The Search Engine Pros Exhibiting At The International Women’s Festival March 5-6
By RAY ESTRADA – FEB. 18, 2010
Patty DeDominic is no stranger to success.
After selling two of the companies she started in 1979, PDQ Personnel Services and CT Engineering, to the what then was the world’s largest privately held firm of its kind, Select Staffing, DeDominic formed her consulting firm, DeDominic & Associates, and Women’s Festivals in 2007.
On March 5 and 6, she plans to hold the third installment of Women’s Festivals. This year’s festival is at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, which includes a professional business expo, awards program, and educational and discussions led by well-known speakers and authors
“Out theme this year is ‘Connectivity,’” she said. “We want to enable people plug into networks and resources they wouldn’t normally know about.”
DeDominic said more than 500 people are expected to attend the event, which was held last year in Limerick, Ireland, and at UCSB. The first of the Women’s Festivals, Bringing Our Worlds Together, was in Sedona and Santa Barbara.
About 70 exhibitors and 20 round-table panel discussions on various topics will be featured at this year’s event, DeDominic said.
The Montecito resident said she founded the organization because, “International Women’s Day is always March 8,” and that’s generally when the festivals are held.
However, the festival is not just about women. “It takes a real collaborative type of involvement,” DeDominic said
As the former president of the National Association of Women Business Owners, or NAWBO, DeDominic said she brought that group together with Girls Inc. as key parts of the festival, which involves a variety of other organizations ranging from SCORE – Counselors of America’s Small Business Owners – to the California Women’s Foundation.
DeDominic is one of the founders of the NAWBO Santa Barbara chapter, which is one of the fastest-growing groups of its kind.
On March 5 at the festival, a business expo will be open to the public from 4 to 8 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., Tech Brew will bring together small and mid-market solutions and partners, with speaker Margo Day, Microsoft Corp. vice president, whose topic is: “Green It: See More Green … Save More Green!”
March 6 panelists include: Pat Lynch, WomensRadio; Katie Goodman, actress and comedian, BroadComedy.com; Janice Karman Bagdasarian, producer of “Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Squeakqual;” and moderator, Deborah Hutchison, founder of Gutsy Gals Inspire Me. “Design the Life You Want” is the topic of morning keynote speaker Dr. Nina Craft.
Other panelists include: Denita Willoughby of AT&T; Victoria Colligan of Ladies Who Launch; and Margo Day, vice president of Microsoft Corp. Author Mimi Donaldson is one of the keynote speakers at the festival, whose speech is entitled: “Necessary Roughness, New Rules for the Contact Sport of Life.”
“Sing for Hope will make its California debut on Saturday,” DeDominic said.
Although more than 50 volunteers are working with the festival, DeDominic said, it needs more to assist with: promotions; social media; administrative tasks; set up; registration; sponsors, exhibitors, press, speakers and producers assistants; donations team; hospitality and technical assistance.
General admission is $75. Registration for Friday only is $20 and Saturday only is $69. A two-for-one offer is available for $75 and students cost is $25. VIP registration is $149. A VIP reception and vintners showcase is planned for 4 to 8 p.m. March 5, with entertainment by Stefana Dada and Indigie Femme.
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SOURCE: Daily Sound