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Mentorship is Key at Women’s Leadership Luncheon

Westmont will give the inaugural Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree Spirit of Santa Barbara Award to David and Anna Grotenhuis at the annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon on Friday, April 21, at 11:30 a.m. in the Global Leadership Center. The award recognizes people who exemplify the life and spirit of Lady Ridley-Tree. Her generosity made a profound impact on Westmont College and touched the lives of many people and organizations throughout the Santa Barbara community. 

Since 2015, Westmont has invited business owners, entrepreneurs and community leaders from the local area to attend the luncheon that focuses on celebrating women and educating, enriching and empowering them.

Lupita Knittel
Lupita Knittel

Celebrating Women: Educating, Enriching and Empowering Women encourages women in significant roles throughout the Santa Barbara region to serve as professional and personal mentors and provide scholarships for female students. This valuable support can help women at Westmont prepare educationally and vocationally to lead and serve in all spheres of society.

This year's event, featuring Lupita Knittel, president of 7Mindset, is organized by the Westmont Women’s Leadership Council and chaired by Denice Fellows, former chair of the Westmont Foundation. The council amplifies the work of the foundation by specifically partnering with women who are established in business and industry, providing mentorship and scholarships to our female students. Tickets are available at