Committees

BPW is only as good as the membership makes it.

You can help shape our activities by serving on one or more of our committees. Contact the following chairwomen to learn about each committee’s functions and planning efforts.

Standing Committees

Finance
Chair, Tami Simms
This committee prepares an annual budget for the local organization (LO) no later than the first regular October meeting, has general supervision of all expenditures, and assists the LO in developing a sound financial policy.

Individual Development
Chair, Open
This committee plans the Individual Development (ID) program, a signature program of BPW that assists women in meeting their personal and professional goals, as well as their goals for community action and change. For More about this Program Click Here

Legislation
Chair, Jerri Evans
This committee carries out the legislative programs adopted by BPW/FL and studies local legislative needs in order to make recommendations to the local organization. Activities include delivering a “legislative moment” at the general membership meetings, meeting with city administrators and elected officials quarterly, and incorporating legislative/politically-based topics and speakers into meeting programs. More from the Legislative Committee

Membership
Chair, Gretta Paige Bellas
This committee promotes, expands, stabilizes and orients the membership. Activities include coordinating monthly membership socials, identifying recruitment events, staffing display tables, engaging new members and reaching out to luncheon guests. More About Membership

Philanthropy
Chair, Lily Alcott
This committee identifies non-profits with volunteer/donation opportunities that align with BPW’s mission. Activities include partnering with the Membership committee for monthly events and promoting interest in and support of the BPW Foundation, the BPW/FL Education Foundation and any other organizations supported by BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas.

Public Relations / Technology
Chair, Lori Bremer / Amy Dinovo
This committee publicizes state and local programs and activities through available news media. Activities include the management of the website and social media platforms, publicity of LO news and events, and distribution of the monthly e-newsletter.

Young Careerist
Chair, OPEN
This committee organizes and coordinates the Young Careerist Program and promotes efforts that involve the participation of young people ages 21-35. Activities include working with college/university career resources offices to identify potential participants, organizing a professional and personal development workshop series, and organizing a speak-off for the first membership meeting in April. More about Young Careerist

Special Committees

Diversity and Inclusion
Chair, Jane Byers
This committee emphasizes the importance of diversity and inclusion in recruitment, retention, mentoring, programming, leadership development and community outreach. Activities include aligning with like-minded organizations on community conversations, and recommending keynote speakers who can address diversity-related topics at the membership meetings.

Equal Pay Day Unhappy Hour
Chair, Kristin Smith
This committee observes National Equal Pay Day (typically in April) by raising awareness of pay equity and the wage gap through a free event known as an “Unhappy Hour.” Click Here for Details

Scholarship
Chair, Sheila Barry-Oliver
Made up of the current LO president and past presidents, this committee reads scholarship applications and selects recipients for the Connie Passmore Scholarships that are distributed each May. Click Here for Details

Working Women’s Forum
Co-Chairs, Sheila Barry-Oliver & Jerri Evans
This committee plans a ticketed event during National Business Women’s Week, which is held the third week of October. Proceeds are directed to the Conniee Passmore Scholarship Fund. Click Here for Details