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Luncheon Programs

Each month, on the first Thursday from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, you can join us at 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House for our General Membership Programs. Enjoy a wide variety of interesting speakers and meet BPW members while enjoying a delicious lunch. Anyone may attend by simply making a reservation. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members but you can save $5 by making a reservation by the day before the meeting. (Click on the coffee cup above to reserve or get more info)


The Connie Passmore Scholarship was established in 1993 to honor a long-time BPW member. The scholarship makes awards directly to women, age 21 or over, who live, work or go to school in Pinellas County, and who demonstrate achievement, need and well-defined educational goals. Since 1993, we have awarded nearly $58,000 to more than 120 students. (Click on the envelope icon above to learn more.)

Membership Updates

Congratulations to new members in July:

Karla Hollan and Carla Bristol!

Congratulations to renewing members in July:

Helen Leslie (76 years)

Tami Simms (23 years)

Cory Adler (22 years)

News & Events

Wendy Wesley returns for a Virtual Cooking Class with BPW

Healthy Eating and Holiday Cheer can be difficult unless you have BPW’s not-so-secret weapon, Wendy Wesley. Our favorite Food Policy Advocate and Nutritionist returns to help us raise funds for our Connie Passmore Scholarship with a virtual cooking class on Saturday, November 14th at 11 am. Wendy is hosting this one hour class to help […]

Celebrate National Business Women’s Week with Virtual Bingo

Our Annual Celebration of working women in the 3rd week of October will take a new form this year of change. On Thursday October 22, from 6-7pm we’ll hold a virtual fundraiser benefitting the Connie Passmore Scholarship like none you’ve ever played. There will be multiple opportunities to win prizes by chance and by testing […]

The Suncoast Center Shines A Light on Mental Health

Join us when we welcome Beth Menchen of the Suncoast Center, Inc. to speak about mental illness issues in our community and the impact from COVID-19. She will focus on the impact with working women, with issues ranging from working from home, to being caregivers, and teaching distance learning. We’ll also discuss issues with suicide […]

Get the Facts on Voting

Join us virtually when we welcome Robin Davidov from the League of Women Voters to our Zoom meeting on Thursday, September 24th at 6PM for an hour jam packed with information to help you be an informed and effective voter. Robin will review the constitutional amendments and school board races that we’ll all see on […]

All about BPW – Orientation for All Members

What’s LO mean? ID? How do I get a directory? What committees can I join? Who gets scholarships? Any questions you have about BPW are welcome here. Have some suggestions? Want to make sure you’re getting the most “bang for your buck?” Join Membership Chair, Amy Dinovo and other seasoned members to get to know […]

BPW Welcomes Nutritionist and Food Policy Activist, Wendy Wesley

Join us September 3rd at 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House when BPW welcomes (back) Wendy Wesley to our BPW Meeting. Wendy is a food policy activist and a licensed and registered dietitian/nutritionist who works to improve the health of the community. She provides free public health education, individual nutrition counseling and advocacy for access to nutritious foods in here in her hometown of St. Petersburg.

A Visit from Sheena Qualles-DeFreeceThe St. Pete Timebank

At our August 6th meeting, Sheena Qualles-DeFreece will be speaking about the St. Pete Timebank where she currently serves on the Board of Directors.  The St. Pete Timebank was started by BJ Andryusky in late 2016 as a grassroots movement in her kitchen with two close friends.  The Timebank is a medium of exchange, rather […]

Program Committee Meeting (Virtual)

Programs Committee Chair, Samantha Tallyn is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Program Chair Committee Meeting Time: Jul 29, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85080236891?pwd=RzdtVTVNRi9uY0Y3N1BnRFptMlI3UT09 Meeting ID: 850 8023 6891 Passcode: 872267 One tap mobile +13126266799,,85080236891#,,,,,,0#,,872267# US (Chicago) +19292056099,,85080236891#,,,,,,0#,,872267# US (New York) Dial by your location   […]

May 7 Meeting Goes Virtual

Last Tuesday evening, the executive committee met and determined that our May 7 meeting will be virtual via the Zoom app. We haven’t gotten any firm dates on when gatherings such as our luncheon meetings will be permitted again and our normal location, 400 Beach Seafood and Taphouse is still closed. We have a number […]

Business and Professional Women (BPW)/ St. Petersburg-Pinellas Mark National Equal Pay Day with 17th Annual “Unhappy Hour” 81 Cents on the Dollar is Not Enough

WHAT:  Business and Professional Women (BPW)/St. Petersburg-Pinellas will hold its 17th annual “Unhappy Hour” on Tuesday, March 31, the symbolic day that the average woman in the United States earns the same amount of pay that her male counterpart earned in the previous calendar year.  According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau in […]

Mayor Rick Kriseman: The State of the City

Join us March 5 when we welcome St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman as he presents “The State of The City,” an update on the activities, events and latest happenings that affect not only the citizens of St. Petersburg but the entire Tampa Bay Region. Of particular interest to the Business and Professional Women, Mayor Kriseman […]

BPW Scholarship Applications Now Available

Each year BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas awards scholarships to women in our community who are seeking further education in order to advance their current career or perhaps start a new one. Throughout the year, BPW members engage in various activities in order to fund these scholarships. The application for 2020 is now available and is due by […]

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