Wed, April 11: Comment/No Comment: Local Journalists Discuss Closing Online Forums vs. Keeping the Conversation Open

Please join us April 11 for “Comment or No Comment.” Media outlets such as Noozhawk and the Santa Barbara Independent recently eliminated reader comments online. Are such comments tiresome noise, providing little information or accuracy? Or are they an important part of the conversation? Local journalists weigh in.

Wednesday, April 11, 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

Starshine Roshell, award-winning columnist for the Santa Barbara Independent, moderates this panel of journalists including:
Lauren Bray, managing editor Ed Hat
Matt Kettmann, senior editor The Independent
Jim Lemon, news director KEYT News Channel 3
Tom Bolton, Executive Editor Noozhawk

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

Wed, Jan 10: Film Night

Please join AWC-SB for our third annual film night on Wednesday, January 10, 5:30-7:30 pm at TV Santa Barbara. This year we plan to screen LUTAH - A Passion for Architecture: A Life in Design, which premiered at SBIFF in 2014. The film tells the story of a determined young woman in the early twentieth century who wins a college scholarship intended for a boy, rises to the top of a profession dominated by men, and designs many of the most original buildings in Santa Barbara. A Q&A with filmmakers follows the screening.

Wednesday, January 10, 5:30 pm
TV Santa Barbara
329 S Salinas St,
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
AWC-SB Members Free; Nonmembers $20
Wine and Snacks Included

LUTAH explores the life of a versatile architect who left an impressive legacy. Initially eclipsed by her male contemporaries in the early 20th century, Lutah Maria Riggs (1896-1984) navigated her way through the male-centric world of architecture and brought a freshness to the established architectural styles of Southern California. Riggs blazed a trail for women, relying on the courage of her convictions and a hint of eccentricity. She pursued her passions and created a life of independence, an exceptional choice for a woman at that time. She was the first woman in California to be named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Never before seen photographs and journal entries from Riggs’s personal collection, and candid interviews, this documentary reveals a side of Lutah Maria Riggs that has gone unnoticed. With stunning tours of some of Santa Barbara's most iconic structures and rare footage of private homes.

Wed, Dec 6: AWC-SB Annual Holiday Party

This year AWC-SB puts a twist on our Annual Holiday Party celebration which happens on Wednesday, December 6, 6 to 8 pm at Au Bon Climat tasting room in downtown Santa Barbara. As in previous years we will honor an AWC-SB Member. For a new spin we’ll incorporate the Lois Phillips Founders Award into the festivities.

Annual Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 6
6-8 pm
Au Bon Climat
813 Anacapa St.
Downtown Santa Barbara
Street parking available
AWC-SB Members $25; Nonmembers $35

AWC-SB co-founder Lois Phillips chose to honor Guille Gil-Reynoso for the Founders Award, one of the masterminds behind our  Volunteer Organization of the Year, the Santa Barbara Latina Leaders Network (SBLLN). An advocate of Women’s issues, Guille co-founded SBLLN, a network dedicated to providing leadership training, personal development, and relationship building resources to both established and emerging leaders in Santa Barbara. This organization aligns well with AWC-SB which inspires members to assume leadership roles and collaborate with others to shape a better future for themselves and their communities. Over the coming months AWC-SB and SBLLN will explore ways the two groups can partner to further their goals. At past Holiday Parties AWC-SB honored volunteer organizations, this year we want to follow up throughout the year and to encourage our members to get involved.

“I believe in collaborative, creative, and compassionate work,” Guille said. “I also value the opportunity to serve our local community.”

Guille Gil-Reynoso, Community Investment Officer at the Santa Barbara Foundation, focuses on the Health and Human Services sector and supports the foundation’s Nonprofit Excellence Program. She serves on the Capacity Building Committee, which analyzes current nonprofit resources, needs, and opportunities. Previously, she worked as a landscape architectural designer for Wallace, Roberts & Todd and Girven Associates. Guille then expanded into the nonprofit sector where she worked for TVSB (then known as Santa Barbara Channels), assisting organizations in putting culture, arts, and educational programs on television. Guille holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo and an Associate of Arts degree in multimedia arts from SBCC. Guille is an alumna of the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) Executive Leadership Program, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Program, and the Center for Creative Leadership. She is also an alumna of Antioch’s Women in Leadership Certificate Program.

The 2017 AWC-SB Member of Year honor goes to Lisa Osborn, an AWC-SB board member who jumped in the find sponsors for our recent Women of Achievement Awards. She serves as Co-Chair for the upcoming award-winning Women of Achievement event. Lisa, a longtime radio broadcaster and entrepreneur, currently serves as the news and public affairs director at KCSB 91.9 FM, the radio station at UCSB. Her business produces on-hold messages, narration services, and a health and wellness podcast. Prior to moving to Santa Barbara, Lisa spent most of her career working in radio news in Los Angeles. She also hosted on classic hits music network, airing on 100 plus radio stations across the USA.

Time on Your Side – Key Time Management Tips Podcast

Here's some highlights compiled by AWC-SB member Lisa Braithwaite

  • "You have the same hours in the day as Beyonce."
  • First question to the panel: "Do you let the word 'busy' into your vocabulary?" Whoa!
  • Diana Pereira: Work-life balance implies struggle between competing priorities - one side opposing the other. She prefers the term "work-life harmony."
  • Learn some reflexology points for both stress relief and energizing.
  • Don't want to work on vacation? Go to a place where there's no Wi-Fi.
  • Co-working spaces: No competition, more productive (inspiration seeing everyone else working on their projects), happier. Being plugged into a community.
  • "If you really need me, send me an all-caps text." Re: working while on vacation.
  • "Choices are boundaries."

Wed, Nov 1: I Have Something to Say! Now What?

Want to publish a book but afraid nobody will read it? Join AWC-SB for “I Have Something to Say! Now What?”, a panel for those in search of an audience, on Wednesday, November 1, 5:30-7:30 pm at workzones in Paseo Nuevo. This program will offer discussions for people at all stages of the process, from a kernel of an idea to a product already on the market. Whether you’re indie published, traditionally published, write a blog, or produce a podcast, our expert panelists will guide you up the mountain to increased readers and listeners.

Wednesday, November 1, 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:

Zhena Muzyka is an award-winning social entrepreneur, teacher, author, executive coach, public speaker, and the publisher of Enliven Books, a new Mind-Body-Spirit imprint from Atria/Simon and Schuster. Her critically acclaimed book, Life by the Cup, chronicles her experience growing a multimillion-dollar fair trade tea company, Zhena’s Gypsy Tea. Celebrated for her products and work in conscious business practices, Zhena has been on the Inc. 5000 list for several years, has been named a Country Living Women Entrepreneur Honoree, a Top Woman in Business by Pacific Business Times, 20 most inspiring women in Coco Eco Magazine, and has received Enterprising Women’s Enterprising Women of the Year Award, and the Natural Products Expo Socially Responsible Business award, among others. She has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Inc., Entrepreneur, and on Bloomberg, FOX NEWS, Lou Dobbs, and others for her unique point of view on mission driven business success, women in business, and spirituality.

Gail M. Kearns began her publishing career in 1995 after working over 20 years in the motion picture industry. Currently, she is president of To Press and Beyond, a full-service book shepherding agency that guides projects from inception to completion, providing a wide range of services including ghostwriting, copywriting, writing for the web, and implementing innovative plans for marketing and PR. Gail calls herself a Book Sherpa to underscore the fact that with all the complexities involved in the trek to producing a successful book, every author needs help climbing the publishing mountain. Most recently, she co-authored a gourmet cookbook titled The Gourmet Girls Go Camping Cookbook published by Mise en Press. Books of all genres shepherded by To Press & Beyond have garnered such awards as the prestigious IPPY, the Benjamin Franklin Award, Foreword’s BOTYA, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, USA Best Book Awards, Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, and Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. She and her team have over 30 years of combined experience in the book trade and a skilled understanding of the indie publishing landscape.

Kathleen Kaiser’s career spans over 40 years, from rock and roll in the 60s and 70s to the digital/internet revolution of the late 80s and 90s. She has been a marketing professional for Fortune 100 companies, small startups, and conferences/tradeshows around the world. In 1993 she opened Kathleen Kaiser & Associates which now focuses on arts nonprofit communities and publicity for authors. Her work includes past president and season producer of the Ojai Shakespeare Festival, past president of the Ventura County Writers Club, marketing for the Ojai Studio Artists, Ojai Art Walk, and other community organizations. She produced of the 805 Writers’ Conference for seven years. Named Publicist of the Year in 2016 by the Book Publicists of Southern California for her contributions to the literary community, Kathleen maintains a small list of clients that allows her to continue her volunteerism. She serves as president of the national organization Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network (SPAWN), and board member of the Ojai Film Festival and Independent Writer of Southern California.

Wed, Oct 4: Time on Your Side – Key Time Management Tips from Santa Barbara’s Top Communicators

You’ve filled your schedule with work, continuing education, hobbies, family, friends and more. How do you juggle all those activities without experiencing a meltdown? When is it okay to say ‘no’? Join AWC-SB to learn practical strategies for using your time more effectively on Wednesday, October 4, 5:30-7:30 pm at workzones in Paseo Nuevo. A panel of busy professionals will share their approaches to balancing their calendars in order to make their lives run smoother.

Wednesday, October 4, 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:

Diana Pereira is a co-founder and visionary for the Impact Hub Santa Barbara and founder of Balance Financial Management, a full service back-office and business management consulting firm. Over the past 20 years, Diana has been involved in multiple startups and investment management companies. She also serves as Board Treasurer of the nonprofit, Wilderness Youth Project. She received her B.S. in Business Economics from UCSB, her Juris Doctorate at the Santa Barbara College of Law, and is a member of the State Bar of California. Diana has a strong passion toward building social enterprises dedicated to realizing positive impact within our communities.

In 1999, Alice Ryan formed A Company, a boutique agency specializing in public relations for premiere luxury brands. Alice began her career in London representing brands such as Jimmy Choo, La Perla, TopShop, and Celine. Upon moving to New York she took the position of Director of Public Relations for Oscar de la Renta. From Conde Nast to Ralph Lauren, Ryan has led an accomplished career working with the best of the best. Recently the HL Group acquired her firm and Ryan made the move west where she now lives in Montecito with her husband and three kids, while continuing to focus on unique, individual clients, special events and brand consultation.

Martha Swanson is the Director of Marketing and Communications at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation. She is responsible for managing the reputation and brand of the museum through its various marketing and communication channels as well as onsite. Martha was the second full-time employee at MOXI, hired in November 2015 in advance of its February 2017 opening. Prior to joining the MOXI team, she worked as the Communications Coordinator for the Office of President at California Lutheran University for two years. Previously, Martha worked in Corporate Communications for more than six years at Los Angeles-based KB Home. Originally from Chicago, Martha holds a B.S. in Communication Studies and Psychology from Northwestern University. She now lives in Oxnard with her husband, Erik, and their Labrador retriever, Otto.

Michelle Ebbin is a renowned expert in natural wellness and touch therapy. She is committed to increasing awareness of the healing power of touch and teaching touch therapy and other natural techniques to help relieve stress, soothe the body and mind, and improve overall wellbeing. Michelle founded Basic Knead in 1994 and has authored four books on massage therapy, produced an award-winning massage DVD series for Gaiam/Living Arts, and created best-selling massage products. Her latest book The Touch Remedy: Hands-On Solutions to De-Stress Your Life (HarperElixer) received the publishing industry’s top Gold “Living Now Book Award” for 2016. Michelle appears regularly in the media, including The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, Home & Family, and The View, to discuss the benefits of natural wellness and touch, teach touch therapy techniques, and encourage everyone to bring more touch into their daily life.

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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
workzones
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

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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, minette@minetteriordan.com, (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.

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