Annual Meeting on April 5

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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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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Advocating for Teenage Girls

Join us on February 15 as BPW welcomes Judith Artis, the new Executive Director of PACE in Pinellas County. Founded in 1985, and started in Pinellas County in 1997, PACE began as a community response to the lack of female-specific programs for girls involved in the juvenile justice system, at risk of dropping out of school, or facing other serious risks. Judith has more than 20 years in the field of Youth Development and has served on numerous civic associations. She has received many awards throughout her career as a result of her professional leadership and community outreach.  Judith has worked in various positions in nonprofit organizations. Throughout her career, she served in executive capacities with organizations in Texas, Georgia and South Carolina. In her previous leadership role, Judith raised more than $500,000 for the organization, which operated at two centers, serving more than 500 children in Douglas, Georgia.
Judith has three adult children in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is a national judge for the sport of double dutch jump roping. Judith is a graduate of Kaiser University where she received her Bachelors degree in Business Management and is currently finishing up her Masters degree in Organizational Psychology.

What’s It Like to Manage a Mall in These Turbulent Times for Retail?

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.

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Successfully Balancing Your Career and Your Community

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.

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Successful Career from Sales to Art

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.

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Religion and Faith in Today’s Workplace

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.

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Charlie Justice Shares His Annual County Commission Update With BPW

Make your reservation now as BPW welcomes back the Chairman of the Pinellas County Commission for what has become an annual update to the members and guests of BPW. He’ll share the commission’s successes and challenges and how we can participate in countywide efforts to improve our community.
Approachable. Compassionate. Home town boy. All words used to describe Charlie Justice. One only has to spend five minutes with Charlie to know that he is not your usual politician.
Husband to Kathleen for twenty years and proud father of two young daughters Erin and Allison, Charlie grew up the youngest of five children in the heart of Pinellas. As a student at Boca Ciega High, Charlie excelled in academics, but really thrived at putting smiles on his classmates’ faces. To this day, his colleagues and friends admire his optimism and his ability to bring out the best in any person or situation.
After high school, Charlie attended St. Petersburg College, and the University of South Florida. It was important to him to stay close to his family, and build a life in his beloved hometown. During his time in college, he saw Pinellas County grow at an exponential rate. St. Petersburg and the bay area was becoming a metropolis in Florida, and along with that came typical growing pains. Roads were becoming congested, beaches overcrowded, and crime was on the rise. He decided that it was time to get involved and give back to the community that had given him so much. He became active in local politics, eventually becoming the legislative aide to Representative Lars Hafner. His admiration for our area grew, and so did his calling to public service. Five years later, Charlie earned the opportunity to represent us as a State Representative and later as a State Senator.
Tallahassee is a far different place from Tampa Bay. But Charlie relied on the good people of his district that he has come to know and love. He has succeeded in strengthening rights for our military, bringing home millions in beach re-nourishment funds, standing strong for our natural resources and protecting our coastline from near shore oil drilling and mandating stronger consumer protections for the safety of our families. His constituents demanded more attention and money for our schools, and Charlie delivered. To this day he remains a tireless advocate for education and teachers. His district was concerned about every vote being counted and Charlie delivered again, strongly supporting the switch to paper ballots. He continues to stand up for fair and ethical elections, working to rein in frivolous campaign spending by special interests and raising voter confidence by ensuring that everyone has the right and ability to vote.
Charlie credits his open door policy and community involvement for his success. He is constantly in the community, talking to nurses, teachers and others on the front lines who can offer real solutions to state wide problems. It is because of them that Charlie advocates so effectively for our most vulnerable. He has called for stricter regulations on nursing homes and harsher penalties for elder and child abuse. He supports measures to make our foster care system safer and programs that get homeless off the street. He has brought home funds for community organizations such as PARC, Gulf Coast Family Services, Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, and Vincent House, just to name a few.
Charlie has continued that same philosophy on the County Commission. He is working with many community partners addressing the poverty issues in Lealman, Midtown and throughout Pinellas. He worked to pass ordinances providing relief for wage theft victims, providing assistance to human trafficking victims, and expanded Pinellas’ human rights ordinance.
Charlie’s leadership was recognized by his peers when they selected him to serve as Chairman of the Pinellas Commission. He also has served  as Chair of the Tourist Development Council, the Pinellas Economic Development Council, and in leadership positions of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco- Pinellas Board, the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Pinellas Historical Preservation Board.
Legislating aside, Charlie’s best attribute is his compassion for the working families who are the heart and soul of his community. He empathizes with those who, like him, worked to make their own way and provide for their families. He has an uncanny ability to identify with almost anyone he comes across, and usually ends the conversation by sharing a laugh and a smile. It is this capacity to connect and deliver that makes Charlie an effective leader, and a role model for others looking to serve their community.

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