FROM MY HOUSE TO THE WHITE HOUSE: Navigating the Crossroads of American Democracy.

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 5:30-7:30 pm at The Studio@620, 620 1st Avenue S, St. Petersburg

On October 19, 2016, our annual working women’s forum to celebrate National Business Women’s Week ™ sponsored by: Healthy Start JHACH_Icon-P-CMYK


Business and Professional Women (BPW) held a thought-provoking panel discussion moderated by local news veteran Rob Lorei. The panelists were: Deborah Clark, Pinellas County Elections Supervisor; Nikki Gaskin-Capehart, Director of Urban Affairs for the City of St. Petersburg; and The Honorable Myriam Irizarry, County Judge, Pinellas County. Attendees learned how the three branches of government affect our lives at the local, state and federal levels;  how we can have an impact and what effective government looks like to make democracy work.


Thank you to our 2016 Event Sponsors:

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Bronze Level Sponsor:

Janssen and Igar, CPAs PA

Women’s Service League of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg Women’s Chamber of Commerce

 Small Business Sponsor:

Jerri Evans

Lisa A. Hoppe PA

Raymond James & Associates

Sabal Trust Company

Shollenberger Public Relations

Suncoast Center, Inc.

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The event was held at the studio@620_2c 620 1st Avenue South in St. Petersburg.


For the first time we can recall, we were able to get a public service announcement thanks to our friends in the media and voice artist, Jason Randle. To hear this 30 spot or share it with friends click here 


A tradition continues…

Since 2012, BPW St. Petersburg-Pinellas has been fulfilling its mission of advocacy, information and education by presenting the Working Women’s Forum. Presented as a panel discussion, the Working Women’s Forum takes on issues that are relevant to the lives of working women. They have included some of our areas top subject matter experts and women leaders delivering informative, engaging and often entertaining conversations which have included:

Being the Only Woman in The Room (October 2015)  Our panel included Hon. Myriam Irizarry – Judge, Pinellas County Sixth Judicial Circuit, Criminal Division, Melanie Lenz – Tampa Bay Rays, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Development, Diane Bailey Morton – C1 Bank, General Counsel, Melissa Seixa – Duke Energy, Government and Community Relations, Pinellas and Pasco and was moderated by Tami Simms of Coastal Properties/Christie’s International Real Estate.

From Grasshopper to Queen Bee: Mentoring Relationships that Buzz (October 2014) – Our panel included USFSP Regional Chancellor, Sophia Wisniewska, Founder of Working Women of Florida Jessica Rivelli, Executive Vice President of the WTL Group Elaine Smalling and Infinite Solutions of Tampa Bay President and CEO Gwendolyn Reese and was moderated by Tami Simms of Coastal Properties/Christie’s International Real Estate.

Women’s Success Stories: Shaping Your Career or Letting It Shape You (October 2013) – Our panel included Director of the Leadership Development Institute at Eckerd College Margaret Cooley, Publisher of The Power Broker & Grapevine magazines Gypsy Gallardo, President of MAP & Associates Marty Petty, Owner of MISRED Outfitters and Lead Fashion Designer Sara Stonecipher and was moderated by Tami Simms of Coastal Properties/Christie’s International Real Estate.

The Affordable Care Act (October 2012) – Our panel included Cigna Senior Medical Direcor of Healthcare Coverage Dr. Julie Kessel, Bayfront Medical Center VP of Strategic Planning and Public Affairs Dr. Kanika Jelks-Tomalin and Doctors for America Senior Regional Director Dr. Mona Mangat and was moderated by Stetson University College of Law Dean of Faculty Michael Allen

Why Do State and Federal Elections Matter to Working Women? (February 2012)  – Our panel included County Commisioner Karen Seele, School Board Member Nina Hayden and Supervisor of Elections Deb Clark and was moderated by USF Political Science Professor Dr. Susan McManus