ID 2014-2015


November 1:  Get Where You Want (develop you)

December 6:  It’s Who You Know (network productively)

January 10:  Stand Out in the Cloud (manage your Internet presence)

February 7:  Pick Me, Pick Me (interview and negotiate effectively)

March 7:  What’s Your (Power) Point? (deliver powerful presentations)

Each interactive two-hour workshop will feature two highly qualified presenters.

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 sectors • Anticipating a career change • Managing others or being managed • Are an entrepreneur, or work for a small or large business

Tickets to each workshop are $20 for BPW members, $25 for non members.


All Children’s Hospital Education & Conference Center
701 4th St South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Free parking is available at the back of the building. Enter through the right side door.
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March  7th: What’s your (Power) Point? (i.e., creating and delivering powerful presentations).  Learn about presenting well, inspiring audiences, and being effective in front of groups.  Our presenters were:

Alizza Punzalan-Randle, Community Engagement Manager, All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine.  Oversees community relations and community benefit initiatives to improve the health status of children in a measurable way.  Previously served as Eckerd College Director of Community and Media Relations.  Community activities include BPW/SPP President 2014-15, South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area Citizens Advisory Committee, Community Tampa Bay Board Secretary, Juvenile Welfare Board’s South County Community Council and St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s Diversity & Inclusiveness Task Force.

Kristin Smith, WMS, Associate Vice President, Investments, Wealth Management Specialist, Raymond James & Associates.  Develops and implements financial plans for individuals and families with diverse goals, including retirement saving, income generation, business succession, education funding, estate planning, as well as managing over $50 million in client investment assets.  Community activities include BPW, Board of Trustees Vice Chair and Finance & Investment Committee Chair for Suncoast Center, Inc., and Loan Committee Vice Chair for Project Prosper.

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February 7th: Pick Me, Pick Me (i.e., interviewing and negotiating skills) will address specific strategies for emerging as the best candidate or achieving your objectives when negotiating any kind of deal, including your salary. Our presenters were:

Yvonne2Yvonne Ulmer,Executive and Business Coach. Provides individual and team coaching as well as organization development consulting such as, strategic planning, leadership development, team building, and conflict resolution. Previously served as St. Petersburg College Provost/CEO for 13 years and Director of Staff Development for 9 years. Community activities include Leadership St. Pete Alumni and St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Council.

Jerri2Jerri Evans, Legal Assistant at Lisa A. Hoppe, PA. Prior experience includes R’Club Child Care, Inc. and positions at numerous law offices ranging from sole practices to 50+ lawyer firms. Also served as 6th Circuit Court Judge Irene Sullivan’s judicial assistant for 12 years. Community activities include BPW, Personal Enrichment Through Mental Health Services (PEMHS), Tampa Bay Public Leadership Institute (TBPLI), Judicial Assistants Association of Florida, and Suncoast Tiger Bay Club.

January 10: Standing Out in the Cloud (i.e., managing your online presence) will address what’s out there about you and effective social media marketing. Our presenters are:

TSTami Simms,Real Estate Professional and Trainer for the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. Tami has been in the business of organization, marketing and graphic design since starting her first business in 1993 and effectively uses technology in all her business activities. Tami is active in many community activities, including the Downtown Business Association and the Waterfront Parks Foundation, in addition to being a Past President of BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas and of BPW/Florida.

Amy Dinovo

Amy Dinovo, Marketing Development & Transaction Management, Coastal Properties Group. Amy is a freelance web designer, building websites for people she likes, which includes being web mistress for BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas. Amy actively uses social media in all her business activities and consults with individuals, non profits and small businesses. Amy is currently President-Elect for BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas.

December 6: It’s Who You Know will address how to network productively, personally and professionally, both in person and online.  Our presenters were:

Gretta Paige BellasGretta Paige Bellas, Client Services Director and Paralegal at Kira Doyle Law. Gretta was previously a relationship manager at Sabal Trust Company, a paralegal for a New York law firm, and held several positions in the hospitality industry—all positions which involve networking extensively. Gretta is active in many community activities, including Women’s Service League, Boley Angels, Krewe of Princess Ulele, and the League of Women Voters, in addition to being a Past President of BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas.

Diane Dewey

Diane Dewey, Masters Degree student and freelance writer. Previously Diane was self-employed as an art appraiser after having worked at the National Academy of Art (NY) and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (NY). Most recently she lived in Europe, which definitely involved networking online. Community activities include Tampa Crossroads at Rose Hall, Tierra Verde Women’s and Business Groups and Tampa Bay Watch. Founder of BEAM Adoptee Support blog.

November 1: Get Where You Want will address understanding and managing behavioral and communication styles and goal setting to mitigate potential unknown/unforeseen obstacles and challenges. Our presenters were:

Sheila Barry-Oliver, Ed.D., retired IT/management consultant and educator. Sheila has 28 years corporate experience and 13 years teaching graduate management courses.  Her doctorate in human resource development enabled her to teach about and effectively apply different behavioral and communication styles in the workplace.

Kristina Fortner, Executive Director, Girls Inc. of Pinellas. Kristina has 10 years of non-profit leadership and management experience, focused on family and childhood development.  In these roles, she has taught many how to set goals, as well as developing goals with employees and for organizations.