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July 19: Marketing Strategies to Grow Your Business

Sandra Fidelis is a Speaker, Business Coach, Digital Marketing Consultant and Bestselling author. She’s had tremendous success teaching coaches, holistic practitioners and client-based businesses practical steps to creating a successful business so they can make more money while making a big impact. Her programs focus on teaching clients how to charge what they’re worth, double or triple their practice and simultaneously experience more time, flexibility and fulfillment.

Sandra worked as a business development analyst for Progress Energy before becoming an entrepreneur. She is one of the co-authors of Sexy Secrets to a Juicy Love Life. Sandra has an undergraduate degree in mass communication/media studies from the University of South Florida and an MBA from Florida Gulf Coast University. She has lived in both Florida and New York.

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July 5: Multi-Generational Caregiving Roundtable

6:00-7:30 pm, R’Club, 4140 49th Street N, St. Petersburg     

Women care for others in many different ways.  As mothers, they care for their children.  As “caregivers”, they care for family members or acquaintances who have physical, psychological or development needs.  Women spend as much as 50% more time on parenting and caregiving than men.  Working women have even greater challenges due to lost wages from reduced work hours, time out of the work force, family leave or early retirement.  Our multi-generational caregiving roundtable will consider the challenges unique to working women.

Come share your stories and words of wisdom or come to learn from the experiences of others.  It’s potluck refreshments, so bring some food and drink to share.  No reservations are necessary.

June 21: Stand Up For Yourself: You Teach People How to Treat You

SueZie and Cheryl Hawkes met in 1997 and fell in love. For the love of Cheryl, SueZie gave up all she had and knew in England to be with her in the USA. They married in 2000 as husband and wife. SueZie spent the following years still struggling with her gender identity and Cheryl was her only confide. For many years the couple were in fear that a transition would most likely cost them employment and more.

By early 2014 SueZie and Cheryl couldn’t continue living in the public’s perception of husband and wife. They chose to pursue transitioning and leading a positive life. Those first steps, humiliation and psychological pain, were something both of them felt no one should have to endure. SueZie and Cheryl decided to educate the world by going public and bringing awareness to transgender. The couple went about it in a grand scale! They let reporters document and film some of the transition including the operating room. The story of SueZie’s boldness together with Cheryl’s unwavering passion and love captured the media’s attention around the world.

SueZie and Cheryl advocate in a positive lens and speak to the ground level of social acceptance. They totally opened the book of their life with a goal to normalize love and acceptance, and reducing stigma in transgender relationships and beyond. Since 2015 they have written extensively for workplace and public LGBT publications. SueZie transitioned in a corporate environment. It wasn’t easy and being the first, clearly identified the need for education. Guided by her candid principles SueZie pursued positive cultural change in her workplace.

SueZie is now self-employed building her own business. Her flexible schedules allows her to give voluntary assistance to transitioning individuals and families; it’s a priority close to her heart. SueZie and Cheryl have a healthy passion between them. The couple give love and Intimacy education. SueZie proudly states, “I work in a ladies only profession and we are Relationship Enhancement Specialists.” SueZie and Cheryl are both Pure Romance Consultants.

Please join us on June 21 to learn more about this important topic.

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June 7: LGBT Consumers

Join us on June 7 to hear Rachel Stevenson discuss “The Growing Impact of LGBT Consumers in American Business Today”. Rachel is an award-winning speaker, writer, diversity consultant and LGBT advocate. In Pennsylvania, she was the Founder and first President of LGBT Equality Alliance, an organization that creates safe spaces for the Chester County LGBT community, and a corporate diversity consultant to an international manufacturing company. Rachel moved to Florida in 2017 and quickly got involved. Within three months of buying her home in Gulfport, Rachel had created her newest company, OUTCOAST, which is composed of OUTCOAST.com, OUTCOAST Photography, and OUTCOAST Consulting.

As the publisher of OUTCOAST.com, an online LGBT editorial marketing and media platform, Rachel shares LGBTQ stories and business news from throughout Florida’s Gulf Coast. She also works with LGBTQ-owned and inclusive businesses to market their service and product offerings through her platform. In addition, she freelances for Curve Magazine, an international online Lesbian magazine.

An avid event photographer, Rachel has captured photos for LGBT organizations around the world, including the IGLTA, NGLCC, NLGJA, and Out & Equal. That is how OUTCOAST Photography was born! OUTCOAST Photography offers event, marketing, head shot, and travel photography services. Her work can be seen in restaurants throughout the region.

And finally, through OUTCOAST Consulting, Rachel and her team help organizations create more inclusive spaces for LGBTQ employees through consulting, speaker services, and education. Rachel lives with her girlfriend, Margaret, and their three year old puppy, Pepper. Together, they enjoy boating, gardening, trying new local restaurants, and living the dream! “Work hard, play harder” is Rachel’s motto.

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May 17: The Effects of the Opiod Crisis on Women’s Health

We have all heard about the opiod crisis in America today but how does that relate to women’s health? Come hear Sandnes Boulanger, MSW, LCSW, MSAP, CET, Clinical Director of Operation PAR explain the connection. Sandnes has more than 20 years of experience working in residential and outpatient settings specializing in: substance use disorders, trauma, ADHD, anger management, behavioral issues, divorce, family conflict, emotional disturbances, grief, parenting, and self-esteem. Cognitive behavioral, insight oriented, and expressive therapies are used to develop a working therapeutic relationship with children, teens, and families.

Sandnes serves as Operation PAR’s Clinical Director providing clinical oversight to: adult and adolescent outpatient services, Village Women’s Pregnant and Post-Partum Residential, LC Men’s Residential, and care coordination. Operation PAR provides treatment and services to help those impacted by substance abuse and mental health. They have provided prevention, intervention and treatment of addiction and mental health services since 1970, helping children, adults and their families overcome their struggles with substance abuse and mental health. Sandnes provides individual substance use/co-occurring therapy to adults and teenagers offering both face to face as well as behavioral tele-health sessions. She also provides clinical supervision for mental health and social work students as well as counselors earning hours towards state licensure or CAP/MCAP certification.

Sandnes earned a Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of South Florida in 1999 and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a Child Development, Family Relations Minor from Western Carolina University in 1993.

Please join us on May 17 to learn more about this important topic.

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BPW / St. Pete Pinellas attended International Women’s Day Event hosted by USFSP

On Thursday March 22, Membership Chair, Tiki Bates and Equality Day Tea Chair, Lily Alcott attended Defending Women’s Reproductive
Rights and Freedoms: The Curious Case of the Macedonian Abortion Law of 2013 at USFSP at the invitation of member and USFSP Professor, Judithanne McLauchlan. Tiki and Lily had a table where they had the opportunity to not only hear the speaker Professor Dr. Karolina Ristova-Aasterud from Macedonia but also to meet and speak with many of the attendees about our mission.

March 15: Your Role in Preventing Sexual Assault

Rose Harris is the Sexual Assault Services Manager at Suncoast Center, a non-profit organization that provides services such as counseling and psychiatric evaluations to individuals throughout Pinellas County. This includes the Sexual Assault Victim (SAVE) Exams, which are available 24/7. Prior to joining Suncoast Center in 2017, Rose managed residential foster homes for 50 children at the Salvation Army Sallie House & Children’s Village in St. Petersburg. Prior to moving to St. Petersburg in 2011, Rose worked as a behavioral health therapist intern and counselor trainee. She enjoys playing kickball and volleyball, taking her puppy to local parks, and wedding planning with her fiancé, James.

Rose has a Master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from The University of Akron in Ohio and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Rose will tell us about the free services that her program offers to survivors of sexual assault and their families in preparation for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which begins on April 1.

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Lessons from a Female Florida Pioneer

March is Women’s History Month and on March 1, BPW welcomes Elizabeth Coachman, MD, who will discuss “Mary Jane Safford, MD: A Rediscovered Feminist”. Dr. Coachman will present a short biography of Mary Jane Safford and how she relates to the modern woman. Elizabeth lived outside Chicago before attending Moore College of Art and Rutgers University near Philadelphia. Following two years in Okinawa, she gained an MD at Temple University Medical School and pathology training with board certification in Florida. While working as the Tarpon Springs, Florida, hospital’s Laboratory Medical Director, she also served on the University of South Florida Medical School’s Clinical Faculty.

Elizabeth is also an historian, artist, book writer, and a family member of one of the founding families of Pinellas County. She spent many years researching and touring about the US learning about Mary Jane Safford, who was one of Florida’s first trained women doctors in the 19th century and helped found a Florida community in Tarpon Springs.

Dr. Coachman fills retirement with printmaking, landscape painting, and traveling with her husband Mike throughout the US and Canada. They live on a small, Hernando County, Florida, cattle ranch. Repeated requests for her reenacting Dr. Mary Safford for Temple University Medical School led to research that resulted in the book Mary Jane Safford, MD: Indomitable Mite, which is available on Amazon and at the meeting. Come listen to an amazing woman talk about an amazing woman.

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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.

 

 

 

 

Join us at Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant in St. Pete for Happy Hour!

All members and guests of Business and Professional Women are invited to join us to indulge in free appetizers and a cash bar. Cocktails will be on special and include $6 Ketel One Mules, Tanqueray Cucumber Gimlets and Don Julio Margaritas or a Bulleit Old Fashioned.
November 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Ceviche is conveniently located at 10 Beach Drive NE.

For more information contact membership@bpwstpetepinellas.org