in children, trauma and balance. These specialties have provided a strong foundation about how physiological, neurological, and psychological processes interact. Deborah has studied and worked with children for over 20 years, first as an elementary school teacher and then as a nurse. Her clinical training includes working with gang members and teenage mothers, domestic violence and anger management groups, domestic violence shelters, County Mental Health as a certified member of the crisis team (certified to 5150)/assessment team and working with children and families. Her research at the internationally acclaimed Reiss-Davis Child Study Center in Los Angeles is part of a group of child study centers that include the Yale and Harvard Child Study Centers.

Dr. Meridith Merchant is a licensed psychologist, advocate, consultant and speaker. She serves as a full-time psychologist at UC Santa Barbara Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). She also serves as a faculty advisor and Community Health Advocate with iDREAM for Racial Health Equity, focused on improving health outcomes for mothers and babies throughout the course of their lives. As a member of the California Department of Public Health's Maternal, Child and Adolescent Division's CA Community Birth Plan Task Force, Dr. Meridith gives voice to health disparities among Black women. Through her community commitments, personal and professional endeavors, and her role as a psychologist at CAPS, Dr. Meridith continues to use her personal maternal trauma as inspiration and fuel for her passion to increase awareness and activism toward equity, empowered health and wholeness for all.

Mariana Harms is a Spanish/English bilingual Marriage and Family Therapist at CALM, where she serves as the Manager of Clinical Training. A graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Mariana has over 6 years experience working with children and families who have experienced trauma. Professional burnout and compassion fatigue are topics regularly addressed at CALM, as the trauma-focused clinicians are at high risk for both.

Women of Achievement Poems 2018

Wonder Woman

for Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Since Hannah-Beth landed on this planet,
it’s never been the same. Already by age ten
she spoke out for women’s rights. Ask the boys
of Boston’s Little League. She fought to join them
and they backed her: “best guy on the team.”
She’s still batting homeruns for fair play.

Early on, she took down any bully.
Ask her sister Reyna. When their older brother,
visually impaired, was picked on, you can almost
hear her backfire, “You gotta problem?”
New England tennis champ in her teens,
she also played the lead in school musicals,
getting all the laughs. Show biz is “good practice
for politics,” she jokes. “Keep them engaged.”

Out front and center wherever there’s cause
or crisis, lucky for California she moved here
as a young attorney. Of the 80 bills she’s crafted,
her proudest is Equal Pay for Women,
described as her “35 year instant success.”
Famous for how she sticks out her neck,
it’s no wonder she received the Giraffe Award
adding to a scroll of others. Named Legislator
of the World by many organizations, she insists

The Time is Now to end NRA’s control, to save
our children, our future, from murder in the classroom.
A passionate Chair of the State Judiciary Committee,
she addressed the break-down of our democracy,
reciting words engraved on the Statue of Liberty:
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses
yearning to breathe free.” Hannah-Beth, Wonder Woman,
thank you for all the ways you hold the light,
and speak truth to power reminding that women
“hold up more than half the sky.”

by Perie Longo
Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Emerita
AWC-SB Women of Achievement Awards, June 2018


The Surprising Dr. Carrie Hutchison

Visit with Carrie awhile and presto! the key
to communication is yours for keeps: Listening.
And she knows, with a PhD, Chair of the SBCC
Communication Department. Listen close
like you’d listen to the slither of a lizard
or water swishing along the shore of a lake,
her favorite place to be. Listen with integrity,
objectively, no thought to what you’ll say
before the other is finished. Listen to the spaces
between words to understand beliefs, concerns.
Listen with a wide lens, like their life depends on it,
and yours. Together, you will leave uplifted,
more clear in this confusing world. Listening

is the impact she tries to make each day,
more important than her books and lectures.
Listening to those far different than yourself
matters. Courageously, she resists the status quo,
travels with her students to far flung countries
without our “amenities” to teach how others live.
Learn need, how to initiate change. And listen
to how they laugh, no matter how grim
their circumstance. She’s serious about that
and social justice, co-founder of SURJ,
Showing Up for Racial Justice. To resist injustice

takes action, her medicine to cope at this time
when lack of communication is at an all time high.
As is misunderstanding. To lighten her load,
ten years ago, brokenhearted, she checked out
Craig’s list, answered an ad for a rock band singer.
Here before you, is a professor who walks
her walk and rocks her talk, favors Bob Marley’s song
Redemption, back tickles with her two kids, and
admits she is definitely like the nocturnal hedgehog,
a vocal communicator, who knows exactly how
to make a difference in an unpredictable world.

by Perie Longo
Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Emerita
AWC-SB Women of Achievement Awards, June 2018

Wed, Nov 7: How to Recognize and Respond to Burnout

The 805 experienced a tough year in 2018. In addition to the usual pulls of balancing our personal and professional lives, we’ve dealt with the undertow of a stormy political climate and the lingering trauma from the Thomas Fire and debris flow. Even the strongest among us might need help recognizing our own limits. How do you determine when you—or someone close to you—has reached that breaking point? From stress management to suicide prevention, our panel of experts will answer some dark questions while shedding light and providing guidance about how to find help and relief when it’s needed.

Wednesday, November 7, 5:30-7:30 pm
workzones
Paseo Nuevo
351 Paseo Nuevo 2nd floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
AWC-SB Members Free; Nonmembers $20
Wine & Refreshments included

REGISTER NOW

Panelists:

  • Simon Fox, Founder Adventures in Caring
  • Dr. Deborah Smilovitz Foster, PhD and NeuroPsychologist
  • Dr. Meridith Merchant, PhD and Psychologist UCSB
  • Mariana Harms, Manager of Clinical Training at CALM

Simon Fox has led Adventures in Caring for 32 years. He and his wife Karen, who founded the nonprofit, are internationally respected leaders in teaching compassion as a practice that supports the healing of the whole person. Their award-winning programs are used in hundreds of hospitals, hospices, and nursing schools. Simon is the primary caregiver for Karen, who has suffered from life-threatening illnesses her whole life. Simon is co-author of the book, What Can I Say? A Guide To Visiting Friends and Family Who Are Ill and co-producer of five video-based training programs on compassion, including The Medicine of Compassion which won the 2004 International Health & Medical Media Award for the best video in patient care. Simon has served on the National Advisory Committee for the American Trauma Society and produced its Second Trauma train-the-trainer program.

Dr. Deborah Smilovitz Foster, specializes in neuropsychology with a sub-specialty in children, trauma and balance. These specialties have provided a strong foundation about how physiological, neurological, and psychological processes interact. Deborah has studied and worked with children for over 20 years, first as an elementary school teacher and then as a nurse. Her clinical training includes working with gang members and teenage mothers, domestic violence and anger management groups, domestic violence shelters, County Mental Health as a certified member of the crisis team (certified to 5150)/assessment team and working with children and families. Her research at the internationally acclaimed Reiss-Davis Child Study Center in Los Angeles is part of a group of child study centers that include the Yale and Harvard Child Study Centers.

Dr. Meridith Merchant is a licensed psychologist, advocate, consultant and speaker. She serves as a full-time psychologist at UC Santa Barbara Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). She also serves as a faculty advisor and Community Health Advocate with iDREAM for Racial Health Equity, focused on improving health outcomes for mothers and babies throughout the course of their lives. As a member of the California Department of Public Health's Maternal, Child and Adolescent Division's CA Community Birth Plan Task Force, Dr. Meridith gives voice to health disparities among Black women. Through her community commitments, personal and professional endeavors, and her role as a psychologist at CAPS, Dr. Meridith continues to use her personal maternal trauma as inspiration and fuel for her passion to increase awareness and activism toward equity, empowered health and wholeness for all.

Mariana Harms is a Spanish/English bilingual Marriage and Family Therapist at CALM, where she serves as the Manager of Clinical Training. A graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Mariana has over 6 years experience working with children and families who have experienced trauma. Professional burnout and compassion fatigue are topics regularly addressed at CALM, as the trauma-focused clinicians are at high risk for both.

Wed, Oct 3: Strategic Social Media

Local leaders Share Inside Secrets on Staying on Point and Keeping it Fresh

Aimless social media, without strategic thinking, results in awkward posts that damage your reputation. Used skillfully, social media becomes a powerful tool that draws attention to your brand. On Wednesday, October 3 AWC-SB will present a panel of local women who will discuss their success at using Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other platforms on behalf of themselves and their clients. These pros will share insights for creating authentic, engaging and--most important--effective social media communications. Bring a friend, bring your phone, and get ready to bring home a new set of tips and tricks for posting with purpose!

Leela Cyd is a food, lifestyle and travel photographer and storyteller. She’s authored and photographed her own books, Food With Friends: The Art of Small Gatherings, Tasting Hygge, Cooking Up Trouble and Styling for Instagram.

Carly Mask is an Instagram Strategist, Hearst Award-Winning Photographer and Managing Partner at Camp Digital, a boutique content studio that powers the creative needs of founders, small businesses, and growing brands.

Siouxsie Jennett is the CEO and founder of Mambo Media, a digital marketing firm that works with companies to maximize marketing strategies to drive revenue through digital marketing.

Samantha Wennerstrom is the creator of the fashion and lifestyle blog Could I Have That? Created in 2009, CIHT? provides readers with original content on living a stylish life and has grown into an established online publisher working with brands such as Barneys New York, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and many more. Samantha is also an ambassador for Who What Wear and is a member of Heymama Co.

Leela Cyd

Carly Mask

Siouxsie Jennett

Samantha Wennerstrom