BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas 6/30/2015 Newsletter
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Business and Professional Women (BPW) /
St. Petersburg-Pinellas

Achieving equity for all women in the workplace through education, advocacy and information

Business and Professional Women (BPW)/St. Petersburg-Pinellas

Achieving equity for all women in the workplace through education, advocacy and information

Welcome to Step Into Our Shoes, a newsletter focused on the people, programs and activities of BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas! Click here to read past issues

What a busy month! It seems like the more you do the more you HAVE to do but also, the more you get done. Like many of you, June has been a celebration month for me with  graduations, weddings, our spectacular performance at the BPW/FL Awards ceremony and most recently two big wins for supporters of the BPW political platform in the U.S. Supreme Court. It seems like I spent the month getting ready to go or catch up from one celebration or another. 

We have some exiting new things to talk about in the coming months. I'm happy to announce that BPW Florida State President, Christy Crump has confirmed that our next BPW/Florida State Conference will be here in our area. With all of our activities throughout the year, it's just one more opportunity for us to show off our wonderful city . None of this is possible without you so stay tuned for meeting announcements and calls for committee involvement. No matter how much or little you can be involved, there's a role you can play in the success of BPW. Thank you to those of you that have stepped up and raised your volunteer hand. I look forward to working with all of you in the months ahead. 


2015-2016 President
BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas


Member Kudos

A big congratulations to our BPW members enjoying success

Normally this would be a place to recognize individual members but in June we stormed into the Keys and brought back the booty. BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas brought home 13 awards from our annual state conference. 
Individual Development
  1. Best Individual Development Program Sheila Barry-Oliver, 2014-15 Individual Development Chair
  1. Plus 5 Recognition, - To members who have recruited five or more new members from May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015. Amy Dinovo  
  2. Plus 10 Recognition - To members who have recruited ten or more new members from May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015. Amy Dinovo  
  3. Top Recruiter Award - To the member who has recruited the most new members from May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015. Amy Dinovo
Public Policy
  1. Giraffe Award – To the Local Organization that sticks its neck out for Pay Equity. Kristin Smith, 2014-15 Equal Pay Day Unhappy Hour Chair  
  2. Hortense K. Wells Trophy – For the local organization having the best program designed to create a continued overall interest in legislation and government. Jerri Evans, 2014-15 Legislative Chair  
  3. Red Purse Award – To the Local Organization with the best equal pay day program/event. Kristin Smith, 2014-15 Equal Pay Day Unhappy Hour Chair  
  4. Eagle Award - Issues’ Focus - To the LO that consistently advocates, educates and informs its members on our focus issues of economic equity, healthcare, and the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Jerri Evans, 2014-15 Legislative Chair
Public Relations
  1. Best Website of the Year Amy Dinovo, Webmistress  
  2. Best Overall Promotion of the Year 
Young Careerist
  1. Best Young Careerist Program Sheila Barry-Oliver, 2014-15 Individual Development Chair  
  2. Susan B. Anthony Award – To the local organization having the highest percentage of new members under 35 years of age as of February 15.
Best Local Organization
  1. LO of the Year Award – Presented to the LO illustrating the most well-rounded year of programs, community outreach, sound fiscal policies, and effective public relations. 

Rays Night Out


On June 15, 2015 we had a wonderful time as guests of the Tampa Bay Rays at Professional Women's Networking Night. We've participated in this event for a few years now and it's always fun to get out and support our local team and enjoy time with our BPW sisters. Adding to the fun this year was BPW Tallahassee President Yolanda Miranda-Hill who was able to join us because she was on a business trip here in the area. Keep that in mind as you travel throughout the state. We have 20 local organizations filled with amazing women for you to connect with as you travel through their area. 

A big thanks to membership chair, Terry Christopher for coordinating all of that for us. 



Changes from BPW/Florida


One of the most important aspects of our state conference is our annual business meeting and this year a few important changes were made. We'll be discussing them more at our upcoming meetings so that we can answer any questions but here's a brief summary. 

1) The new Legislative Platform was adopted with two significant changes over last year. The first is that the first plank was expanded from passing the Equal Rights Ammendment to equality for all opening up our efforts to continue gathering support and momentum for equality in all aspects of our lives. The second is that the education plank was replaced with environment. With more women graduating from college than men, our successful efforts are self evident. We will still continue to support women in their educational pursuits but from a public policy perspective, the environment has taken on new significance. Both of these items will be discussed in our upcoming Legislative moments. 

2) The state bylaws were changed to reduce the amount of time that a member can be delinquent with their dues to 60 days. Our executive committee has discussed this change and will be putting together a proposal to bring our own local organization bylaws in line with this for efficiency. Our commitment with regards to this change is to make sure that each member has plenty of notice regarding their membership renewal so that they don't miss out on any of the member benefits due to delinquent dues. 



Connect with Us

New Members

Tiki Bates

Chandra Tracy


Baby Shoes

Congratulations to BPW Member Catie Matthey and her husband Phil on the birth of their daughter, Rosalie June 8th. 

July Member Anniversaries

Jerri Evans
4 Years
Kirstina Fortner
1 Year
Juli Kempner
1 Year
Kathie Michael
1 Year
Alizza  Punzalan-Randle
13 Years
Darden Rice
4 Years
Rosemary Schrader
15 Years
Tami Simms
18 Years
Linda Thielmann
1 Year

General Membership Meetings

Join us on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 400 Beach Drive Seafood & Tap House in Downtown St. Petersburg. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m.; the meeting and luncheon begins at 12 Noon. Cost: Members, $16; Guests, $21. Reservations are required. A $5 fee will be added to reservations received after Noon on Tuesday prior to meeting. All are welcome!

July Programs

Thursday, June 2
Extending Your State Wide Network  
Everyone has their own reason and motivation for involvement with BPW. Several Members of our local organization have been elected or appointed to leadership positions with BPW / FL in the past month. Join us for a panel discussion with Gretta Paige Bellas, Jerri Evans, Cynthia Gramberg, Alizza Punzalan-Randle, and Tami Simms to find out what motivated them to seek these leadership position at the next level and how their efforts over the next year will impact you. 

Thursday, June 16
Kristina Fortner, Executive Director of Girls, Inc. of Pinellas
Learn about how Girls, Inc. is fostering  the interests of young women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers and the positive impact it has on the girls, their families, the volunteers and the community in general. We will also be collecting school supplies to help stretch their education budget even farther. 

Standing Reservations

Are you a regular at our general membership meetings? If you plan to attend most of them, please fill out the 2015 Standing Reservation Form by selecting your salad and entree choices for the entire calendar year. You can cancel by the Tuesday prior to the meeting if you intend to miss a day. Complete and send the form to rsvp@bpwstpetepinellas.org.

Member Spotlight

Our member spotlight for July will be Joan Ghassemi. It's a great opportunity for members to get to know a little more about each other and practice speaking in front of the group. If you are interested, please send an email to info@BPWStPetePinellas.org


The long awaited members only section of our website is currently being built and should be rolled out in the next few weeks. We will need help transferring items from the Yahoo! group to the new members only area that will house all of our important info like our Member Directory, Governing Documents and Meeting Minutes. If you are interested in helping out, no technical ability required, please email info@BPWStPetePinellas.org


7/2, General Membership Meeting - Extending Your Statewide Network
11:30 a.m. Networking; Noon Lunch, 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House, 400 Beach Dr. NE, St. Pete. Register now

7/8, Finance Committee 
6:00 Kristin Smith's home. Please contact Kristin if you plan to attend

7/22, Executive Committee Meeting7/16, General Membership Meeting - Kristina Fortner, Executive Director with Girls, Inc. 
11:30 a.m. Networking; Noon Lunch, 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House, 400 Beach Dr. NE, St. Pete. Register now

7/22, Executive Committee Meeting
5:30-6:00 p.m. Networking, get refreshments 6:00-7:30 p.m. Meeting, Coastal Properties 238 Beach Drive NE, St. Pete

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