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Junior League of Santa Barbara Hosts Southwest Exchange Conference

Vicki Clark

Vicki Clark

By Leslie Gallant

The Junior League of Santa Barbara hosted the 2013 Southwest Exchange Conference at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort on Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14.

The Southwest Exchange Conference brought together women from Junior League chapters from all over the southwestern region of the United States for a weekend of trainings and discussions, led by some of today’s most outstanding women leaders in academia, media and business.

The keynote luncheon was given by Vicki Clark, who has devoted the past 25 years of her life to building capacity in organizations. A noted facilitator, consultant and trainer, she has extensive experience working in the nonprofit, government and private sectors. Her work includes numerous specialty areas, including board development, inclusion and diversity, leadership, strategic planning, program development, volunteer resource development and effective communication.

Clark is a member of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation’s training and consultation team, a senior governance consultant for BoardSource and an associate of Literacy Powerline. She was also a member of the national program planning committee of Colin Powell’s President’s Summit for America’s Children.

Conference highlights included local speakers Martha Townsend (founder of Market Ready Rx Inc.), Valerie Rice (Eat, Drink Garden), Lori Gaskin (SBCC president) and Hollye Jacobs (Huffington Post contributor). The weekend’s events concluded with closing remarks by Clark and Junior League President Angela Bolea.

The Junior League of Santa Barbara is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

For more information, call (805) 963-2704.

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