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Wed, Sept 6: All About Networking

“Networking is not about just connecting people. It's about connecting people with people, people with ideas, and people with opportunities.” - Michele Jennae

This quote embodies one key component of AWC’s purpose. Join us for an opportunity to connect with other people on Wednesday, September 6 at workzones in Paseo Nuevo. This event will provide facilitated networking in small groups with discussion topics. Come prepared with your elevator pitch and to tell others what you can do for them and what they can do for you. We will rotate tables so you will get a chance to talk to all the other attendees.

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

"Many believe effective networking is done face-to-face, building a rapport with someone by looking at them in the eye, leading to a solid connection and foundational trust." - Raymond Arroyo


AWC-SB – The First Ten Years

The Association for Women in Communications is a national organization that helps women develop and deepen the communication skills they need to succeed in a variety of fields. Our local chapter includes authors, journalists and broadcasters, entrepreneurs, designers and marketers, corporate communicators, coaches and public relations experts. AWC-SB offers professional communicators and businesswomen an opportunity to network with colleagues who understand the challenges of contemporary communication.

Background: In 2006 communications consultant Lois Phillips, Publisher Mindy Bingham, and Producer Deborah Hutchison founded the Santa Barbara chapter of the Association for Women in Communications . They saw a need for a dynamic, local organization that cut across sectors to bring together professional communicators, solopreneurs, scholars and corporate communicators as well as communications majors at local colleges and universities. They affiliated with the Association for Women in Communications, a national organization that has been empowering women for over 100 years. They wanted to provide opportunities for professional communicators to encourage each other, be inspired by successful role models, and learn skills and multi-media strategies through a range of professional development opportunities.

Professional Development: Today AWC-SB is the only AWC chapter in the State of California. Our membership includes women at different stages of their careers and with different backgrounds and skill sets. Regular networking meetings allow women to deepen their professional friendships, often leading to collaborative opportunities.

Monthly meetings feature speakers and panel discussions designed to help communicators stay at the top of their game. A few of the topics from recent meetings include "How to Handle Online Criticism", "Becoming an Influencer", "Building Your Brand", "To Pod or Not to Pod", "From Crisis to Calm with Effective Communication" and "Managing Information Overload".

AWC-SB has also sponsored public screenings of movies like Citizen McCaw and Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroine as well as receptions for prominent local communicators like Gloria Feldt, author of No Excuses: Nine Ways Women Can Change How We Think about Power. During the summer, we choose books relevant to communicators and discuss them over Books for Breakfast.

Special Events: The annual Women of Achievement Awards honors inspirational local communicators who have made a difference in the Santa Barbara community. Women who have been honored include:

  • 2017 Helene Schneider, Mayor of Santa Barbara & Patty DeDominic, Founder International Women’s Festival
  • 2016 Lois Caps, Congresswoman & Dr. Lois Phillips, Communications Consultant and Founder AWC-SB
  • 2015 Sigrid Wright, Earth Day Festival & Marilyn Tam, author The Happiness Choice
  • 2014 Nancy Leffert, President Antioch University & Marianne Partridge, Editor in Chief, Santa Barbara Independent
  • 2013 Kathleen Sharp, author of Blood Medicine & Marsha Bailey, Founder and CEO of Women Economic Ventures
  • 2012 Perie Longo, Poet & Paula Lopez, television journalist
  • 2011 Linda Weinman, founder of & Starshine Roshell, syndicated columnist
  • 2010 Sarah Miller McCune, publisher Sage Communications & Marcia Meier, author
  • 2009 Catherine Remak, radio host & Ann Louise Bardach, journalist
  • 2008 Producer Deborah Hutchinson and reporters at the Santa Barbara News Press including Jane Hulse, Melinda Burns, Dawn Hobbs, Melissa Evans, Anna Davison,
AWC-SB also hosts an annual holiday party at which we recognize a Member-of-the-Year and support a Nonprofit of the Year. A few of the local organizations which have benefited from our generosity include: Girls, Inc, Friendship Center, Storyteller Children’s Center, Domestic Violence Solutions and Santa Barbara Women’s Fund

The organization has also celebrated local communicators with the Founder’s Award. Recent recipients include Anna Laura Jansma, (communications liaison at UCSB), Kate Carter (founder of Life Chronicles) and Becca Claasen (spokesperson for Citizens Climate Lobby).

Radio Interviews to Promote AWC-SB and the Women of Achievement Awards

"In The Public Interest": host Jim Siriani interviews Women of Achievement honoree Patty DeDominic and AWC-SB President Lisa Angle. Originally aired on AM 990 KTMS, 99.9 KTYD FM, K-LITE 101.7 FM, KFYZ FM 94.5 May 27-28.

"Arts & Antiques Radio Show": host Elizabeth Stewart interviews Women of Achievement honoree Helene Schneider, AWC-SB President Lisa Angle, and AWC-SB President Elect Carolyn Jabs. Originally aired on KZSB AM 1290 May 26-29.




Thirteen Ways to Make the Most of Your AWC-SB Membership

  1. Attend meetings. Our monthly meetings feature panelists and speakers who can take you to the next level as a communicator. Members attend program meetings for free, and special events such as our Holiday Party at a discount.
  2. Submit your business for inclusion on Our Professional Services Directory to let other members know about your special areas of expertise
  3. Join a committee. We can always use help with Membership, Marketing, Programming and the Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon. Meetings are fun and a great way to get to know your fellow AWC-SB members.
  4. Make use of the job board. AWC is a national organization with a job board that lists opportunities all over the country. Check it out if you’re looking for a change or just want to know what’s happening in your field. Members get a discount when posting a job opening.
  5. Sign up for a free Webinar.  The Know to Grow Webinars cover timely topics ranging from making better use of LinkedIn to Growing Your Leadership Brand.
  6. Make a suggestion for a meeting. Is there an area where you could use a little Professional development?  Or do you have professional skills you can share with other members? Make a suggestion for a panel or a presentation and we’ll work it into the schedule.
  7. Find (or become) a mentor. Our members are top-notch professionals willing to share their expertise. If you’re looking for advice or have advice to offer, we’ll help you make a connection.
  8. Get Discounts. On hotel rooms, office supplies and ...... Go to to learn more.
  9. Be inspired. Our annual Women of Achievement Awards luncheon honors women who have used their powers of communication to strengthen our community. Members save tickets. Mark your calendar for Friday, June 8, 2018.
  10. Get a great photo. A professional photographer covers AWC-SB meetings. You’re welcome to share event photos on your social media.
  11. Compete for awards. Members get a discount on entrees for the AWC Clarion Awards, a national award which recognizes excellence in over 100 communication categories ranging from books to websites.
  12. Network and collaborate. AWC-SB members often discover new clients and find referrals at meetings.
  13. Unwind.  AWC-SB meetings include a glass of wine and an opportunity to socialize. You work hard as a communicator so you deserve to relax with those who appreciate what you do.

Fri, June 9: 10th Annual Women of Achievement Awards

Patty DeDominic and Helene Schneider to Receive
10th Annual Women of Achievement Awards

For the past 10 years AWC-SB has championed the advancement of women by recognizing excellence in leadership. The 2017 Women of Achievement Award winners embody this year’s theme, “Inspirational Women Leaders: Communication, Empowerment, Outcomes,” with their strong guidance skills.

Patty DeDominic, International Women's Festivals Founder and Helene Schneider, Mayor of Santa Barbara will receive their awards at a luncheon on Friday, June 9 at El Paseo Restaurant. Following the tradition of recent years, Poet Laureate Emeritus, Perie Longo will present poems especially composed for the inspiring pair.

Helene Schneider, Santa Barbara Mayor

Schneider has served at Santa Barbara City Hall since 2004, first on the City Council, and now she will finish her second term as Mayor at the end of this year. She strives to connect local government with the business community and nonprofits. Prior to her elected office, she volunteered in leadership roles as Commissioner for the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara, President of the SB Women’s Political Committee and President of the SB Human Resources Association.

“Leadership is not dominance; it’s a willing collaboration,” Schneider said. “I look to leaders who balance a strong public stand to move something forward with creating opportunities for others to use their expertise and shine in the spotlight.”

Mayor Schneider honed her communication skills as a human resources management consultant. She earned her BA from Skidmore College and her Professional Designation in Human Resources Management from UCSB Extension.

Fellow honoree DeDominic praised Schneider for her advocacy and tireless leadership of our beautiful city. “She is diplomatic and dignified, yet playful, which is pretty hard to find in one leader,” DeDominic said.

Patty DeDominic, Founder, Santa Barbara International Women’s Festival

DeDominic also developed skills as a communicator through her work in Human Resources. In 1979 she founded PDQ Personnel Services, Inc., and later acquired CT Engineering, that grew into a powerhouse staffing agency. She sold those businesses in 2006. Capitalizing on over two decades of success, she currently operates DeDominic & Associates, a specialized business consulting firm that offers professional services to enterprise builders and philanthropists.

“I invest in every one of my clients,” DeDominic said. “It may not be money but it's an emotional and psychic investment. If I can't illuminate things for a client, and I observe them on a difficult trajectory, it's actually painful for me.”

That kind of passion extends to DeDominic’s 20 plus years volunteering in the nonprofit world. She’s contributed her services to the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Chamber of Commerce, and SCORE, as well as global organizations like the Jane Goodall Institute and Direct Relief International. In 2007 she launched the International Women's Festivals to celebrate women around the world in conjunction with International Women's Day.

Tickets for the Women of Achievement Awards luncheon are $55 for AWC-SB members and $75 for nonmembers. Those who purchase a table of 8 for $750 will also receive a half-page, black-and-white ad in the event program. For information on sponsoring the event, contact Dr. Minette Riordan,, (469) 585-3615.

Women leaders who’ve received the Women of Achievement Award in the past include former Congresswoman Lois Capps, Dr. Nancy Leffert, Marianne Partridge, Marsha Bailey, Paula Lopez, Perie Longo, Lynda Weinman, Starshine Roshell, Catherine Remak, and Sara Miller McCune.




Wed, July 19: Books for Breakfast – Feminist Fight Club

AWC-SB’s popular summer reading program continues on Wednesday, July 19 at Eladio’s by the beach. For July our discussion will revolve around Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace by Jessica Bennett. Please join us and support this lovely venue by treating yourself to breakfast (Please bring cash).

Wednesday, July 19, 7:30-9 am
28 W. Cabrillo Blvd
90-minute free street parking kicks in at 9 am

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2016 BY: Chicago Tribune, Refinery 29, Forbes, Bust, CEO Reads

It was a fight club—but without the fighting and without the men. Every month, the women would huddle in a friend’s apartment to share sexist job frustrations and trade tips on how best to tackle them. Once upon a time, you might have called it a consciousness-raising group. But the problems of today’s working world are more subtle, less pronounced, harder to identify—and harder to prove—than those of our foremothers. These women weren’t just there to vent. They needed battle tactics. And so the Feminist Fight Club was born.

In Feminist Fight Club, acclaimed journalist Jessica Bennett blends the personal stories of her real-life fight club with research, statistics, and no-bullsh*t advice for how to combat today’s sexism (and come out the other side). Part manual, part manifesto, Bennett offers a new vocabulary for the sexist archetypes women encounter every day—such as the Manterrupter, who talks over female colleagues in meetings; or the Bropropriator, who appropriates their ideas—as well as the self-sabotaging behavior women sometimes exhibit themselves. With original illustrations and fascinating historical research as well as a straightforward assessment of the gender gap that continues to plague the American workforce, Feminist Fight Club offers practical strategies, stealthy hacks, and much-needed camaraderie for women battling their way through the modern workplace.

Wed, Aug 16: Books for Breakfast – How to Be a Bawse

AWC-SB’s popular summer reading program continues on Wednesday, August 16 at Eladio’s by the beach. For July our discussion will revolve around How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh . Please join us and support this lovely venue by treating yourself to breakfast (Please bring cash).

Wednesday, August 16, 7:30-9 am
28 W. Cabrillo Blvd
90-minute free street parking kicks in at 9 am

From actress, comedian and YouTube sensation Lilly Singh (aka Superwoman) comes the definitive guide to being a BAWSE - a person who exudes confidence, reaches goals, gets hurt efficiently, and smiles genuinely because they've fought through it all and made it out the other side. Told in her hilarious, bold voice that's inspired over 9 million fans, and using stories from her own life to illustrate her message, Lilly proves that there are no shortcuts to success. Warning: This book does NOT include hopeful thoughts, lucky charms, and cute quotes. That's because success, happiness and everything else you want in life needs to be fought for - not wished for. In Lilly's world, there are no escalators. Only stairs.