Thank you for attending Visit Santa Barbara’s 2023 Annual General Meeting at the Santa Barbara Zoo. We hope you enjoyed the program and also networking with industry colleagues and friends.
Please see below for information on the speakers as well as the information that was presented.
Kathy Janega-Dykes, President and CEO, Visit Santa Barbara
Victoria Strong, Founder and Executive Director of the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation
John Sage, Founder and CEO of Sage Inclusion
Chris Cline, General Manager, Hotel Santa Barbara
Gwendolyn Strong Foundation works to create a kinder and more inclusive future. NEVER GIVE UP is their nonprofit apparel brand that started with a desire to foster courage and do so in a fashionable and sustainable way with purpose.
Sage Inclusion is a leading provider of accessibility solutions for the hospitality, travel and tourism industry. Their mission is to make sure that everyone, including people with disabilities, can enjoy a seamless and inclusive travel experience.
Autism Embrace believes everyone wins when spaces and programs are designed for everyone. Inclusion and access work can be intimidating-but successful initiatives strengthen communities.
PathPoint is a bridge between employers who want to hire people with disabilities and job seekers. They offer access to work-ready applicants through the California Department of Rehabilitation network, as well as access to state and federal incentives that help you pay for onboarding and training.
NatureTrack Foundation’s mission is to foster lifelong fascination with nature and inspire respectful stewardship of the natural world. They provide K-12 students and wheelchair users, and others with physical disabilities of all ages, the opportunity to experience, explore and enjoy our beautiful beaches and trails. Mark your calendars for the 5th annual NatureTrack Film Festival this October. Click here to watch a 15-minute video on ‘The Accessible Outdoors.’
Alpha Resource Center believes that everyone has a valuable contribution to make. For the past 70 years, they have been empowering individuals with intellectual and similar developmental disabilities so they can thrive and live full, active lives in the community. Their lifespan and adult programs bring ability to the fore and highlight potential as they support families, create opportunities, and foster belonging.
For questions and more information, please contact Cat Bronge at [email protected]