Join us on April 5 for our annual meeting at which time reports summarizing the year’s activities shall be given and officers for 2018-2019 shall be elected. 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. Our mission of building powerful women professionally, personally and politically remains as important now as it did when we were formed 52 years ago. We encourage all members to be a part of electing our new leadership.
We will also discuss the upcoming 15th annual Equal Pay Day Unhappy Hour on April 10 and the BPW/FL State Conference on June 14-17, which will be held at the Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key. This is a great opportunity to learn more about BPW and its activities and to get to know its members.
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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.
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.
Chains are closing and online shopping is taking business away from brick and mortar stores. On February1, come hear Shannon Brzuchalski, Director of Marketing and Business Development Tyrone Square Mall, which is owned by Simon Property Group, the largest owner and manager of malls worldwide. Shannon has been in retail for eight years, with both Simon Property Group and Westfield Group.
Prior to joining the management team at Tyrone Square in July 2015, Shannon served as Marketing Manager for Westfield Mall in Sarasota, Director of Marketing for Treasure Coast Square in Jensen Beach and Charlotte Premium Outlets in Charlotte, NC, and as Marketing Assistant for Tyrone Square Mall. Shannon earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology from Eckerd College.
We can all learn from Shannon about managing a business in turbulent times, when all the “givens” for your industry are changing.
On January 18, BPW welcomes Amy Foster, St. Petersburg City Council, District 8, who will discuss how working women can succeed, how to get involved in the city and how the small business enterprise ordinance has changed. Amy is a Past Chair of the City Council. Professionally, Amy is the Executive Director of the Guardian Ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay, in which capacity she oversees fundraising and day-to-day operations for the Foundation. She previously served as the National Collaborative Network Manager for the EdLab Group’s National Girls Collaborative Project, a national project focused on gender equity and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Ms. Foster also worked for nearly ten years with Girl Scouts of West Central Florida as the Director of Girl and Adult Leadership Development. Ms. Foster is very active in the community, serving as Community Vice President for the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin, a member of the STEM Advisory Board for Girls Inc. of Pinellas, former Vice President for St. Pete Pride, founding board member of the Industrial Arts Center in Gulfport and member of the Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association, among others. Ms. Foster received her BA in psychology and sociology from Centenary College of Louisiana.
To kick off the 2018, BPW welcomes Carla Bristol to share her story in creating a Successful Career from Sales to Art.
Carla Bristol, is the Owner and Creative Strategist behind Gallerie 909 and her private label clutch and clothing line, Jamii and the founder of the Annual Black Arts and Film Festival. License Realtor and involved community advocate are among some of the other hats she wears. Born in Guyana and raised in New York this mother of two enjoys strengthening her community through art and culture. Bristol opened Gallerie 909 at the end of the First Quarter of 2014 in the heart of historic Midtown on the Deuces in a community that has inspired artists for generations. The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum and The African American Heritage trail documenting its rich history makes this area an important destination in Saint Petersburg.
In September 2017 Bristol left behind her physical location to enjoy the flexibility of being space-free. She continued to contribute to the regional arts and culture landscape by impacting people. In November, Bristol gracefully opened a new chapter at Skyway Marina Mall and continued her community building work. Her gallery has the reputation of being known as the preeminent art space presenting works by established and emerging artists of the African diaspora. Since opening in March 2014, 909 has featured over 60 local, national and international artists. The gallery offers several mediums including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs, custom jewelry, selected home furnishings, clothing, textiles and so much more.
Owner, Carla Bristol was CreativeMornings, guest speaker on How Pioneers are Born (October 2017), guest editor for Creative Pinellas in February 2017 and appeared on CNN in December of 2016 representing Small Business Perspective. Bristol received an award for Most Iconic Style from Local Shops 1 in 2016; Arts, Culture and Heritage award in 2015 and Small Business of the Year Award in 2015. This gallery was featured in The duPont Registry Tampa Bay (online), 3rd in Tampa Bay Business Journal Readers’ Choice Award, appeared on Fox 13, Bay News 9, The St. Pete Times Cover, The Weekly Challenger, Power Broker and so much more.
Bristol is exceptionally active in her local community and proudly serves on The Studio @620 Board, The Pinellas County Historical Commission & Creative Pinellas. Her background in Global and local sales and service for over 25 years is a proven asset to her business and our community.
On December 7, BPW welcomes The Reverend Canon Katie Churchwell to discuss religion in the workplace. She is an Episcopal priest at The Cathedral Church of St. Peter in Downtown St. Petersburg where she serves as the Canon for Community Formation. A transplant from Houston, Texas, Canon Katie and her family have thrown themselves into the vibrant life of St. Pete. Canon Katie serves on the boards of the Downtown Business Association of St. Petersburg as Secretary and Interfaith Tampa Bay. She also plans the events for the Downtown Neighborhood Association and is greatly involved at Campbell Park Elementary School. Apart from her regular priestly duties, one of her biggest joys is serving as the director for Food Is Medicine St. Pete, a collaborative program that brings healthy food access, free health education and free health screenings to food desert communities.
Please make your reservation by Tuesday 12/5.
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.
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