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  • Touchstone hosts “Leading with Love” Conference

    A local organization is bringing a day-long conference to Santa Maria dedicated to uplifting and supporting women.
    Touchstone is a women’s collective whose mission is “embracing women by sharing stories, building trust and re-defining expectations.”  Co-creators Diane Adam and Emily Smith, trusted leaders in the community, began dreaming of a special event to bring women together over their weekly cups of tea and coffee years ago. Timing, circumstances and a little bit of divine intervention resulted in a dream come true.

    Bringing together a team of amazing local women to share the vision, it resonated with everyone!  With much encouragement, the growing energy and momentum experienced at our official planning kick-off in early March 2018 has now made the “Leading With Love” inaugural women’s conference possible.

    Touchstone’s first women’s conference will be held Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Radisson Hotel in Santa Maria.  Serving as the fiscal agent, the Community Foundation of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce has been instrumental in making this conference a reality. Additionally, recognizing the importance of this unique conference planned by and for women, many educational and organizational leaders within the community are contributing to its success through supporting the attendance of their women staff and employees, event sponsorship and in-kind donations.

    The day-long conference is a regional event, reaching areas of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, but featuring the Santa Maria Valley.  Presenters coming from as far south as San Diego and Denver, Colorado include, among others, an international motivational speaker and author, a world-renowned researcher in the area of women in leadership from Claremont Graduate School, and a top executive from Accenture, an international marketing and technology firm.  The conference will also feature a broad array of panel speakers co-facilitated by two well-known leaders in education and the nonprofit world. 

    This transformative day will include moments of inspiration, thought-provoking conversation and a call to action to change the way we interact with one another.  This event is for women of ALL ages and stages.  While organizations are encouraged to use the conference as a professional development opportunity, it is not intended to be corporate or political.  We are all leaders in our own lives, both at work and at home.  Our influence on those we meet and interact with through our daily walk is significant. This is about challenging ourselves to be better and to do better.

    Details about Touchstone and “Leading With Love”, their inaugural women’s conference, including ticket sales of this anticipated sale out event and sponsorship opportunities can be found at www.touchstonecc.com.   Touchstone can be reached via the website, 805.619.9010, or toucstonecentralcoast@gmail.com

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