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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!

Wednesday, October 3, 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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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

Wed, Sept 5: AWC Connects – Building a Network that Works for You

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Does your work involve communication? Do you have something important you want to do this fall? Could you use help clarifying your dreams and solidifying your goals? Then you'll want to attend the fall networking meeting of the Association for Women in Communication, Santa Barbara chapter on Wednesday, September 5, 5:30-7:30 pm at workzones in Paseo Nuevo.

Executive Coach and AWC-SB member Patricia Rachel Schwartz, MA, PCC, will lead a highly engaging, participatory mini-workshop on Achievement Acceleration. You’ll connect with other exceptional women in small groups using a proven, mutually supportive process that encourages reflection, discussion and accountability.

Wednesday, September 5, 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

You’ll walk away with new ideas about how to approach your professional goals and challenges, plus action steps that will move you closer toward what you want to achieve in the year ahead. As a bonus, you’ll be in the company of some of Santa Barbara’s most creative communicators.

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Patricia Rachel Schwartz MA, PCC, BCC
Executive Coach and Facilitator

Maximize Positive Engagement and Thrive!

Her coaching approach is strengths-based and informed by the latest research in positive psychology. She specialize in stakeholder engagement to support strategic visioning and plan implementation, change leadership, and for nonprofits-major gifts coaching and training. Stakeholder engagement includes the engagement of employees, teams, funders, investors, boards, public officials and communities, among others.

Background:

  • 40 years experience in leadership development, business development and management - locally, nationally and internationally
  • Executive Coach for 20 years
  • M.A., International Administration/Intercultural Management, SIT
  • Worked with over 3,500 leaders across sectors and industries
  • Background in executive leadership in the business and nonprofit sectors
  • Created appreciative inquiry/positive psychology based Relationship Building for Prosperity℠ Stakeholder Engagement Model and Tools
  • Professional Certified Coach, Certified Mentor Coach, Board Certified Coach
  • Senior Faculty member of the College of Executive Coaching for twelve years
  • Faculty of the Cal Lutheran University’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership for twelve years
  • Raised over 12 million dollars for nonprofits

Patricia has worked with leaders from (partial listing): Alpha Resource Center, Anthem, Antioch University, Coca Cola, DreamWorks Animation, Fielding Graduate University, Foodbank, Jr. Blind of America/Wayfinder Family Services, Mayo Clinic, PepsiCo, Reiter Affiliated Companies, Santa Barbara Foundation, Treebones Resort, US Navy, United Way, UC Santa Barbara, University of Chicago Booth School of Management, Ventura College Foundation, Ventura County Community Foundation, Verizon, and Women’s Economic Ventures.CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

Women of Achievement Poems 2017

Chimps and Koalas and Patty, Oh My!

for Patty DeDominic

Chinese proverb: Only he that has traveled
the road knows where holes are deep...

What if he turns out to be Patty?
A modern Renaissance woman, she's proved
there's no business like women's business.
Chronic befriender, sunny smile, she'll hug you
first meeting, this lover of everything living,
loving especially animals, indeed every soul met
along roads traveled that made all the difference...

In photos, she’s seen hugging a chimp
in an Ugandan sanctuary, both looking
like they've found heaven, same as in Australia
holding a Koala, another of husband Gene cloaked
with little chimps. Icon Jane Goodall become friend,
Patty joins the Institute's Board. In admiration
of Elizabeth Dole, signs on to the Red Cross Board.

Out on a limb, building and selling companies,
she’s a guide with Midas touch, keen eye
spotting holes in the road that can sink you. Raising
the bar for women worldwide, she dreams up festivals
for them to unite, embrace their power. Full hearted,
Patty advises multitudes how to set goals,
meet them and before you can say what now?
she humbly watches her clients take their bows.

Others saw. The National Women Business Owners
bestowed the Susan Hager Award. Recognized
by President Obama with the Lifetime Achievement Award
for Economic Development, what could be left?
Always traveling, but best is family, coming home
right here to her and Gene’s Santa Ynez Valley nest—
fish splash in the front pond, ducks skedaddle,
hawks call. In the business of life, Patty and her dog
take to mountain trails, keeping on with the show...

by Perie Longo
SB Poet Laureate, 2007-09
June 2017, AWC-SB Women of Achievement Award

How to Become a Mayor

for Helene Schneider,
Mayor of Santa Barbara 2009-17

Join the chorus at New York's International High School,
star as Frenchie in Grease, Mme. Dubonnet in Boyfriend,
and Fabian in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Take to heart
the Bard's All the world's a stage, we're merely players
with our entrances and exits. Improvise—be quick
to cover forgotten lines. Named "Head Girl," fulfill
vow to keep the Senior Lounge clean. Preside

over Network for Women's Rights at Skidmore College.
Fundraise. Fundraise. Organize a march to DC
for Reproductive Rights. "A big deal," she says,
and keeps marching—for social justice, for diversity.
With a winning smile, politics her passion, be fearless
on stage, always present in the lights, the news,
right words at the right time ring out true as a bell.

Empowered to speak Truth to Power like idols
Margaret Sanger and Amelia Earhart, their dreams
became reality, refuse "No" for an answer. Construct
a legacy of a fiscally sound city, clean environment,
space open and free. Honor the varied arts.
Those paintings in her office? Local artists. Poets
don laureate wreaths, dole phrases for City Council.
From the nation’s mayors, be the first California mayor
to receive the Leadership in Arts Award.

Write haiku: Cut red ribbons. Mend what’s torn.
Accept an honorary key for her role in opening doors
to the MOXIE museum. Hail the awaited Desal plant.
And in moxie style, chart the coming course: improvise,
explore the new—crest Machu Picchu, see Egypt
from the back of a camel. Just returned from Dingle,
our Irish sister city, plan a tour for the literary
next year. Wind at your back, a beacon in our midst,
you’re a “big deal” in our history, marching forward
and we women roar—Here, Hear Helene!

by Perie Longo
SB Poet Laureate, 2007-09
June 2017, AWC-SB Women of Achievement Award

Wed, April 11: Comment/No Comment: Local Journalists Discuss Closing Online Forums vs. Keeping the Conversation Open

Please join us April 11 for “Comment or No Comment.” Media outlets such as Noozhawk and the Santa Barbara Independent recently eliminated reader comments online. Are such comments tiresome noise, providing little information or accuracy? Or are they an important part of the conversation? Local journalists weigh in.

Wednesday, April 11, 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

Starshine Roshell, award-winning columnist for the Santa Barbara Independent, moderates this panel of journalists including:
Lauren Bray, managing editor Ed Hat
Matt Kettmann, senior editor The Independent
Jim Lemon, news director KEYT News Channel 3
Tom Bolton, Executive Editor Noozhawk

Wed, May 2: Free Networking

Join AWC-SB for networking on Wednesday, May 2, 5-7:30 pm at Mulligans Cafe & Bar. Bring your business cards. Prepare your thirty second elevator pitch. Connect with leading women in local communications positions such as marketers, designers, writers, journalists etc.. 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, not to mention free parking.

Wednesday, May 2, 5-7:30 pm
Mulligans Cafe & Bar
3500 McCaw Ave
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

No Host Bar
FREE to attend

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Fri, June 8: Women of Achievement Awards

“Courageous Communicators” #WomenOfAchievement

Friday, June 8, 2018
11 am - 1 pm
El Paseo Restaurant
in downtown Santa Barbara.

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AWC-SB strives to empower women to attain greater outcomes by acknowledging exemplary women leaders in communications fields. Women of Achievement Award recipients serve as inspirational role models for those wanting to further their careers in journalism, public speaking, writing, public relations and related disciplines. Our chapter uses funds from this event throughout the year for the professional development of our members, our interns and the local community.

Both our honorees emulate our 2018 theme “Courageous Communicators” through their work addressing issues of social justice.

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Hannah-Beth Jackson is a former prosecutor and practicing attorney, educator, and small business owner. She was elected to the California State Senate in 2012 to represent the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.

A graduate of Scripps College in Claremont, California with a joint major in government and sociology, she received her law degree from Boston University Law School before returning to California to work as a deputy district attorney for Santa Barbara County. Eventually, she became the managing partner for the Law Offices of Eskin and Jackson, with offices in Ventura and Santa Barbara.

From 1998 to 2004, she represented the 35th Assembly District in the State Assembly, where she worked with Democratic and Republican governors to author more than 60 bills into law. Hannah-Beth has also co-founded two nonprofit organizations, served as the first policy-maker in residence at UC Santa Barbara, and served as adjunct professor at Antioch University.

In the Senate, she is chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and serves as a member of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water, the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee and the Senate Public Safety Committee. She is immediate past chair of the California Legislative Women's Caucus.

During her time in the Legislature, Hannah-Beth has become known as an effective advocate for protecting the rights and privacy of Californians, protecting the environment, advancing legislation to reduce gun violence, supporting access to justice for all Californians, championing equality for women, advocating for commuter rail, improving access to early childhood education, and supporting veterans and veterans treatment courts, among other issues. She is the author of Senate Bill 358, the California Fair Pay Act, landmark legislation to strengthen California's equal-pay law, and was named by Huffington Post as one of 11 women around the country "blazing new trails" in American politics.

Hannah-Beth has received Legislator of the Year awards from a wide range of organizations and is the recipient of the prestigious California Women Lawyer’s Fay Stender Award, given annually to an attorney committed to affecting positive change with “zest, humanity (and) personal courage” who serves as a role model for women. An advocate for justice for women, children, and victims of crime for more than three decades, she helped establish the Santa Barbara Shelter Services for Women (now known as Domestic Violence Solutions) and Women Against Gun Violence. She is also a founding member and past president of the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee.

Dr. Carrie Hutchinson

Dr. Carrie Hutchinson is the Chair of the Communication Department at Santa Barbara City College, where she has been teaching for 15 years since earning her doctorate from UCSB in Interpersonal Communication and Intergroup Psychology. She teaches courses in Interpersonal Communication, Leadership, and Social Justice, and enjoys taking students around the world on study-abroad programs to destinations such as Rwanda, South Africa, and Cuba. Carrie’s travels compelled her to become involved in advocating for marginalized people and groups across the globe. She leads a Santa Barbara chapter of the national organization Dining for Women, which meets monthly to support projects that foster economic and social empowerment of women and girls in developing countries.

After becoming involved in the national organization Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), Carrie co-founded the Santa Barbara chapter in 2016. SURJ aims to compel people with racial privilege to join a multiracial movement for racial justice with passion, accountability, and effectiveness. Carrie works via SURJ under the guidance of local and national organizations led by people of color taking direct action against racism. As an intersectional activist, Carrie is a passionate writer and speaker not only about racial justice but also about other issues that intersect with racism. Her publications include textbooks, peer-reviewed research studies, popular-culture articles, and a blog entitled Notes on Racism and Social Justice from an Aspiring White Ally. Through her local, national, and international activism, Carrie aspires to do something each day that will positively impact the world.

Carrie is the mother of two future changemakers, Lilah and Cleo, and partner to her husband, James. During her free time she performs as the lead singer in a local rock band. Learn more about Carrie at carriehutchinson.com.

Special Guests

Starshine Roshell—Master of Ceremonies

Starshine Roshell is a an award-winning journalist, author and writing coach. Local readers have named her Best Columnist for 9 years in a row for her witty, honest and insightful column inthe Santa Barbara Independent She has interviewed Gloria Steinem, Samantha Bee and Ellen DeGeneres among others, and taught news, feature and travel writing at UCSB and SBCC. She is an author at LinkedIn Learning, associate director of media and communications for Fielding Graduate University, and a 2011 Women of Achievement Award recipient.

Perie Longo—WOA Poet Laureate

Perie’s love of poetry influences all aspects of her life. She was Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara (2007-09) and the president of the International Association for Poetry Therapy (INAPT) from 2005-07. She is a Registered Poetry Therapist (PTR), and Mentor/Supervisor for those seeking training in that field, a Marriage and Family Therapist, and a widely published poet. Perie received the Women of Achievement Award in 2012.

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Wed, July 11: Books for Breakfast – So You Want to Talk About Race

AWC-SB’s popular summer reading program returns on Wednesday, July 11 at Moby Dick Restaurant on Stearns Wharf. For July Women of Achievement honoree, Dr. Carrie Hutchinson, will lead a discussion about So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo.

Wednesday, July 11, 7:30-9 am
Moby Dick Restaurant
220 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

In So You Want to Talk About Race, Editor at Large of The Establishment Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the "N" word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don't dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.

Oluo is an exceptional writer with a rare ability to be straightforward, funny, and effective in her coverage of sensitive, hyper-charged issues in America. Her messages are passionate but finely tuned and crystalize ideas that would otherwise be vague by empowering them with aha-moment clarity.

Please note: Breakfast is no host and you'll receive your own check. The book is available at Chaucer's Books in Santa Barbara. Sorry, the author will not attend this discussion.

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