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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

Membership Happy Hour Tuesday, April 27, meet us at The Vortex 2329 28th St N for fun and fellowship from 5 to 7pm. This women owned bar and gameroom serves the best craft beer, ciders, seltzers, meads and a pretty good selection of wines. There are also fancy coffees and a few other beverages but regardless which you choose, your first one is on Membership Chair, Amy Dinovo. There will be no minutes taken and no agenda distributed. It's just a good chance to reconnect with your sisters in a fun, safe environment. We hope to see you there.

News & Events

Women and Politics Here and There: A Quick World Tour

Join us Thursday, March 4 when we welcome Mary K. Meyer McAleese, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science at Eckerd College to kick off Women’s History Month. Already in 2021 we’ve seen Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States break a long standing glass ceiling. Globally, women are experiencing increased representation as leaders and decision […]

The Time for New Beginnings is Now

Please join us on Thursday, February 4 when Mercy Ameyaw, CAMS, Director, Internal Audit, Raymond James Financial Inc., will speak about successfully navigating transitions, of which she has had many. Ms. Ameyaw is responsible for developing and executing robust audit plans in accordance with internal audit standards and relevant government statutes/regulations. She serves as Co-Chair […]

Spending Wisely Through the Holidays

Just in time for the Holidays, best selling author Jen Smith, comes to our luncheon meeting on Thursday, December 3rd to help us during a season known for overspending and get a head start on good habits for 2021. Jen Smith is a personal finance writer and best-selling author of The No-Spend Challenge Guide. She’s […]

Post Election Recap with Janelle Irwin Taylor

Please join us on Thursday, November 5th as we welcome Janelle Irwin Taylor to join us for a Post-Election Recap.  Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. She currently serves as editor of Florida Politics, a statewide publication covering local, state and federal politics. Prior to […]

Congressman Charlie Crist Wants to Hear from BPW

Congressman Charlie Crist contacted us in honor of National Business Women’s Week and offered to join us on our zoom call this coming Thursday at 5pm  before our fundraiser. He wants to hear what concerns we have as working women during this pandemic and then take our stories to Washington as Congress continues to debate […]

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 […]

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