Santa Cruz Women in Business
The Santa Cruz Chamber Women In Business community is dedicated to helping women thrive professionally and personally. Its education programs and supportive network create opportunities for women to work together to increase local economic vitality and improve the quality of life in Santa Cruz County. Focused on women's issues and needs, the Women in Business Committee plans, organizes, coordinates, and implements the Chamber's highly successful quarterly Women in Business luncheons as well as the annual Womens' Leadership Forum and monthly Wake Up, Santa Cruz events. These events are filled with exceptional networking opportunities and provides the attendees an opportunity to hear insightful, relevant speakers.
The Women in Business community (WiB) of the Santa Cruz Area Chamber of Commerce brings together people committed to the economic vitality of the Santa Cruz area in an environment of mutual support, learning, and collective action.
WiB is dedicated to supporting economic opportunities for women of all ages and advocates for gender equity especially in business and government. WiB seeks to be a resource for young women new to business, working women looking to increase their skills or grow their businesses, and retired women looking to share their knowledge.
WiB encourages value-centered leadership and management practices, environments of cooperative competition, and triple bottom line (put in what this means) strategies that reinforce a broad definition of success that includes the employees, the organization, and the community.
- Quarterly Luncheon (March, June, September, December): These quarterly luncheons are a great opportunity to hear a presentation and connect with other women.
- Wake Up, Santa Cruz (First Thursday of each month): Women in Business hosts this small-meeting networking series. Wake Up, Santa Cruz is designed to create a more intimate atmosphere and an opportunity for teaching and learning. Limited to 40 participants, the sessions also include introductions and conversation.
- Leadership Forum (September): This one-day conference, includes outstanding speakers, networking opportunities, lunch, and a hands-on working session.
- For a list of upcoming Women In Business events, please visit the Chamber Calendar.
Santa Cruz Area Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Scholarships
Women in Business invites women to apply for four scholarships that are awarded to Santa Cruz residents planning to attend a college or university. Two scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded to women pursuing a business career: one scholarship is awarded to a high school senior and one to a woman entering or re-entering a college or university after a five-year break. Two Cathy Schlumbrecht Cruzin’ Courses Scholarships of $1,000 are awarded to women for study in any discipline.
The Chamber is accepting applications for students attending college in fall 2013. Download the 2013 Santa Cruz Chamber Scholarship Application. The application is due May 15, 2013.
Santa Cruz Women in Business Committee
The Santa Cruz Chamber Women in Business community is one of the most active business groups in Santa Cruz. We invite you to get involved in our community though attendance at events and joining the Women in Business committee.