Honors & Awards

  •  Girls Inc. Honoree, Annual Celebrity Luncheon at Baccara Resort, Santa Barbara CA, 2014 – click to learn more!
  •  Association for Women in Communication Annual Conference, Keynote Speaker & National “Headliner” Award, Tulsa, Oklahoma 2011
  •  Association for Women in Communication: Rising Star Award, 2009
  •  Women’s Policy Journal, JFK School of Government at Harvard University, article: “When the speaker is a woman of color,” published August, 2001
  •  Founding Funders, UCSB Women’s Center, Recognition for Leadership at Tenth and Twenty fifth Anniversary Celebrations, 1986; 2000
  •  Martin Luther King Award – Santa Barbara Affirmative Action, 1990
  •  USC Think Tank on Women’s Social Policy Issues Invited Participant hosted by Betty Friedan, 1987
  •  Who’s Who of American Women, 1984 Edition
  •  Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors & Women’s Commission “Outstanding Woman Award,1984”

Leadership Roles

  •  Founder Association for Women in Communication Santa Barbara Chapter, 2006
  •  Graduate School of Education Alumni Association, Founding Board member and President 1993-1999
  •  President, Chamber of Commerce Higher Education and Business Committee, 1983-1985
  •  Founding Board Member, Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee, 1988; President 1990.


  •  California Government Booksigning (in the Historical Capital building, Sacramento, CA) hosted by Senator Liz Figueroa and California Women’s Legislative Caucus, April, 2005
  •  Congressional Booksigning for “Women Seen and Heard: Lessons Learned fron Successful Speakers” (2004) hosted by Congresswoman Lois Capps, with Co-author with Anita Perez Ferguson,
    March, 2005
  •  Borders Santa Barbara, 2005
  •  Barnes & Noble, Santa Monica, 2005
  •  Chaucer’s Books, Santa Barbara 2005