Member Spotlight: Sandy Delos

sandynewsletter“AWC-SB gives me the opportunity to meet and mingle with some of the most creative and talented women communicators in our community.” – Sandy Delos

Sandy Delos describes herself as “the last of the great generalists” and has worked communication jobs from editing a small town newspaper, to computer technical writing with pioneering computer instruction, to conducting research for the Minnesota State Legislature, to selling used cars.

She has worked in the nonprofit sector for the last twelve years as a grant writer and community representative and has funded millions of grant dollars for social service organizations in Minnesota, Pennsylvania and now Central Coast California. Among her accomplishments, she represented The Salvation Army as the largest homeless shelter in Minnesota, on the Commission to End Homelessness, initiated major partnerships for job training and lobbied on behalf of the homeless to all levels of government.

In Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she successfully wrote capital applications to fund Tec Centro, a groundbreaking $5.5 million bilingual technology training center created by the Spanish American Civic Association.

Sandy holds a BA from Southern Illinois University with a major in economics and minor in journalism and completed all course work and preliminary exams towards a PhD at the University of Minnesota with a primary program in psychology and secondary program in statistics. She is a member of the Association of Professional Fundraisers and the American Psychological Association.

2015 AWC National Professional Conference

You are invited to Connect…Engage…Advance with AWC in Kansas City, October 9 & 10.  The 2015 AWC National Conference is designed with you in mind.  Attendees will have the opportunity to Connect with other AWC members and speakers from around the country.  The speakers during the conference will Engage everyone to think how best to utilize their communication skills as they inspire and challenge all to Advance in their professional careers. READ MORE

Member Spotlight: Jennifer Blaise Kramer

Jennifer Blaise Kramer studied creative writing at the University of Arizona and received a masters degree in journalism at Boston University. She’s written about lifestyle, design, travel, family and food for publications including the Boston Globe, C Magazine, Coastal Living, Edible, Houzz, People, and Sky magazine.

After living in New England and the Midwest—where she worked as a senior editor at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and editor-in-chief of Mpls.St.Paul Home & Design—she’s returned to her home state of California and lives with her husband and three young daughters near the Santa Barbara Mission. Currently a board member on the AWC-SB chapter and contributing editor to Santa Barbara Magazine, she’s also writing her first novel.

February President’s Message

Happy New Year!

I’m proud to serve as AWC-SB President for 2015. Let me share what the Board of Directors has worked on for the past couple of months. In part, the purpose of AWC-SB is to:

  • Create a supportive environment for women to share experiences and exchange information and opportunities for success in their work as professional communicators.
  • Provide access to role models and leaders in the communication fields, explore current trends, and learn related technologies.
  • Provide educational seminars and access to professional development in the Santa Barbara region to help members stay abreast of trends and shifts in the global economy, occupations, and communications fields.

Our monthly programs play an important role in our purpose. We’ve planned an exciting agenda for the next few months. We begin on February 3 with “Leadership & Diversity”. Please note we meet on Tuesday evenings for February and March due to room availability at Antioch University. Other upcoming topics include “Women in Public Affairs” and “Women in Radio & Podcasting”. I look forward to seeing all of you at our events in 2015.

In order for AWC to continue to grow and thrive in Santa Barbara, we need your help. We’re looking to fill several board positions as well as committee positions. All members are invited to attend our monthly board meeting. I encourage you to join us to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes and see if participation might benefit to you. Our next meeting is Friday, February 10, 12 noon-1 pm. Please email me at if you’re interested.

Some positions we seek to fill include:

  • Co-chair Membership: someone who is detail-oriented, who can help with membership applications, new member follow up, updating our directory, etc..
  • Membership Committee members: work with the board and the Membership Co-Chairs to help us grow AWC-SB membership.
  • Hospitality Committee members and Chair: set up refreshments at meetings, help at registration table and make new guests feel welcome.
  • Event Committee members: help with annual June Women of Achievement Awards banquet.
  • Programs Committee members: brainstorm ideas for programs, help plan future AWC-SB events.

AWC-SB is a volunteer organization and it takes a village to create a thriving membership. Please consider joining us and donating your time and talents to AWC-SB.

– Dr. Minette Riordan

New National Member Benefit

Bolster your Skills. Your Knowledge. Your Career.

Attend these new, FREE Professional Development Events:


These one-hour, quick-hitting, power-packed live online learning events are designed with your diverse communication development needs AND your busy schedule in mind!  All events are offered FREE TO AWC MEMBERS.

  • KNOW TO GROW events focus on hot topics in our field and skill development. The sessions leverage the knowledge and experience of AWC members who have unique or deep expertise in their area of the communication field.
  • SPEED MENTORING events focus on career development and advancement. The sessions leverage the career depth and perspectives of AWC members who have moved into advanced areas of their organization, field, or business ownership.

Each session includes a communications expert discussing tips and tools you need for your job, followed by open Q & A with participants. You’ll also be able to submit questions in advance! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

VIDEO: What’s a Wiki? Creative Commons a New Perspective on Intellectual Property

AWC-SB continued their series about Creating Community as Communicators in the Virtual World on with What’s a Wiki? Creative Commons a New Perspective on Intellectual Property.

Advancements in technology connect people in ways never before possible. Today we face opportunities to create, share, and remix new collective works. Who owns the rights to these new works? Do all these activities implicate the exclusive rights of the copyright owner? These questions resulted in the birth of Creative Commons.

Jane Parks, Project Manager of Creative Commons, will facilitate an exciting discussion exploring the legal sharing and reuse of cultural, educational, and scientific works. She will offer free, easy-to-use tools to harness the creativity new technologies make possible.

August President’s Message

And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high
~ Porgy and Bess

I hope that some of the “livin’ is easy” mindset has been with you this summer! If not, there are still some good summer days left.  To capture the summer spirit, we at AWC-SB hope you will join us by doing some summer reading with us and also connecting with your communications comrades.

AWC-SB kicked off the summer with our always fabulous Women of Achievement event, Money Matters: Journalism, Justice and Empowerment, at the Montecito Country Club. Please read Rachel Cansler’s review of the event. Whether you heard the poem that day or not, you will for sure want to read (or reread) AWC-SB’s Poet Laureate Perie Longo’s piece “The Matters of Making a Difference”.  And don’t miss Rachel Thurston’s fun slide show. If you attended the luncheon I think you will find a picture of yourself. Let us know what your favorite pic is! Mine was the beautiful back-of-the-head-shot of Janet Garufis.

This summer AWC-SB launched Books for Breakfast. I heard reports that the lively breakfast discussion of Lean In at State & Fig stimulated those who attended. Don’t miss our second Books for Breakfast discussion on Friday, August 16 when we will discus Mary Pipher’s The Green Boat. Read about the book and sign up.

So many people enjoyed our networking event at the Casa Blanca Restaurant & Cantina that we decided to do it again. Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 7 and stop by Casa Blanca to celebrate summer with us.

The AWC-SB program committee is already working on planning the programs for the year.  Please note that our programs will be changing from the first Wednesday of the month to the first Monday of the month. For September, since the first Monday is Labor Day, the program meeting will be Monday, September 9. Our programs will continue to be held at our Antioch home in the Community Hall from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Hope to see you soon. Here’s to some fish jumpin’ summer days!



2013 AWC National Conference in Springfield, Illinois

Worth Every Penny
October 18-19, 2013

Springfield, Illinois, home of Abraham Lincoln and the 2013 AWC National Conference

This dynamic conference will host speakers from around the country who will challenge and inspire attendees at the Springfield Hilton. “Worth Every Penny” will show attendees that professional development, keeping up with changes and networking with peers is worth the time, effort and investment…in short, worth every penny.

Everyone Welcome

The AWC Springfield Chapter is hosting this premier professional event for the communications industry and it is open to all communicator specialists. Be ready for a weekend of professional development, networking and fun.

Click Here To Learn More


Lynn Jones

June President’s Message

“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

I’m so excited about our annual Women of Achievement Awards, Money Matter$: Journalism, Justice, Empowerment, event next Wednesday, June 5, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, at the Montecito Country Club. Our two honorees, Marsha Bailey, CEO of Women’s Economic Ventures and Kathleen Sharp, investigative journalist and author of the just-released and highly-acclaimed book, Blood Medicine, are two women who have truly given to our community by creating economic opportunity and justice.

Marsha Bailey will speak about her tenacity in getting the message out to WEV clients, board members and the community about the need for economic opportunity. I look forward to hearing her story, learning about her success and her drive for persuasion.

Kathleen Sharp will tell a story worthy of the next thriller movie.  And this story is true. The film project is already underway with New Regency – read about this deal here. I’m eager to hear how she investigated the story of a whistle blower who took on the corporate interests of Johnson & Johnson.

If you haven’t signed up for this event yet, you need to do so today!  Click here!

Other highlights of the event will be:  AWC-SB Poet Laureate, Perie Longo will share a poem about the honorees. Mary Olsen, KCLU General Manager will emcee. Lois Phillips, AWC-SB founder and emerita board member will present the Lois Phillips Founders Award to Dr. Laura Jansma, UCSB Communications professor.

Hope to see you all there!



Lynn Jones

April President’s Message

“I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women actually are.” – Nora Ephron

For me Nora Ephron is a model. Of course I am not alone.  She was a role model for her peers, including her fellow “Harpies,” Barbara Walters, Gloria Steinham, Jennifer Maguire Isham, Liz Smith, Peggy Siegal, Maurie Perl—a group of women who met regularly for lunch. “They were never meant to be anything more than no-bull, gab-a-thons,” Walters said.

She became a role model for younger women as well: “For young women, her death represents the loss of a talisman, a woman who epitomized success on personal terms,” suggested one remembrance of Ephron.

Her quippy, often serious, always hilarious portraits of women provided a new line-of-sight for living life well. For communicators, that line-of-sight appeared even more meaningful: Ephron lived a successful life as a writer that could be emulated. Not only that, she made the job look fun—even with all the warts, wrong turns and, yes, necks that we hate.

I sat down a few weeks ago, with a perfect cup of coffee and a quiet moment to read. Nora Ephron’s Final Act, The New York Times remembrance of Nora Ephron by her son, Jacob Bernstein. My dad forwarded the essay to me (men love Ephron as much as women). The quality of the poignant piece did not surprise me. After all Bernstein is the son of Ephron and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Carl Bernstein. The younger Bernstein shares how Ephron handled her terminal illness with the wit, grace and style (and Prada shoes) that characterized her life.

In Ephron’s last years the story of another journalist consumed her. Mike McAlary lost his life to an untimely death. Writing McAlary’s story became a metaphor for Ms. Ephron’s own.  That is no surprise—she always wrote about transmuting life’s challenges.

“All her life, she subscribed to the belief that ‘everything is copy,’ a phrase that her mother, Phoebe used to say. In fact, when Phoebe was on her deathbed, she told my mother, ‘Take notes.’  She did.  What both of them believed was that writing has the power to turn the bad things to you into art (although ‘art’ was a word she hated.),” Bernstein said.

At AWC-SB, I hope you find your own “harpies,” the like-minded women who understand why everything is copy and appreciate living life the Ephron way.



P.S. Please join us for a “no-bull gab-a-thon” networking, happy hour this coming Wednesday, April 3, 5:30-7:30 pm at Casa Blanca.