Betty Hatch
Paul Wellman

Betty Hatch is love. There’s no question about it. If you doubt this, then you don’t know Betty.

In answering this questionnaire, she said that she is the happiest person she knows, but she’s not bragging nor is she self-deluded. She is simply in tune with her blessings, knows exactly who she is, and embraces wholeheartedly the joy of living. If you ever see Betty together with her husband of decades, you’ll wrongly guess they’re teenagers in love.

In 1963, Betty founded La Belle Professional Training School where she taught five- to eight-year-olds to overcome low self-esteem issues. In 1980, she founded La Belle Foundation, also known as the Self-Esteem Learning Foundation, and continued her quest to make everybody learn to feel good about themselves. Her website is an amazing free learning tool.

I personally owe so much to Betty Hatch. She propelled me forward in my own journey of healing and learning to value myself — something that I cannot ever fully repay.

Below, the most beautiful person in Santa Barbara answers the Proust Questionnaire.

What is it you like most about what you do?

La Belle was a professional training school and I loved teaching.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

I am the happiest person I know, so being, doing, and having what is in my life now is perfection for me.

What is your current state of mind?

I’m grateful and at peace.

Who do you most admire?

My husband. His integrity, brilliance, humor, creativity, athleticism, and kindness are enhanced by his good looks and great personality.

What is the quality you most like in people?


What is the quality you most dislike in people?


What do you most value in friends?


What is your most marked characteristic?

Curly hair.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

“Are you ready for Betty?”

What is your greatest fear?

Being alone in the dark.

What is your greatest extravagance?


Which talent would you most like to have?


If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My height.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My business.

Where would you most like to live?

Exactly where I live.

What is your most treasured possession?

My wedding rings.

Who makes you laugh the most?

My husband.

What is your motto?

I do what I say I will do when I say I’ll do it.

On May 9, Betty Hatch will be honored at the 4th Annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards dinner as the Rock Star: Life Achievement winner. See or call 805-682-8380.


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