National Business Women’s Week 2022



OCTOBER 17, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, VIA ZOOM


National Business Women’s Week® is celebrated every year during the third week of October. It provides a valuable opportunity to recognize and honor working women, and employers who support working women and their families. For nearly a century now, this celebration has helped to promote leadership roles for women and to increase opportunities for personal and professional growth.


National Business Women’s Week originated with Emma Dot Partridge, Executive Secretary of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs and was first observed in 1928. President Herbert Hoover was the first president to issue a letter recognizing National Business Women’s Week® in 1932.


To this day, it is used to call attention to women entrepreneurs, facilitate discussions on the needs of working women, share information about workplace policies, and raise awareness of resources.


The forces creating transitions for working women are:

  • Life-cycle induced transitions are the result of the changing expectations and responsibilities adults experience as they move through their life-cycle such as becoming a parent, taking care of an elderly or ill relative, becoming divorced or widowed, or achieving a personal growth goal
  • Career-focused transitions occur as individuals move along the continuum of their career—requiring and/or wanting new skills and experiences that can enhance their careers and employability
  • Market or workplace-induced transitions are precipitated by changes in the market or in the workplace and put pressure on both employers and employees to adapt, such as organizations moving or downsizing or closing


This year BPW/FL will be celebrating National Business Women’s Week with a panel discussion on successfully negotiating career-focused transitions, with four BPW/FL members who have experienced different transitions sharing their experiences and wisdom:


Tiki Bates, BPW/Gold Coast, owner of Community Cremations, navigated the male-dominated landscape of funeral homes before setting up her own business and becoming certified as a funeral director.




Amanda Cummins, Esquire, BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas, attorney at law, navigated the male-dominated US Marine Corps before transitioning to the civilian work environment.




Patricia Milian, BPW/Upper Keys, Vice President of Product Development and Brand Strategy at ComplyRight, has held multiple positions in four different organizations and is now focused on coaching and mentoring future leaders as part of a corporate succession plan.


Ronnell Montgomery, BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas, Vice President, Economic Inclusion & Business Growth at the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, has changed professional fields and leveraged volunteer activity to arrive where she is today.

The panel will be moderated by Sheila Barry-Oliver, Ed.D., BPW/FL President, BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas, retired from a career in information technology/management consulting with four different professional services firms and higher education.