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Unhappy Hour in Observance of Equal Pay Day

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.

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Keeping People and Pets Together Since 1949

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.

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Wine Tasting benefitting YWCA

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.

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Etiquette for Interacting With Someone with a Visual Impairment

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.

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Bringing art to all

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.

 

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Proper Life Planning for Our Elder Years

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.

 

Hold your Breath and Think…

GUEST SPEAKER for January 19th. Join Isabelle Simon as she presents on “The Healing Power of Thoughts & Breath”. Isabelle is a Board Certified Nutritionist & Holistic Health Practitioner. She has been in practice in St. Petersburg for 17 years & uses her experience and expertise to educate her clients on how the body has the innate ability to heal itself , for as long as we give it the right tools to function the way it is designed to. Isabelle teaches her clients how to incorporate those tools into their lifestyle, so they become the pro-actors of their vibrant health, as opposed to the victims of their poor health.  She is passionate, knowledgeable, and has a true loyalty to help her clients regain their quality of life, naturally. Her motto is: Good health is a choice, not a chance, and it begins with good nutrition. Her first book “Pillars to Health” is scheduled to be published soon.

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Yvonne Ulmer from YWCA

GUEST SPEAKER for January 5th.

Yvonne Ulmer (President and CEO): Yvonne is a graduate of the University of South Florida who also holds a masters degree from Georgia State. She is the former Provost/CEO of St. Petersburg College’s Downtown campus and Midtown campus. Beyond her 26-year successful tenure at St. Petersburg College and running an executive coaching business, she has built a legacy of community involvement through Leadership St. Pete and the Leadership Development Institute at Eckerd College. Yvonne is no stranger to YWCA’s mission to empower women and eliminate racism. She is a former YWCA Tampa Bay board member who has fundraised for its signature “Pearls of Wisdom” event and a sponsor of its “Legacy of Hope” video. Her goal is to establish YWCA Tampa Bay as the “go-to” resource for social justice and women and children in need of assistance in the Tampa Bay area.

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December’s Philanthropic Endeavor: Christmas Toy Shop

December’s Philanthropic Endeavor: Christmas Toy Shop.

Please bring a brand new unwrapped toy to either BPW Meetings in December 1st or December 15th.

History: The Christmas Toy Shop originated in 1921. It was organized in 1952 at the request of The Community Welfare Council to coordinate the efforts of clubs, agencies, and individuals in toy giving. The Christmas Toy Shop was chartered by the City of St. Petersburg in 1959. Since then, many disadvantaged children in south Pinellas have received gifts to help them experience the excitement and joy of the holiday season.

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To view the whole list, click on the link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/982gmxro6iyerrr/Toys%20needed%202012%20%281%29.pdf?dl=0

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Beth Houghton – Empowering Women and Good News from St. Petersburg Free Clinic

GUEST SPEAKER for December 1st.

Beth Houghton, St. Petersburg Free Clinic Executive Director, has been involved in the community for many years. After years in both the for profit and non-profit world, she is thrilled to commit her talents to the amazing work of St. Petersburg Free Clinic.

She has taken 15 mission trips to rural Honduras and currently serves as Treasurer for the Foundation for International Missions which supports a rural medical clinic.  She serves as Chair of the Hospital Board of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research and Vice Chair of its Institute (Parent) Board, and is a member of First Presbyterian Church.

Beth is a graduate with highest honors from Stetson University College of Law, where she was Law Review Editor. She graduated from Tulane University Graduate School of Business earning an MBA with highest honors. Her BA is from Newcomb College of Tulane University. She is licensed to practice both law and public accounting in Florida and has been an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida and Stetson University College of Law.

Ms. Houghton has received many awards for her community service, including being named 2013 Ms. Sun by the St. Petersburg Suncoasters, Distinguished Citizen by West Coast Council of Boy Scouts of America, Spirit of Service Award by the Women’s Service League, Iconic Woman (Community Service) by the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, the Celebrity Award by West Coast Jewish Family Services, a Pearl of Wisdom honoree by the YWCA and Edythe Ibold Humanitarian Award by PARC.

Previous employment for Beth includes serving as Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel of All Children’s Health System. Beth and her husband, Scott Wagman are the parents of three grown children and are raising their two toddler grandsons.