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Join BPW on Friday March 24th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at American Spirits – 230 3rd St S for member social with proceeds benefiting the YWCA of Tampa Bay. The cost is $10 to attend so please bring your friends, colleagues, clients any anyone who enjoys wine. If you need further details, please email info@BPWStPetePinellas.org
To recognize National Equal Pay Day and to raise awareness of pay equity and wage discrimination, Business and Professional Women (BPW)/St. Petersburg-Pinellas will hold its 14th annual “Unhappy Hour” on April 4, 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.
GUEST SPEAKER for March 16th. Sharon Boyes is the Director of Development for the Humane Society of Pinellas. Sharon relocated to Florida in 2015 from the shores of Lake Erie in her native hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Graduating from John Carroll University with a degree in English, Sharon brings more than 15 years of non-profit management, fundraising and marketing experience to the Humane Society of Pinellas. In addition to being a lifelong dog owner, the love of animals is a family affair. Sharon’s daughter is a Certified Veterinary Technician with an Animal Sciences degree from Ohio State University. Her stepson, Alex, holds a Zoology degree and works at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Sharon and her husband Marc have two dogs, a Black Lab named Marley and a Golden Retriever named Butters (after her favorite South Park character). In her spare time, Sharon enjoys listening to Pearl Jam, rooting on her hometown Cleveland Browns, Indians, and CAVS, watching Ohio State football and exploring the many beaches of Florida.
Strategies for Success 2017, March 25th. “Go for the Win-Win”. Strategies for Success professional development workshop series based on BPW’s long-running Individual Development curriculum is back by popular demand. This year we’ll have 4 monthly sessions held on the fourth Saturday of each month at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Education and Conference Center. This workshop series is for you if you are… Employed or in transition • Early, mid or late career • Working in the for profit, non-profit or government sector • Anticipating a career change • An entrepreneur or working for someone else. Each session is $20 for members, $25 for non-members and there is an early enrollment discount if you enroll in all 4 before the first workshop on January 28, 2017. Click here for more information and to register.
GUEST SPEAKER for March 2nd. Adrianna Garcia is dually certified as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Orientation and Mobility Specialist. She currently works for Pinellas County Schools, serving students who are blind or visually impaired grades Pre-K through 12. Adrianna graduated from Eckerd College with a Bachelor’s of Art in Human Development, and from Florida State University with a Master’s of Science in Visual Disabilities Education with an emphasis in Orientation and Mobility. She works with classroom teachers and therapists, like Physical and Occupational Therapists, to collaborate and create an individualized education plan for each student. As a Teacher for the Visually Impaired, TVI, Adrianna works with students to teach them how to access not only their school curriculum, but all that is available in the environment around them. Orientation and Mobility, O&M, encompasses introducing a student to a white cane and building their skill set in becoming a safe and efficient independent traveler, while working on consumer skills and navigating through various environments in the community.
GUEST SPEAKER for February 16th. Sabrina Hughes is the Vice President for the Nomad Art Bus. Art, as a form of human expression, is for all people, not just those with access to the tools, supplies and education to participate. Artist Carrie Boucher transformed a retired bus into a mobile studio to bring hands-on, open ended art exploration to the world.
NOMAD’s art outreach program is the core of our “Art for ALL” mission. It looks and feels just like our for-hire services, the only difference is that it is donor-funded. We make regular visits to places like group foster homes, halfway houses, domestic abuse shelters and programs that work with at-risk kids. We create a safe space for people in sensitive life situations to find their voices through joyful creative exploration.
It is because of the generosity of people like you that we are able to do this work, and our work is never-ending: Our donors enjoy seeing the impact of their contributions by following us on our social media outlets. If you would like to help us continue getting art to ALL please consider supporting this programming with a donation.
GUEST SPEAKER for February 2nd. April Hill is the founder of the Hill Law Group, P.A. which opened in 2002. She specializes in the field of elder law having obtained her Juris Doctorate in 1997 at Stetson University College of Law. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Elder law, certified by both the Florida Bar and the National Elder Law Foundation.
April speaks at continuing education seminars in her field as well as being an adjunct professor at Stetson teaching an elder law course.
Prior to opening Hill Law Group, P.A. April worked for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County and played a key role in establishing their Elder Justice Center. EJC is a unique court program designed to help elderly individuals gain access to the court system.
Community service is important to April, she served as the 2015-16 Chair for the Board of PARC, a local organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities, is an active supporter of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, just to name a few.