Signature Programs

Sept 5: 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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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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February 7: Learning From History

What can we learn from history about today’s issues? Terri Lipsey Scott, Executive Director of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum, will address that very question when speaking about the museum and its importance to our community. A native of Savannah, Georgia, Terri has been a resident of St. Petersburg since 1981. She is a retired administrative officer having served the Office of the Mayor and City Council from 1987-2014.

Terri’s civic engagement included memberships in the Junior League, Women of the Word, St. Petersburg Chapter of the Links, Inc., St. Petersburg Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., ALPHA HOUSE, SPC Women on the Way, First Night and Colours of Culture. Mrs. Lipsey Scott has served on local boards to include Aids Services Association of Pinellas, St. Petersburg Branch of the NAACP, Co-Chair of Community Alliance, Convener of St. Petersburg Together, St. Petersburg College Women on the Way, Alpha House, the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum and the One City Chorus.

Terri has been honored by the YWCA, Studio @ 620, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and Watermark. Her writing was recently published as the Foreword in the newly released Salt Creek Journal. Terri is an alumna of Savannah State University and Eckerd College. She is a graduate of the Leadership St. Pete Class of 2008 having served as the community project co-chair and visionary. 

Terri is everywhere. She is deeply involved in advocating for dozens of issues surrounding housing, poverty, and opportunity. She has proven a tireless advocate for equity and fairness, committed to making our city a great place to live for all residents. Mrs. Lipsey Scott has said, “I am hopeful that I can create opportunities for young women with respect to leadership. I have a wealth of information that I believe that I can provide to young women who are looking to enter into the field of either administration or politics that I think is critical. There are missing components in today’s environment in the areas of leadership and administration that we need to get back to.”

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15th Annual BPW Unhappy Hour in Observance of Equal Pay Day

Business and Professional Women (BPW)/St. Petersburg-Pinellas will hold its 15th annual “Unhappy Hour” on April 10, 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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Lives Intersected

In the 19th Century four important women’s  lives were intertwined.  The key woman in this foursome is largely unknown today.  In her lifetime she was the second most well known woman in the world only Queen Victoria of the British Empire was better known.  These 19th Century women each made important individual contributions but their initial relationships were rocky.  Largely, the women were not supportive of each other as they failed to realize how significant each one’s work was to their own life.  The achievements made by these  women were hampered by gender, disability, the judicial system, societal mores, pseudo science  and the inability to limit family size.  Most importantly, against great odds these women did make achievements that impact our lives today.  Scarlet Fever was common in the 19th Century and a two year old named Laura Bridgman contracted the illness.  Laura lost 5 of her senses and looked forward to life in an asylum.  The Perkins Institute in Boston accepted Laura at the age of seven.  The institutes founder Samuel Gridley Howe was seeking  deaf/blind students who could be educated.  Laura was teachable and remained at the  school.  She was Howe’s “grand experiment”.  Howe a devotee of phrenology limited Laura’s growth as he was unable to recognize growth occurred other than as he predicted.  Samuel Gridley Howe had a “cash cow” in Laura.  Laura Bridgman brought the Perkin’s Institute donors and visitors such as Charles Dickens.  Howe behaved miserably towards Laura.  There were no established boundaries thus Laura believed herself in love with her doctor  and mentor. Howe’s intentions were to keep Laura dependent upon him and to ensure donations to his institute.
Samuel Gridley Howe sought a wealthy woman to marry he found such a woman in Julia Ward Howe.  Ms. Howe was a noted writer, abolitionist, and suffragist.  Her husband wanted her to have babies and raise money for the institute while he spent her inheritance.  Laura Bridgman and Julia Ward Howe did not get along.  Laura did not understand why she should be concerned about slavery or women;s rights.  Julia Ward Howe was frightened of Laura’s disabilities.  Each was jealous of the other as Samuel Gridley Howe played both women against each other.  Many years would pass before they reached an uneasy truce and a better understanding of each other but on his death Samuel Gridley Howe would leave each woman financially destitute.  Both women would carry on and over come the financial shackles placed upon them.
Laura Bridgman remained at the Perkin’s Institute.  She was given a roommate.  This young woman was Annie Sullivan who would one day teach Helen Keller.  Annie was not liked as she was Irish and a Catholic.  Her only friend was Laura.  Eventually, Helen Keller’s family would contact the Perkin’s Institute seeking help and assistance for their deaf/blind child.—  Annie Sullivan was the unorthodox teacher who would work with Helen Keller. In 1888, Helen Keller met Laura Bridgman.  Laura found Helen enchanting.  Laura was 55 years old and her accomplishments and brilliance had faded..  Helen Keller, wrote in 1929 about Laura Bridgman, “she would have outshone me had she had a life long companion like Annie Sullivan”. Helen Keller did find love but she was not able to marry the  hearing/sighted man she fell in love with.  Society was unable to accept a disabled person living normally,
This article by BPW Storyteller, Lily Alcott is part of an occasional series highlighting historical women.

Successful Career from Sales to Art

To kick off the 2018, BPW welcomes Carla Bristol to share her story in creating a Successful Career from Sales to Art.

Carla Bristol, is the Owner and Creative Strategist behind Gallerie 909 and her private label clutch and clothing line, Jamii and the founder of the Annual Black Arts and Film Festival.  License Realtor and involved community advocate are among some of the other hats she wears.  Born in Guyana and raised in New York this mother of two enjoys strengthening her community through art and culture.  Bristol opened Gallerie 909 at the end of the First Quarter of 2014 in the heart of historic Midtown on the Deuces in a community that has inspired artists for generations.  The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum and The African American Heritage trail documenting its rich history makes this area an important destination in Saint Petersburg.

In September 2017 Bristol left behind her physical location to enjoy the flexibility of being space-free. She continued to contribute to the regional arts and culture landscape by impacting people.  In November, Bristol gracefully opened a new chapter at Skyway Marina Mall and continued her community building work.  Her gallery has the reputation of being known as the preeminent art space presenting works by established and emerging artists of the African diaspora.  Since opening in March 2014, 909 has featured over 60 local, national and international artists.  The gallery offers several mediums including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs, custom jewelry, selected home furnishings, clothing, textiles and so much more.

Owner, Carla Bristol was CreativeMornings, guest speaker on How Pioneers are Born (October 2017), guest editor for Creative Pinellas in February 2017 and appeared on CNN in December of 2016 representing Small Business Perspective.  Bristol received an award for Most Iconic Style from Local Shops 1 in 2016; Arts, Culture and Heritage award in 2015 and Small Business of the Year Award in 2015.  This gallery was featured in The duPont Registry Tampa Bay (online), 3rd in Tampa Bay Business Journal Readers’ Choice Award, appeared on Fox 13, Bay News 9, The St. Pete Times Cover, The Weekly Challenger, Power Broker and so much more.

Bristol is exceptionally active in her local community and proudly serves on The Studio @620 Board, The Pinellas County Historical Commission & Creative Pinellas.  Her background in Global and local sales and service for over 25 years is a proven asset to her business and our community.

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Working Internationally

Successfully working internationally offers incredible opportunities but also requires patience and awareness and knowledge of cultural norms and differing legal environments. On September 21, come listen to the experiences of three women, who in different stages of their careers and in different industries chose to work outside the US (in different parts of the world). They are Tricia Curry, Marcia Cohen and Sheila Barry-Oliver. How did working internationally impact their careers and their work interactions?

Tricia Curry, in practice since 2008, studied massage therapy at the Cortiva Institute in Pinellas Park and received her BS in Exercise Science in 2012 from USF. She co-owns St. Pete Massage and Fitness with her husband and splits her time between St. Petersburg, FL, and Los Cabos, BCS, Mexico.

Marcia Cohen holds a BA in Education from Roosevelt University of Chicago, an MA in Music Composition from Northwestern University, and a JD from Stetson University College of Law. She practices primarily in the area of labor and employment law with a concentration in employment discrimination and sexual harassment. She was a delegate of the Destree Institute of Namur, Belgium, at the UN Conference on the Status of Women in 2013. Ms. Cohen has been appointed NOW Legal Counsel as of August 2017. She divides her time between Florida and Paris, France, where she is Of Counsel to the international law firm of Cimadevilla Avocats.

Sheila Barry-Oliver, Ed.D., who retired after 28 years in information technology and management consulting and 13 years in higher education, will moderate the discussion. While in consulting, Sheila created and led the workforce diversity initiative at Booz Allen Hamilton, which involved training and implementing corporate policies globally. She has worked in Egypt and lectured on global workplace diversity at Oxford University in England. Sheila has a BA in mathematics, an MBA and a doctorate in human resource development.

The lessons these women learned about working successfully on an international basis can be applied to all work situations.

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BPW/FL Leadership Programs

On June 1 our luncheon program will focus on the signature programs that fall under the umbrella of BPW/FL Leadership: Individual Development, Women in Transition and Young Careerist.  Jerri Evans, Legal Assistant with Lisa A. Hoppe, PA, Attorney at Law, will represent BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas at the Individual Development Speak Off at our upcoming BPW/FL State Conference.  The speak-off consists of a five-minute prepared speech and a two-minute impromptu speech. Jerri will deliver her speech on one of the prescribed topics set forth by the BPW/FL Leadership committee:

1: Running for political office
2: Transitioning to a new job or a new career
3: Motivating women to go out and vote
4: Advising a BPW scholarship recipient
5: Converting the energy at marches into concrete action
6: Celebrating BPW/FL’s 100 year anniversary

Sheila Barry Oliver will discuss our Young Careerist Program and Cynthia Gramberg will inform us all about the program that we have for Women In Transition.

 

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Unhappy Hour in Observance of Equal Pay Day

To recognize National Equal Pay Day and to raise awareness of pay equity and wage discrimination, Business and Professional Women (BPW)/St. Petersburg-Pinellas will hold its 14th annual “Unhappy Hour” on April 4, 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.

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Strategies for Success 2017

Strategies for Success 2017. Strategies for Success professional development workshop series based on BPW’s long-running Individual Development curriculum is back by popular demand. This year we had four monthly sessions held on the fourth Saturday of each month (from January through April) at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Education and Conference Center. This workshop series was for you if you are… Employed or in transition • Early, mid or late career • Working in the for profit, non-profit or government sector • Anticipating a career change • An entrepreneur or working for someone else. Each session was $20 for members, $25 for non-members and there was an early enrollment discount if you enrolled in all four before the first workshop on January 28, 2017. Click here for more information.