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March Events in Santa Barbara – Women’s Festivals 2014

Santa Barbara CA, March 6th, 2014: Women and men from around the world are already making plans to attend the 2014 California Women’s Festival which will be held on March 7th and 8th, at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real in Santa Barbara, CA. Each year the Festival celebrates women in leadership and seeks […]

Meet the 2014 Gutsy Gals Inspire Me! Award Nominees

Members of Pussy Riot: Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova For bravery in supporting feminism and LGBT rights Founded about three years ago, this Russian feminist punk band is known for staging “guerrilla” performances in surprising public locations. Thanks to videography and YouTube, their brave performances have been seen around the world. These three have […]

Not Yet Equal: A Snapshot of Women in Santa Barbara County 2014

Women have made significant strides towards equality over the past few decades. And women in Santa Barbara County, in particular, enjoy advantages that women in other communities don’t have. But none of us are totally there yet. The Orfalea Foundation, in partnership with Cause and Women’s Festivals, crunched statistics to create an infographic snapshot of […]

We’re Proud to Announce Razia Jan as a Presenter & Honoree at the Festival!

The Women’s Festivals team is honored to confirm Razia Jan, a humanitarian and a 2012 recipient of the CNN Top 10 Hero Award, as a noted presenter at the Women’s Festival! Razia has dedicated years of her life to forge connections between Afghans and Americans and empower the young women of Afghanistan. She founded the […]

Congratulations to 2009 Women’s Festival keynote presenter Maria Contreras-Sweet!

Congratulations to 2009 Women’s Festival keynote presenter and ProAmerica Bank founder Maria Contreras-Sweet, who was recently nominated by President Obama to head the Small Business Administration! The former secretary of the California Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency and native of Mexico, if confirmed to the post, will succeed current SBA acting administrator Jeanne Hulit. As […]

Top 10 Reasons to Attend the 2013 Women’s Festivals

This Friday, February 8, 2013, is a great day for Santa Barbara women in leadership roles to attend the Women’s Festivals conference and exhibition. Held at Bacara Resort and Spa Hotel, 8301 Hollister Avenue from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Women’s Festivals is a Santa Barbara event which promises to strengthen and empower women by “Bringing All Our Worlds Together.” This all-in-one day […]

Forbes Magazine Highlights Women’s Festivals Santa Barbara Expo Event

Women Ascend in Central California A global women’s festival is based in Santa Barbara.  Why does this matter? The original title for this post was “Women Descend Upon Central California.”  But I thought better of it.  For the point I want to make is not that women this week are flocking to (i.e., “descending upon”) a […]

Santa Barbara Hotel Offers Discount To Women’s Festivals Attendees

People from throughout the world will be attending a Santa Barbara event this weekend that is designed to empower women. It’s the 6th annual Women’s Festival and it returns this Friday, February 8th from 9am until 8pm. This full day event will be held at the Bacara Santa Barbara hotel. The Women’s Festival will include a professional women’s exposition, an awards program and educational […]

Women’s Festivals Feb. 8th 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013 Health Wealth & Soul: Empowering Every Aspect of Our Lives 1:45 PM Welcome: Honorable Helene Schneider, Mayor of Santa Barbara Women’s Festival Founder, Patty DeDominic Sponsor Remarks: Jane Choi, New York Life Poetry Reading by Lucia De Garcia, Emiliano Campobello, accompanist 2:00 PM  “Empower Your Life, Your Leadership”, Dr. Ann McElaney Johnson 2:15 PM […]