AWC-SB 13th Women of Achievement Awards: Vision, Voice, Advocacy for a New Generation

by Justine Sutton

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, former CEO of Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara, and Luz Reyes-Martin, Executive Director of Public Affairs and Communications at Santa Barbara City College.

With the theme, “Vision, Voice, Advocacy for a New Generation,” the virtual event was emceed by the effervescent Starshine Roshell, herself a past Women of Achievement awardee, and live streamed with flair by DJ Gavin Roy. We’ve all attended too many Zoom gatherings plagued with technical difficulties and awkward pauses–in contrast, this event was refreshingly smooth and well-organized.

As the former CEO of Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara, Barbara Ben-Horin’s professional commitment to communication intersects with her passion for advocacy and social justice. Under Barbara’s leadership, hundreds of girls receive the resources they need to grow up to be healthy, educated and independent.

“Barbara, what an inspiring professional evolution you have to share,” said Lisa Danhi, AWC-SB’s Board Secretary. “Thank you for your commitment and contribution to our community!”

AWC-SB member Paula Lopez Ochoa said, “Congratulations Barbara! Thank you for your service and your inspiring words.”

Click Here to view a replay of the Women of AWC-SB 13th Women of Achievement Awards presented by Women Connect4Good

Luz Reyes-Martin identifies as a communications professional, advocate, mother and feminist. She has expertise in the fields of communications, public affairs, marketing and land use planning, which she uses in her role as executive director of communications for Santa Barbara City College. Reyes-Martin also serves as a member of the Goleta Unified School District Board and president of the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee.

“I want to be as cool as Luz when I grow up!” said Hillary Blackerby. “We are so much richer for being in community with (her).”

“Luz, your commitment, intellect, and positivity is a treasure for all of us!” said Santa Barbara County Supervisor, Das Williams.

To view a replay of the live stream event click here. For full information on the honorees, sponsors, and more, click here to see the event program guide.


Justine Sutton graduated from UCSB and has adopted Santa Barbara as her hometown. She’s a freelance writer, certified in Weddings and Funerals as a Life-Cycle Celebrant® and is currently training as a voice actor.

Scroll to Top