BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas 3/30/2015 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
Welcome to the ninth issue of Step Into Our Shoes, a newsletter focused on the people, programs and activities of BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas! Click here to read past issues

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!

April Programs

Thursday, April 2
Election of 2015-16 Officers
PLUS the 2015 Outstanding Young Professional (OYP) Program

Kristina Alspaw, OYP Finalist
Tricia Curry, OYP Finalist

Kristina Fortner, OYP Finalist
Jocelyn Lister, OYP Finalist

Based on the BPW/FL Young Careerist Program founded in 1964, the Outstanding Young Professional program recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women and men, ages 21-35, for their endeavors at bettering themselves and others professionally, personally, and politically. Register for this meeting

Thursday, April 16
Installation of 2015-16 Officers
President-Elect Amy Dinovo and her team will be installed as the 2015-16 Executive Committee. The Member of the Year Award and Helen K. Leslie Award for Service and Dedication will be presented. Register for this meeting

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.

Lobby Days in Tallahassee

2015 ID session Negotiating
Legislative Chair Jerri Evans and members Tricia Curry and Kristin Smith (top photo, left to right) joined lobbyist Stephanie Kunkel, BPW/FL President Christy Crump (top photo, far right) and BPW sisters from across the state for Lobby Days. The group observed the House and Senate in session and educated several legislators, including, Rep. Dwight Dudley (top) and Rep. Darryl Rouson (bottom), about BPW public policy issues.

Apply for the Connie Passmore Scholarship

Each year, BPW/SPP awards the Connie Passmore Scholarship to women, age 21 or over who live, work or go to school in the Tampa Bay area; who demonstrate achievement, need and well defined educational goals; and who are attending an accredited program. Several awards averaging between $250-$750 are made each year. All are welcome to apply. Click here for the scholarship application. The deadline is April 30.

BPW + St. Pete Chamber = Benefits for All Members!

St. Pete Chamber logoBPW/SPP became a recent member of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. As one of the perks, all BPW members will receive Chamber member event pricing as well as have the opportunity to serve on Chamber committees. Let the Chamber know you're a member of BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas!

On a related note, congratulations to past BPW/SPP President Cory Adler for being named a 2015 INSPIRE! Woman of the Year finalist. She will be recognized on April 29 at the Iconic Women of St. Petersburg Celebrating Women with Vision Awards (9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Coliseum). The keynote speaker will be Kate White, former Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. Cost: St. Pete Chamber Members: $65; Non-Chamber Members: $75.

Be Relevant in 2014-15

Authenticity – We will strengthen what we do best. Mastery – We will be mission driven in all that we do. Empathy – We will diversify our reach, way of thinking, audiences and partnerships. Action – We will communicate, collaborate and connect to further our influence.

2014-15 Executive Committee
President Alizza Punzalan-Randle 
President-Elect Amy Dinovo
1st VP/Programs Jerri Evans 
2nd VP/Membership Kristin Smith
Secretary Audrey Wood 
Treasurer Joan Ghassemi
Parliamentarian Tami Simms


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Raise a Glass for Pay Equity at 4/14 "Unhappy Hour"

The pay gap between women and men has barely budged in a decade. In 2013, among full-time, year-round workers, women were paid 78 percent of what men were paid. (AAUW, The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap). Equal Pay Day symbolizes how far into 2015 women must work to earn what men earned in 2014.

Join us to observe National Equal Pay Day at our 12th annual "Unhappy Hour"  on Tuesday, April 14, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Morean Arts Center (719 Central Ave, St. Pete). Admission is free. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and a cash bar.

Click here for the Unhappy Hour flyer and help us spread the word!


Gender Wage Equality in... 2058?

Sometimes, the only way to stomach serious issues is to apply a little levity. Enjoy this recent sketch - "The Future of Gender Wage Equality" - from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart featuring Kristen Schaal, who reports on the gender wage gap and discovers that some sci-fi fantasies will come to fruition before women get equal pay.


Member Kudos

BPW Member Anniversaries


Happy anniversary to those who renew their membership in BPW year after year! We also welcome our newest members since the last issue.

New Member
Kimberly Brown-Williams

Joined in March of...
2001, Sydni Shollenberger
2004, Andrea Winning

2014, Nikki Gaskin-Capehart


BPW members are accomplished in numerous and various ways. We applaud these women for their recent achievements.

Past BPW/SPP President Cynthia Jenkins was an honoree at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum's second First Ladies in African American History Awards celebration held at the Museum of Fine Arts. She was recognized for being the first African American president of BPW/SPP. Congratulations, Cynthia!

1st VP and Programs Chair Jerri Evans and President Alizza Punzalan-Randle have accepted state appointments by BPW/FL President Christy Crump for the remainder of the 2014-15 year. Jerri will serve on the Political Action Committee (PAC) and Alizza will serve as the Council of Presidents' Delegate on the State's Executive Committee.

Calendar of Events

4/2, General Membership Meeting - Outstanding Young Professional Program & Election of 2015-16 Officers
11:30 a.m. Networking; Noon Lunch, 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House, 400 Beach Dr. NE, St. Pete. Register now

4/14, 12th Annual Unhappy Hour for Equal Pay Day
5:30-7:30 p.m., Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave, St. Pete. Free. Complimentary appetizers and cash bar.

4/16, General Membership Meeting - Installation of 2015-16 Officers
11:30 a.m. Networking; Noon Lunch, 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House, 400 Beach Dr. NE, St. Pete. Register now

5/7, General Membership Meeting - Individual Development Speak-Off
11:30 a.m. Networking; Noon Lunch, 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House, 400 Beach Dr. NE, St. Pete. Register now

5/21, General Membership Meeting - Brian Auld, President, and Melanie Lenz, Senior VP of Strategy and Development, Tampa Bay Rays
11:30 a.m. Networking; Noon Lunch, 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House, 400 Beach Dr. NE, St. Pete. Register now

6/4, General Membership Meeting - Music Therapist Erin Seibert
11:30 a.m. Networking; Noon Lunch, 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House, 400 Beach Dr. NE, St. Pete. Register now

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