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Working Internationally

Successfully working internationally offers incredible opportunities but also requires patience and awareness and knowledge of cultural norms and differing legal environments. On September 21, come listen to the experiences of three women, who in different stages of their careers and in different industries chose to work outside the US (in different parts of the world). They are Tricia Curry, Marcia Cohen and Sheila Barry-Oliver. How did working internationally impact their careers and their work interactions?

Tricia Curry, in practice since 2008, studied massage therapy at the Cortiva Institute in Pinellas Park and received her BS in Exercise Science in 2012 from USF. She co-owns St. Pete Massage and Fitness with her husband and splits her time between St. Petersburg, FL, and Los Cabos, BCS, Mexico.

Marcia Cohen holds a BA in Education from Roosevelt University of Chicago, an MA in Music Composition from Northwestern University, and a JD from Stetson University College of Law. She practices primarily in the area of labor and employment law with a concentration in employment discrimination and sexual harassment. She was a delegate of the Destree Institute of Namur, Belgium, at the UN Conference on the Status of Women in 2013. Ms. Cohen has been appointed NOW Legal Counsel as of August 2017. She divides her time between Florida and Paris, France, where she is Of Counsel to the international law firm of Cimadevilla Avocats.

Sheila Barry-Oliver, Ed.D., who retired after 28 years in information technology and management consulting and 13 years in higher education, will moderate the discussion. While in consulting, Sheila created and led the workforce diversity initiative at Booz Allen Hamilton, which involved training and implementing corporate policies globally. She has worked in Egypt and lectured on global workplace diversity at Oxford University in England. Sheila has a BA in mathematics, an MBA and a doctorate in human resource development.

The lessons these women learned about working successfully on an international basis can be applied to all work situations.

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MEETING CANCELLED: What’s It Like to Manage a Mall in These Turbulent Times for Retail

As with many events locally, today’s meeting has been cancelled due to preparations for Hurricane Irma. We hope everyone remains safe and we hope to see you all at our next scheduled meeting on September 21. 


Chains are closing and online shopping is taking business away from brick and mortar stores. On September 7, come hear Jeni Wilson, Mall Manager of Tyrone Square, which is owned by Simon Property Group, the largest owner and manager of malls worldwide. Jeni, whose duties include overall property management, marketing, operations and leasing, has been with Simon Property Group for 25 years.

Prior to joining the management team at Tyrone Square in October 2010, Jeni served as Mall Manager for DeSoto Square in Bradenton and as Regional Marketing Director for the Southeast region overseeing 26 shopping centers in six states. Jeni has also served as Director of Mall Marketing for Tippecanoe Mall in Lafayette, IN, Alton Square in Alton, IL, and Tyrone Square for five years. Jeni earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing & Business Management from Eastern Illinois University. Jeni resides in Bradenton with her husband, Kenneth, and is the proud Mom of ten year old son, Aiden.

We can all learn from Jeni about managing a business in turbulent times, when all the “givens” for your industry are changing.

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Take Your Career in a New Direction or Further the One You Have

Are you or a woman you know going to school or continuing or starting a certification program?  The Connie Passmore Scholarship makes awards directly to women, age 21 or over, who live, work or go to school in Pinellas County, who demonstrate achievement, need and well-defined educational goals, and who are attending an accredited program or a program recognized by the licensing agency in the certification area. Several awards between $250 and $1,000 are made each year.

The application deadline is October 15 and all completed forms should be either mailed to BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas, P.O. Box 1063, St. Petersburg, FL 33731-1063 or emailed to scholarship@bpwstpetepinellas.org so as to be received by the deadline. Checks will be distributed in December. Applications for certificate programs allow for non-traditional start times.

Please share this information with anyone you know who might be interested.  Email scholarship@bpwstpetepinellas.org if you have any questions.

St. Pete Innovation District: Creative Innovation in Our Own Backyard

On August 17, BPW welcomes Alison Barlow, the inaugural Executive Director for the St. Pete Innovation District, the professional home to thousands of scientists, doctors, educators and entrepreneurs working together to make life better. Four committees focus on business development, real estate, placemaking and branding, and research collaboration and innovation with the goal of expanding growth and development of the area immediately south of downtown.

With over 16 years in strategic planning, business process improvement and organizational change, she has facilitated more than 800 workshops ranging from small working teams to large conferences, most recently at the Collaborative Labs at St. Petersburg College. She excels at bringing diverse groups together in a creative environment to have critical conversations. Previously, Alison was a management consultant based in Washington D.C. and Tampa, where she led project teams for private and government organizations in functional areas such as technology operations, logistics, real property and training. Alison received a BS from Florida State University and an MBA from American University.

Join us at the luncheon and learn from the St. Pete Innovation District on how to bring creativity into your work and workplace.

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