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Luncheon Meetings

Twice each month, on the first and third Thursdays, you can join us at 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House for our General Membership Meetings. Enjoy a wide variety of interesting speakers and meet BPW members while enjoying a delicious lunch. Anyone may attend by simply making a reservation. The cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Reservations are required by the Tuesday before the meeting. (Click on the coffee cup above to reserve or get more info)

Unhappy Hour for Equal Pay Day

The 15th Annual BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas Unhappy Hour for Equal Pay Day What a great event this past April 10th at the Arts Xchange in the Warehouse Arts District, 515 22nd Street South, St. Petersburg. Committee Chair Kristen Smith and her committee planned an outstanding opportunity for our members and members of the community to come together in observance of the wage gap. Photos are available on our flickr page which you can access by clicking on the photos at the bottom of the homepage.

Message from the President

April, 2018 - Dear Sisters and Friends: Today I write to you as a Past President of our Local BPW, while welcoming your new President Sheila Barry-Oliver. This week saw the transition of both our leadership and our “spring” into a new fiscal year. Mixed emotions abound, I’m both sad and heartened to know that you’re all in good hands, and I expect us us to have a great future year! It’s been a tough year for me personally and professionally, but I made it through with the support of a fine group of women I can’t thank enough. And at it’s core, isn’t that what BPW is all about? ... for the rest click on the word bubble in the upper left of the message

News & Events

May 3: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

What constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace and what should you do if confronted by it? Jeffery Lorick, Equal Opportunity Coordinator, Pinellas County Office of Human Rights, will address those questions and more when he discusses sexual harassment in the workplace. The Pinellas County Office of Human Rights administers Chapter 70 of the Pinellas County […]

April 19: Installation of Officers

Join us on April 19 as we install the 2018-2019 officers: President Dr. Sheila Barry-Oliver, retired management consultant and educator; President-Elect Jane Byers, President, Perfect Copy & Print; 1st Vice President Christine Weigle, retired private banker and entrepreneur; 2nd Vice President Tiki Bates, Owner, Community Cremation; Secretary Diane Dewey, Writer; Treasurer Amy Dinovo, Contract Manager […]

Annual Meeting on April 5

Join us on April 5 for our annual meeting at which time reports summarizing the year’s activities shall be given and officers for 2018-2019 shall be elected.  Elections are always an exciting time for our organization.  We are fortunate to have a diverse and strong membership who believe in the mission of BPW and the importance of […]

BPW / St. Pete Pinellas attended International Women’s Day Event hosted by USFSP

On Thursday March 22, Membership Chair, Tiki Bates and Equality Day Tea Chair, Lily Alcott attended Defending Women’s Reproductive Rights and Freedoms: The Curious Case of the Macedonian Abortion Law of 2013 at USFSP at the invitation of member and USFSP Professor, Judithanne McLauchlan. Tiki and Lily had a table where they had the opportunity to […]

March 15: Your Role in Preventing Sexual Assault

Rose Harris is the Sexual Assault Services Manager at Suncoast Center, a non-profit organization that provides services such as counseling and psychiatric evaluations to individuals throughout Pinellas County. This includes the Sexual Assault Victim (SAVE) Exams, which are available 24/7. Prior to joining Suncoast Center in 2017, Rose managed residential foster homes for 50 children […]

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 […]

Lessons from a Female Florida Pioneer

March is Women’s History Month and on March 1, BPW welcomes Elizabeth Coachman, MD, who will discuss “Mary Jane Safford, MD: A Rediscovered Feminist”. Dr. Coachman will present a short biography of Mary Jane Safford and how she relates to the modern woman. Elizabeth lived outside Chicago before attending Moore College of Art and Rutgers […]

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 […]

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