2022 Holiday Party

Celebrate the Holidays with AWCSB

Join fellow members and other area communicators to celebrate the season at the annual AWC-SB holiday party! It’s a great time to catch up with friends, meet new ones and raise a glass to the good things that happened this year. We will also be celebrating with our AWC-SB Member of the Year and our Lois Phillips Founder’s Award recipient. AWC-SB award recipients will also be announced!

Wednesday, December 14, 5-7:30 p.m

Villa Wine Bar: 618 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara

Members $40 / Non-Members $50

One Wine/Beer/Beverage + lovely appetizers included

2022 AWC-SB Member of the Year: Lauren Bianchi Klemann

AWC-SB member and board member Lauren Bianchi Klemann took our annual Women of Achievement Awards luncheon to a new level this year while serving as chairperson of our 2022 signature event. She and her team thought of every detail when it came to honoring a team of Santa Barbara County Public Health communicators. She brings great instincts and ideas to our board and our chapter as a whole. For this reason, Lauren is being honored as our AWC-SB Member of the Year! Lauren will also be organizing the 2023 Women of Achievement Awards and we are very thankful for her many contributions to our chapter and our community. Congratulations, Lauren!

Dr. Katrina Mitchell is AWC-SB 2022 Recipient of the Lois Phillips Founder’s Award

Dr. Katrina Mitchell is the recipient of the Lois Phillips Founder’s Award in recognition of her passionate and outspoken advocacy for women’s health. Dr. Mitchell is a breast surgeon, lactation consultant, and perinatal mental health provider at Sansum Clinic and Ridley Tree Cancer Center.

During the pandemic, Dr. Mitchell wrote and published the Physician Guide to Breastfeeding to address the breastfeeding challenges and complications resulting from isolation, restricted contact with medical professionals, and incorrect advice from unreliable sources.

Dr. Mitchell formed the Women’s Health Collective (WHC), which met for the first time in October. The Montecito Journal reported that over 100 women attended, varying widely in ages and backgrounds. The article states that the WHC will present its community needs assessment findings to local health care leaders with hopes of garnering support and resources to make effective change.

Presented by Dr. Lois Phillips, founder of the Santa Barbara Chapter of the AWC, the purpose of the award is to recognize an individual woman who used the power of communication to do something innovative, to communicate a ‘big idea,’ and to speak publicly about a current and/or controversial issue.

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