14 Mar Member Spotlight: Janine Duffy
On a Saturday at the end of August 2021, I ran into what looked like an amazing group of ladies. They were celebrating Women’s Equality Day, and after chatting with a couple of them and finding out they were part of a group called BPW, I knew I had to learn more. I joined BPW/St Petersburg-Pinellas right after attending my first monthly luncheon in October 2021 and am so grateful to have found both an organization I align with and an incredible group of women. I currently serve on the Legislative and DEI Committees.
I had a long career in the long-term healthcare industry, starting in accounting and shifting to Director of Human Resources for a multi-state corporation. In 2016 I had an opportunity to join a start-up company in a brand new industry in the state of Florida, and spent five years with what became the first and largest medical cannabis company in the state, Trulieve, Inc. In 2021 I shifted gears again and moved to a career in the mortgage industry. I am currently a Mortgage Advisor for Best Life Mortgage Co, helping clients with residential purchase and refinance loans.
I am also an Office Admin for an interior design firm, Ala’Bella Interiors. I currently volunteer in the organic garden at Daystar Life Center, and previously in the soup kitchen for St Vincent de Paul.
I’ve been a St Pete resident since 1987 and thoroughly enjoy our world-class arts community and beautiful waterfront whenever possible. I try to meditate daily and practice yoga regularly, and completed my Certified Yoga Teacher Training in 2019 at The Body Electric. I also love to travel, learn, grow both personally and professionally, practice ukulele, and I’m learning to speak French.