Mon, Nov 4: Being Heard Over the Noise

Please join us for the third installment in the series, Communicators Creating Community in the Virtual World. On Monday, November 4, 5:30-7:30 pm, AWC-SB will present Being Heard Over the Noise: Sustaining Hope & Creating Change.

Today’s media environment presents the world in a state of crisis. While listening to all the bad news, interspersed with a bombardment of advertisements, viewers can become overwhelmed, disheartened and tempted to react to all the voices.

As communicators we need to keep our audience engaged. Those  of us who advocate for change find reaching the multitudes especially challenging. Our panelists will share their strategies for cutting through the noise while maintaining hope that we can create the change we want to see in the world.

Monday, November 4, 5:30- 7:30 pm
Antioch University Santa Barbara, Community Hall
602 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
AWC-SB Members Free;  Nonmembers $20


  • Kristiana Almeida, Social Media and Communications Professional, Enterprise Community Specialist for the American Red Cross
  • LeeAnne French, Associate Director for Communication & Outreach, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at UCSB
  • Maria Streshinsky, Editor-in-Chief, Pacific Standard

Moderator:  Kathleen Barry, PhD, LMFT, Psychotheraptist

MStreshinsky_PacificStandardMaria Streshinsky is the Editor-in-Chief of Pacific Standard, and was formerly the managing editor of The Atlantic in Washington, D.C. She developed The Atlantic’s Fiction-for-Kindle program with Amazon, working with such authors as Christopher Buckley, Joyce Carol Oates, and Paul Theroux. In 2009 she won the Atlantic Media Company 2009 Chairman’s Award, for editing excellence. Before The Atlantic, Maria spent two years at the U.S. Department of the Interior working on Indian affairs issues. After graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in comparative literature in 1991, she began a career in magazine journalism with VIA, the AAA magazine in San Francisco.

LeeAnne French is the Associate Director for Communication and Outreach for the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), a research center at UCSB, and was the first national synthesis center of its kind.  She was the Associate Director at UCSB Carsey-Wolf Center. Previously she was the executive vice president and board member of Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, with more than 20 years of experience in organizing and leading large teams to provide strategic marketing and communications services to the leading software companies. In 2004, she left “Corporate America” to pursue her entrepreneurial spirit creating a private swim school in Connecticut. In 2010, she received her Masters’ degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UCSB and is particularly interested in media’s role in influencing attitudes and behaviors about the environment.

Kristiana AlmeidaKristiana Almeida is an online communicator for the National American Red Cross. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the UCSB, and is currently earning her MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. As an Enterprise Specialist for the Red Cross, Kristiana’s work is to improve engagement between field offices and online communities, providing strategic guidance, training, and consultations to chapter social media programs, and providing direction and support during disasters and daily activities; liaise between more than 250 socially active chapters and national headquarters.  She co-authored organization’s Social Engagement Handbook and Online Communications Guidelines.

KathleenBarryKathleen Barry is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Montecito. She specializes in working with those who are facing the crossroads of major life transitions. When facing changes such as getting married, getting divorced, returning to school, retiring from a career, and enduring the loss of loved ones, individuals often need to find ways to communicate both with others, and with themselves, about what they are facing.

During her work with clients, she helps uncover hidden mysteries and messages inside of dream images, poetry, and literature, as well as through meaningful discussions and engagement of the presenting issues. Kathleen is committed to empowering clients to discover their internal “whispers-of-wisdom” ~ whispers of insight that frequently point the way towards returning to life on the other side of the crossroads ~ renewed, inspired, and deepened.

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