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.
BPW/FL 2017 Annual State Conference will be held at The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
* Book your hotel room before June 1
Once again, BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas is offering a subsidy to members who register for the BPW/FL State Conference before the June 1st deadline.
BPW/SPP will pay up to $105/registrant towards your registration costs at State Conference.
To take advantage:
1. Do not register on line!
2. Get a blank registration form. https://bpwfl.org/wp-content/uploads/2017-BPWFL-State-Conference-Registration-rev-4-12.pdf. Print a copy.
3. Fill it out.
4. Write a check to BPW/St Petersburg-Pinellas for 50% of your conference fees (covers Friday and Saturday sessions/courses/business meetings/lunch and Saturday night Installation and Banquet, with music, dancing, and a masquerade competition).
5. Give the completed registration form and check to any officer NO LATER THAN June 1, 2017.
6. Book your room by June 1 if you plan to stay as they are filling up fast.
7. Come join the fun!
I’d personally love to see all of you there. It truly is a rewarding and enriching event.
Elections are always an exciting time for our organization. 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. BPW/SPP is entering an exciting time with new leadership this summer at the state level from our local organization.
Our mission of building powerful women professionally, personally and politically remains as important now as it did 50 years ago. We encouraged all members to be a part of electing our new leadership. On April 6 we did elect our officers for 2017-2018. Tami Simms then spoke about The Education Foundation of the Florida Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc.
Then on April 20, BPW/FL President-Elect Alizza Punzalan-Randle installed the new officers for 2017-2018: Liz Illgen, President; Sheila Barry-Oliver, President-Elect; Jane Byers, 1st Vice President; Gretta Paige Bellas, 2nd Vice President; Lily Alcott, Secretary; and Jill Wenner, Treasurer. Tami Simms will serve as Parliamentarian.
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.
Join Business and Professional Women of St. Petersburg-Pinellas on March 24th for a Wine Tasting at 5:30 pm, location at American Spirits. This will benefit YWCA Tampa Bay.
YWCA Tampa Bay: Dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, equality and dignity for all, the YWCA Tampa Bay has served women, girls and families in our community since 1919. Our local organization is a private, accredited, non-profit, 501(c)(3) member affiliate of the YWCA of the USA.
During our more than 90-year history, YWCA Tampa Bay has built a legacy of providing leadership for social change, advocating for women and families, striving to eliminate racism, helping to economically empower women, building hate-free communities, providing second chances – and creating generations of hope.
Some of the ways we have made a lasting impact on our community include:
Offering licensed, accredited, and affordable childcare
Developing initiatives that explore solutions to various challenges and issues that face women and girls in our fast-paced, ever-changing society
Providing leadership opportunities and social connections to diverse groups of women
Designing youth development programming to strengthen educational, leadership, social and community service skills in a safe, girls-only environment
Providing financial-education camps and workshops for women and girls.
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.