We are thrilled to report that Sara Miller McCune, founder and the executive chair of SAGE Publishing, will serve as the Honorary Committee Chair for our annual Awards Gala and Dinner coming up on Sunday, Sept. 17. Come celebrate with us!
At the Gala this year, we will honor global leader, author and scientist Deepak Chopra (www.deepakchopra.com) as well as Marianne Partridge, editor-in-chief of the Santa Barbara Independent, a publication we appreciate and value (www.independent.com). Chopra is a Fellow of the World Business Academy and a world-renowned speaker and author working to help create a global shift in consciousness in order to heal the planet. We are thrilled to have them with us!
We are also excited that McCune, one of our three honorees at last year’s Gala (she received the Business Award) is leading our event this year. Our Gala benefits the ongoing projects we hold dear and that many people support, including our efforts to bring renewable energy to Santa Barbara and our efforts to shut down the dangerous Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant near San Luis Obispo.
In addition to leading SAGE Publishing—which has subsidiary companies and sales offices in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., London, India, East Asia, Melbourne and Latin America—McCune remains actively involved in the company’s ongoing expansion and development. She is also the co-founder and president of the McCune Foundation, based in Ventura. In 2007, McCune founded the Santa Barbara-based Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy, which launched the award-winning print and online magazine Pacific Standard. In 2017, the magazine and the center’s mission were transferred to The Social Justice Foundation, a non-profit organization supported by SAGE Publishing. McCune also serves as a board member of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and she is a member of the Board of Directors and the Visiting Committee of the Social Science Research Council.
The Gala’s VIP reception begins at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 17 at the El Encanto Hotel in Santa Barbara, with dinner and the awards ceremony following at 6:30 p.m. For tickets or information, email [email protected] or call 805-892-4600. We hope to see you there.