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.

Book Signings:

  • California Government book signing (in the Historical Capital building, Sacramento, CA) hosted by Senator Liz Figueroa and California Women’s Legislative Caucus, April, 2005
  • Congressional book signing for “Women Seen and Heard: Lessons Learned from 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