20th Annual PWA Conference

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016, 8:00am - 4:00pm, UCSB Corwin Pavilion


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 20th 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 2016 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

2016 PWA Registration Open Flyer

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.

Conference fees for attendees (registering after April 20 are:

  • PWA Members: $45
  • Non-Member/ Community Member: $65
  • Students: $10
  • Presenters/Award Recipients: Free

Online conference registration closes May 6th. All other registrations will be taken on-site the day of the conference, as space allows.

Becoming a member is easy and annual membership is only $20. Join PWA today! 

Keynote Speaker: Monique Limón

Monique Limón - Trustee, Santa Barbara Unified School District and McNair Scholars Program Assistant Director at UC Santa Barbara Monique Limón was born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA and is a product of the local public school system.  She began her education as a first generation college-bound student and earned a B.A. from UC Berkeley and M.A. in Education from Columbia University.

Monique has spent much of her professional career working with and mentoring students of all ages as well as working with families in the local community. Monique serves as the Assistant Director of the McNair Scholars Program at UCSB. Monique has a strong record of involvement in the local community as well as statewide organizations. Her local work includes serving on the Board of Directors of Leading from Within, Grant Committee for the McCune Foundation, Community Engagement Committee for The Granada Theatre, and former Commissioner for the Santa Barbra County Commission for Women. Monique is currently serving in her second term on the Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education, which serves the City of Santa Barbara, City of Goleta and neighboring unincorporated areas. In addition to her local roles Monique serves regionally and statewide as a delegate for the California School Boards Association and former board member for the California Latino School Boards Association. In 2015 Monique was named by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson as one of 19th Senate District’s 2015 Women of the Year and was recognized by the local Channel Islands chapter of the California Teachers Association with a Gold Award as an outstanding public official. In 2004 Monique’s work in the community earned her a Local Hero Award through the Santa Barbara Independent.

Program Overview

8:00 - 8:45 AM | Registration & Networking Breakfast (Corwin Pavilion)

8:45 - 9:00 AM | Welcoming Remarks by Dean of Student Life & PWA Legacy, Katya Armistead 

9:05 - 9:40 AM | Opening Keynote Address by Ms. Monique Limón

9:40 - 9:50 AM | Program Announcements 

10:00 - 10:50 AM | Session A (Various locations)

11:00 - 11:50 AM | Session B (Various locations)

11:50 - 1:20 PM | Lunch (Corwin Pavilion)

12:20 - 1:00PM | Entertainment by Brothas From Otha Mothas 

1:00 -1:20 PM | Book Grants Award and Program Announcements

1:30 - 2:20 PM | Session C (Various locations)

2:30 - 3:20 PM | Session D (Various locations)

3:30 - 4:00 PM | Closing Reception & Unsung Hero/ines Award Ceremony (Corwin Pavilion)

5:30 PM | After Party Social! High Sierra Grill - 521 Firestone Road, Goleta

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.

Take a look at our workshop schedule in advance of the conference! We have more than 25 workshops lined up for the event. To see a detailed description of our workshops, please visit the workshops page.

Conference Presenter Biographies

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.

Click here for biographies of our amazing 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 2016 Unsung Hero/ine click here. 2013 Unsung Heroines (pictured at left).





Prizes and Giveaways

We are pleased to have campus leadership and the local community provide donations and prizes in support of the 20th Annual Professional Development Conference.

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

We give our BIG THANKS to:

Local Sponsors

Adolfo Figueroa; Amazingly Tasty Cake Pops by Kristin; Au Bon Climat; Aveda; Bay Club; Beachside Café; Benefit Cosmetics Boutique; Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn; Blenders in the Grass; Brander Winery; Buddha Bowls; Cajé; Cambria Wines; Chaucer's Bookstore; Chocolats du Cali Bressan; Divini; Tree Yoga & Arts Studio; Drishti Yoga Essentials; Ensemble Theatre; Firestone Walker Brewing Company; Foxen Wine; Granada Theatre; Goleta Trader Joe’s; Home Depot; HomEc; Hot Rod; Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground; Kahuna Grill; Killer B Fitness; Lewis & Clark; M Special Brewery; Metropolitan Theatres Corporation; Michelle Figueroa for Mary Kay; Natural Café; Nectar; Nothing Bundt Cakes; Pali Wine Company; Papersource; Potek Winery; Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro; Sam's To Go; Sanger Family Wines; Santa Barbara Hot Rod Limo; Santa Barbara YMCA; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; South Coast Deli; Telegraph Brewing Company; The Goodland Hotel; UCSB Bookstore; Wine Cask & Intermezzo; Woodstock's Pizza; Yoga Soup; Zaca Mesa Winery

UCSB Campus Sponsors

College of Engineering; Department of Chemical Engineering; Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology; Department of Global Studies; Department of Linguistics; Department of Political Science; Department of Religious Studies; L&S Division of Mathematical, Life and Physical Sciences; L&S Office of the Dean of Humanities & Fine Arts; L&S Office of the Dean of Social Sciences; Multicultural Center; Office of Academic Personnel; Office of Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment; Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services; Office of the Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement; UCSB Bookstore

More names will continued to be added to this list! If you would like to support PWA in this capacity, please contact Roxanna Van Norman.

Entertainment by Brothas from Otha Mothas!

We are pleased to have Brothas From Otha Mothas perform at the conference! Also known as BFOM, they are UCSB's all-male a cappella group that provides great music, high energy, and exciting entertainment to the campus and local community!

Want to see another of BFOM's performance? Check out their concert on May 29th at Isla Vista Theater! For more details, visit their Facebook

To read more about BFOM, please visit their website.

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 High Sierra Grill after the conference to continue the fun and networking! PWA attendees will have exclusive access to the restaurant’s VIP Gaucho Room. PWA will also be giving out more giveaways at the After Party Social attendees must be present at the time of the drawing.

Leadership Opportunities

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

2016-17 Leadership Opening Flyer 

Questions? Contact PWA Co-Vice Presidents, Gabrielle Dunne or Roxanna Van Norman


Register online today. Payment for the 2016 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 Elizabeth Pulliam
2201 Student Affairs & Admin. Services Building (SAASB)
Santa Barbara, CA  93106-2115
UCSB Campus Mail Code: 2115 ‚Äč

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

PWA Survey

We hope you enjoyed the 2016 PWA Conference. Your answers will help us provide the best possible event for future attendees. Your survey answers will be processed as anonymous data. We will not send you any unsolicited surveys or email as a result of this evaluation.

Please complete the survey here: http://bit.ly/pwaeval2016

We look forward to seeing you there!

You can help promote PWA and the 2016 Conference by sharing on Twitter and Facebook! Just copy and paste in a new message on your profile: Join us at the @UCSBPWA 2016 Conference.

Questions? Contact PWA Co-Vice Presidents, Gabrielle Dunne or Roxanna Van Norman

2016-17 Officers: