Work-Life Effectiveness and Women in Leadership Roles Are Issues for Women in the Workplace
[ST. PETERSBURG, FLA., July 10, 2013] – According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average woman born in the latter years of the baby boom (1957-1964) held 11 jobs from age 18 to age 46. Whether by choice or by chance, plan or circumstance, a woman often lands on a career path that is quite different from the one on which she embarked.
The impact of a woman’s career choices will be explored during National Business Women’s Week™ (October 21-25, 2013) by the St. Petersburg-Pinellas chapter of Business and Professional Women (BPW) in its fall forum, “Women’s Success Stories: Shaping Your Career or Letting It Shape You,” on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at The Studio@620 (620 1st Avenue South, St. Petersburg).
This event is open to the public. The forum will be in a panel format, followed by a question-and-answer session. A reception with light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will precede the discussion. Advance tickets are $15 for BPW members, $20 for non-members. Admission at the door is $25. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.bpwstpetepinellas.org.
“National Business Women’s Week™ (NBWW) is a significant way to observe and raise awareness about women in businesses and women-owned businesses,” said Gretta Paige Bellas, 2013-2014 President of BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas. “BPW’s fall forum will feature local businesswomen who will reflect on their varied experiences and backgrounds as they discuss how women in leadership roles and work-life effectiveness impact career choices.”
The all-female panel represents the diverse voices found among different work environments (e.g., large and small businesses, for-profit and nonprofit), multigenerational workplaces, and professional career stages. Panelists include:
– Angela Biever, Chief Administrative Officer of Raymond James Financial
– Margaret Cooley, Director of the Leadership Development Institute at Eckerd College
– Gypsy Gallardo, Publisher of The Power Broker and Grapevine magazines
– Sara Stonecipher, Clothing Designer and Owner of MISRED Outfitters
Tami Simms, a local real estate professional and President of the St. Petersburg Downtown Business Association, will moderate the forum.
Sponsorship opportunities ($250, $500, $1,000) are now available for local businesses and individuals who wish to support BPW in its effort to present this informative program for the working women of our community.
About Business and Professional Women (BPW)/St. Petersburg-Pinellas
BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas is the local chapter of BPW/Florida, which is affiliated with the national BPW Foundation. Founded in 1919 at the national and state levels, and in 1966 at the local level, BPW crosses generations, occupations and political parties. BPW’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. General membership meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 400 Beach Drive Seafood and Tap House in Downtown St. Petersburg. www.bpwstpetepinellas.org
Signature activities for 2013-2014 include the Young Careerist and Individual Development programs, Equality Day Tea on August 24, the Working Women’s Fall Forum on October 22, and Unhappy Hour observing Equal Pay Day in April 2014. The 2013-2014 President is Gretta Paige Bellas, paralegal for Kira Doyle Law.
About National Business Women’s Week™ (NBWW)
To recognize the achievements of American working women, Business and Professional Women’s Foundation celebrates National Business Women’s Week™ during the third week of October. Since 1928, NBWW has honored the contributions of working women and employers who support working women and their families. NBWW provides an opportunity to call attention to women entrepreneurs, facilitate discussions on the needs of working women, share information about successful workplace policies, and raise awareness of the resources available for working women in their communities. http://bit.ly/bpwnbww
About Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation
BPW Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, works with women, employers and policymakers to create successful workplaces that practice and embrace diversity, equity and work-life balance. Through its research and unique role as a neutral convener of employers and employees, BPW Foundation leads the way in developing and advocating for policies and programs that “work” for both women and businesses. www.bpwfoundation.org