2023 BPW/FL Annual Conference Recap


That’s a wrap for the 102nd Annual BPW/FL State Conference: Energizing the Future Today!  We were true to our mission throughout.  Monday featured three workshops relevant to our mission (using parliamentary procedure effectively, how to lobby, the resources of the Dept. of Labor’s Women’s Bureau) followed by an open discussion of Tuesday’s business items.  Tuesday morning saw a workshop on strategic planning and Tuesday afternoon combined Federation and Foundation business meetings that were chock full of meaningful dialogue and informed decision making, while the annual BPW/FL awards recognized local organizations for their yearlong efforts.  The BPW/Florida Education Foundation raised funds through its annual Hawg Callin.  Finally, the 2023-24 elected Federation officers were installed at the banquet.  Executive committee and board of directors meetings ended the conference on Wednesday morning. What an engaged group of women!


We were also pleased to introduce 12 conference first-time attendees to the annual state conference experience.


Kudos to 2023 Conference Chair Jerri Evans and her planning committee, State Business Manager Cindi Irwin, outgoing and incoming Executive Committee members and Board of Directors for making this conference relevant to our mission. It was a springboard for opportunity to make BPW even more vibrant and valuable to our members statewide.


Enjoy these moments from the 2023 State Conference!

Past State Presidents Carole Tolomeo, Jerri Evans, Mary Giddens, Tami Simms, Sheila Barry-Oliver, Sheri McCandless, Sue Banks.  Zelda Ladan was present but absent from the picture.

2023-2024 BPW/FL Executive Committee: President Michele Cavallo, Vice President Cynthia Howard, Treasurer Jo Ann Orr, Secretary Vicki Faulkner, Council of Presidents Delegate Jill Kuehnert.

BPW/FL Awards 2023


Kudos to the following local organizations and/or individuals for work accomplished during the 2022-2023 BPW year (click on the awardee’s name to see their award submission):


Best Educational Programming — BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas

Best Overall Advocacy — BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas

Best Public RelationsBPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas

Best Overall Technology UtilizationBPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas

Local Organization of the YearBPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas



Under 20 members: Retention: BPW/Gold Coast, Growth: BPW/North Sarasota

21-40 members: Retention: BPW/Marathon, Growth: BPW/Englewood-Venice

40+ members: Retention and Growth: BPW/Upper Keys

Three workshops were held on Monday June 12:


Parliamentary Procedure for Members, by Mary Giddens
Tools for Advocacy, by Anne Gannon
Overview of the Women’s Bureau, by Natasha Black


Click on each title above to listen to/watch the recording of the session.

2023 BPW/FL Annual Conference Program