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1/2/2017 Member News
Honing Your Professional Skills In 2017

Business and Professional Women/St. Petersburg-Pinellas
P.O. Box 1063, St. Petersburg, FL 33731
Contacts: Lori Bremer (727) 501-6637

Honing Your Professional Skills In 2017
Is your New Year’s resolution to improve your business skills and polish your professional image? Join Business and Professional Women (BPW) of St Petersburg-Pinellas for “Strategies for Success,” a monthly workshop series starting Saturday, January 28, 2017, and continuing through April from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00. The workshops focus on personal development and professional skill building for individuals looking to change careers, secure employment or advance in their profession.

The Workshops are being held in John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Conference Center at 701 4th St South, St. Petersburg. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Each workshop includes a mid-morning break for refreshments and networking. The workshop cost is $20 each for BPW members and $25 each for non-members. There is a $10 series discount if you register for all 4 Saturday sessions. To register go to and click on “Strategies for Success.”

January 28: “Don’t Let the Cloud Rain on Your Parade.” Join us for a presentation on managing today’s technology. The dynamic Pat Huston, a professional Edu-Tainer, will teach how to prosper from your internet presence. Pat helps to humanize technology and will share best practices while you have fun learning it.

February 28: “Understanding Me to Build a Strong We.” Do you want to learn how to manage different personalities and build strong teams? Melanie Turner of MD Consulting will give you an in-depth understanding of your own and others personality styles using D.I.S.C. Then Nikki Gaskin-Capehart, Director of Urban Affairs for the City of St Pete, will share her expertise on building strong teams. She will discuss techniques to manage across diverse populations often with competing priorities.

March 25: “Go for the Win-Win.” Are you in a leadership role or aspire to be? Learn how to effectively negotiate in any situation and lead people where you need them to go. Bonnie Kesler, M.A., Ed.S, an instructor at St Pete College, will share her unique viewpoint on negotiating for success. Next Venita Garvin, a 30-year advocate for women’s issues, will share her experience helping women to develop their leadership skills.

April 22: “Perception Matters.” Do you know how the rest of the world perceives you? Kristina Alspaw, VP of Tourism for the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce, will discuss how to manage your presence in a digital world and present your best self. Next Jennifer Webb, Director of Community Partnerships at USF, gives attendees an in-depth look at ethical decision making. This session will help you protect your reputation with integrity.

About BPW
Founded in 1919, BPW has a long track record of promoting equity for women in the workplace. Whether you are a business owner or an employee, BPW provides leadership through advocacy, education, and information within our communities, states, and the nation on issues important to all working women. Through BPW, you connect with mentors, colleagues, and friends who assist you in advancing your career and making the right connections. You can also thrive professionally through exclusive membership development programs. BPW/St Petersburg-Pinellas is the local organization of BPW/Florida and is sponsoring this 2017 professional development series. For more information: