Signature Programs

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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Strategies for Success 2017 – March 25th

Strategies for Success 2017, March 25th. “Go for the Win-Win”. Strategies for Success professional development workshop series based on BPW’s long-running Individual Development curriculum is back by popular demand. This year we’ll have 4 monthly sessions held on the fourth Saturday of each month at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Education and Conference Center.  This workshop series is for you if you are… Employed or in transition • Early, mid or late career • Working in the for profit, non-profit or government sector • Anticipating a career change • An entrepreneur or working for someone else. Each session is $20 for members, $25 for non-members and there is an early enrollment discount if you enroll in all 4 before the first workshop on January 28, 2017. Click here for more information and to register. 

Annual Forum Delves Into Concept of Effective Government During 2016 National Business Women’s WeekTM

An all-female panel will discuss what makes democracy work the same night of the third presidential debate.

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (September 21, 2016) – Election years tend to spur questions about effective government. What does it take to make democracy work? How can citizens impact government policies, programs and representation? How do the three branches of government affect citizens at the local, state and federal levels? These issues, and more, will be explored at the annual working women’s forum hosted by Business and Professional Women/St. Petersburg-Pinellas (BPW), “From My House to the White House: Navigating the Crossroads of American Democracy,” on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at The Studio@620 (620 1st Avenue South, St. Petersburg). The BPW forum, which will be in a panel format, will be held during National Business Women’s Week (October 17-21, 2016).

Local news veteran Rob Lorei of WEDU’s Florida This Week and WMNF Radio will moderate an all-female panel whose backgrounds span the local, state and federal levels of government: Deborah Clark, Pinellas County Elections Supervisor; Nikki Gaskin-Capehart, Director of Urban Affairs for the City of St. Petersburg; and The Honorable Myriam Irizarry, County Judge, Pinellas County.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with networking, light hors d’oeuvres and a cash-only bar. The panel discussion, followed by a question-and-answer session will begin at 6:00 p.m. Advance tickets are $25 for members, $30 for non-members. Admission at the door is $35. For tickets:

“National Business Women’s Week™ during an election year provides BPW with a platform for working women to learn how to advocate for themselves in the realm of government,” said Jerri Evans, 2016-2017 President of BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas. “The BPW Working Women’s Forum features three accomplished women who will share their experiences on how government—good and bad—impacts our lives and what citizens can do to change the narrative.”

Major sponsors of the event include Healthy Start at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital (Presenting Level) and Duke Energy (Gold Level).

About Business and Professional Women (BPW)/St. Petersburg-Pinellas

BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas is the local chapter of BPW/FL, which is affiliated with the national BPW Foundation. Founded in 1919 at the national and state levels, and in 1966 at the local level, BPW crosses generations, occupations and political parties. BPW’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. General membership meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 400 Beach Drive Seafood and Tap House in Downtown St. Petersburg. Guests are welcome to attend and experience a meeting. For more information:

Signature activities for 2016-17 include the Young Careerist and Individual Development Programs from October 2016 – January 2017, the Working Women’s Forum on October 19, the Unhappy Hour observing Equal Pay Day in April 2017 and the Equality Day Tea in August 2017. The 2016-17 President is Jerri Evans, legal assistant for Lisa A. Hoppe, PA, Attorney at Law.

About National Business Women’s Week™ (NBWW)

To recognize the achievements of American working women, Business and Professional Women’s Foundation celebrates National Business Women’s Week™ during the third week of October. Since 1928, NBWW has honored the contributions of working women and employers who support working women and their families. NBWW provides an opportunity to call attention to women entrepreneurs, facilitate discussions on the needs of working women, share information about successful workplace policies, and raise awareness of the resources available for working women in their communities. For more information:

About Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation

BPW Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, works with women, employers and policymakers to create successful workplaces that practice and embrace diversity, equity and work-life balance. Through its research and unique role as a neutral convener of employers and employees, BPW Foundation leads the way in developing and advocating for policies and programs that “work” for both women and businesses. For more information:

Contacts: Lori Bremer (727) 501-6637 or Alizza Punzalan-Randle (727) 215-2699,



FROM MY HOUSE TO THE WHITE HOUSE: Navigating the Crossroads of American Democracy

Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at The Studio@620 for a thought-provoking panel discussion moderated by local news veteran Rob Lorei: “From My House to The White House: Navigating the Crossroads of American Democracy.” Confirmed panelists are: Deborah Clark, Pinellas County Elections Supervisor; Nikki Gaskin-Capehart, Director of Urban Affairs for the City of St. Petersburg; and The Honorable Myriam Irizarry, County Judge, Pinellas County.

Learn how the three branches of government impact us at the local, state and federal levels;  and what effective government looks like to make democracy work. Networking at 5:30 p.m.; program begins at 6:00 p.m. Complimentary appetizers and 1 drink ticket included ($25 Members; $30 Non-members). This annual Working Women’s Forum is held during National Business Women’s Week. Click here for more information and to register for the event.

Farewell Tricia!

Please join us this Friday, September 9th at 8:00 pm to wish our fellow BPW sister Tricia Curry goodbye. Please contact Jerri at  for more information. Please bring your own beverage.

SAVE THE DATE – Working Women’s Forum

SAVE THE DATE for Working Women’s Forum

SAVE THE DATE! The Working Women’s Forum will be held on Wednesday October 19 in the evening at the Studio@620, St. Petersburg. If you are interested in participating in the planning of the Working Women’s Forum the next meeting of the committee will be Monday, August 15 at 5:30 p.m. at The Melting Pot.


Liz Illgen Wins 2016 Speak-Off

Liz Illgen, a realtor with Keller Williams Gulfside Realty, won the BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas (BPW/SPP) Speak-off held on May 5, 2016. The Individual Development (ID) speak-off, which consists of both a prepared speech and an impromptu speech, is the final stage of the ID program. BPW’s ID program was developed in the 1960s and has continued to evolve as the workplace has changed. BPW/SPP has held ID programs for the last two years, which consisted of five Saturday morning sessions of two modules each. Speak-off participants must have attended at least six ID modules and must be BPW members. For her prepared speech, Liz gave advice to women considering starting their own business.  Liz joined BPW in 2014 and has been active ever since, serving as an officer both last year and this. Liz will represent BPW/SPP at the 2016 BPW/FL State Conference, to be held on June 24-25 at the Vinoy Renaissance in St. Petersburg.

National Equal Pay Day with 13th Annual “Unhappy Hour”

BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas held our 13th annual “Unhappy Hour” to mark Equal Pay Day on April12, 2016 at the St. Petersburg Museum of History on downtown St. Petersburg’s beautiful waterfront.

Approximately 70 people attended this year’s Unhappy Hour, including students from the University of South Florida Womens’ Empowerment Club. Part of our event’s mission is to make younger women aware of the ongoing relevance of BPW’s platform issues, particularly pay equity.

BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas was presented with a proclamation from the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, declaring that April 12th was officially “Equal Pay Day” in Pinellas County, and the proclamation was read to the assembled guests by Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Charlie Justice, who also pledged the county’s full commitment to working towards equal pay for women. A second proclamation came from the city of St. Petersburg, and was presented by Sally Everett, the mayor’s Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, who spoke of the city’s commitment to partnering with organizations like BPW to make economic empowerment for women and their families a priority in St. Petersburg.

BPW Unhappy Flier 2016 rev4

Reach Your Financial Goals in 2016

Join us for “Hold Your Own Purse: Personal and Professional Financial Management,” the last in our Strategies for Success series of Individual Development workshops.  Learn about wealth management planning, budgeting, saving vs investing, planning for retirement, insurance, estate planning, organizational financial statements, taxes, and cash flow from our three expert speakers. Attendance at any of the previous workshops is not required, so bring a friend and start 2016 with a step to your own financial security.

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Don’t Miss Strategies for Success on 12/12!

These educational and inspirational programs are open to members and non-members alike at the St. Petersburg College downtown campus. Presented by local women with subject matter expertise, these workshops are affordably priced at $20 for BPW members, $25 for non-members.

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