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March 2018

The Organization of Women Leaders in partnership with the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and the Commission on the Status of Women honors Patty DeDominic!


Santa Monica, CA: Thursday, March 1st 2018, was the OWL International Women’s Day Breakfast where Patty DeDominic was awarded special honors as Outstanding Woman Leader 2018. Echoing 2018’s powerful start in the wake of such budding initiatives as #TimesUp and Women’s March, among others, the theme of this year’s breakfast was “Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring women who fight against all forms of discrimination against women.” The breakfast championed silence-breakers, achievers and many more outstanding women who overcame barriers and shattered glass ceilings in their careers, lives and beyond.


About OWLie Honoree – Patty DeDominic


Patty DeDominic built and sold several multi-million dollar companies. She founded PDQ Careers, an HR consulting company that provided executive search and staffing solutions to organizations such as AT&T, University of Southern California, Children’s Hospitals, and The Automobile Clubs of California, Arizona and Texas. She was named CEO of the Year by the LA Business Journal, was inducted into the Women’s Business Owners Hall of Fame, is the former Chairperson of the Foundation for SCORE, and was the former President of the National Association of Women Business Owners.


The Association for Women in Communications – Santa Barbara Chapter Honors Patty DeDominic Along with Helene Schneider at the 10th Annual Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon on June 9th, 2017.

June 9th, 2017

Source: The Association for Women in Communications(AWC) –  Santa Barbara Chapter

For the past 10 years AWC-SB has championed the advancement of women by recognizing excellence in leadership. The 2017 Women of Achievement Award winners embody the year’s theme, “Inspirational Women Leaders: Communication, Empowerment, Outcomes,” with their strong guidance skills.

Patty DeDominicInternational Women’s Festivals Founder and Helene Schneider, Mayor of Santa Barbara received their awards at a luncheon on Friday, June 9 at El Paseo Restaurant. Following the tradition of recent years, Poet Laureate Emeritus, Perie Longo presented poems especially composed for the inspiring pair.

Schneider has served at Santa Barbara City Hall since 2004, first on the City Council, and is now serving her fourth term as Mayor. She strives to connect local government with the business community and nonprofits. Prior to her elected office, she volunteered in leadership roles as Commissioner for the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara, President of the SB Women’s Political Committee and President of the SB Human Resources Association.

“Leadership is not dominance; it’s a willing collaboration,” Schneider said. “I look to leaders who balance a strong public stand to move something forward with creating opportunities for others to use their expertise and shine in the spotlight.”

Mayor Schneider honed her communication skills as a human resources management consultant. She earned her BA from Skidmore College and her Professional Designation in Human Resources Management from UCSB Extension.

Fellow honoree DeDominic praised Schneider for her advocacy and tireless leadership of our beautiful city. “She is diplomatic and dignified, yet playful, which is pretty hard to find in one leader,” DeDominic said.

DeDominic also developed skills as a communicator through her work in Human Resources. In 1979 she founded PDQ Personnel Services, Inc., and later acquired CT Engineering, that grew into a powerhouse staffing agency. She sold those businesses in 2006. Capitalizing on over two decades of success, she currently operates DeDominic & Associates, a specialized business consulting firm that offers professional services to enterprise builders and philanthropists.

“I invest in every one of my clients,” DeDominic said. “It may not be money but it’s an emotional and psychic investment. If I can’t illuminate things for a client, and I observe them on a difficult trajectory, it’s actually painful for me.”

That kind of passion extends to DeDominic’s 20 plus years volunteering in the nonprofit world. She’s contributed her services to the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Chamber of Commerce, and SCORE, as well as global organizations like the Jane Goodall Institute and Direct Relief International. In 2007 she launched the International Women’s Festivals to celebrate women around the world in conjunction with International Women’s Day.

Patty DeDominic Honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by President Obama

December 10th, 2015

Santa Barbara WPO and lifetime member, Patty DeDominic, CEO of business consulting firm, DeDominic & Associates received a Lifetime Achievement Award from President Obama on October 16th, 2015. DeDominic was presented with award for her life-long commitment to building a stronger nation through volunteer service.

President Barack Obama said, in his letter to Dedominic on October 16th, 2015, “your volunteer service demonstrates the kind of commitment to you country that moves America a step closer to its great promise.” President Obama thanked DeDominic for her devotion to service and for doing “all she can to shape a better tomorrow for our great nation.”

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is one of the highest honors—presidential recognition. As a recipient of the award, Ms. DeDominic accepts her duty to not only continue a life of service and encourage others to follow in her footsteps, but also to extend her service-minded values outside of her volunteer work as an honorable and respectable citizen.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and is administered by Points of Light.  With a shared mission of inspiring more to answer the call to service, PVSA celebrates the impact we can all make in bettering our communities and world.

Business Owner Win Awards

updated: May 18, 2011, 8:30 PM

Source: Santa Barbara Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners

Taking a lesson from the Academy Awards, the Santa Barbara Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners honored women entrepreneurs in six categories at their gala Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards dinner on Friday, May 13. Each winner learned of her selection only after keynote speaker Maria Contreras-Sweet asked for “The envelope, please” from Mistress of Ceremonies Melanie Doctors, and read the recipient’s name.

The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards were created to honor both a national level entrepreneur and local women who exemplify what it means to be a successful entrepreneur. The winners were selected by independent judges from forty-five women business owners in Santa Barbara County who had been nominated in the months preceding the awards.

The winners of the 2011 NAWBO-SB Spirit of Entrepreneurship are: National Level: Maria Contreras-Sweet, founder and chair of Promerica Bank in Los Angeles Health Fitness and Beauty: Catherine Lamberti, Exercise Technology Inc. Hospitality and Tourism: Laura Knight, Pascucci Restaurant Manufacturing, Wholesale & Retail: Caroline MacDougall, Teeccino Caffé Professional Services: Patty DeDominic, DeDominic & Associates Publishing, Communications & Media: Lynda Weinman, Lynda.com Science and Technology: Barbara Tzur, Brylen Technologies, Inc.

In addition to honoring women entrepreneurs, the NAWBO-SB Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards dinner also presented certificates to the winners of Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Santa Barbara City College New Venture Challenge. This was a two-tiered business pitch competition for SBCC students and area high school students held the same day as the Awards dinner. Scholarships and/or cash awards were given out for the first, second and third place at both the college and high school level.

NAWBO-SB president Maeda Palius said, “We believe a large part of our mission is to support entrepreneurship at all levels, and the students are our future. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to partner with the Scheinfeld Center and encourage the next generation to grow their own businesses.”

Thanks to the success of the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards event, the NAWBO-SB Foundation will be funding two additional $2,500 prizes for the Scheinfeld Center’s 2012 New Venture Challenge awards. One will be named for their Premier Diamond Sponsor, Montecito Bank and Trust, and the other for one of the founders of NAWBO-SB, Patty DeDominic.

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