[ST. PETERSBURG, FLA, September 30, 2014]—Mentoring is widely considered critical to career success for both men and women. However, with a lack of women in leadership roles and senior management, the prospect of a woman finding a female mentor becomes more difficult as she advances in her career. According to a 2011 report by McKinsey Research, women claim 53% of entry-level management jobs, but after that, the numbers drop: to 37% for mid-managers, and even lower, to 26%, for vice presidents and up.
Business and Professional Women (BPW)/St. Petersburg-Pinellas invites current and potential mentors and mentees to its annual working women’s forum, “From Grasshopper to Queen Bee: Mentoring Relationships that Buzz,” on Thursday, October 23, 2014, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at The Studio@620 (620 1st Avenue South, St. Petersburg). The BPW forum, which will be in a panel format, will be held during National Business Women’s Week (October 20-24, 2014).
Cost: Advance tickets are $20 for BPW members, $25 for non-members. Admission at the door is $30. A networking reception with light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will precede the panel discussion. Make advance reservations online. For more information, visit www.BPWStPetePinellas.org.
“Given the demands on our time, fulfilling the roles within a conventional mentoring relationship may seem unattainable,” said Alizza Punzalan-Randle, President of BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas. “It’s possible that our professional peer network and inner circles of friends have been unintentional mentors and advisors all along. This year’s forum will encourage us to expand our traditional approach to mentoring.”
The forum panel represents a diverse range of mentoring experiences: Sophia T. Wisniewska, Ph.D., Regional Chancellor, USF St. Petersburg; Jessica Rivelli, Founder, Working Women of Florida; Gwendolyn Reese, President/CEO, InFinite Solutions of Tampa Bay; and Elaine Smalling, Executive Vice President, The WTL Group, LLC. Tami Simms, a local real estate professional and past state president of BPW/Florida, will moderate the forum.
Sponsorship opportunities ($250, $500, $1,000 and $1,500) 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 /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. Four issues are at the core of BPW/FL’s legislative platform: the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (passed by the U.S. Congress in 1972 but yet to be ratified as a Constitutional amendment by the Florida legislature); economic equity, opportunity and self-sufficiency; higher education; and health care. 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
BPW’s signature activities for 2014-15 include: the “Diversi-Tea” celebrating National Women’s Equality Day on August 23; the Working Women’s Fall Forum on October 23; professional development workshops scheduled monthly from November to March; and Unhappy Hour observing National Equal Pay Day in April 2015. The 2014-15 President is Alizza Punzalan-Randle, Community Relations Manager for All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine.