The forum showcased organizations in Pinellas County that have demonstrated a commitment to achieving gender equity. The organizations, a mix of for-profit, non-profit and government and of varying sizes, have all been recognized for their accomplishments. What is common across these organizations and what differs with respect to workplace gender equity?
We heard the experiences of these organizations and their representatives:
Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, Kim Woollard, Chief Human Resources Officer
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Major Stefanie Campbell, Commander for the Support Services Bureau
Sabal Trust Company, Jennifer Garbowicz, CFA, CIPM, Principal
Tech Data, Ameerah Mukayed, CDP, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist
Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, founded in 1955 by employees of MacDill Air Force Base, is one of Tampa Bay’s largest credit unions.
|The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is the primary law enforcement agency for Pinellas County, responsible for law enforcement services in the unincorporated areas of the county as well as contract cities, jail facilities and courthouse security for Florida’s 6th Judicial Circuit.||
Major Stefanie Campbell
|The largest employee-owned trust company in Florida, Sabal Trust Company and its predecessor companies have been serving communities throughout Florida for more than 30 years.||
Jennifer Garbowicz, CFA, CIPM
Tech Data, founded in 1974, is an American multinational distribution company specializing in technology products, services and solutions.
Ameerah Mukayed, CDP
Tanya Hollins, Regional Executive Director, PACE Center for Girls, moderated the panel of women from organizations in different business sectors and of varying sizes, as they explored what has worked (and what hasn’t), the challenges they encountered and how they overcame those challenges, and what still needs to be done. We heard their inspiring and informative stories.
Gold SponsorPinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Air Quality Control | Janssen & Igar, CPAs, PA | Perfect Copy & Print
Kristin Smith, WMS, Raymond James & Associates | Sabal Trust Company | Tech Data
Small Business Sponsors
Community Cremation | Marcia S. Cohen, PA | Barbara Daire | Let Amy Handle It
Shollenberger Public Relations | The Simms Team, Coastal Properties Group
BPW/Calusa | BPW/Hernando County | BPW/Tampa Bay
St. Peterburg Women’s Chamber of Commerce
A tradition continues…
Since 2012, BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas has been fulfilling its mission of advocacy, information and education by presenting the Working Women’s Forum. Presented as a panel discussion, the Working Women’s Forum takes on issues that are relevant to the lives of working women. The forums have included some of our area’s top subject matter experts and women leaders delivering informative, engaging and often entertaining conversations. Our most recent forums are listed below.
- Women of Influence (October 2017). Our panel included Alizza Punzalan-Randle, Community Outreach Manager at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Dr. Tonjua Williams, President of St. Petersburg College, and Molly Moorhead, Editorial Writer at Tampa Bay Times and was moderated by Cathy Unruh, WEDU Show Host and Author
- From My House to the White House: Navigating the Crossroads of American Democracy (October 2016). Our panel included: Deborah Clark, Pinellas County Elections Supervisor; Nikki Gaskin-Capehart, Director of Urban Affairs for the City of St. Petersburg; and The Honorable Myriam Irizarry, County Judge, Pinellas County, and was moderated by Rob Lorei, a veteran of local news in the Tampa Bay area.
- Being the Only Woman in The Room (October 2015). Our panel included Hon. Myriam Irizarry, Judge, Pinellas County Sixth Judicial Circuit, Criminal Division; Melanie Lenz, Tampa Bay Rays, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Development; Diane Bailey Morton, C1 Bank, General Counsel; Melissa Seixa, Duke Energy, Government and Community Relations, Pinellas and Pasco, and was moderated by Tami Simms, Coastal Properties/Christie’s International Real Estate.
- From Grasshopper to Queen Bee: Mentoring Relationships that Buzz (October 2014). Our panel included USFSP Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska, Founder of Working Women of Florida Jessica Rivelli, Executive Vice President of the WTL Group Elaine Smalling, and Infinite Solutions of Tampa Bay President and CEO Gwendolyn Reese, and was moderated by Tami Simms, Coastal Properties/Christie’s International Real Estate.
- Women’s Success Stories: Shaping Your Career or Letting It Shape You (October 2013). Our panel included Director of the Leadership Development Institute at Eckerd College Margaret Cooley, Publisher of The Power Broker & Grapevine magazines Gypsy Gallardo, President of MAP & Associates Marty Petty, Owner of MISRED Outfitters and Lead Fashion Designer Sara Stonecipher, and was moderated by Tami Simms, Coastal Properties/Christie’s International Real Estate.
- The Affordable Care Act (October 2012). Our panel included Cigna Senior Medical Direcor of Healthcare Coverage Dr. Julie Kessel, Bayfront Medical Center VP of Strategic Planning and Public Affairs Dr. Kanika Jelks-Tomalin, and Doctors for America Senior Regional Director Dr. Mona Mangat, and was moderated by Stetson University College of Law Dean of Faculty Michael Allen
- Why Do State and Federal Elections Matter to Working Women? (February 2012). Our panel included County Commissioner Karen Seele, School Board Member Nina Hayden, and Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark, and was moderated by USF Political Science Professor Dr. Susan McManus