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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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Wed, Aug 8: Books for Breakfast – How Women Rise

AWC-SB’s popular summer reading program continues on Wednesday, August 8 at Moby Dick Restaurant on Stearns Wharf. This month we plan to discuss How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith.

Wednesday, August 8, 7:30-9 am
Moby Dick Restaurant
220 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Leadership expert Sally Helgesen and bestselling leadership coach Marshall Goldsmith have trained thousands of high achievers--men and women--to reach even greater heights. Again and again, they see that women face specific and different roadblocks from men as they advance in the workplace. In fact, the very habits that helped women early in their careers can hinder them as they move up. Simply put, what got you here won't get you there . . . and you might not even realize your blind spots until it's too late.

Sally and Marshall identify the 12 habits that hold women back as they seek to advance, showing them why what worked for them in the past might actually be sabotaging their future success. Building on Marshall's classic best seller What Got You Here Won't Get You There, their new book How Women Rise is essential reading for any woman who is ready to advance to the next level.

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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Wed, Mar 7: How Nonprofits Got their Message Out after the Thomas Fire and Debris Flow

Join AWC-SB on Wednesday, March 7 when we welcome four people who serve at the heart of our community's key nonprofits and grassroots efforts. While they always encourage hope, their message became more urgent after the Thomas Fire and Debris Flow. Hear how they acted fast, spread the word, and helped rally our community in the best of ways.

Wednesday, March 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

Panelists:

Wed, Feb 7: Communicating in a Time of Crisis

Everybody needs constructive communication in the wake of trauma and Santa Barbara County experienced more than our share in recent weeks. Join AWC-SB on Wednesday, February 7 to hear from experts in the field, the real boots on the ground, for insight and tips on the process of reporting during a crisis. Find out how local communicators kept their community informed during the Thomas Fire and the Montecito Debris Flow.

Wednesday, February 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

Panelists:

  • Mike Eliason, Public Information Officer, SB County Fire
  • Gina DePinto, Communications Manager for County of Santa Barbara
  • Tyler Hayden, news editor, Santa Barbara Independent
  • Melinda Burns, Journalist
  • Pancho Smith, Incident Commander for the Los Padres National Forest

Moderated by Lisa Osborn, News/Public Affairs Director, KCSB FM