Membership Luncheons

Join us for a monthly luncheon meeting of the general membership. Usually held on the first Thursday of the month at 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House, we have a fast paced hour that includes a speaker on a topic relevant to working women and a little business while we enjoy a delicious lunch. Guests are welcome but advance reservations are recommended.

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Signature Events

Vital to our mission for women’s workplace equity through advocacy, education and information are events enjoyed by the larger Tampa Bay Area community like our Unhappy Hour observance of Equal Pay Day in March, our Working Women’s Forum during National Business Women’s Week in October and our annual celebration of Women’s Equality Day in August.

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Member Meet Ups

Fun and fellowship with no agenda is our goal when we choose a different location around southern Pinellas to gather on the 4th Thursday evening of the month. Enjoy getting to know each other better with the flexibility of showing up and leaving as it suits your schedule. If you have a suggested location or would like to join in, we’d love to hear about it.

Next Member Meet Up: May 26

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Next Luncheon Meeting: Jim Nixon – “Turning Points”  a History of LGBTQ+ Issues, Progress and Work Still to Be Done

June is PRIDE month in St. Petersburg and to kick it off, BPW welcomes Jim Nixon on Thursday, June 2nd. Jim is the Director of the Mayor’s Action Center and LGBTQ Liaison for the City of St. Petersburg. In his role as the LGBTQ Liaison, he serves as an accessible and friendly ear to the city’s LGBTQ community and elevates LGBTQ-related concerns to the city executive and other city officials. He’s serving as both a spokesperson for the Mayor’s Office to the local LGBTQ demographic as well as a representative of LGBTQ interests to the leaders of St. Petersburg Government. 

Jim has been a constant marketing force in the LGBTQ community throughout Tampa Bay. Nine years ago, he began working on reorganizing a grassroots committee, the St. Pete LGBTQ Marketing Committee, to focus on marketing the Tampa Bay area as an LGBTQ vacation destination, which directly impacted the IGLTA 2017 Global Convention held in St Petersburg in May 2017. 

Over the past five years, he has worked on many initiatives making St Petersburg an Inclusive and welcoming city. He was able to modify the city’s Anti-Bullying policy to include sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all youth-facing services. He assisted in the inclusion of LGBTQ Businesses in the Greenhouse SBE program and successfully navigated St. Pete’s Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index resulting in the city receiving a perfect score every year.

He now comes to BPW to share a history of LGBTQ+ issues, progress and work still to be done.

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Over 100 Years Strong

While mobilizing for World War I, the U.S. Government recognized the need for a cohesive group to coordinate identification of women’s available skills and experience.

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BPW Florida – There From The Start

The Florida Federation of Business and Professional Womens Clubs, Inc. was one of the first statewide BPW organizations in existence and continues to unite local organizations by setting our public policy platform, supporting the development of new and existing local organizations and creating opportunities for members to connect with like minded individuals from around the state of Florida.

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Locally Our Organization Started in the 1960s

Our state federation, BPW/Florida may have started at the beginning but our local was founded in 1966 as Mid-Day BPW because we met for lunch instead of the evening like most clubs.

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BPW Florida Public Policy Platform

Equality for All

BPW/FL members acknowledge the fundamental equality of all persons and are devoted to the defense of their inherent dignity. We believe in fairness and inclusion so that all have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. We protect our communities and our liberties, ensuring peace, justice, freedom, and humanity. We believe that the rights of women require constant vigilance and a thorough examination of laws to eliminate those that harm women disproportionately. Therefore, BPW/FL supports legislation that calls for equality for all, including but not limited to, passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, which states: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be abridged or denied by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

Economic Equity, Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency

BPW/FL supports legislation which assists women in obtaining pay equity and equal employment opportunities; promotes opportunities for women-owned business; encourages women-owned business to compete at the local, state and federal governmental levels; promotes affordable, quality dependent care to help ensure economic self-sufficiency for women; and, supports social security reform options that benefit women.

Safe Workplace

BPW supports legislation that creates a safe workplace; a workplace free from violence, harassment and assault. We support legislative funding and education that will ensure workplaces are free from all forms of violence, harassment and assault.

Health Care

BPW/FL supports legislation that ensures reproductive choice and full access to all reproductive health education and services, including prescriptions. We support legislative funding and initiatives for women’s health care needs, with special emphasis on heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and breast cancer early detection, treatment and recovery. We support the expansion of affordable care in Florida, recognizing that working women and their families have the largest need for affordable and accessible health care.


BPW/FL supports responsible legislation that ensures clean air, water, soil and energy. We support legislative funding that will ensure the continuation of clean air, water, soil and energy and specific interactions with the environment. We support these environmental concerns as they relate to women’s health, wealth and well-being and recognizing the large impact the environment has on them individually and their families.