Santa Barbara Associates

Women Empowerment
Leads to
Groundbreaking Successes

Women in Leadership Positions

Making Connections, Sharing Expertise, Inspiring Confidence, Encouraging Growth

Program Events

Women of all ages and backgrounds in high-level managerial, executive and professional positions have a place of their own to establish networks of communication beneficial to all.
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Networking

As a non-profit, mutual benefit organization, Santa Barbara Associates has put on events since 1981 to help promote and enhance the association of business professional women.
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Membership

Santa Barbara Associates have been affiliated with the University Club of Santa Barbara since 1983. Membership is by invitation only and is limited to only 200 members.
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History

The idea for a networking group of women in top-level professional or entrepreneurial positions was first hatched in May 1980. Several women were looking for an opportunity to meet other women in high-level positions from companies throughout the area and have the chance to gather in a social environment.

The founding members included Eleanor Van Cott, Mindy Bingham and Barbara Greene. Over the following months, six more women joined the trio to clarify the concept of an organization that would provide a conduit for informal networking among business and professional women.

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November & December 2023 Newsletter

Message from the President  Dear Santa Barbara Associates and Friends, SBA members and guests enjoyed a terrific private docent tour at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art last month with the wonderful Patty Santiago, SBMA Docent Council President. The tour was followed by Drinks and Nibbles in the University Club’s library for a fun and casual get together. A fun…
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September & October 2023 Newsletter

Message from the President  Dear Santa Barbara Associates and Friends, SBA members and guests enjoyed a wonderful Fiesta-themed summer party last month in the beautiful dining room of the University Club. The delicious Mexican buffet dinner and the delightful company made for a perfect evening. The complimentary wine provided by Seagrape Cellars winemaker Karen Steinwachs was a treat. Thank you to Chris…
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July & August 2023 Newsletter

Message from the President  Dear Santa Barbara Associates and Friends, SBA members enjoyed a wonderful luncheon last month featuring speakers from the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. President/CEO Luke Swetland gave us an informative overview about the Museum and Sea Center, and introduced us to Andrea McFarling, their new Philanthropy Officer of Legacy Giving. We then…
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