Building a Stronger Self and Community

The Professional Women’s Association (PWA) was founded to foster the engagement of like-minded women and has evolved into an all-inclusive association, promoting individual growth as well as community involvement. This year's Professional Development Conference reflects these values by encouraging professionals and students alike to take action in their own lives as well as in their communities.

Date: Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Location: UCSB Corwin Pavilion


2017 Conference Registration: Now open!

**The first 50 people to register for the 21st Annual Professional Development Conference will receive an extra door prize drawing ticket!!! Past door prizes have included a wine prize basket, yoga packages, and spa certificates. 


The Professional Development Conference reflects the evolution of PWA's vision and commitment to empowering the professional community through career motivation, life balance, support, and service. PWA is committed and dedicated to celebrating women's contributions in areas of Education & Leadership, Community Service, Mentoring, and Advocacy.

PWA  is revolutionizing how we serve the UCSB community! Don't miss our 21st annual conference — a day-long event that focuses on professional and personal development through panelists, speakers, and workshops. While many topics are centered around women's interests and issues, everyone is encouraged to attend and benefit from the conference.

The 2017 PWA Conference is the place to network with others around campus, with our guests and keynote speakers, and to celebrate Unsung Hero/ines. PWA strives to build a day packed with programs that will add value to your life and help you on your professional development path

Conference Questions? Please email us at: ucsbpwa@gmail.com

Cost & Membership

Anyone may attend, and PWA members receive a discount on registration. Please note that new membership applications cannot be processed on-site, the day of the conference.

Becoming a PWA Member is easy and annual membership is only $20. JOIN PWA TODAY!

Early Bird Conference Registration 

  • PWA Members: $25
  • Non-Member: $50
  • Students: $10
  • Presenter/Speaker: Free

Regular Bird Conference Registration 

  • PWA Members: $50
  • Non-Member: $75
  • Students: $10
  • Presenter/Speaker: Free


Register online today. Payment for the 2017 PWA Conference can be processed through the following options:

1. Departmental re-charge (pending confirmed approval from MSO/Business Officer); or

2. Personal check paid in advance. Send to the attention of:

PWA Treasurer Janet Kim 
Technology Management Program, UC Santa Barbara
1324 Phelps Hall 
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5129
UCSB Campus Mail Code: 5129

3. Personal check/cash paid day of the conference. Checks should be paid to the order of UC Regents.

Keynote Speaker:

Sandy Goe

CEO, Founder, Santa Barbara Business Network & Expo | Master Business Connector | Women's Business Coach

Sandy Goe, a UCSB alumna, is a Women's Business Coach who believes that every person should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. She founded the Women's Community Business Network and the Business Hub Santa Barbara as forums for women looking to make their way in business, which is often a male-dominated field. Below is an excerpt from her LinkedIn account. Links to her websites are below as well.

Sandy serves as a Facilitator and Mediator to encourage individual and business growth, as well as connect people with amazing gifts and talents, and who have a passion to help others!

Sandy enjoys orchestrating events that bring out the best in everyone, with the intentions of developing dynamic synergy between everyone present. At the conclusion of the event, the participants aren't saying "good-bye" but "talk to you later this week!" or "see you soon!"

She truly believes YOU have potential. Together we have exponential potential!"

Business Hub Santa Barbara: http://www.santabarbarabusinessnetworks.com/especially-for-the-ladies-by-sandy
SB Business Expo: http://www.santabarbarabusinessexpo.com/santa-barbara-business-network/

Program Overview

7:45 - 8:15 AM | Check-In/Registration (Corwin Pavilion)

8:15 - 8:30 AM | Welcoming Remarks by Chancellor Henry Yang

9:00 - 9:45 AM | Opening Keynote Address 

10:00 - 11:00 AM | Session A (Various locations)

11:15 - 12:15 AM | Session B (Various locations)

12:15 - 1:30 PM | Lunch and Entertainment (Corwin Pavilion)

1:45 - 2:45 PM | Session C (Various locations)

3:00 - 4:00 PM | Session D (Various locations)

4:15 - 5:00 PM | Closing Reception & Awards Ceremony (Corwin Pavilion)

5:30 PM | After Party Social! (Location TBD)

Program & Schedule Listings 

The PWA Conference will feature a keynote speaker, presenters, and panelists who are local professionals that have a lot to share with PWA members. Expect talks by successful people in business, marketing, health and wellness, and other industries to share their tools for personal and professional development.

Please come back soon to learn more about our workshops!

Conference Presenters

Attendees will have the opportunity to attend the numerous workshops and hear insights from successful people in business, marketing, health and wellness, and other industries to share their tools for personal and professional development. Learn more about each of the conference presenters and their personal and professional background from the link below.

Please come back soon to learn more about our presenters! 

Unsung Hero/ines

Nominate an Unsung Heroine Today!

The purpose of this award is to recognize special women and men who make a positive impact to the campus by going above and beyond in contributions to their job, co-workers, campus, or community. Unsung Hero/ines receive their awards at the annual conference.  For details on nominating a 2017 Unsung Hero/ine click here.

2016 Unsung Hero/ines (pictured left).





Prizes and Giveaways

We are pleased to have campus leadership and the local community provide donations and prizes in support of the 21st Annual Professional Development Conference. PWA will be giving out giveaways throughout the day; attendees must be present at the time of the drawing.

PWA Gives Back!

We'd like to give back to the local community and support UCSB Associated Students Food Bank. Bring in a one of the following items below and get an EXTRA ticket for prize drawing at the conference! Donation items can be dropped off at the registration table upon check-in at the conference.

Please bring one of the following items: Canned Soup; Breakfast Items; Starch (e.g. rice, pasta, etc.); Canned Beans; Canned sauce for pasta; Toiletries. To view more donation items, click the Food Bank Donation List Flyer.

Continue the fun...After Party Social!

Join us at the PWA After Party Social after the conference to continue the fun and networking!

More information will be announced soon. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

You can help promote PWA and the 2017 Conference by sharing on Twitter and Facebook! Just copy and paste in a new message on your profile: Join us at the @UCSBPWA 2017 Conference.

Questions? Contact PWA Co-Vice Presidents, Briana Munoz-Flores or Kelly Walsh

Check us out and like our PWA Facebook page to stay up to date with all upcoming events.

Leadership Opportunities

Looking for leadership opportunities? Join PWA and serve in a leadership role for the upcoming year. Stay tuned for more information about our PWA Leadership Opportunities! 

Questions? Contact PWA Co-Vice Presidents, Briana Munoz-Flores or Kelly Walsh

Photos from Past Conferences

Thank you to all who helped and attended this event!


2016 PWA Conference             2015 PWA Conference                2014 PWA Conference


2013 PWA Conference              2012 PWA Conference              2010 PWA Conference

2016-17 Officers: