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If you haven’t already saved the date for our Equality Day Tea, stop reading right now and put it on your calendar! We are excited to go back to an old-fashioned tea party, to be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017, from 2 – 4pm, at Sweet Tea Celebrations, located at 5325 Gulfport Blvd., Gulfport, FL 33707 (located in The Boulevard Shoppe).
Join us for refreshing home-brewed teas, hot or cold (or bring your wine of choice) and a wide selection of pastries and finger sandwiches, as well as good old-fashioned girl talk on a Saturday afternoon. (Don’t forget to wear your hat!)
Advanced reservations and payment will be required. Click here for details.
July 20, Lori Matway speaks to BPW about Pinellas County School system. Lori Matway is the Associate Superintendent, Student and Community Support Services.
Lori Matway joined the district in 1987 working as a middle school and high school social studies teacher for 11 years. She also served as a track and cross country coach at both levels. In 1998, Matway joined the district’s administrative ranks as an assistant principal at Kennedy Middle School, which is now known as Clearwater Fundamental. In 2005, Matway was named principal at Pinellas Park Middle School, where she worked for two years.
In 2007, Matway left the district to join the City of St. Petersburg as the managing director of Education and Government Services. In that capacity, she was responsible for growing the city’s programs that supported schools, to include the Mayor’s Mentors & More program. Matway worked to recruit mentors for the city’s 43 public schools; secure private funding for TSIC/Doorways Scholarships; pair public schools with corporate partners; and fund incentive programs for principals of top-performing schools.
Matway holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Studies and a master’s degree from the University of South Florida in Educational Leadership. Matway served as president and treasurer of the Secondary Assistant Principal’s Association and was winner of the 2013 Chairman’s Award from the Pinellas Education Foundation.
July 6, Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin will speak to BPW St. Petersburg-Pinellas . Dr. Kanika Tomalin is the Deputy Mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida. In this role she works in partnership with Mayor Rick Kriseman to strategically advance one of Florida’s largest cities toward its goals.
As deputy mayor, Dr. Tomalin’s citywide purview ranges from operations to strategy and serves to extend the mayor’s reach. Prior to being appointed deputy mayor, Dr. Tomalin served as a healthcare executive in various senior leadership capacities for Health Management Associates’ 23-hospital Florida Group and the five-county Bayfront Health Network.
An experienced strategist, she has also worked as a marketeer and journalist. Dr. Tomalin earned a B.S. in broadcast journalism from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, an MBA from the University of Miami and a Doctorate from Northeastern University.
She is the fifth generation of her family to call St. Petersburg home. She was married to well-known adventurer Terry Tomalin and they have two children, Kai and Nia.
She has received numerous awards and appointments and is committed to many causes, namely improving the health of the community she serves.
BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas invites you to a Fashion Mix & Mingle at Necessories BFF Boutique, located in the heart of St. Petersburg’s famous Central Avenue EDGE District. Necessories is a women centered boho funk gem with one of a kind designs in clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories. Come have a glass of wine, some cheese and lots of good company!
We’d like to extend a special invitation to our BPW sisters from around the state who will be arriving for our annual state conference taking place at the nearby Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort.
There is no cost to attend so you have more to spend!
Thursday, June 22nd
6PM – 8PM
Necessories Boho Feme Funk is located at
953 Central Ave
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For transportation call Round the Town,
St Pete’s ONLY free, fun, and
100% eco-friendly way around town.