Women’s Group Honors WEV Founder, Author

The Association of Women in Communications, Santa Barbara, on June 5 honored Women’s Economic Ventures founder Marsha Bailey and South Coast author Kathleen Sharp with the organization’s Women of Achievement Awards at a luncheon at the Montecito Country Club.

Rachel S. Thurston

From left are Kathleen Sharp, Perie Longo, AWC-SB’s poet laureate and Marsha Bailey.

About 100 men and women at the luncheon also saw the group give its Founders Award to UCSB faculty member Anna Laura Jansma.

More than 22 years ago, Bailey started Women’s Economic Ventures, or WEV, to help women and men start of accelerate their enterprises with training and financial loans. The nonprofit organization now also serves entrepreneurs in Ventura County.

Sharp is the author of “Blood Medicine,” which is being developed into a film by New Regency, and “Mr. & Mrs. Hollywood.” She is a former business writer at the Santa Barbara News-Press.

Past Women of Achievement Award winners include co-founder Lynda Weinman, TV anchorwoman Paula Lopez and newspaper columnist Starshine Roshell.

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