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The Association of Women in Communications, Santa Barbara, will present its 2013 Women of Achievement Awards to Marsha Bailey, founder and CEO at Women’s Economic Ventures, and author Kathleen Sharp at a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 5 at the Montecito Country Club, 920 Summit Road, Santa Barbara.

Admission to the luncheon is $45 for AWC-SB members and $60 for non-members. For more information on AWC, see

Mistress of ceremonies will be KCLU radio station General Manager Mary Olson. An original poem crafted for the event by Perie Longo Ph.D, AWC-SB poet laureate, will be read.
Marsha Bailey

Bailey started Women’s Economic Ventures, or WEV, in Santa Barbara 22 years ago to help women and men start of accelerate their enterprises with training and financial loans. The nonprofit organization now also serves entrepreneurs in Ventura County.

South Coast-based author Sharp is the author of “Blood Medicine,” currently being developed into a feature film by New Regency, and “Mr. & Mrs. Hollywood” and is a former business writer at the Santa Barbara News-Press.

Past winners include co-founder Lynda Weinman, TVanchorwoman Paula Lopez and newspaper columnist Starshine Roshell.

The Association for Women in Communication recognizes the complex relationships that exist across communications disciplines. Modern communicators must demonstrate competence in varied disciplines and be able to network and make career moves across the broad spectrum of communications fields.

Disciplines represented within the association include: print and broadcast journalism; television and radio production; film; advertising, public relations and marketing; graphic design, multi-media design and photography. The list is continually growing as the profession expands into the newer media.

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