Individual Development 2015-2016



September 12: The Sum of All Our Parts (Understanding Behavioral Styles & Team Building)

October 10: Leading with a Conscience (Leadership and Ethical Decision Making)

November 14: Play Well in Sandbox Without Getting Dirty (Effective Meetings and Business Etiquette)

December 12: It Takes More than A Village (Public Advocacy and Global Workplaces)

January 9: Hold Your Own Purse (Personal and Professional Financial Management)


Workshops were held at St. Petersburg College Downtown Campus, 244 2nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701


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January 9: Hold your Own Purse (Personal and Professional Financial Management)  Learn about wealth management planning, budgeting, saving vs investing, planning for retirement, insurance, estate planning, organizational financial statements, taxes, and cash flow. Our three presenters are:

Kristin Smith, Wealth Management Specialist, Associate Vice President, Investments, Raymond James. 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.

Marcy Hawk Doran, CLTC, Northwestern Mutual (NM) Financial Advisor Marcy spent 7 years in the hospitality industry before joining NM in 2008. Areas of expertise include: retirement income planning, financial planning, estate planning, and long-term care planning. Marcy is passionate about helping women become successful business owners and encouraging them to be champions of other women. She created a scholarship for entrepreneurs at Florida State University. Community activities include Junior League and Camelot Community Care.

Liz IllgenLiz Illgen, Residential Sales Professional, Berkshire Hathaway HomeService. Liz currently sells residential real estate. Her prior thirty years of business and marketing experience included copywriter, business manager/accountant, business consultant, revenue forecasting manager, and IT sales/operations manager, in industries as diverse as telephony, retail, manufacturing, consulting and B2B sales. She has also been an entrepreneur and is an avid blogger. Liz has a BA from UW-Eau Claire in Business Administration and an MBA from Rutgers University.

December 12: It Takes More Than a Village will address how we can be most effective in Public Advocacy and Global Workplaces. Whether we are pursuing our goals individually or collectively or as an organization, public advocacy and global workplaces are realities, which can be leveraged to achieve success. Our presenters are:

Darden Rice, St. Petersburg City Council, District 4. Darden has more than a decade of experience in working for national, state, and local organizations in communications and issue-based advocacy campaigns for the public interest, in addition to having others advocate to her in her capacity as an elected government official–so, she has been involved on both sides of public advocacy. Among her many community activities, Darden was President of the League of Women Voters of the St. Pete Area for three years, Co-Founder of the Pinellas Living Green Expo, and past Florida Director of Gulf Restoration Network.

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 corporate experience included working with and in overseas locations and with diverse staff. She created a led a workforce diversity initiative for a global management consulting firm. Her doctorate in human resource development enabled her to teach about and effectively apply global workplace concepts.

November 14: Play Well in the Sandbox Without Getting Dirty (Effective Meetings and Business Etiquette)  Learn how to have worthwhile and effective meetings where all viewpoints are heard and you achieve your goals and learn how to be courteous and effective in your interactions and ever-changing communication with others. Our presenters are:

Tami 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 and meetings 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 President of the BPW/FL Education Foundation and a Past President of BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas and of BPW/Florida

Gretta Paige-Bellas  Community Activist. Gretta was previously the Client Services Director and Paralegal at Kira Doyle Law, 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 extensive interaction with others. Gretta is active in many community activities, including Women’s Service League, Boley Angels, St. Petersburg Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and the League of Women Voters, in addition to being BPW/FL Membership Chair and a Past President of BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas. Her active participation frequently involves finding sponsors, convincing them of the worthiness of their donation. 

October 10: Leading with a Conscience (Leadership and Ethical Decision Making) Our presenters are:

APAlizza 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 South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area Citizens Advisory Committee, BPW/SPP President 2014-15, BPW/FL Council of Delegates Representative, 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

Camille Iurillo, Iurillo Law Group, PA.  Ms. Iurillo combines both the legal know-how of structuring transactional agreements with the practical understanding of how businesses operate. In addition, Ms. Iurillo represents businesses in disputes. Leveraging the knowledge she has gained after more than 20 years as a trial lawyer is essential to this process.  Ms. Iurillo also represents professionals, businesses and business owners struggling with financial challenges.  Ms. Iurillo has been selected as a “Top Lawyer” by Tampa Bay Magazine and named as one of Florida’s Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine. She is a past president of the St. Petersburg Bar Association. 

September 12: The Sum of All Our Parts (i.e., Understanding Behavior Styles and Building Teams). Our presenters were:

Barb Kyes, Managing Parter of ActionCOACH Tampa Bay.  Barb and her team have coached over 70 different types of businesses since its inception in 2007. Barb’s firm has consistently been ranked as one of the top ActionCOACH firms in the U.S and in the world. Barb was recently recognized by ActionCOACH Founder and Chairman, Brad Sugars for “Best Coach in the World” honors and her team’s first book, OMG! What’s the Focus? released in 2015, achieved Amazon #2 best seller and #1 Hot New Release. Barb has over 25 years experience in running small businesses and as a non-profit leader and fund raiser in our community. She has been a finalist for Business Women of the Year honors with the Tampa Bay Business Journal as well as the St. Pete Chamber and was featured in Forbes Magazine in 2011 as an up and coming Florida Women’s Business Leader..

11782155_10206126806561138_5682340741881892247_oChristy Crump, Director of Operations for Regulatory Compliance Services (RCS), a subsidiary of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association. Christy leads a team of 40 managers and trainers who provide alcohol compliance/responsible vendor training and food safety training in Florida as well as professional development training designed to help staff work more efficiently and effectively including communication skills, conflict management, customer service, team building, critical thinking skills, time management, organizational management, and administrative professional development skills. Christy is also the President of BPW Florida.

As a signature program of BPW, the Individual Development (ID) program assists women in meeting their personal and professional goals, as well as their goals for community action and change.

The ID Program, begun in the late 1960s, was developed to provide BPW officers and future leaders with public speaking and presentation skills.  Over time it evolved into a flexible program addressing public speaking, communication skills, interviewing, networking and job performance skills, with the ability to adapt its content to meet the needs of participants.