Wed, Sept 7: All About Networking

Does networking make your palms sweat? Do you find yourself hiding behind a pillar at business mixers? AWC-SB invites everybody, from pro networkers to novice minglers, to their “All About Networking” event on Wednesday, September 7, 5:30-7:30 pm. Join us for facilitated speed networking at workzones in Paseo Nuevo. Come prepared with your elevator pitch for your business, and to tell others what you can do for them and what they can do for you. We will gather in cozy table groups then rotate so you will get a chance to talk to all the other attendees. While we network we’ll enjoy appetizers from C’est Cheese and wine.

Wednesday, September 7, 5:30-7:30 pm
Paseo Nuevo
351 Paseo Nuevo 2nd floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
AWC-SB Members Free; Nonmembers $20
Refreshments included
AWC-SB is happy to welcome our newest sponsor and meeting venue, workzones, a new co-working office space that provides self-employed and independent professionals with an ideal place to get work done.




Fri, Aug 19: Books For Breakfast – Small Victoriesby Anne Lamott

AWC-SB’s popular summer reading program continues on Friday, August 19 at Eladio’s by the beach. For August our discussion will revolve around Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace by Anne Lamott. Please join us and support this lovely venue by treating yourself to breakfast (Please bring cash).

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

Bestselling author of the iconic Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott writes about faith, family, and community in essays that are both wise and irreverent. It’s an approach that has become her trademark. Now in Small Victories, Lamott offers a new message of hope that celebrates the triumph of light over the darkness in our lives. Our victories over hardship and pain may seem small, she writes, but they change us—our perceptions, our perspectives, and our lives. Lamott writes of forgiveness, restoration, and transformation, how we can turn toward love even in the most hopeless situations, how we find the joy in getting lost and our amazement in finally being found.

Profound and hilarious, honest and unexpected, the stories in Small Victories are proof that the human spirit is irrepressible.

Fri, July 15: Books For Breakfast – Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

AWC-SB's popular summer reading program returns on Friday, July 15 at Eladio’s by the beach. For July our discussion will revolve around Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. Please join us and support this lovely venue by treating yourself to breakfast. Those who like to read ahead, will want to check out Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace by Anne Lamott, our selection for Friday, August 19.

Friday, July 15, 7:30-9 am
28 W. Cabrillo Blvd
90-minute free street parking kicks in at 9 am

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

Ask a local bookseller about getting your copy of Big Magic Chaucer’s or Tecolote Book Shop.

9th Annual Women of Achievement Awards

Congresswoman Lois Capps and Communications Consultant Lois Phillips will receive the Women of Achievement Award from the Association for Women in Communications, Santa Barbara Chapter at a luncheon on June 3 at El Paseo Restaurant. The 2016 theme, “Women Stand Up, Speak Out,” fits both these leaders in many ways.

9th Annual Women of Achievement Awards
Friday, June 3, 11 am-1:30 pm
El Paseo Restaurant
Downtown Santa Barbara
AWC-SB Members: $55, Nonmembers $65

With a name bestowed upon a plethora of wonderful women, including Superman’s award-winning journalist girlfriend, the honorees had a lot to live up to. They stood up to the challenge with gusto.

Both Loises grew up during a time of great social unrest. They witnessed the civil rights, women’s and environmental movements emerge into profound forces. The turmoil they observed affected them as they married, became mothers and forged careers. Yet they never predicted the directions their lives would take. Later in life each developed a public voice in their respective leadership roles. Each Lois influenced the way people think and effected positive social change.

114_rp_ca_24_capps_loisCongresswoman Capps is committed to helping people improve their daily lives through better schools, quality health care, and a cleaner environment. She was sworn in as a Member of the 105th Congress in 1998, succeeding her late husband, Congressman Walter H. Capps. Mrs. Capps has successfully spearheaded and passed legislation specifically to: address the national nursing shortage, detect and prevent domestic violence against women, curb underage drinking, improve mental health services, provide emergency defibrillators to local communities, bring CPR instruction to schools, and improve Medicare coverage for patients suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Mrs. Capps has resided in Santa Barbara since 1963.

Edited Photo- Lois PhillipsDr. Lois Phillips has a varied background in the communications field which includes conference speaking, producing and hosting two TV programs about women’s changing roles, co-hosting DIALOGUES–an NPR radio show on KCLU about current issues, and coaching leaders in presentation skills. As founding Executive Director of Antioch University Santa Barbara Dr. Phillips worked for the University for 11 years. Later she developed her own consulting firm where she leads training seminars and strategic planning retreats, and provides coaching services to executives who wish to communicate more effectively with stakeholders and the press.

In 2007 Dr. Phillips, along with publisher Mindy Bingham and producer Deborah Hutchison, founded the Santa Barbara chapter of the Association for Women in Communications, a national organization with headquarters in Springfield, Missouri. In May of 2008 the group created the Women of Achievement Awards to honor six amazing Women: Deborah Hutchison, CEO Gutsy Gals Inspire Me Animated Films, and Former Santa Barbara News-Press journalists Melinda Burns, Anna Davison, Melissa Evans, Dawn Hobbs and Jane Hulse.

Other past winners of the award include Dr. Nancy Leffert, Marianne Partridge, Marsha Bailey, Paula Lopez, Perie Longo, Lynda Weinman, Starshine Roshell, Catherine Remak, and Sara Miller McCune.

The Association for Women in Communications champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era.

Digital and Print Media: Facing the Future Without Losing the Past

By: Lilly Erickson, Intern

In this new digital age, people tend to scroll through Instagram and Facebook on their iPhones to find trending topics, rather than flip through a paper-and-ink magazine. Don’t let these social media-thirsty people fool you. Print is still very much alive. That being said, times have changed and the issue of how to tackle the online world, while still sticking to good old-fashioned print, is multifaceted.

On Tuesday evening, April 5, 2016, entrepreneurs, journalists, editors, and numerous other members of the Santa Barbara community attended the insightful panel hosted by AWC-SB, “Modern Journalism: Local Pioneers Keeping Print Alive and Pushing Digital Media Forward.” The diverse panel, led by Jennifer Blaise Kramer, senior editor of Santa Barbara Magazine, encompassed various forms of print, from news, to lifestyle and food. The local media gurus included Marianne Partridge, editor-in-chief of the Santa Barbara Independent; Gina Tolleson, executive editor of Santa Barbara Magazine; Krista Harris, editor of Edible Santa Barbara; and Andrea Estrada, director of news and media relations at UCSB.

The first question regarded print publications, and how they are surviving today. Gina remarked on the importance of staying in touch with the Santa Barbara community. With the current downsize in print, staying updated through social media and other writers, is a way to get to know “how the city ticks.”

The panelists pointed out that the balancing print and digital platforms is a challenge. Andrea focuses on a two-part process of putting out news, as well as reacting to news, the balance between these two mediums is difficult. Marianne highlighted on the fact that journalism is about “rolling with the punches.” Whether print or digital, the main purpose is to get the news out to the public.

Several other publications inspire these panelists while they try to stay on the forefront of both digital and print platforms. In the foodie world, Lucky Peach has a “great online presence,” Krista said. In terms of global issues, Marianne pointed out that The New York Times and Washington Post are really pushing online publication in order to spread news to the public as seamlessly as possible.

In the panelists’ channels of modern journalism, they must use social media all the time to publicize their stories. What do you think gets the most “Likes” on Instagram from Edible Santa Barbara? If you’re picturing those sweet, savory, gooey, oozing-with-chocolate desserts, you guessed right. What about from Santa Barbara Magazine? It’s those iconic, epic Santa Barbara sunset shots that get the most hits.

In this digital age, pushing online media forward while keeping print alive is a complex issue. These panelists, however, have tackled the task. Marianne said, “It takes human power and working really hard hours, but I am the luckiest editor in the United States.”

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Eve with AWC-SB

Join top professional women communicators on Wednesday, May 4, 5:30-7:30 pm at Casa Blanca Restaurant & Cantina in downtown Santa Barbara. The Association for Women in Communications wants to help you connect, engage, advance on a local and national level. 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.

Wednesday, May 4, 5:30-7:30 pm
Casa Blanca Restaurant & Cantina
330 State Street
Santa Barbara CA, 93101
No Host Bar
FREE to attend

Tues, April 5: Modern Journalism

Join AWC-SB for a dynamic panel on “Modern Journalism: Local Pioneers Keeping Print Alive and Pushing Digital Media Forward.” Hear from local media gurus including:

Tuesday, April 5, 5:30-7:30 pm
Pepperdine – Santa Barbara Graduate Campus
26 W. Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

AWC-SB Members Free; Nonmembers $20
Refreshments Included

Marianne Partridge was the editor of the Village Voice, executive editor of Look Magazine, and senior editor of Rolling Stone magazine, where she also served as bureau chief in New York and Los Angeles. She began her career as a secretary at the original Saturday Evening Post, later working there as fiction reader and on the copy desk. She was a reporter in the Los Angeles bureaus of Forbes Magazine and The New York Times in the early '70s and a contributing editor to New West magazine in the early '80s. She moved to Santa Barbara in 1980 and is now editor-in-chief of the Santa Barbara Independent.

Gina Tolleson, originally from South Carolina, was crowned Miss World in 1990, which launched years in the spotlight and in front of the camera. She contributed news to CNN and hosted various programs for networks including A&E and ABC. In 2002 she was hired by Santa Barbara Magazine to be the lifestyle editor, translating her on-camera skills to print. Today she oversees the publication as executive editor.

Krista Harris moved to Santa Barbara to attend UCSB. Her first job was working for a local newspaper and since then she has worked as an editor, graphic designer and creative director in the corporate world. In 2009 she started Edible Santa Barbara, a food magazine devoted to local, seasonal and sustainable food. The magazine is independently owned and operated and also a member of Edible Communities, with over 80 member publications. Edible Santa Barbara has been awarded the 2011 Publication of the Year Award from the James Beard Foundation.

Andrea W. Estrada is an accomplished journalist whose work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country and around the world. Following a long freelance career, she joined the Office of Public Affairs and Communications at UC Santa Barbara, where she serves as director of news and media relations. In addition to overseeing the dissemination of research and other news from the university’s academic and administrative departments, she is the managing editor of The UCSB Current, the campus’s primary news site.

Tues, April 19: Meet Gloria Feldt

Meet Gloria Feldt New York Times best-selling author, speaker, commentator, and feminist leader.

Gloria is Co-Founder and President of Take the Lead, a Train-The-Trainer program designed to achieve gender parity in leadership across all sectors. Based on her best-selling book, No Excuses: Nine Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power.

From 1996-2005 Gloria served as CEO and President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She teaches “Women, Power, and Leadership” at Arizona State University.

Hear Gloria's discussion on the importance of women’s leadership and decision-making roles in government, business and politics in the nonprofit and education sectors. Refreshments will be provided by Women Connect4Good, Inc.

Tuesday, April 19. 2016
743 Lilac Drive, Montecito, CA 93108
FREE to members and guests

Please carpool! Valet parking provided
Space is Limited. Please RSVP.

This event is hosted by AWCSB and
Dr. Nancy O'Reilly, Women Connect4Good, Inc.

Review: Environmentalist Becca Claassen Honored

By Tara O'Neil

At AWC-SB’s event on March 8th, Becca Claassen enlightened the audience on the importance of speaking out about the issue of global climate change. As the recipient of 2016’s Lois Phillips Founders Award, Becca told the inspiring story of her journey as a lifelong environmental advocate.

In addition to the AWC-SB Founder’s Award, Ashley Kruzel represented Das Williams to award Becca with a certificate of recognition from the California State Assembly.

The night began with a reminder of why AWC is an important community of professionals. AWC-SB President, Dr. Minette Riordan said, “Women who communicate are very accessible.” This brought light to the Association’s true purpose: to provide a space for women to not only meet new professionals in communication fields for networking events, but also to support one another as they develop professional goals.

In addition, Lois Phillips expressed her belief that “there’s value in talking to people about changes happening in a different sector.”

Becca Claassen then came to the podium to discuss her life as an activist as well as her views on climate action. At only 7 years old Becca became aware of environmental destruction after learning about the greenhouse effect. She studied Earth Science and engineering in college. She became a chiropractor, believed that would be her professional life. But after giving birth to her daughter Hazel, she realized the urgency of climate change’s impact on future generations. Becoming a mom, she said, was the tipping point that caused her to put her career as a chiropractor on hold. She went all out for climate change advocacy, for the most part as a full-time volunteer.

Reticent as a child, Becca claimed public speaking didn’t come naturally to her. She credits her outspoken advocacy to the energy she found in herself years ago while she marched against the bombing of Iraq.

Since then, she has used her momentum to create local chapters of national organizations and help others get involved in environmental protection. “action is the antidote to despair,” she said. Throughout her environmentalist career, Becca discovered we have all the technology we need to make renewable energy possible. The only roadblock is lack of political will. Of the fight against fossil fuel she said, “If we are able to unify our movements, we can win.”

In light of International Women’s Day, Becca said, “I want to lead by example for my daughter Hazel.” While she navigated a male-dominated field of scientists and engineers, Becca found they wrote her off as if “uneducated” on complex topics. Male associates often told her “it’s complicated” when she asked bold, scientific question. She states that she has since learned to speak with authority on topics where she is knowledgeable. Becca added that women are valuable in environmental discussions, as they tend to work more collaboratively and present a different perspective.

In closing, Becca urged AWC-SB members to start a conversation on climate justice. She encouraged us to look into the many ways one can get involved from voting to environmental rallying to joining Anyone can volunteer their time to campaign on this issue, spread the word, or make the switch to an electric car!

Tues, March 8: Environmentalist Becca Claassen Honored

Environmental organizations lobbying for climate change legislation realize the public must be energized if the earth is to be preserved. Without support many advocates groups would flounder. Grass roots activists understand they must speak up in order to influence key decision makers. These activists often become dynamic speakers in the process.

Meet the 2016 recipient of the Lois Phillips Founders Award, Becca Claassen, Outreach Consultant on Climate Change. Trained as a chiropractor, she became a full-time advocate when inspired by her daughter. Becca talked to nearly 20,000 voters about Measure P (the anti fracking measure) before Election Day. This young mom’s commitment to Climate Change advocacy has made a huge impact on our community. She is also an organizer for Food & Water Watch. Please join us to get inspired by Becca's journey, knowledge, and leadership.

Tuesday, March 8, 5:30-7:30 pm
Santa Barbara Club
1105 Chapala Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

AWC-SB Members Free;
Nonmembers $20

Refreshments Included