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Successfully Balancing Your Career and Your Community

On January 18, BPW welcomes Amy Foster, St. Petersburg City Council, District 8, who will discuss how working women can succeed, how to get involved in the city and how the small business enterprise ordinance has changed. Amy is a Past Chair of the City Council.  Professionally, Amy is the Executive Director of the Guardian Ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay, in which capacity she oversees fundraising and day-to-day operations for the Foundation. She previously served as the National Collaborative Network Manager for the EdLab Group’s National Girls Collaborative Project, a national project focused on gender equity and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Ms. Foster also worked for nearly ten years with Girl Scouts of West Central Florida as the Director of Girl and Adult Leadership Development. Ms. Foster is very active in the community, serving as Community Vice President for the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin, a member of the STEM Advisory Board for Girls Inc. of Pinellas, former Vice President for St. Pete Pride, founding board member of the Industrial Arts Center in Gulfport and member of the Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association, among others. Ms. Foster received her BA in psychology and sociology from Centenary College of Louisiana.

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Successful Career from Sales to Art

To kick off the 2018, BPW welcomes Carla Bristol to share her story in creating a Successful Career from Sales to Art.

Carla Bristol, is the Owner and Creative Strategist behind Gallerie 909 and her private label clutch and clothing line, Jamii and the founder of the Annual Black Arts and Film Festival.  License Realtor and involved community advocate are among some of the other hats she wears.  Born in Guyana and raised in New York this mother of two enjoys strengthening her community through art and culture.  Bristol opened Gallerie 909 at the end of the First Quarter of 2014 in the heart of historic Midtown on the Deuces in a community that has inspired artists for generations.  The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum and The African American Heritage trail documenting its rich history makes this area an important destination in Saint Petersburg.

In September 2017 Bristol left behind her physical location to enjoy the flexibility of being space-free. She continued to contribute to the regional arts and culture landscape by impacting people.  In November, Bristol gracefully opened a new chapter at Skyway Marina Mall and continued her community building work.  Her gallery has the reputation of being known as the preeminent art space presenting works by established and emerging artists of the African diaspora.  Since opening in March 2014, 909 has featured over 60 local, national and international artists.  The gallery offers several mediums including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs, custom jewelry, selected home furnishings, clothing, textiles and so much more.

Owner, Carla Bristol was CreativeMornings, guest speaker on How Pioneers are Born (October 2017), guest editor for Creative Pinellas in February 2017 and appeared on CNN in December of 2016 representing Small Business Perspective.  Bristol received an award for Most Iconic Style from Local Shops 1 in 2016; Arts, Culture and Heritage award in 2015 and Small Business of the Year Award in 2015.  This gallery was featured in The duPont Registry Tampa Bay (online), 3rd in Tampa Bay Business Journal Readers’ Choice Award, appeared on Fox 13, Bay News 9, The St. Pete Times Cover, The Weekly Challenger, Power Broker and so much more.

Bristol is exceptionally active in her local community and proudly serves on The Studio @620 Board, The Pinellas County Historical Commission & Creative Pinellas.  Her background in Global and local sales and service for over 25 years is a proven asset to her business and our community.

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Bubbles and Business

Do you like your business card? Is it projecting the image of you or your business that you desire? Let’s meet up and talk about it with experts.

On January 31, you are invited to The Melting Pot (2221 4th St N, St. Petersburg) for an event that is a little social, a little practical and a lot of fun. We’ll meet up around 6 pm and have some time to network and exchange those business cards. Perfect Copy and Print will provide some complimentary, yummy munchies. Then, the helpful folks from Media Garage, a woman owned, superstar advertising agency, will help us look at our business cards with an eye on marketing strategy and graphic design.

Reservations are not required but if you have any questions, feel free to contact Membership Chair, Tiki Bates at membership@bpwstpetepinellas.org for more information.





Religion and Faith in Today’s Workplace

On December 7, BPW welcomes The Reverend Canon Katie Churchwell to discuss religion in the workplace. She is an Episcopal priest at The Cathedral Church of St. Peter in Downtown St. Petersburg where she serves as the Canon for Community Formation.  A transplant from Houston, Texas, Canon Katie and her family have thrown themselves into the vibrant life of St. Pete.  Canon Katie serves on the boards of the Downtown Business Association of St. Petersburg as Secretary and Interfaith Tampa Bay. She also plans the events for the Downtown Neighborhood Association and is greatly involved at Campbell Park Elementary School. Apart from her regular priestly duties, one of her biggest joys is serving as the director for Food Is Medicine St. Pete, a collaborative program that brings healthy food access, free health education and free health screenings to food desert communities.

Please make your reservation by Tuesday 12/5.

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