Top Women Leaders Honored for Achievement

International Women’s Festivals founder Patty DeDominic and Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider will receive the 2017 Women of Achievement Award from the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications on June 9.

Both women have lengthy backgrounds in human resources.

DeDominic founded PDQ Personnel Services, Inc., in Los Angeles in 1979. She later acquired CT Engineering, which grew into a staffing agency. She sold those businesses in 2006 and moved to Montecito with her husband, Gene Sinser. They now reside in Solvang.

DeDominic runs DeDominic & Associates, which specializes in business consulting and provides professional services to entrepreneurs and philanthropists.

Schneider took a seat on the Santa Barbara City Council in 2004 after winning a citywide election. Four years later she was elected mayor. Her second term as mayor will be over at the end of this year.

Schneider is best know for helping connect local government with the business community and nonprofits. She has been a commissioner for the city’s Housing Authority, president of the Women’s Political Committee, and president of the Santa Barbara Human Resources Association.

DeDominic is a former president of the National Association of Women Business Owners and the Greater Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. She has volunteered to work with the business counselors’ group known as SCORE, as well the Jane Goodall Institute and Direct Relief. She was a driving force behind the start of a South Coast NAWBO chapter more than a decade ago.

She launched the International Women’s Festivals in 2007 to celebrate women around the world in conjunction with International Women’s Day. She is the recipient of the U.S. President’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Prior to receiving their honor, the two women expressed praise and admiration for each other’s work.

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