On Friday, April 30th, AWC-SB was proud to welcome members and guests to the 2020-21 Women of Achievement Awards presented by Women Connect4Good, honoring Barbara Ben-Horin and Luz Reyes-Martin, emceed by Starshine Roshell. Watch the replay and read the event recap written by AWC-SB member Justine Sutton.
Whether it’s Russian trolls planting fake narratives, conspiracy theorists colluding against a perceived enemy or well-meaning citizens sharing misleading memes, the current deluge of information has made it all too easy to disseminate fiction and falsehoods that can topple businesses, spread pandemics and even undermine democracy. Join veteran journalist, educator and truth-talker Starshine Roshell for a look at how we got here, why it matters and the small-but-powerful things you can do to help.
Inspired by Amanda Gorman’s electrifying poem at Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ inauguration, AWC-SB’s March monthly meeting/presentation was on poetry—what it can teach us as communicators, and how it can infuse our work with new energy. Wednesday, March 3, members and guests gathered via Zoom for the meeting, always a good chance for connecting, networking, and learning!
Crises seem to have become more the rule than the exception in recent years, with Santa Barbara no stranger to wildfires, flooding, and debris flows. We continue to see increasing weather-related crises all over the world and for the past year, we have all been affected by the crisis of the global pandemic. Here is a recap of our February meeting on Preparing and Managing During a Crisis.
Organizations are somewhat prepared for natural disasters…but what about the issues-related crises and difficult situations that can affect our employer, our consulting firm, the non-profit we volunteer at, the board we serve on? Join us on February 3rd to hear from our guest, Sheri Benninghoven. Sheri and her firm focus on crisis communications counsel and has handled some of the Central Coast’s most recent challenges.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was influential in large part because she was an exceptional communicator. Jane Sherron De Hart (RBG biographer), and Hannah-Beth Jackson (retired state lawmaker) will join our conversation about what we can learn from RBG’s example as a writer and a public speaker. No matter what field you’re in, thinking about what she accomplished and how she did it is an ideal way to kick off a new year!
Raise a glass and exhale. Please join us at our annual holiday party as we gather to enjoy good company and celebrate the accomplishments of some exceptional local communicators. Our annual Holiday Party is a beloved AWC-SB tradition. This year, we are planning activities, games and surprises to make it special on Zoom. Register in advance to receive the Zoom link.