For the past decade, the Association for Women in Communications, Santa Barbara Chapter (AWC-SB) has supported the accomplishments of women by recognizing their excellence in leadership. This year, the 2017 Women of Achievement Award winners are quintessential embodiments of this year’s theme, “Inspiration Women Leaders: Communication, Empowerment, Outcomes,” with their tenacity and strong leadership they portray.
This year two amazing women, Patty DeDominic, International Women’s Festivals Founder and Helene Schneider, Mayor of Santa Barbara receive their awards during a luncheon on Friday, June 9 at El Paseo Restaurant. The AWC-SB will follow the beautiful tradition set in recent years with the presence of Poet Laureate Emeritus, Perie Longo. Longo will present poems specifically composed for DeDominic and Schneider.
Schneider has dutifully served at Santa Barbara City Hall since 2004. She began on the City Council and rose to become mayor of the city in 2010. She will end her second term as mayor at the end of this year. Schneider has centralized the work she has done while in office around connecting local government with the business community and nonprofits. Before she was mayor, she volunteered in leadership roles as Commissioner for the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara, President of the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee and President of the Santa Barbara Human Resources Association.
“Leadership is not dominance; it’s a willing collaboration,” says Schneider. “I look to leaders who balance a strong public stand to move something forward with creating opportunities for others to use their expertise and shine in the spotlight.”
Schneider sharpened her communication skills as a human resources management consultant prior to her term. She earned her Bachelors degree from Skidmore College and her Professional Designation in Human Resources Management from UCSB Extension. DeDominic has praised Schneider for her advocacy and indefatigable will to advance Santa Barbara as a city and community.
“She is diplomatic and dignified, yet playful, which is pretty hard to find in one leader,” notes DeDominic.
DeDominic also crafted her communication skills in her work in Human Resources. In 1979 she founded PDQ Personnel Services, Inc., and later acquired CT Engineering which grew to become a powerhouse staffing agency. She sold both of these businesses in 2006. She currently is head of DeDominic & Associates, a specialized business consulting firm that offers professional services to enterprise builders and philanthropists.
“I invest in every one of my clients,” says DeDominic. “It may not be money, but it’s an emotional and psychic investment. If I can’t illuminate things for a client, and I observe them on a difficult trajectory, it’s actually painful for me.”
DeDominic’s 20 years of success is due to the passion and drive she puts into her business. She has also contributed her services to the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), the Chamber of Commerce and SCORE. She also extends her work to global organizations like the Jane Goodall Institute and Direct Relief International. In 2007 she launched the International Women’s Festivals to celebrate women are the world in conjunction with International Women’s Day.
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