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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 for the Raymond James Valor Network (Veterans Inclusion Network) and President-Elect of the Board of Directors of Girls Inc. of Pinellas. Prior to her current role, Ms. Ameyaw was a Manager in the firm’s Anti-Money Laundering & Financial Crimes Management Governance Group. Her experience also includes analysis and investigation of financial crimes matters while working for the JP Morgan Chase Global Financial Crimes Compliance Team.

In addition to her role in the corporate world, Ms. Ameyaw recently retired after serving almost 17 years in the United States Army. In her last duty position, she served as the Acting First Sergeant and Platoon Sergeant in an airborne unit. In her military career, she specialized in Special Operations Forces multi-level intelligence analysis and network operations. During her military career, Ms. Ameyaw received several awards, including two Bronze Star Medals, a Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, and a Medal for Humane Action.

With a Masters in Intelligence Studies & Operations, a double Bachelors in Political Science & International Affairs, coupled with her military experience, Ms. Ameyaw is highly proficient in conducting complex global intelligence and financial crimes analysis across multiple jurisdictions and countries. Ms. Ameyaw speaks six languages and currently resides in St. Petersburg, FL, with her significant other and two basenji dogs.

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 been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Business Insider, and more. She helps ambitious millennials save money, earn more, and pay off debt as quickly as possible. You can read more of her work at ModernFrugality.com or hear her every week on the Frugal Friends Podcast.

Click here to reserve your spot if you plan to join us at 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House on December 3rd.

If you are attending by zoom, please know that we understand the myriad of reasons why you are unable to attend the meeting in person. We’re delighted to be able to provide you access with this new technology to keep you connected with those who share the vital mission of equity in the workplace. Since the beginning of this pandemic, our ability to raise funds for our Connie Passmore Scholarship has suffered greatly without opportunities for fundraising events. If you are able, please consider making a donation to the fund by clicking the button below.


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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 that, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal, covering the politics of business. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy and enjoys her role providing analysis on campaign strategies and election outcomes. Janelle lives in Seminole with her husband, daughters and two dogs.

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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 another stimulus package.  It will be a free-flowing forum for you to ask any questions about his work as a congressman, COVID-related matters, or any other topics relevant to women.

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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 give you some great information for navigating holiday meals and avoid the seasonal pitfalls of overeating and poor nutrition.

With your $35 donation, you’ll receive admittance to this fun and informative virtual cooking class as well as your very own BPW apron to help keep you looking sharp through your holiday cooking. Order now to have the opportunity to have yours in time for class on November 14th.

For those that will be joining us, if you’d like to cook along side with Wendy, here’s the recipe she’ll be preparing:

I’m going to do a Thanksgiving/Christmas vegan appetizer that is rich and savory but still deeply nutritious, heart-healthy and full of fiber. I will do “Walnut and Black Rice-Stuffed Mushroom Caps. This is a modern vegan take on a classic heavy hors d’oeuvre. Vegetarian options for this recipe are available, too, with the addition of feta cheese. Display these beauties on a white platter before the meal and impress your guests with this savory and nutritious starter. 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup black rice (or sub wild or brown rice)
  • 1 cup vegetable stock or water
  • 1 10oz package of baby bella or white button mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup vegan parmesan cheese or feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons jarred garlic or 1 clove fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • Pinch each salt and pepper

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees and rinse the rice in a fine mesh strainer to remove the starch. Bring the stock or water to a boil and add rice. Bring back to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

    While rice is cooking place walnuts into the oven and toast for 5 minutes. Remove and set aside. Remove mushroom stems and clean caps. Brush caps with olive oil or melted butter and bake for 10 minutes without filling. Chop mushroom stems and walnuts and mix together in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add rice, garlic, salt and pepper and cheese to the mushroom-rice mixture. Place generous spoonfuls of the mixture to the pre-cooked mushroom caps and return to the oven for another 15 minutes. Remove and serve warm or a room temperature.

Wendy Wesley for City Council, District 4
A Fresh Voice for Smart Growth

Wendy Wesley, RDN, LDN
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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 your knowledge of glass ceiling breakers and pioneering women in business. You’ll probably even find out about a few new SHEroes.

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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 in our community, as well. She will also provide resources, what to pay attention to for mental illnesses, self-care, and how to help someone that is being impacted.

Beth Menchen is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Senior Clinical Manager at Suncoast Center, Inc.  She has been working in the field of mental health for 15 years with clients and programs across the spectrum of behavioral health services, including children and families, substance abuse treatment, intensive adult services, trauma focused interventions, suicide prevention and response, sexual assault response services, and program development and management.

Beth is passionate about empowering others to reach their full potential and the role that relationships play in effective counseling as well as building networks to improve service delivery in Pinellas County.Beth is the chair of Suncoast Center’s Zero Suicide Committee, a group that formed over a year ago to assess and strengthen the agency’s ability to detect and prevent suicide, support staff in their challenging roles as helpers, and collaborate with community agencies to combat the high number of suicide deaths in the county.

 

If you are attending by zoom, please know that we understand the myriad of reasons why you are unable to attend the meeting in person. We’re delighted to be able to provide you access with this new technology to keep you connected with those who share the vital mission of equity in the workplace. Since the beginning of this pandemic, our ability to raise funds for our Connie Passmore Scholarship has suffered greatly without opportunities for fundraising events. If you are able, please consider making a donation to the fund by clicking the button below.

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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 our ballots. Additionally, she’ll address the various methods by which to vote and how to make sure your vote is counted including dates and deadlines for absentee and early voting.

Our mission has been and continues to be equity for women in the workplace and one of the most effective ways to encourage workplace equity is to vote for it and for candidates that support it. Be engaged with the voting process and know who and what you are voting for in every election. Our foremothers are counting on us.

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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 your club and why being a member is important to so many.

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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.

Many of you may recognize Wendy from her appearances on local day time news programs advocating for healthy eating, her fabulous YouTube videos, or her articles on food insecurity on St. Pete Catalyst. Some of our seasoned members remember Wendy as a member of our local organization who, while working on her Masters in Nutrition, was a Connie Passmore Scholarship recipient.

Wendy currently manages a health education program for a local non-profit and is a former clinical dietitian for an acute care hospital. She is an expert on consumer nutrition and an advocate for access to affordable and nutritious foods in her hometown of St. Petersburg. To learn more about Wendy, visit her website at www.WendyWesleyNutrition.com Or visit her YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/wendystpete

To attend the meeting in person, please click here to register for the luncheon. 

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Like you, we’re delighted that this new technology is providing the opportunity for ALL of our members and guests to stay engaged and enjoy our speakers at our meetings. However, as the number in attendance at our meetings is reduced so are the limited funds which are used to further our mission including our Connie Passmore Scholarship. If you are able, please consider making a donation to the fund by clicking the button below.