DEDICATED TO PRESERVING A HISTORICAL LANDMARK DESIGNED BY RENOWNED ARCHITECT, JULIA MORGAN
Our guest speaker in March is Deepa Willingham, Chair of PACE Universal. Deepa Willingham was born and brought up in Calcutta, India where she obtained her primary (under the stewardship of Mother Teresa, who was her teacher), secondary and undergraduate educations in Calcutta and graduate degrees in the US. Prior to her entrepreneurial endeavors in the energy sector, Rotarian Willingham served as the Administrative Director of Ancillary Services in the hospital industry. Deepa is an active Rotarian and served as the District Governor for Rotary District 5240 in 2010-2011. She is the Past President of the Rotary Club of Santa Ynez Valley, being named the Rotarian-of-the-Year during her year as President and being honored by many other humanitarian awards from the Rotary and non-Rotary world. In 2014 she was one of ten women honored at the White House as “Women of Action”.
Deepa is the founder of PACE Universal, a not-for-profit organization spearheading a program to prevent child trafficking and eradicate extreme poverty through education of girls and women, vocational training and holistic village rehabilitation. It is her aspiration to make the first PACE Learning Center be a model for duplication around the world. Deepa lives in Solvang, CA.
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