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What: Crafted and led by program alumni, this 10-year anniversary of the Emerging Leaders program is a space to pause, connect with fellow leaders, and envision how we can support each other and future emerging leaders over the next 10 years, followed by a celebratory reception.

When: Thursday, November 2, 2023

Time: 1:00-6:30 PM (reception begins 5:00)

Where: Direct Relief – located in Goleta at 6100 Wallace Becknell Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93117

Description: For a decade, Leading From Within has been investing in and connecting our rising social sector leaders in Santa Barbara County through the Emerging Leaders program and alumni network. The deep connections and learning experiences that the program offers have equipped our community’s changemakers to grow their ability to lead, collaborate, and drive solutions. In celebration, we are convening our ten years of alumni plus the many others who have made this program possible (instructors, workshop leaders, partners and funders). This is a broad network of experienced and diverse leaders from throughout Santa Barbara County that is yours to engage with.

We invite you to come together on November 2 to explore what emerges from engaging in your peer networks through various group discussions with ample time to collaborate and reflect. Our hope is you leave feeling recharged and supported by your Leading From Within community. By participating on this day, you will have the chance to:

  • PAUSE to gift yourself some space from your usual day-to-day routine
  • CONNECT with leaders across the network, sharing your own presence, work and passions and being inspired by the presence, work and passions of others
  • ENVISION how together we can support our network of diverse leaders, like you, addressing the complex challenges of our region over the next decade
  • CELEBRATE our emerging leaders community and this milestone of a decade of service

Thanks to generous sponsors, there is no cost to participate. We consider your time spent together as a professional networking opportunity. Please note that we ask a number of questions as part of the registration process. The deadline to register is October 10, 2023.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

To mark this 10-year anniversary, LFW and a group of ELP alumni have crafted an experience that builds on the breadth and impact of the Emerging Leaders alumni community and will further invest in these leaders and amplify their impact. This is an opportunity to pause, connect with others, envision the possibilities of our future, and celebrate in community.

ELP alumni from all past cohorts of Emerging Leaders as well as others integral to the existence of the program over the past decade (LFW board and staff, program instructors, workshop leaders, lunch speakers, and key funders and other partners).

You might consider bringing something to write in and with, so you have somewhere to note your reflections, learnings and connections. Other things you might consider bringing are business cards, layers (we’ll be outside for a bit of the time), and a water bottle.

There is no dress code for this event. Wear whatever you’d feel comfortable wearing in a room full of professional colleagues.

Yes, please register by Monday, October 2.

You can email our Programs & Network Manager, Angela Manavella, at

For the afternoon program (1:00-5:00 PM), it is important that you be there for the entire time. It’s going to be a special opportunity, and we encourage you to attend for the entire afternoon if you can.  If that’s not possible, please know we are hosting a celebratory reception 5:00-6:30 PM to celebrate and honor all those who have been a part of Emerging Leaders, and you are welcome to come just for that part.

We hope that if you decide to register, you will make this event a priority. We will be preparing for your presence. If an emergency arises where you find you cannot attend last minute, please let us know by emailing

Thanks to generous sponsors, there is no charge for this event.

Of course! Snacks and beverages will be provided throughout the afternoon portion. In addition, there will be food and drink at the celebration reception from 5:00 to 6:30 PM.

If you are facing the front of the Direct Relief headquarters building, guest parking is to the right of the main entrance. Employee parking is available if open and as needed.

The Direct Relief headquarters is located at 6100 Wallace Becknell Road in Goleta off of the Fairview Road freeway exit. The name of the conference room in which we’ll be gathering is Hatch Hall; it is directly to the right as soon as you enter the main entrance.


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