2016 Cohort Completes Women & Leadership Program

Women & Leadership October 2016Congratulations to the 14 women of our third Women & Leadership cohort who finished their final program residency in October. The group presented their work to an enthusiastic crowd of supporters and were awarded their certificates of completion.

Women & Leadership is a 10-month hybrid program, designed for busy professional women who are ready to take their leadership to the next level of effectiveness, fulfillment, and impact. The 2016 cohort began their journey in January, completing three intensive residency sessions, two five-month online courses, and individual leadership projects designed to integrate and demonstrate their development as leaders. They’ve worked with distinguished guest speakers, panelists, mentors, and instructors; become more conscious, values-based leaders; deepened their awareness and skill in navigating the unique challenges of being women in leadership; and broadened their professional networks.

Women & Leadership October 2016Their work culminated in our third residency that focused on leadership brand, executive presence, and resilience — all of which they demonstrated through presentations and poster sessions, showcasing their leadership projects and sharing their leadership development journeys with a group of sponsors, mentors, alumni, scholarship donors, families, and friends. The group celebrated their accomplishments with a graduation ceremony and sunset reception on AUSB’s lovely third-floor patio.

Women & Leadership October 2016This year’s graduates and their inspiring leadership projects included:

Helena Barbour, Patagonia: 3 Inspiring Women Taking On Human Trafficking

Kristianne Clifford, Freedom To Choose Foundation: Finding Inner Freedom

Lana Dabboussy, Google: Say. Do. Believe. (a program for young grads)

Heather Dray, SAGE Publications: Embracing Diversity, the Dray Way

Sophie Foot, Deckers Brands: The Case for On-Site Child Care

Camille Gamboa, SAGE Publications: Mothers In Politics

Heidi Huchthausen, Medtronic: The Blue Stocking Salon

Women & Leadership October 2016Ingrid Kaczender, Deckers Brands: The Joy Division—Corporate Communication

Chelsea Lancaster, SBCC: El Centro—Creating A Safe Alternative Community Space

Jenny Martinez, Sansum Diabetes Clinic: Stories for Change: Type 2 Diabetes

Lena Moran, Just Communities: Increasing Language Justice on the Central Coast

Molika Oum, AUSB: Coz Drvn: Mobilizing Fashion to Drive Change

Amy Simkins, SAGE Publications: SAGE Volunteer Works

Emi Umezawa, Mercer Advisors: An Undivided Life

Visit the AUSB Facebook page for more photos of this inspiring weekend, and mark your calendars for our next cohort’s completion event on October 21, 2017.

Antioch University Santa Barbara has begun selecting our 2017 Women & Leadership cohort and are looking forward to welcoming another remarkable group of leaders from corporate, non-profit, higher education, government, and entrepreneurial sectors for our January launch. If you are interested in learning more about the program, sponsoring women from your organization, or applying to be part of our next cohort, please visit antiochsb.edu/wal for more information. Partial scholarships are available, by application.

Posted on November 6, 2016

2015 Cohort Completes Women & Leadership Certificate Program

The students in the second cohort of the Antioch University Santa Barbara Women & Leadership certificate program completed their third and final residency and were awarded their certificates last weekend.

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AUSB’s Women & Leadership Cohort of 2015 receiving their certificates.

The 13 members of the cohort started the program in January and have worked closely together through last weekend’s residency on personal and professional development skills and networking. Each woman produced an experiential leadership project as part of the program. This year’s projects are:

Carma Caughlan: Go Girl Equestrian Program
Andria Cohen: Andria Martinez Cohen for City Council 2015: The journey of a political novice
Le’Wanda Croft: Day of Serving
Paola Dela Cruz: Leading My Team
Jennifer Fullerton: Carpe Diem
Guille Gil-Reynoso: Evolving Latino Landscape
Shelby Harrington: Inclusivity in Academia: Creating Community by Expanding Knowledge
Sarah Hayes: Research on Global Impacts of Decentralized Textile Production
Charlene Macharia: ALL Ladies League Santa Barbara Chapter
Julie Morello: Leadership & Character Building with Children
Lesley Moss: On Site – Day Care
Lisa Myers: Patagonia Global Employee Engagement
Jessica Sanchez: Engaging and Attracting the Next Generation of Donors

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Women from the current and past cohorts from Deckers Brands pose for a group photo.

Highlights from the weekend included a public presentation of all projects, a program completion ceremony, and a reception for family and friends. The program was led by instructors Carol Tisson, Jacqueline Olivera, and Cindy Levine and was supported by AUSB President Nancy Leffert, Board of Trustees member Susan Rose, W&L program coordinator Lindsay Crissman, and former W&L program director Judy Bruton.

For more photos of the weekend, visit the AUSB Facebook page.

We are currently accepting applications for our 2016 Women & Leadership Certificate Program – a unique, low-residency/virtual certificate program that prepares tomorrow’s leaders by empowering them with the knowledge, skills, and mentorship to achieve professional and personal success. Learn more about the program at www.antiochsb.edu/wal and request more information about joining the 2016 cohort.

Posted on October 27, 2015

Carol Tisson Named Women & Leadership Interim Program Director

Carol TissonCarol Tisson has been appointed Interim Program Director for the Women & Leadership Certificate program at Antioch University Santa Barbara.

Carol is an instructor for the program, teaching the Gender and Leadership course. She has been with the Women & Leadership program since its launch in January 2014.

“I am delighted to announce that Carol Tisson, our wonderful faculty member, has agreed to serve as our Interim Director of the Program,” outgoing Program Director Judy Bruton said. “Carol is an outstanding leader who is ready to serve the Program. We are delighted and quite lucky to have her step into this role.”

Carol is a management consultant and executive coach with nearly 30 years of experience in organizational effectiveness, leadership development, and culture change.

“As an Antioch graduate and one of the founding instructors in this program, I’m so proud of Women & Leadership,” Carol said. “Over the past two years, we’ve put together an outstanding ten-month process that awakens and develops conscious leadership, builds a sense of community and support, and generates results in the lives and careers of our students and for their sponsoring organizations.”

Carol enjoyed a 20-year career at Intel Corporation, during which she was a two-time recipient of the Intel Achievement Award for her groundbreaking work in executive development, and has since supported clients across technology, healthcare, financial services, and non-profit sectors.

Carol’s personal passion is empowering women’s leadership, and she is proud to count many executive women from across sectors as her clients, in addition to having this as the focus of her community and philanthropic work.

“I’ve been so inspired by the women who participate in this program, as students, as faculty and staff, as speakers, mentors, sponsors, and advocates,” Carol said. “We’re a living demonstration that ‘it takes a community to develop a leader.'”

Judy Bruton, Susan Rose to be Honored with NAWBO-SB Awards

Judy Bruton and Susan Rose
Judy Bruton and Susan Rose

Judy Bruton, program director of Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Master’s in Business Administration and Women & Leadership programs, and AUSB Trustee Susan Rose among are those chosen for the inaugural Bravo Awards.

The Bravo Awards are presented by the National Association of Women Business Owners Santa Barbara chapter, and Bruton and Rose will be honored at a luncheon on Thursday, March 12 at the University Club in Santa Barbara.

Bruton moved to Santa Barbara in 2009 after a distinguished career in St. Louis that included practicing law, running a psychotherapy practice, running for public office, and serving on many non-profit boards. She joined AUSB upon her move to Santa Barbara.

“Having Nancy Leffert, President of Antioch University Santa Barbara, give me the opportunity to build and launch two new programs over the past two years — our Women & Leadership Certificate Program and our new MBA Program, with a focus on social business, non-profit management, and strategic leadership — that have impacted the lives of so many wonderful students is a significant accomplishment and an even greater honor,” Bruton said.

Rose has over 30 years of experience in the public sector, education, community service and business, including a two-term stint on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors. She also has been active with organizations like the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee, the Santa Barbara Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Santa Barbara Human Rights Watch Committee.

The Bravo Awards luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 12. Visit www.nawbo-sb.com for more information and to buy tickets.

First Cohort Completes Women & Leadership Program

Women & Leadership celebrationThe first cohort of 16 students from Antioch University Santa Barbara’s inaugural 10-month Women & Leadership Certificate Program graduated on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

Certificates were presented by AUSB President Nancy Leffert, PhD, and Program Director Judy Bruton, JD, MSW, in a ceremony on the downtown Santa Barbara campus’ rooftop, following several groupings of student panel presentations. Visit AUSB’s Facebook page to view photos from the panels, certificate presentation, and celebration.

AUSB’s innovative W&L Program supports career advancement through Values-Based Leadership across professional and community contexts, with a hybrid curriculum that combines virtual learning and three on-campus weekend residencies (which took place in January, May, and October of 2014, for this cohort).

Women & Leadership certificate presentation“I’m so impressed by the passion of the students who completed this program,” said Dr. Leffert. “They already have begun to apply the skills and knowledge they gained to projects in their communities and careers to help foster leadership and confidence in women.”

Throughout the year, each student collaborated with peers, faculty, and community mentors to develop and implement an Experiential Leadership Project, which were presented during the graduation reception panels.

In her introduction, project faculty Polly Chandler, remarked, “As [the W&L students] worked on their projects, they discovered their leadership style and their leadership voice.”

Women & Leadership celebrationOne graduate, who attended W&L from Fairfax, VA, created a program targeted at female high school seniors in her area to encourage careers in law enforcement. The first group of students completed the program to rave results, and it is now serving as a model for other programs in nearby cities. Another graduate created a leadership program for women at her place of employment, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, which attracted close to 150 women for the first event. A third student created a program similar to W&L supporting the empowerment and leadership of girls in Thousand Oaks, CA.

“The Women & Leadership Program helped me discover my next career move and gave me the confidence that women look out for each other and do great things in each other’s light,” said graduate Sonia Barbey.

During the graduation reception, many of the students shared that they were initially apprehensive about the program; some saying that they hadn’t worked well with other women in the past, while others lacked confidence in leadership positions going in. However, every single graduate said that they received immeasurable value from their experience. Among the assembled guests were several women from the community who had been invited by graduates to consider participating in a future cohort.

Women & Leadership panel presentations“Perhaps today instead of a glass ceiling, we have a more porous ceiling,” said Dr. Leffert. “But as long as there is any type of barrier at all, there is a need for this program, and I’m thrilled that this first group of students are working for positive change.”

The program’s inaugural graduates were: Esther Aguilera, Bonnie Baranoff, Sonia Barbey, Lisa Cardoso, Jill Dumain, Sarah Ettman-Sterner, Jean Flanagan, Cassie Gibson, Keri Goldberg, Kim Heidt, Alisha Holley, Phyllis Krekel, Nicole Louderback, Julie McGloin, Trudie Olsen-Curtis, and Tracey Ryan. While a majority of students came from a corporate environment, several were from the political and non-profit arenas.

“The W&L program taught me that leadership is more than just being a good leader,” said graduate Kim Heidt. “Leadership is how you show up in life, it is part of your DNA and refining it becomes essential as we build our communities, our families and our careers. Now I am more present, a better listener, more empathetic, and I learned how to set healthy boundaries with my time and my schedule.”

For more details about the Women & Leadership Certificate Program, or to register for an upcoming Information Session, visit www.antiochsb.edu/wal.

W&L Residency II Focuses on Values-Based Leadership

The Women & Leadership Cohort with faculty and special panelists at the Second Residency on May 9-11.
The Women & Leadership Cohort with faculty and special panelists at the Second Residency on May 9-11.

The Women & Leadership Certificate Program hosted its second of three residencies at AUSB on May 9-11, focusing on developing Values-Based Leadership Skills. One of the primary goals for the weekend was to encourage each participant to explore their capacity to lead authentically, aligned with each individual’s unique vision, values, and talents.

The 16 women participating in the W&L Program were excited to reconnect and continue their journey of exploring together topics related to gender and leadership. The first workshop created space for reflection and integration on learning thus far (during the Program’s on-line courses held since the first residency, which took place in January of this year). This workshop was led by the three W&L faculty members Polly Chandler, MEd; Cindy Levine, MA; and Carol Tisson, MA. 

An afternoon workshop featuring Cindy Levine and guest faculty Kathyn M. Downing, JD, addressed the core topic of “Values-Based Leadership” and introduced the importance of emotional intelligence and leadership. Friday evening closed with a wine and cheese round-table discussion, led by Program Director, Judy Bruton, JD, MSW.

On the second day, the cohort spent the morning delving into their “Experiential Leadership Projects” with Polly Chandler. The afternoon transitioned into a collaborative discussion on gender and leadership, and well as time for group synopsis and reflection led by Carol Tisson. 

The final morning featured a special panel discussion titled “Authentic Leadership Moments,” moderated by Kathryn M. Downing, with panelists Annmarie Cameron, CEO of the Mental Wellness Center; Hon. Susan Rose, AUSB trustee and founding member of the Women & Leadership Advisory Group; and Maria Streshinsky, Editor in Chief of Pacific Standard. The panelists shared invaluable experiences and important “lessons learned” with the class.

AUSB looks forward to hosting this inspiring cohort of women for their third and final residency and the completion of the program on October 10-12, 2014.

For application and curriculum information and residency dates for the 2015 W&L Certificate program, learn more here. 


Check out the photo slideshow from the weekend below!

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March 8: “Inspiring Change” on International Women’s Day

InternationalWomen'sDay_image polaroidAUSB proudly joins in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, in honor of the lives and achievements of women in our community and around the world. The United Nations has declared the theme for 2014 to be “Inspiring Change,” a theme that aligns with the power of communication mediums to advocate and generate awareness for the advancement of women economically, politically, and socially.

Santa Barbara Lifestyle Photographer Doug Ellis

From Antioch’s founding in 1852, it has stood for social justice. Antioch was the first in the US to offer the same curriculum to men and women, and to appoint a woman as full professor.

Today, we continue our historic commitment to the promotion of social justice, as we seek to inspire our students and community to take positive action on behalf of women to make a better and more equal world for all.

To learn more about AUSB’s new Women & Leadership Certificate program, which launched in January 2014, visit http://www.antiochsb.edu/wal



Women & Leadership Cohort Completes First Residency

Women & Leadership Certificate Program Faculty and Class of 2014
Women & Leadership Certificate Program Faculty and Class of 2014

AUSB’s 16-member, inaugural Women & Leadership Certificate Program cohort completed their first on-campus residency January 10-12, 2014. In addition to initiating the training, the weekend included a series of opportunities for the women to share their experiences – including a welcoming wine and cheese party on the rooftop of AUSB, an evening reception at the home of the Honorable Susan Rose that included the many people who have supported the development and launch of this unique program, and a special panel discussion titled “Been There, Done That, Would Do It Again.”

The energy and diverse skill sets and backgrounds of the students and faculty made for an engaging and successful weekend centered on the study of leadership and gender for the purpose of helping women be successful in their position of influence.

From left to right: AUSB President Nancy Leffert with Women & Leadership Faculty Carol Tisson, Cindy Levine, and Polly Chandler
From left to right: AUSB President Nancy Leffert with Women & Leadership Faculty Carol Tisson, Cindy Levine, and Polly Chandler

The students will now complete a five-month term in AUSB’s virtual online classroom and will return to campus May 9-11, 2014, for their second residency. They with return in October for the third and final residency and to share their individual leadership projects.

Learn more about AUSB’s two newest programs: Women & Leadership Certificate Program and the MBA Program.

Student Jean Flanagan, Program Director Judy Bruton, Student Alisha Holley
Student Jean Flanagan, Program Director Judy Bruton, Student Alisha Holley


Guest Speakers for Jan. 22nd Panel Discussion, “Been There, Done That, Would Do it Again”: Jon Goodman, Diana Ingram, Tracey Williams, and Rise Phillips
Guest Speakers for Panel Discussion, “Been There, Done That, Would Do it Again:” Jon Goodman, Diana Ingram, Tracey Williams, and Rise Phillips







Students Julie McGloin, Esther Aguilera, and Sonia Barbey
Students Julie McGloin, Esther Aguilera, and Sonia Barbey


Ceci Saez, Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, Student Jill Dumain
Ceci Saez, Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, Student Jill Dumain

NAWBO-CA and AUSB Announce Scholarship Winner

Last month, the National Association for Women Business Owners – Santa Barbara (NAWBO-SB) awarded program chairwoman Julie McGloin with a full-tuition scholarship for AUSB’s new Women and Leadership Certificate Program. This announcement was made by Congresswoman Lois Capps and AUSB President Nancy Leffert at NAWBO’s annual holiday event. McGloin participated in a 300-word essay contest among eight other NAWBO-SB members for the $9,000 scholarship, provided jointly by NAWBO and AUSB.

The ten-month, low residency Certificate Program, which launched last Friday, January 10, 2014, focuses on the study of leadership and gender within Antioch University’s unique educational model that combines applied and experiential learning. AUSB and NAWBO are proud to provide opportunities for women to continue to develop the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in various leadership contexts.

AUSB offers its congratulations to McGloin and best wishes in all her future endeavors.

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