Committee Notices

Election and Installation of Officers for 2017-2018

Elections are always an exciting time for our organization. We are fortunate to have a diverse and strong membership who believe in the mission of BPW and the importance of a strong leadership team.  BPW/SPP is entering an exciting time with new leadership this summer at the state level from our local organization.

Our mission of building powerful women professionally, personally and politically remains as important now as it did 50 years ago.  We encouraged all members to be a part of electing our new leadership.  On April 6 we did elect our officers for 2017-2018.  Tami Simms then spoke about The Education Foundation of the Florida Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc.

Then on April 20, BPW/FL President-Elect Alizza Punzalan-Randle installed the new officers for 2017-2018: Liz Illgen, President; Sheila Barry-Oliver, President-Elect; Jane Byers, 1st Vice President; Gretta Paige Bellas, 2nd Vice President; Lily Alcott, Secretary; and Jill Wenner, Treasurer.  Tami Simms will serve as Parliamentarian.

Get the Word Out!

BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas is looking for a volunteer to help with public relations and marketing of our local organization. No experience is necessary. Full training, support, guidance and undying gratitude will be provided. Members who would like to contribute and help further our mission should contact President, Amy Dinovo. There are opportunities for more than one person.

Working Women’s Forum 2015 Planning

Co-chairs Tami Simms and Kristin Smith invite members interested in planning our next Working Women’s Forum to an organizational meeting. We’ll be meeting this comingThursday 10/6/15 at 6PM at the Melting Pot 2221 4th St N. For several years now, we have held a Working Women’s Forum during National Business Women’s Week in October. This signature event is directly tied to our mission of advocacy, education and information and typically draws between 75 and 100 guests.

We’ve  chosen the evening Wednesday, October 21 to have a panel discussion on the topic of “Being the Only Woman in the Room” with a panel made up of pioneering women who have shattered glass ceilings and now find themselves in new territory for women.

We hope to see you there.

If you are unable to attend Thursday’s meeting please contact Tami and Kristin

BPW Florida State Conference

June 11-14 join members of BPW from around the state at the Hyatt Place Marathon in the Florida Keys for our Annual gathering of the 20 local organizations that make up the Florida Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs. Although we’ll be taking care of some important business, there will be lots of time to enjoy ourselves, learn from each other and some wonderful speakers, raise money for our Education Foundation, and celebrate sisterhood.

To learn more and to register for the conference, please visit

Daystar Fall Fashion Fling

Our BPW Philanthropy Event for September will be participating in the 2014 Fall Fashion Fling to benefit Daystar Life Center. Join us for an afternoon of fun, fellowship, and fashion for a great cause on September 27 at the Blessed Trinity Catholic Church. Tickets are $25.00.  for more… Read the rest of this entry »

7/9/14 – Help plan the Working Women’s Forum.

MEMBERS ONLY: Join Co-chairs Amy Dinovo and Wendy Wesley for the next planning meeting of the Working Women’s Forum committee on Wednesday, July 9, at 5:30 p.m. at Coastal Properties Group International (238 Beach Drive, St. Pete). This year’s forum, “From Grasshopper to Queen Bee: Mentoring Relationships That Buzz,” has been scheduled for Oct. 23 at The Studio@620.

PLEASE NOTE: Committee meetings are intended for members of BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas.

7/12/14 – Help build powerful women.

MEMBERS ONLY: Join Sheila Barry-Oliver, Chair of the Individual Development (ID) and Young Careerist (YC) committees, for the next planning meeting of these two signature programs on Saturday, July 12, from 9-11 a.m. at the offices of Janssen & Igar, 1626 38th Ave N., St. Petersburg.

The ID Program, begun in the late 1960s, was developed to provide BPW officers and future leaders with public speaking and presentation skills.  Over time it evolved into a flexible program addressing public speaking, communication skills, interviewing, networking and job performance skills, with the ability to adapt its content to meet the needs of participants.

The Young Careerist Program was created under the leadership of BPW/USA President Virginia Allan to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of young working women (originally under the age of 30, now 35 and now expanded to men).

PLEASE NOTE: Committee meetings are intended for members of BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas.