Karen Palmer
Paul Wellman

Solvang resident Karen Palmer credits the Women’s Information Network (WIN) with helping her to publish her first book, to get her radio show off the ground, and, as she said, to “find my voice.” Palmer — who also teaches yoga and runs her nonprofit, Eco-Angel Enterprises, which promotes “environmental education, animal advocacy, and kindness” — now wants to share the WIN experience with local ladies. On February 7 and 8, Palmer will serve as the event director of the Global Women’s Summit in Solvang, one of 1,000 such WIN summits to occur around the world through 2017. (Palmer will direct one in Santa Barbara this May.) Palmer, who joined WIN in 2011 — it started in 2009 — recently chatted with The Santa Barbara Independent about why women should climb up the highway to attend.

How would you sum up this event? This is an opportunity for people who have something that they’re passionate about to share their voice. People can really connect with each other and figure out how we can support one another and collaborate to make the world a better place. It’s about women helping women live our best lives. Women will learn how to find their passion, monetize it, and share it with the world.

What will attendees leave the summit knowing? If we believe in ourselves, then others will believe in us, too. We’ll feel so much more supported and know that we can really use our gifts to make the world a better place. Successful businesswomen are able to do more in the world. It’s about giving a hand up to other women. There’s no cattiness, and there’s no competition. It’s a networking event where you’re not being sized up. The more that women network with each other and the more we help each other, the stronger we become as a nation.

What made you want to be a part of this? As the president said in his State of the Union last week, we need to empower women. Women are incredibly smart, especially when we can be inspired by each other. The more that we get to accomplish these successful feats that we set out for ourselves, the more we can help others.


Global Women’s Summit will take place February 7-8, at Solvang’s Veterans Memorial Hall (1745 Mission Drive). For more information on the event, call (805) 688-5575 or visit thewinonline.com.


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