Life sometimes conspires beautifully in your favor! That’s our story. We believe it was serendipitous how our paths continuously kept crossing; merging and intersecting creating an inevitable coming together. The mutual love of our families, our work and our community only served to seal the deal. The mission of Touchstone and the conference grew out of our desire, as women, to learn, grow and do better. Most importantly, our experience as mentors and support of other women and each other drives what we would like to encourage in others. It’s our dream to create a movement that promotes inclusivity, community and encourages trust and open discussions and sincere collaborations amongst women.
“By acting compassionately, by helping to restore justice and to encourage peace, we are acknowledging that we are all part of one another.” ~Ram Dass
As a Marriage and Family Therapist I certainly can recommend this day for all women and know when we open our hearts we will always lead with love….
Susan Grahame is a Healthcare Business Development Sales Executive. Her experience spans working for large healthcare corporations such as Tenet Healthcare and Dignity Health and representing other specialties such as Orthopedic, Home Health & Hospice, Addiction Medicine and Ophthalmology. “I find great joy in making a difference in the lives of people and the community we live.”
Your greatness is not what you have but what you give. The Leading With Love conference excites me as encouraging women is a passion and calling for me.
Kerry Hansen, Debra Hood, Leslie Anderson
Being mindful and taking time to pause and reflect on your own thoughts and emotions, as well as what’s happening around you, leads to stronger and deeper connections.
Kathy Marcove – A Conversation With Women
Kathy is deeply committed to creating respectful workplaces with engaged employees everywhere. Her specialty is training professionals in organizational behavior, managing diversity, train the trainer, and strategic planning through her company Marcove Executive Training. Kathy is considered a Master Trainer and Organizational Success Coach consulting for a wide variety of private and public organizations throughout the world.
Emily Smith, Kelly Matosich
“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.” ~Helen Keller
Candice Monge – A Conversation With Women
Candice serves as the Chief Nurse Executive Officer for Dignity Health.
Torrie Cutbirth – A Conversation With Women
Torrie, the Executive Director of The Arts Fund, Santa Barbara believes that exposure and involvement in the arts are essential to enrich and strengthen community.
A quote from Torrie’s all-time favorite author!
“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. No heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream.” ~Paulo Coelho
Wendy Thies Sell
Strong women have leaned in for me my entire life; from my encouraging mother to my music teachers to TV newsroom managers. It is important for us to not only embolden other women but help them succeed.
Sandy Blair – A Conversation With Women
Sandy was born in Jamaica and grew up in New Jersey. In 1993, she joined the Air Force as an active duty Airman and proudly served 12 years. After a challenging time transitioning to civilian life, Sandy eventually moved to the Central Coast and founded the non-profit Operation WEBS (Women Empowered Build Strong). The mission of Operation WEBS is to build affordable tiny homes on wheels (THOW) as a sustainable solution for displaced and homeless women veterans struggling to transition back to civilian life after serving in the military.
Sandy Patel – A Conversation With Women
Sandy has over 28 years of banking experience and is currently the Marketing Supervisor for Santa Barbara Teachers Federal Credit Union.
“Money, if it doesn’t bring you happiness, it will at least help you be miserable in comfort.”
Terri Lee Coleman
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” ~Maya Angelou