President's Message

June 20th, 2017

Dear Sisters, Friends, and Supporters:

As we prepare to host our BPW State Conference and share the glory of our home in St Pete with our Sisters and guests from across the state this weekend, I’m laser-focused on our mission of equity for all.

If you haven’t yet registered for the superb slate of education programs on Friday, our Business Meetings on Saturday, or our Masquerade Ball/Installation ceremony of our new State Board-including our own Alizza Punzalan-Randall as State President, I encourage you to consider this unique opportunity to shop and learn from the many vendors, to help raise money for Breast Cancer scholarships by bidding on decorated bras, and to network shamelessly!

Switching gears to a more local flavor, the survey results are in and we’re going to experiment this year. Watch for additional meetings/socials in the evenings, more robust programs on message with our mission, the launch of membership on-boarding initiatives, opportunities to mentor, and unique ways to really get involved.
The truth is we’re all busy with work, family, and other obligations, and no one-myself included-could possibly attend every BPW event, but we do want to offer more choice for our members to experience all that BPW is, so stay tuned by watching our website and periodic emails. We all want to make a difference in the world, let’s start with our small corner of paradise here in Pinellas County.
In closing, as we head into the hot-hot days of summer, we’ve got some very cool things planned that we hope will appeal to YOU. Come join in the fun, do something good for your community, and help yourself all at the same time-everyone wins! I hope you’ll like the changes we’ve planned, and I want to hear your thoughts regardless. You can reach me anytime through the website or by contacting me directly. Enjoy your summer, be safe, and take time for yourself! In service, Liz Illgen

Liz Illgen


Liz Illgen
President, BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas