If you haven't experienced Crush Tasting Room & Kitchen yet, the AWC-SB Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 5 gives you a good excuse. Please join us to celebrate the holiday season and raise a glass to honor a couple of award-winners. This year's AWC-SB Member of the Year Award goes to Hilary Molina who served as co-chair of the 2018 Women of Achievement committee and worked tirelessly to raise the bar on our signature event. The Lois Phillips Founders Award goes to Jen Baron, Executive Director of Girls Rock. AWC-SB will adopt Girls Rock as our 2019 Nonprofit of the Year and collaborate with leaders of the organization to see how we can help them further their mission of empowering girls and women through music education, creative expression, and performance. Several Girls Rock students will perform at the party.
Annual Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 5
Crush Tasting Room & Kitchen
432 E Haley St
Downtown Santa Barbara
AWC-SB Members $25; Nonmembers $35
includes appetizers and $12 wine credit
This year Lois Phillips will present the Founders Award to Jen Baron, Founder and Executive Director of Girls Rock. Jen had to pitch her ideas to create a board, receive foundation funding, find musicians to teach in the program, and parents to entrust her with their kids. She communicated across media platforms and in person in order to realize her vision for Girls Rock.
Jen Baron is a Santa Barbara High School and Antioch University Santa Barbara graduate who wrote songs and played music most of her life. Although her professional background was in marketing and public relations, she decided at her father’s suggestion to get herself out there as a musician. Baron took her dad’s advice at a time when he received a diagnoses of an advanced stage of cancer. She went to work in a studio and eventually recorded her own music with the help of Robinson Eikenberry. She sold two of her songs for a Sharon Stone film.
Zeroing in on her true calling, Jen decided, without knowing much about the nonprofit world, to create a program to help instill self-confidence through music in girls aged 7-17. In 2011, the seed for Girls Rock Santa Barbara was planted.
After a year spent researching everything about how to start a nonprofit, the now-37-year-old Baron launched the first summer program in 2012. It attracted 100 girls.
Since then, the organization has grown to a community of more than 4,000 students, and now boasts an after-school program running five days a week, a 7-week summer sleep-away camp, and day camp.
Girls Rock Santa Barbara differentiates itself from other community arts programs by using music to deliver its messages of self-empowerment and mentoring. Jen’s research led her to realize that most girls tend to underestimate themselves academically, and are prone to eating disorders, cutting, bullying, smoking, drinking and early sexual activity. Any and all of these conditions can negatively affect their future endeavors. To address these issues, Girls Rock organizes bands of girls from diverse backgrounds. The girls use teamwork to collectively write songs that represent their common experiences as children and teens.
Hilary Molina is the Alumni Relations Director for Fielding Graduate University, which specializes in clinical and media psychology, human and organizational development, and educational leadership and change. In this role she serves as the direct contact for over 5,000 alumni across the world, and is responsible for strengthening programming university-wide which provide tangible benefits to alumni, students, faculty, board members, and donors.
Before joining Fielding Graduate University, Hilary worked as an account executive for the Fortune 500 company, Fidelity National Title, which is the nation's largest provider of commercial and residential mortgage and diversified services in the top-grossing region in the southern California territory of Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and Irvine.
Hilary feels passionate about the quality of her work and is eager to connect with other business executives in a variety of industries. While she enjoys all aspects of her job, she thinks her favorite part is strategic planning and producing a program that meets and exceeds expectations.
She's a proud Cal Poly SLO Mustang with a masters of science. She's also a former personal trainer, spin, and yoga instructor, whose health and fitness passions still run deep. Her current interest includes road cycling and supporting her family run junior development team Galaxy Cycling.