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: June 23

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Keys to Thriving in Career Transitions

We hope you will join us on Thursday, September 1 as we welcome longtime friend of BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas Dr. Kanika Tomalin. We often talk in BPW about women in transition. Kanika is the embodiment of what we mean when we talk about women in transition. Having started her career in journalism (print, TV and radio), she then moved into health care management, working for more than 13 years for Bayfront Health Systems. Due to her commitment to her community and her leadership style Kanika was then asked by Mayor Rick Kriseman to join him at City Hall as his Deputy Mayor (not to mention later adding on the City Administrator role), where she served for 8 years. Kanika has now made another transition into higher education as the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Strategy at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, overseeing strategic services, operations and emergency management, technology services, sustainability efforts and the St. Pete Center for Civic Engagement and Social Impact.

 

Kanika received a degree in journalism from Florida A&M University, an MBA from the University of Miami and a Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeaster University. She continues to be active within our community serving on several boards, as well as watching her 2 children grow and thrive as they continue into adulthood at their respective colleges.

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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.

Environment

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.

Voting Rights

Free and fair elections are the foundation of our democracy. BPW/FL supports legislation that is aimed at expanding voters’ access to the polls, including the expansion of early voting and online voter registration. We also support measures designed to protect the right of all American citizens to vote, in fairly drawn legislative districts, and therefore oppose any legislation that is designed to restrict or dilute voting access for members of any segment of the population, whether the discrimination is based on race, gender or disability.