2014 Annual PWA Conference

Empowered Women Inspire Change

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 @ UCSB Corwin Pavilion

Conference registration now open! Click here to register before May 9.

PWA 2.0 is revolutionizing how we serve the UCSB community! Don't miss our 18th 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.

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 30 are:

  • $30 PWA Members / $60 Non-members
  • Students: $10
  • Presenters and Award Recipients: Free

Online conference registration closes May 9. 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!

Theme: Empowered Women Inspire Change

The 2014 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.

Keynote Speaker: Janet Garufis

Janet A. Garufis has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Montecito Bank & Trust since September 2006. Garufis began her banking career over 30 years ago with Security Pacific Bank, now Bank of America, with experience in retail banking, business banking, commercial banking and private banking. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Sansum - Santa Barbara Medical Foundation Clinic. She is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School and holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from California State University Northridge. She is currently working to complete her Ph.D. from the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, UC Santa Barbara.

NEW: 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.

Unsung Hero/ine Awards

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. Stay tuned for details on nominating a 2014 Unsung Hero/ine. Nicole Dominguez (pictured at right) is a 2012 Unsung Heroine.


Register online today. Payment for the 2014 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 Kelly Stanley
    UCSB Mail Code 6120
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106; or
  3. Personal check/cash paid day of the conference. Checks should be paid to the order of UC Regents.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Questions? Please contact PWA Co-Vice Presidents, Nancy Chudy and Angelica Diaz.

Help Spread the Word!

You can help promote PWA and the 2014 Conference by sharing on Twitter and Facebook! Just copy and paste in a new message on your profile:

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