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Workplace Inclusion, Part 2

Ashley Brundage returns on June 15 as our guest speaker to bring us part 2 of her very popular and informative program from last year. A highly regarded Inclusion Consultant for PNC Bank, Ashley was hired into her current position as a male to female transgender person, when she self identified during the interview. As a well known speaker about her transition, workplace equality, and diversity & inclusion, she has been interviewed and featured on many local news stations and newspapers. Ashley has been recognized in many areas and received numerous awards, including PNC’s highest employee achievement, The Performance Award, and a commendation from The City of Tampa for her community engagement and outreach. She recently celebrated 13 years of marriage to Whitney, together they have 2 boys ages 9 and 11.

 

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Semper Paratus

Join BPW on May 18 as we welcome guest speaker Captain Holly Najarian of the USCG. As  Sector  Commander,  Captain  Najarian  serves  as  Captain  of  the  Port,  Officer  in  Charge  of  Marine  Inspection,  Search  and  Rescue  Mission  Coordinator,  and  Federal  Maritime  Security  Coordinator  while directing Coast Guard operations along the west coast of Florida and throughout the Tampa Bay region. Sector  St.  Petersburg  is  comprised  of  2700  people  and  14  units,  including  five  search  and  rescue  stations, eight cutters, and an Aids to Navigation Team.

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A Step Forward Understanding HIV

GUEST SPEAKER for May 4. Joy Winheim is the Executive Director of EPIC (Empath Partners in Care), a member of Empath Health, steering the recently-expanded agency that combined the HIV expertise and compassionate care of ASAP (AIDS Service Association of Pinellas) and Francis House. For almost 10 years Winheim has worked in a variety of capacities serving the HIV community in Tampa, most recently as Executive Director of Francis House.  She holds a bachelors degree in social science from St. Thomas Aquinas College.

EPIC is a nonprofit integrated network of care supporting those challenged by chronic and advanced illness in the Tampa Bay region.

The state of Florida now has the highest number of new HIV infections in the country with Hillsborough County leading the state with a 63 percent increase from 2012 to 2014. William Harper, Executive Director of the AIDS Service Association of Pinellas, was recently featured in a Tampa Bay Times article exploring why there is an increase, how HIV had and does affect those infected with the disease and how the younger generation views the disease.

A wide variety of medical care, counseling, support and prevention services are offered at the ASAP and Francis House campuses and other locations in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. EPIC aims to provide seamless care and support that helps clients maintain healthy and self-sufficient lives, assistance to families, and HIV testing and education in the community.

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Election and Installation of Officers for 2017-2018

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.

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.