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BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas (SPP) is seeking nominations for its 2015 Outstanding Young Professional.  This program, based on the BPW/FL Young Careerist Program founded in 1964, recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of young women and men for their endeavors at bettering themselves and others—professionally, personally, and politically.

Participating young professionals would gain:

◊  Community recognition

◊  Resume enhancement

◊  Strengthened communication skills (both group and presentation)

◊  One year membership in BPW/FL at no charge

◊  Increased understanding of workplace gender equity

Nominees submit an application, resume, and essay.  Finalists are selected on the basis of the submitted materials.  Selection of the BPW/SPP 2015 Outstanding Young Professional will occur on Thursday April 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House, St. Petersburg.  Finalists will interact, as a group, with three judges from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, then deliver their prepared speeches during the membership lunch meeting (with typically 40 people in attendance) from 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.  Lunch is at no cost to the finalists.

BPW/SPP and BPW/FL have a long list of former participants who have gone on to rewarding, fulfilling careers, and have demonstrated themselves as outstanding leaders in their communities (see below and BPW/FL for listings of those individuals).  Our hope is that the selected BPW/SPP Outstanding Young Professional would represent BPW/SPP at the BPW/FL State Conference to be held June 11-14, 2015, at Hyatt Place Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club, Marathon, Florida.  BPW/SPP provides funds to offset registration, lodging and most associated expenses.

To be eligible to participate, a nominee must:

♦ Be between the ages of 21 and 35 (inclusive by July 31st).

♦ Be, or have been employed, in business (includes self-employed) or the professions with at least one year of full-time work experience in her/his career area.

♦ Be living, working, training, or continuing education in the Tampa Bay area.

♦ Understand and support the BPW/FL mission, vision, and legislative platform. 

All nominations must be received no later than Monday March 16 at; finalists will be notified by March 23.   If you have any questions, please contact Committee Chair Sheila Barry-Oliver at

Click the link below to download the application, legislative platform and speech questions.

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The Virginia Allan Young Careerist (YC) Program was founded in 1964 by BPW National President Virginia Allan in order to recognize the professional, personal and political achievements of young professional women and men.

Young Careerist ProgramParticipants, both BPW and prospective members, compete to represent BPW on the Local and State level by delivering a prepared 4-minute speech, interviewing with judges, and preparing a biographical statement and application.

This program recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of young women and men between the ages of 21 and 35 for their endeavors at bettering themselves and others, professionally, personally and politically. The Young Careerist Program is about mentoring, building self-esteem and confidence, giving recognition and acceptance,  and the celebration of all participants.

BPW/FL has a long list of former Young Careerist participants and representatives who, by their participation, have developed a greater sense of self-esteem, and have gone on to more rewarding and fulfilling careers and have demonstrated themselves as outstanding leaders in their communities.

Young Careerist Program Representative to State
(Formerly called the “Young Career Woman” )

1976-1977            Nancy H. Thomas
1977-1978            Della Geissler Mays
1978-1979            Frances Johnson
1979-1980            Alma Dishman
1980-1981            Judy Kools
1981-1982            Lynnette McDougle
1982-1983            Sally McCrary
1983-1984            Kathy Huffman

1984-1985            Kim Hiestand & Connie Burr
1985-1986            Joyce Kenfield
1986-1987            Jean Kenlan
1987-1988            Julia A. Hearn
1988-1989            Mary Ann Bowman
1990-1991            Kathryn Lancaster
1991-1992            Louise Scott
1993-1994            Jacqueline Josiota

1994-1995            Karey Lofton
1995-1996            Samantha Chechele
1997-1998            Tami Simms-Powel
2001-2002            Alizza Punzalan
2003-2004            Lena Seyler
2011-2012            Taisha Hyatt
2012-2013            Pye Young