01 Apr LO Spotlight: BPW/Calusa
Established (chartered) in:
Number of members:
What’s interesting or unique about your location for working women?
We live in a very diverse community
Income and salaries for Pasco County:
- The average income of a Pasco County resident is $24,076 a year. The US average is $28,555 a year.
- The Median household income of a Pasco County resident is $44,518 a year. The US average is $53,482 a year.
We have 12% earning less than $15,000 per year with only 4% earning more than $150,000 per year, but our expected future job growth is 11% above the national average. Health care and the retail trade are our two main drivers. With that said, Pasco County has around 12% in poverty.
Pasco has just over half million people, with 51.4% being women.
Education wise Pasco County has 89% with high school diploma or higher and 23% with a bachelors degree or higher.
What are your meetings and networking activities like?
We met on a Friday for lunch for years, but have recently decided to change things up. More women work now, so we are changing our monthly meetings to an evening, so that more time can be spent with more productive speakers.
We also have a mixer monthly and try to use this to encourage new members to join us.
What was your most popular or best-attended event in the past year? Do you have special events every year?
We have held many fundraising events but the Quarter Auction last October was such an excellent event that we are doing this again next March.
How does your organization participate in community-wide events?
BPW/Calusa takes part in community events by way of the Chamber, private events for our members or assisting other events.
What does your organization do to promote political awareness?
BPW/Calusa holds a candidates’ forum each year where the political candidates are invited to come and speak to our members.
What opportunities for personal and professional development do you offer?
As for personal development, we have speakers come and advise us on personal and business development. We are instituting a mentor program / new member orientation.
How do you support scholarships locally?
BPW/Calusa raises funds for the women of Pasco County (above school age) to financially assist them with attending school and furthering their education.
How do you reach potential new members in your community?
Reaching out through our website, social media and face to face is our way of making contact with others in our community.