Staff Report

A virtual panel discussion titled Elevating BIPOC Business Women: Celebrating Diversity in Santa Barbara is scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 19, the Santa Barbara chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO–Santa Barbara) has announced.

The free event, hosted by NAWBO-Santa Barbara, celebrates BIPOC Women Business Owners in Santa Barbara County. It will take place live on Zoom. Panel members include:

Sandra Adu Zelli, Gipsey Hill Bakery; Bany Vargas, La Calenda; Candice Pipersburg-Johnson, Preferred Image/Johnson Events; Lynthia Muller, That Neck Pillow; Lizzy Koetsier, Lizzy Koetsier Branding; Silvia Uribe, TransilPro Linguistic Services; Claudia Cordova Rucker, Estetica Mia; Kuldeep Kuar, Estate Planning & Business Law; and Ashley Reese, attorney. 

They will highlight the work they do, the ways community members can support them, and how to move toward a more inclusive business community. The event will be moderated by Caleigh Hernandez, RoHo owner and NAWBO-SB member.

The National Association of Women Business Owners’ mission is to enhance the wealth–creating capacity of members, promote economic development of women business owners, create innovative and effective changes in the business culture, build strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations, and to influence public policy and opinion. 

The Santa Barbara chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners began in April 2007 with a dozen founding members; most are still on the board.

For more information about the Santa Barbara Chapter of NAWBO visit