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October 3rd: Current Insights in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

On Thursday October 3 BPW welcomes Lakshmi Shenoy, CEO of the Embarc Collective, the innovation hub in downtown Tampa backed by business mogul Jeff Vinik and whose mission is to foster startup talent by providing a range of services and support to build thriving companies. Her experiences with hundreds of emerging businesses in Chicago and in the past 18 months here in Tampa Bay give her a unique perspective on our local talent and areas of opportunity for women. Whether it’s pooling resources or engaging a community or developing programs for women founders, she’s known for helping new companies and the leadership teams survive in their most vulnerable and crucial stages.

Lakshmi Shenoy is the CEO of Embarc Collective, the innovation hub in downtown Tampa that helps Tampa Bay’s startup talent build bold, scalable, thriving companies. Before moving to Tampa Bay, Lakshmi was in Chicago and served as the Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at 1871, the #1 university-affiliated business incubator in the world. Prior to 1871, Lakshmi worked at Prophet Brand Strategy, Time Inc., Procter & Gamble and Leo Burnett. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Lakshmi was recognized as one of 20 Rising Brand Stars by AdAge in 2017.

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Sept 5th: Work-Life Reset: Fawn Germer visits BPW

We’re delighted to welcome renowned author, Fawn Germer, to our September Luncheon meeting where she will discuss the principles of her latest book, Work-Life Reset.

If Fawn Germer didn’t live by the Japanese proverb, “Fall down seven times, get up eight,” she probably would have given up years ago, when a bad boss told her she’d never be more than she was right then – a reporter.

She showed him. Fawn is a four-time Pulitzer-nominee and the best-selling author of nine books, including an Oprah book. She has keynoted all over the world and is one of three women on the prestigious “guru list” of the best global leadership speakers. Her first book was rejected by every major publisher in the U.S., but Fawn persevered until it was a bestseller. She wrote 28 letters to Oprah’s producers, but none of them worked. It was the 29th that scored her the windfall of an Oprah book.

Fawn personally interviews the most accomplished leaders and trailblazers of our times for their strategies and stories. Combining their wisdom with her inspiring personal experiences has made her one of the most beloved, uplifting and funny keynote speakers in North America.

Fawn has headlined leadership events for Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Co., Cisco, Walmart, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, State Farm, Novartis, Accenture, Deloitte, GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman Sachs and dozens of others on the Fortune 500 list… Meeting planners regularly turn to Fawn because she knows how to reach inside of the people in the audience and pull out their best.

She is currently working on her tenth book, which teaches why some careers go the distance and others sputter out. For the project, she has interviewed more than 200 top CEOs, startup geniuses, organizational experts and professionals.

Fawn is a daring outdoor adventurer and she has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to live fuller, more meaningful lives. She is widely recognized as one of the world’s go-to voice on work-life balance, showing that we make choices in life, and those choices have consequences. She recently delivered a TEDx talk on the topic of personal reset for a happier, more balanced approach to life, work and stress.

 

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Wine Tasting Social September 12th

Join BPW on Thursday, September 12 at American Spirits 280 3rd St S in St. Petersburg from 6 to 8pm. Guests are welcome and there will be a an opportunity to win a gift certificate for at least $20.

Each attendee of the August and September luncheon meetings will receive a ticket to win and one ticket will be given for each bottle of wine purchased at the event prior to 7:45pm

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Show Up and Show Your Support for the ERA

BE A PART OF HISTORY!  With the ratification of Nevada in 2017 and Illinois in 2018 there is a renewed effort to get the ERA passed in the remaining 3 states needed. Here in Florida, BPW is joining forces with the League of Women Voters and the Athena Society to get this key element of the #1 Plank of our Public Policy Platform passed. Our strategy is to collect resolutions from cities and counties advocating the addition of those crucial 24 words to the Constitution of the United States. This is a bipartisan effort focused on pay equity and to address the fact that women are underrepresented in the board room, government, sports, and throughout the working worlds most high paying professions.

BPW / St. Petersburg-Pinellas has the opportunity to be a part of this effort THIS WEEK on Thursday, August 15 at 2:45 PM at our City Council Meeting.  Join your sisters in the gallery to witness this moment in history. If you wish to speak in support of the resolution, please contact info@BPWStPetePinellas.org for more information. Members, if you attend, be sure to wear your BPW name tag.

 

A copy of the proposed resolution can be found here.

August 1st: Women’s Rights to Reproductive Healthcare in Florida

Talking about sensitive social issues, such as unintended pregnancy, can be tough. Knowing the facts can help in conversations with those unsettled by topics like teen sexuality or abortion. Amy Weintraub, Reproductive Rights Program Director for Progress Florida, will lead a discussion on the state of women’s access to reproductive health care, including abortion care, in Florida and nationwide. She will discuss recent activities in Tallahassee and Washington as they relate to reproductive rights and what we could face in a post-Roe world.

Amy Weintraub is the Reproductive Rights Program Director for Progress Florida and is a leader on the statewide Floridians for Reproductive Freedom coalition. She was one of the leads for Women’s March St. Pete 2017 and is an active with the League of Women Voters, the National Organization for Women, and the South St. Petersburg Democratic Club. A seasoned organizer, Amy has worked most of her adult life identifying, educating, and activating citizens toward social justice. Prior to moving to Florida in 2015, Amylived in her home state of West Virginia where she led efforts within organizations such as WV FREE (West Virginia Focus: Reproductive Education and Equality), Covenant House of WV, and Planned Parenthood. Amy lives in St. Petersburg with her spouse and two children.

 

July 18: Cathie Perkins, Director of Pinellas County Emergency Management

Join us on Thursday, July 18 when BPW welcomes Cathie Perkins to our luncheon meeting to discuss how to prepare our businesses and our homes in the event of an emergency.

Responsible for emergency preparedness countywide, Cathie will share with us important information regarding resources that are available to us throughout Tampa Bay.  Click Here to Make your Reservation Today. 

June 6: Margie Manning speaks on the Media’s Portrayal of Women

BPW is delighted to welcome back renowned journalist Margie Manning on June 6 to speak about the media’s portrayal of women.  The visibility of women in leadership roles has long been touted as a key to getting an equal number of seats at the table. With national campaigns among advertisers such as the #SeeHer initiative, is any of it working to help women achieve equity in the workplace?

Margie Manning started her journalism career as a radio news reporter in St. Louis, before putting down her microphone and picking up a pen to work at the St. Louis Business Journal. Unable to resist the call of warm weather and beaches, Margie took an entrepreneurial detour to run an ice cream shop in Treasure Island with her husband. Before joining the Catalyst, Margie spent 14 years at the Tampa Bay Business Journal where she wrote about business successes, failures and the exciting world of innovation and start-ups. Her writing coaches are Bonnie the Dog and Coffee the Cat.

May 2nd: Renee Dabbs, Seeing Your Business Potential More Clearly

BPW welcomes Renee Dabbs for our May luncheon meeting.  She is the principal and founder of Renee Dabbs, LLC, a management consulting firm that focuses on helping organizations become metrics focused on their key deliverables. Her clients include national corporations, education, associations and not for profits. She provides sustainable operating expertise on subjects including sales, fundraising, marketing, new business development, governance, membership development and team development.

For ten years Renee served as the Victory Group, Inc.’s Chief Operating Officer, senior producer and client coordinator. She directed and managed day to day operations, facilitated major client interface and acted as the firm’s primary field producer for VGI television, radio and films.

Prior to joining The Victory Group Renee was an executive at Procter and Gamble where she led a $220 million dollar business. She worked in sales, human resources, logistic and marketing over her 16-year career.

Renee resides in Tampa, Florida where she is active in the community and sits on the boards of University of Florida Alumni Association, Girl Scouts and the Florida Holocaust Museum as well as volunteers with other organizations. She is the founder of WeWill Tampa Bay a non partisan political symposium for women and a board member of the Women’s Exchange.

 

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April 2: 16th Annual BPW Unhappy Hour in Observance of Equal Pay Day

Business and Professional Women (BPW)/St. Petersburg-Pinellas will hold its 16th annual “Unhappy Hour” on April 2, the symbolic day that the average woman in the United States finally earns the same amount of pay that her male counterpart earned in the previous calendar year. According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau in September 2016, the average woman makes just 80 cents for every dollar a man is paid, reflecting a gap that results in hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost wages over the course of a career. Therefore, if a man was paid $50,000 to perform his job from January 1 through December 31, it will take a woman in the same position, on average, until April of the following year to earn the same amount.

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Annual Meeting on April 4

Join us on April 4 for our annual meeting at which time reports summarizing the year’s activities shall be given and officers for 2019-2020 shall be elected and installed. Elections are always an exciting time for our organization. The installing officer will be BPW/FL President Jerri Evans. 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. Our mission of building powerful women professionally, personally and politically remains as important now as it did when we were formed 53 years ago. We encourage all members to be a part of electing our new leadership.

We will also be recognizing the recipients of the Helen K. Leslie Award for Service & Dedication and the Member of the Year Award.

We will also be discussing the BPW/FL State Conference on June 27-30, which will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton in Punta Gorda (Charlotte Harbor). 2019 is the 100th anniversary of the founding of BPW/FL, so it will be cause for great celebration! This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about BPW and its activities and to get to know its members.

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