GUEST SPEAKER June 2: Anji Corley. Originally from New York and relocated to the Tampa Bay area as it show host at HSN for the last 20 years. Anji has 25 years in broadcasting and covered red carpet events, award shows, White House and daytime live in syndicated television, radio personality, special events host and a life-long committed members to mentoring.
Liz Illgen, a realtor with Keller Williams Gulfside Realty, won the BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas (BPW/SPP) Speak-off held on May 5, 2016. The Individual Development (ID) speak-off, which consists of both a prepared speech and an impromptu speech, is the final stage of the ID program. BPW’s ID program was developed in the 1960s and has continued to evolve as the workplace has changed. BPW/SPP has held ID programs for the last two years, which consisted of five Saturday morning sessions of two modules each. Speak-off participants must have attended at least six ID modules and must be BPW members. For her prepared speech, Liz gave advice to women considering starting their own business. Liz joined BPW in 2014 and has been active ever since, serving as an officer both last year and this. Liz will represent BPW/SPP at the 2016 BPW/FL State Conference, to be held on June 24-25 at the Vinoy Renaissance in St. Petersburg.
GUEST SPEAKER May 19: Gay Lynne Inskeep. She spoke on the Importance of an Independent Judiciary. Gay has been with the Sixth Judicial Circuit since 1987 when she started as a trial court law clerk. She has had a lot of firsts in her career, she was the Circuit’s first Arbitration and Mediation Coordinator, the first Family Law Deputy and the first Chief Deputy Courts Administration. She was appointed Trial Courts Administrator on January 1, 2004.
As we enter into the last months of the federal election cycle and start the state cycle, we have already gone through a legislative session that saw bills introduced that would limit the terms that a judge could sit on the bench (they are already governed by a forced retirement at age 70), as well as a bill to make all judges in the state appointed by the Governor (right now appellate judges and supreme court justices are appointed). Please join us Thursday, May 19 when we welcome Gay Lynne Inskeep, and learn why now more than ever it is so important to have an independent judiciary.
BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas held our 13th annual “Unhappy Hour” to mark Equal Pay Day on April12, 2016 at the St. Petersburg Museum of History on downtown St. Petersburg’s beautiful waterfront.
Approximately 70 people attended this year’s Unhappy Hour, including students from the University of South Florida Womens’ Empowerment Club. Part of our event’s mission is to make younger women aware of the ongoing relevance of BPW’s platform issues, particularly pay equity.
BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas was presented with a proclamation from the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, declaring that April 12th was officially “Equal Pay Day” in Pinellas County, and the proclamation was read to the assembled guests by Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Charlie Justice, who also pledged the county’s full commitment to working towards equal pay for women. A second proclamation came from the city of St. Petersburg, and was presented by Sally Everett, the mayor’s Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, who spoke of the city’s commitment to partnering with organizations like BPW to make economic empowerment for women and their families a priority in St. Petersburg.