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July 19: Marketing Strategies to Grow Your Business

Sandra Fidelis is a Speaker, Business Coach, Digital Marketing Consultant and Bestselling author. She’s had tremendous success teaching coaches, holistic practitioners and client-based businesses practical steps to creating a successful business so they can make more money while making a big impact. Her programs focus on teaching clients how to charge what they’re worth, double or triple their practice and simultaneously experience more time, flexibility and fulfillment.

Sandra worked as a business development analyst for Progress Energy before becoming an entrepreneur. She is one of the co-authors of Sexy Secrets to a Juicy Love Life. Sandra has an undergraduate degree in mass communication/media studies from the University of South Florida and an MBA from Florida Gulf Coast University. She has lived in both Florida and New York.

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July 5: Multi-Generational Caregiving Roundtable

6:00-7:30 pm, R’Club, 4140 49th Street N, St. Petersburg     

Women care for others in many different ways.  As mothers, they care for their children.  As “caregivers”, they care for family members or acquaintances who have physical, psychological or development needs.  Women spend as much as 50% more time on parenting and caregiving than men.  Working women have even greater challenges due to lost wages from reduced work hours, time out of the work force, family leave or early retirement.  Our multi-generational caregiving roundtable will consider the challenges unique to working women.

Come share your stories and words of wisdom or come to learn from the experiences of others.  It’s potluck refreshments, so bring some food and drink to share.  No reservations are necessary.

June 21: Stand Up For Yourself: You Teach People How to Treat You

SueZie and Cheryl Hawkes met in 1997 and fell in love. For the love of Cheryl, SueZie gave up all she had and knew in England to be with her in the USA. They married in 2000 as husband and wife. SueZie spent the following years still struggling with her gender identity and Cheryl was her only confide. For many years the couple were in fear that a transition would most likely cost them employment and more.

By early 2014 SueZie and Cheryl couldn’t continue living in the public’s perception of husband and wife. They chose to pursue transitioning and leading a positive life. Those first steps, humiliation and psychological pain, were something both of them felt no one should have to endure. SueZie and Cheryl decided to educate the world by going public and bringing awareness to transgender. The couple went about it in a grand scale! They let reporters document and film some of the transition including the operating room. The story of SueZie’s boldness together with Cheryl’s unwavering passion and love captured the media’s attention around the world.

SueZie and Cheryl advocate in a positive lens and speak to the ground level of social acceptance. They totally opened the book of their life with a goal to normalize love and acceptance, and reducing stigma in transgender relationships and beyond. Since 2015 they have written extensively for workplace and public LGBT publications. SueZie transitioned in a corporate environment. It wasn’t easy and being the first, clearly identified the need for education. Guided by her candid principles SueZie pursued positive cultural change in her workplace.

SueZie is now self-employed building her own business. Her flexible schedules allows her to give voluntary assistance to transitioning individuals and families; it’s a priority close to her heart. SueZie and Cheryl have a healthy passion between them. The couple give love and Intimacy education. SueZie proudly states, “I work in a ladies only profession and we are Relationship Enhancement Specialists.” SueZie and Cheryl are both Pure Romance Consultants.

Please join us on June 21 to learn more about this important topic.

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June 7: LGBT Consumers

Join us on June 7 to hear Rachel Stevenson discuss “The Growing Impact of LGBT Consumers in American Business Today”. Rachel is an award-winning speaker, writer, diversity consultant and LGBT advocate. In Pennsylvania, she was the Founder and first President of LGBT Equality Alliance, an organization that creates safe spaces for the Chester County LGBT community, and a corporate diversity consultant to an international manufacturing company. Rachel moved to Florida in 2017 and quickly got involved. Within three months of buying her home in Gulfport, Rachel had created her newest company, OUTCOAST, which is composed of OUTCOAST.com, OUTCOAST Photography, and OUTCOAST Consulting.

As the publisher of OUTCOAST.com, an online LGBT editorial marketing and media platform, Rachel shares LGBTQ stories and business news from throughout Florida’s Gulf Coast. She also works with LGBTQ-owned and inclusive businesses to market their service and product offerings through her platform. In addition, she freelances for Curve Magazine, an international online Lesbian magazine.

An avid event photographer, Rachel has captured photos for LGBT organizations around the world, including the IGLTA, NGLCC, NLGJA, and Out & Equal. That is how OUTCOAST Photography was born! OUTCOAST Photography offers event, marketing, head shot, and travel photography services. Her work can be seen in restaurants throughout the region.

And finally, through OUTCOAST Consulting, Rachel and her team help organizations create more inclusive spaces for LGBTQ employees through consulting, speaker services, and education. Rachel lives with her girlfriend, Margaret, and their three year old puppy, Pepper. Together, they enjoy boating, gardening, trying new local restaurants, and living the dream! “Work hard, play harder” is Rachel’s motto.

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May 17: The Effects of the Opiod Crisis on Women’s Health

We have all heard about the opiod crisis in America today but how does that relate to women’s health? Come hear Sandnes Boulanger, MSW, LCSW, MSAP, CET, Clinical Director of Operation PAR explain the connection. Sandnes has more than 20 years of experience working in residential and outpatient settings specializing in: substance use disorders, trauma, ADHD, anger management, behavioral issues, divorce, family conflict, emotional disturbances, grief, parenting, and self-esteem. Cognitive behavioral, insight oriented, and expressive therapies are used to develop a working therapeutic relationship with children, teens, and families.

Sandnes serves as Operation PAR’s Clinical Director providing clinical oversight to: adult and adolescent outpatient services, Village Women’s Pregnant and Post-Partum Residential, LC Men’s Residential, and care coordination. Operation PAR provides treatment and services to help those impacted by substance abuse and mental health. They have provided prevention, intervention and treatment of addiction and mental health services since 1970, helping children, adults and their families overcome their struggles with substance abuse and mental health. Sandnes provides individual substance use/co-occurring therapy to adults and teenagers offering both face to face as well as behavioral tele-health sessions. She also provides clinical supervision for mental health and social work students as well as counselors earning hours towards state licensure or CAP/MCAP certification.

Sandnes earned a Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of South Florida in 1999 and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a Child Development, Family Relations Minor from Western Carolina University in 1993.

Please join us on May 17 to learn more about this important topic.

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May 3: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

What constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace and what should you do if confronted by it? Jeffery Dewayne 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 Code of Ordinances, which prohibits discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy discrimination and sexual harassment), sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, or disability. These provisions cover all conditions and terms of employment including recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, pay, tenure, discipline, discharge, and privileges. This law applies to all employers located in Pinellas County with five or more employees, to labor organizations, and to public and private employment agencies. Employment discrimination charges involving employers with 15 or more employees and based upon race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (over 40), or disability, are also filed with the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Jeffery is the former director of the City of Terre Haute Human Relations Commission (HRC), a position he held from 2007 to 2017. Under his leadership, Mr. Lorick cultivated a partnership with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and HUD. He served as a liaison between the people of Terre and the business community as well as local, state, and federal agencies. He served as EEOC officer, on the President’s Commission for Diversity at Indiana State University, the Business Leadership Network, and as chair for the African American Mentor Group.

As director of the Terre Haute HRC, Jeffrey facilitated diversity and inclusion, anti-harassment and EEO training to corporate America, universities and municipalities. Specifically, he facilitated cultural competencies to create awareness of issues and develop intellectual understanding between groups and city institutions; participated in community building initiatives to increase cohesion and to mobilize the community’s commitments, resources, and skills; assisted in compiling, organizing, and categorizing training and resource material to achieve human relations’ goals; developed, implemented, and directed programs to promote diversity; and negotiated with other community agencies to establish dialogue and provide a safe environment for all citizens of the community to engage in civic activities.

Mr. Lorick sits on the Board of Director for the National Association of Human Rights Workers (NAWRH) and is a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Since accepting the position with the Office of Pinellas County Human Relations Commission, Jeffery provides anti-harassment training to employees of Pinellas County and investigates employment and housing allegations of discrimination.

Jeff is married to Belinda Lorick and the proud parent of three children, Kristian, Marcus, and Marsia. Having resided in Terre Haute for thirty- five years, he owned a business for thirty-two years, coached various levels of football, and was actively involved in both civic and church organizations. His investment in the Terre Haute community inspired his dedication to diversity and human rights issues.

Please join us on May 3 to learn more about this important topic.

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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 and IT Consultant; and Parliamentarian Tami Simms, Real Estate Advisor and Trainer.  The installing officer will be Mary Giddens, Owner Manager, Diamond G Ranch, Past BPW/FL President and Chair of the BPW/FL PAC.

We will also be recognizing the recipients of the Helen K. Leslie Award for Service & Dedication and the Member of the Year Award.

We are fortunate to have a diverse and strong membership who believe in the mission of BPW and the importance of a strong leadership team.  Our mission of building powerful women professionally, personally and politically remains as important now as it did when we were formed 52 years ago.  Join us as we celebrate the past year’s successes and look forward to the coming year.

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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 2016, the average woman makes just 80 cents for every dollar a man is paid, reflecting a gap that results in hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost wages over the course of a career. Therefore, if a man was paid $50,000 to perform his job from January 1 through December 31, it will take a woman in the same position, on average, until April of the following year to earn the same amount.

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