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October 4: Know Before You Vote

Twelve proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution remain on the Nov. 6, 2018, ballot, eight more than appeared on the 2016 ballot. Of the twelve amendments, seven were proposed by the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC), three by the Florida Legislature and two by citizen initiative. To pass, each of them must receive at least 60% approval by voters. This is the first time that constitutional amendments proposed by a CRC have faced the 60% hurdle, which voters approved in 2006. However, voters face more questions than is apparent.

Come learn more about the proposed amendments from Robin Davidov, a volunteer with the League of Women Voters St. Petersburg Area (LWVSPA). As a member of the Voter Services group, Robin helps voters register and update their registration. The League’s volunteers engage students and adults to foster an understanding of elections and democracy.

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September 20: Why the Internet of Things is Important to You

Why is the Internet of Things (IoT) important to you professionally and personally? Come find out from Laura Malavé, a Tampa Native, leads the St. Petersburg College (SPC) College of Computer & Information Technology Center for Cybersecurity. Laura joined SPC in July 2015 as Academic Chair for the Midtown and Downtown campuses and successfully grew a Computer Repair certificate program at the Midtown Keene center. Prior to coming to SPC, she taught Computer Science and Information Technology at Hillsborough Community College and Keiser University Tampa Campus. She has Masters and Bachelors of Science degrees in Computer Science from the University of South Florida. She has more than 15 years of Computer & Information Technology college teaching experience.

Laura has numerous industry certifications including: GIAC GSEC, CompTIA CySA+, Security+, Network+, A+, EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker, MOS, and MTAs, etc. Laura is very active in the Tampa Bay Cybersecurity community, and is an active member of ISC2 Tampa Bay, and a volunteer and committee team lead for the BSides Tampa Conference. She is the advisor to the SPC Cybersecurity club, TitanSec, which actively participates in online, and local ‘Capture the Flag’, Cybersecurity, competitions, and attends local conferences and industry events.

Laura received the 2016 League of Innovation Excellence Awards in Teaching and Learning in the category of: Innovation in the Use of Technology. She has been awarded two grants while at SPC: NSF-ATE Grant Application Co-PI, Biomedical Engineering & Cybersecurity, and the SPC Innovation Grant 2016, Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity Lab. She is currently in a mentorship program to have SPC designated as an NSA Cybersecurity Center of Academic Excellence in Two-Year Education for the AS Degree in Cybersecurity.

She is also a member of the HSI, Homeland Security Investigations, 2018 Citizens Academy.

NOTE: THIS IS A SPEAKER CHANGE.

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September 6: Voting and Cyber Security

It’s election season and Julie Marcus, Pinellas County Chief Deputy Supervisor of Elections, representing Deborah Clark, is the perfect person to tell us about voting and cyber security.  She is committed to conducting fair, accurate and secure elections for Pinellas County.

Marcus ascended to her position in 2007 after having served in other capacities in the Poll Worker Department and in Voter Outreach and Education.  Prior to joining the Elections Office, Marcus worked as a District Senior Executive Secretary for a State Representative from 2000-2002.

Marcus is a Certified Election/Registration Administrator.  She graduated from the University of South Florida where she was President of the National Political Honor Society.

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August 16: Freedom of the Press and Truthful Reporting

Freedom of the press and truthful reporting are in the news all the time lately.  What do each of those mean and why are they important to us as citizens and to our country?  Come hear Katie Sanders, the deputy editor of PolitiFact, the nonpartisan fact-checking website started by the Tampa Bay Times, discuss these issues. Now based at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, she helps assign and edit PolitiFact’s coverage of the White House, Congress and Florida politics. In 2013, she helped launch PunditFact to fact-check talking heads and opinion-shapers of the media. She previously covered the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott for PolitiFact Florida, reporting from the Tallahassee bureau of the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald.

She is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she majored in English and journalism, and grew up in Madison County, Florida.

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August 8: Ladies Night

Join us for “Ladies Night” at MidiCi, 2424 Tyrone Blvd, #524B, St. Petersburg, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.  The evening will feature an all-you-can-eat and drink package, raffles including designer handbags, jewelry, spa packages, hotel stays and more.  Admission is $20, which includes a tasting buffet, bottomless drinks and a raffle ticket to win prizes.  The bottomless cocktails include house liquor, beer and wine.  The tasting buffet include nibbles (antipasto, fruit & cheese and charcuterie), greens (insalata, house & caesar), mains (Neapolitan pizza) and sweet endings (Nutella pizza & gelato taste).

It’s a great time to just unwind and socialize, plus learn about BPW.  No reservation is needed.  Just show up.

Hope you can join us!

August 2: Urban Sustainability

Ramona Madhosingh-Hector is the Bushnell Endowed Faculty at the Urban Sustainability Center located at Pinellas County’s Extension office. Since 2010, she has served as the Regional Specialized Agent developing educational programs that support and advance the county’s commitment to sustainability. She currently manages education programs focused on resource efficiency including energy, sustainability, and food systems. Prior to joining Pinellas County Extension, Ramona worked for the Florida Coastal Management Program at the Department of Environmental Protection as an Environmental Specialist III.

Ramona has an MSP in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University, an MS in Environmental Science from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and a BS in Agriculture from the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.

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July 19: Marketing Strategies to Grow Your Business

Sandra Fidelis is a Speaker, Business Coach, Digital Marketing Consultant and Bestselling author. She’s had tremendous success teaching coaches, holistic practitioners and client-based businesses practical steps to creating a successful business so they can make more money while making a big impact. Her programs focus on teaching clients how to charge what they’re worth, double or triple their practice and simultaneously experience more time, flexibility and fulfillment.

Sandra worked as a business development analyst for Progress Energy before becoming an entrepreneur. She is one of the co-authors of Sexy Secrets to a Juicy Love Life. Sandra has an undergraduate degree in mass communication/media studies from the University of South Florida and an MBA from Florida Gulf Coast University. She has lived in both Florida and New York.

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July 5: Multi-Generational Caregiving Roundtable

6:00-7:30 pm, R’Club, 4140 49th Street N, St. Petersburg     

Women care for others in many different ways.  As mothers, they care for their children.  As “caregivers”, they care for family members or acquaintances who have physical, psychological or development needs.  Women spend as much as 50% more time on parenting and caregiving than men.  Working women have even greater challenges due to lost wages from reduced work hours, time out of the work force, family leave or early retirement.  Our multi-generational caregiving roundtable will consider the challenges unique to working women.

Come share your stories and words of wisdom or come to learn from the experiences of others.  It’s potluck refreshments, so bring some food and drink to share.  No reservations are necessary.

June 21: Stand Up For Yourself: You Teach People How to Treat You

SueZie and Cheryl Hawkes met in 1997 and fell in love. For the love of Cheryl, SueZie gave up all she had and knew in England to be with her in the USA. They married in 2000 as husband and wife. SueZie spent the following years still struggling with her gender identity and Cheryl was her only confide. For many years the couple were in fear that a transition would most likely cost them employment and more.

By early 2014 SueZie and Cheryl couldn’t continue living in the public’s perception of husband and wife. They chose to pursue transitioning and leading a positive life. Those first steps, humiliation and psychological pain, were something both of them felt no one should have to endure. SueZie and Cheryl decided to educate the world by going public and bringing awareness to transgender. The couple went about it in a grand scale! They let reporters document and film some of the transition including the operating room. The story of SueZie’s boldness together with Cheryl’s unwavering passion and love captured the media’s attention around the world.

SueZie and Cheryl advocate in a positive lens and speak to the ground level of social acceptance. They totally opened the book of their life with a goal to normalize love and acceptance, and reducing stigma in transgender relationships and beyond. Since 2015 they have written extensively for workplace and public LGBT publications. SueZie transitioned in a corporate environment. It wasn’t easy and being the first, clearly identified the need for education. Guided by her candid principles SueZie pursued positive cultural change in her workplace.

SueZie is now self-employed building her own business. Her flexible schedules allows her to give voluntary assistance to transitioning individuals and families; it’s a priority close to her heart. SueZie and Cheryl have a healthy passion between them. The couple give love and Intimacy education. SueZie proudly states, “I work in a ladies only profession and we are Relationship Enhancement Specialists.” SueZie and Cheryl are both Pure Romance Consultants.

Please join us on June 21 to learn more about this important topic.

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June 7: LGBT Consumers

Join us on June 7 to hear Rachel Stevenson discuss “The Growing Impact of LGBT Consumers in American Business Today”. Rachel is an award-winning speaker, writer, diversity consultant and LGBT advocate. In Pennsylvania, she was the Founder and first President of LGBT Equality Alliance, an organization that creates safe spaces for the Chester County LGBT community, and a corporate diversity consultant to an international manufacturing company. Rachel moved to Florida in 2017 and quickly got involved. Within three months of buying her home in Gulfport, Rachel had created her newest company, OUTCOAST, which is composed of OUTCOAST.com, OUTCOAST Photography, and OUTCOAST Consulting.

As the publisher of OUTCOAST.com, an online LGBT editorial marketing and media platform, Rachel shares LGBTQ stories and business news from throughout Florida’s Gulf Coast. She also works with LGBTQ-owned and inclusive businesses to market their service and product offerings through her platform. In addition, she freelances for Curve Magazine, an international online Lesbian magazine.

An avid event photographer, Rachel has captured photos for LGBT organizations around the world, including the IGLTA, NGLCC, NLGJA, and Out & Equal. That is how OUTCOAST Photography was born! OUTCOAST Photography offers event, marketing, head shot, and travel photography services. Her work can be seen in restaurants throughout the region.

And finally, through OUTCOAST Consulting, Rachel and her team help organizations create more inclusive spaces for LGBTQ employees through consulting, speaker services, and education. Rachel lives with her girlfriend, Margaret, and their three year old puppy, Pepper. Together, they enjoy boating, gardening, trying new local restaurants, and living the dream! “Work hard, play harder” is Rachel’s motto.

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