The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley
Founded in 1974, SCVZonta is a dynamic organization of more than 60 professional women working together to advance the status of women in the Santa Clarita Valley through service, advocacy and awareness.
The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley is a proud member of Zonta International, an organization with more than 30,000 members belonging to more than 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries and geographical areas. Zonta International has consultative status with the United Nations and is the means by which we participate in service projects around the world.
Back Issues of the SCVZonta Club Newsletter
January 15, 2017: Women in Service Reservations
Each year, Zonta invites other community service organizations to nominate one of their own members who has contributed to the improvement of the status of women through volunteer service to their organization. Each nominee is recognized at our annual "Women in Service" celebration in early spring. Our committee selects one of the nominees to receive the coveted "Carmen Sarro Award" for outstanding community service.
Local Zontian, Sharon Langenbeck, Ph. D., newly elected Vice President of Zonta International (ZI) 2016-2018, will represent the ideals of Zonta to empower women worldwide in 67 countries and Mongolia. Sharon was a recipient of ZI’s Amelia Earhart (AE) Fellowship in 1977 and 1978 while pursuing her doctorate degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Missouri - Columbia. The AE Fellowship is awarded to women pursuing a Ph.D./doctoral degree, who demonstrate a superior academic record in the field of aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering.
A member of Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) since 1979, Sharon has held various leadership positions and served as ZI Amelia Earhart Fellowship Committee Chair for a total of 12 years, a commendable effort. Established in 1938, ZI has awarded 1,508 Fellowships; thirty-five awards of $10,000 each will be made yearly to expand opportunities for women pursuing advanced studies in the typically male-dominated fields of aerospace-related sciences and aerospace-related engineering. The focus is to eliminate gender bias that women face in pursuing doctoral degrees in these fields as women demonstrate a progression from limited representation in aerospace-related sciences and aerospace-related engineering to becoming leaders.
In 2013, Sharon was a featured speaker about women in non-traditional professions and a participant in Women’s Build Day Project for Habitat for Humanity. At the UN Commission on the Status of Women 58 in 2014, she was an expert panel member for a UN Women sponsored parallel event on “Where are the Girls and Women - Exploring the Gender Gap in Science and Technology?”
Sharon retired in 2008 from Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, where she held both line and project management positions. As Section Manager of Mechanical Engineering, she managed over 200 engineers designing and developing space flight hardware. She and her staff were instrumental in Rover’s landing on Mars – a historical accomplishment! During her employ, she received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, and NASA Space Flight Awareness Award for Mid-level Managers. She previously worked at Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company as Division Manager for Advanced Metals and Ceramics and other management positions. She served as part-time faculty at California State University, Northridge teaching classes in structural materials.
The Zonta Club of SVC is proud of Dr. Sharon Langenbeck in her role of ZI Vice President to further empower women locally and worldwide!