WHAT: The St. Petersburg-Pinellas chapter of Business and Professional Women (BPW) will celebrate National Business Women’s Week™ (October 20-24, 2014) with its annual working women’s forum, “From Grasshopper to Queen Bee: Mentoring Relationships that Buzz.” A diverse panel of local businesswomen will reflect on their experiences and how mentoring relationships come in all shapes, sizes and ages. A reception with light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will precede the discussion.
WHEN: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 5:30-8:00 p.m
WHERE: The Studio@620 (620 1st Avenue South, St. Petersburg)
WHO: Panelists include:
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
Elaine Smalling, Marketing and Communications Manager, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce
BPW member Tami Simms, a local real estate professional and past state president of BPW/Florida, will moderate the forum.
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 and to purchase tickets, visit www.BPWStPetePinellas.org.
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. “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. “This year’s forum will encourage us to expand our traditional approach to mentoring. It’s possible that our professional peer network and inner circles of friends have been unintentional mentors and advisors all along.”
Gregory, Sharer & Stuart is the Gold Level Sponsor for the 2014 Forum.
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.
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.
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