Guide to Colleges and Careers- SRQ Magazine’s April 2019 Edition

Let your story guide our readers into our area’s Colleges and Careers coming this April 2019! Why is Higher Education important? What are the top benefits of Higher Education? Why is Higher Education crucial for the next generation? Share your career guidance to our readers.


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Join Us: SRQ SkillSHARE | April 11, 2019, 5-7:30 pm

The application period to join SRQ MEDIA for April’s SkillSHARE Program is now open! This special event takes place three times a year as part of SRQ’s Women In Business Initiative.

SkillSHARE is a networking-focused program that encourages insightful, honest interactions between local women professionals about their career and community engagement through the art and science of mentorship. Hosted at SRQ Studios at 331 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota on Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 5-7:30pm, participants will connect with our stellar line up of SkillSHARE mentors including Liz Brookins, Sandra Stone, Kathryn Shea, Gabriele Harris, Laurie Pike, Kameron Hodgens, and Jeannie Perales.

SkillSHARE is a type of ‘potential incubator’,” says SRQ MEDIA Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement Ashley Grant, “where women of all ages and walks of life can come and connect with others in a safe environment to brainstorm creative solutions to challenges, learn practical tools to pursue their passions, and explore intelligent risk-taking all in an encouraging and supportive space that celebrates growing to each person’s full potential whether that be personal, professional or both. It is a very powerful thing to see these incredible women realize through the magic of connection and collaboration that the sky is the limit for them and we are so proud and thrilled to be able to facilitate this process.”

We’ve received great feedback from past mentors and mentees. Guest mentor from SkillSHARE 2017, Julie Henry, Founder and President of Finish Line Leadership remarked, “Growth happens when someone has the courage to tell you the truth – what you’re excelling at, where the opportunities are, and most importantly, what you need to stop doing. I’ve been privileged over the years to have many respected women hold up this truth-telling mirror up for me. I’m honored to do the same and help women continue to grow as leaders in business.”

We’re delighted to host the first SkillSHARE of 2019 and encourage you to send in an application to join us for this special opportunity. Applications to participate in April’s SkillSHARE Program will be accepted until Friday, March 15, 2019. To submit an application, please click HERE

SRQ Women In Business Power Up Mixer

SRQ MEDIA’s Power Up event, fueled by the SRQ Women In Business Initiative provided Leadership Circle members and special guests with an opportunity to mix, mingle, brainstorm and develop new connections at Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue.

The program fosters a supportive environment where professionals can get to know one another in a fun, chic setting. We had such a great time at this week’s Power Up Mixer on February 6, 2019 and thank our attendees for spending their evening with us!

Paired with delicious bites from Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue Power Up is a platform for networking and cultivating relationships for the SRQ WIB Leadership Circle and invited special guests.

Power Up is a great opportunity to get to know other women who are doing amazing things in our community. I’m always awestruck by the work these women are doing in the community,” said attendee Dr. Sandra Stone of University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee.

“I’ve been impressed by SRQ’s commitment to foster these types of networking programs,” remarked Maryalice Keller, owner of Scout & Molly’s, a boutique in downtown Sarasota.

“We were thrilled to host our Leadership Circle members and special guests at the SRQ Power Up Mixer at Sophie’s,” says SRQ MEDIA Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnership and Engagement Ashley Grant. “It was a fabulous, fun and deeply engaged evening of connection, brainstorming, and ‘aha’ moments of insight for everyone.”

A big thank you to Mark Resnick, General Manager at our fabulous host sponsor Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue!

Photos from the Wednesday, February 6th Power Up event are now available on CLICK SRQ.  Click Here More For Photos

SRQ MEDIA Announces Keynote Speaker and Trailblazer Honoree for the Annual Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon | Thursday, May 2, 2019


SRQ MEDIA will host the fifth annual Women in Business Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 10:30am-3pm at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota featuring nationally-recognized keynote speaker, a noted luminary who has made a significant impact in their field and the announcement of the winners from this year’s 2019 Women in Business Competition

The awards luncheon begins with an engaging Keynote Speaker who will share their story of success. SRQ MEDIA will also honor this year’s recipient of the prestigious Trailblazer Award to recognize a luminary who has made a significant impact in their field.

SRQ MEDIA is pleased to announce Geralyn Lucas as this year’s Hear Me Roar Keynote Speaker. Lucas is the best-selling author of Why I Wore Lipstick: To My Mastectomy and accomplished producer whose book was made into an Emmy nominated movie and inspired collaborations with Betsey Johnson and Stila cosmetics.  Legendary civil rights journalist and the first black reporter for the Washington Post Dorothy Butler Gillam will be honored with the Women in Business Trailblazer Award.

Keynote Speaker Geralyn Lucas. Photo Courtesy of the speaker.

Hear Me Roar Keynote Speaker, Geralyn Lucas was only 27 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Shaking the foundations of her world, she was faced with the harrowing decision of whether or not to undergo a mastectomy. She shared her incredible journey in her memoir, Why I Wore Lipstick: To My Mastectomy. Filled with courage, humor, and inspirational candor, Lucas’ book and message is not just for women who have experienced the effects of cancer. “This is a universal story for women,” she says, “A lot of people say going through a serious illness makes you look deeply at who you are, and that can be true. But you don’t have to have breast cancer to do that.” Why I Wore Lipstick: To My Mastectomy was made into an Emmy nominated movie that premiered on Lifetime television starring Sarah Chalke and Patti LaBelle in October, 2006. The theme song “I am not my hair” for the movie was written by Pink and India Arie. Inspired by Lucas’ book, dress designer and breast cancer survivor Betsey Johnson designed a T-shirt to promote Why I Wore Lipstick: To My Mastectomy; cosmetic company Stila created a lipstick called Geralyn; and The Young Breast Cancer Survivor Foundation and Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation both endorsed the book. Lucas has become an activist, informing women about breast cancer, and early detection. She recently created a Webby honored YouTube Short. Prior to her writing career, Geralyn was a network television executive and producer at the ABC News Show 20/20 and Lifetime Television.  Her work received high ratings and many awards including an Emmy® and a GLAAD Media Award. She lives in New York City with her husband, Tyler, and their two children.

Trailblazer Honoree Dorthy Butler Gilliam. Photo credit: Kea Dupree Photography

SRQ MEDIA is honored to announce Dorothy Butler Gilliam as recipient of the 2019 Trailblazer Award. Dorothy Butler Gilliam has been a journalist for more than six decades. In 1961, she became the first black woman reporter for the Washington Post. She would later become an editor and a columnist for the paper before retiring in 2003. Throughout her career, she has worked tirelessly to nurture other journalists of color and to diversify newsrooms across the United States. Her work as a civil rights journalist has been featured in three documentaries: “Freedom’s Call,” “Southern Journalists Who Covered the Civil Rights Movement,” and “Hope & Fury: MLK, The Movement and The Media.” During her career, Ms. Gilliam appeared regularly on television, including PBS, and hosted her own show on BET. She formerly served as president of the National Association of Black Journalists and of the Unity Journalists of Color.

2018 Trailblazer Honoree Patti Cazzato. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Past Trailblazer Award recipients include Adrienne Vittadini (2015), Pamela Fiori (2016),  Nancy Bernardini (2017) and Patti Cazzato (2018).

The Women In Business Competition Winners of 2018. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Powered by SRQ’s Women In Business Initiative, the Women In Business Competition Awards Program will announce this year’s distinguished award winners who have made meaningful and significant contributions to our region in business, education, philanthropy, arts and culture and healthcare and induct them into the Class of 2019 Leadership Circle.

SRQ MEDIA would like to thank the 2019 Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon event sponsors for their support of this community platform: Champion Sponsor Seaside Bank, Innovator Sponsor, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Host Sponsor The Hyatt Regency Sarasota and Champion Sponsors New Balance Sarasota and Waterworks Members Club.

To purchase tickets to the SRQ Women in Business Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon click HERE. Table Sponsorship (10 seats), $850. Half Table Sponsorship (5 seats), $425. Individual Ticket, $65. For other sponsorship opportunities, contact SVP of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement Ashley Grant at 941-365-7702 x204 or via email at

We look forward to celebrating our fabulous presenters and award recipients at this year’s Hear Me Roar Program with you!

In Your Mailbox: SRQ Magazine February 2019 Foodie Issue is Here!


Get ready to explore the kitchens and cozy spaces made memorable by the plethora of heartfelt Latin American restaurants in the region. Each country serves up traditional authentic dishes that celebrate the family, the flavors and the festivity of eating together. Mom-and-pop, family-run hotspots truly know what it means to serve food with heart and take your palate way off the beaten path to explore and be ultimately satisfied. Get out there and treat your tastebuds to new epicurean adventures and nosh it up #LIVELOCAL #LOVELOCAL 


  • La Vida Comida: From the Andres mountains to the Amazon rainforest and all the playas in between, the diverse lands of Latin America offers dishes for every climate and occasion. Discover the robust Latin cuisine scene here in Sarasota-Bradenton and all the culinary fare it entails.
  • Vino A Deux: A continental road trip pairing European culinary showstoppers with the perfect glass of wine. These four restaurants represent the essence of their homestead country with mainstay dishes of origin, while Sean King of Michael’s On East and Michael’s Wine Cellar recommends a complementary varietal of vino to perfectly pair.

SRQIST: Local Heart & Soul Stories About the People, Places and Experiences that Define Our Hometown

  • Dean, The Machine: Meet the two-time title holder of Youth World Champion Oarsman.
  • The Nutty Professor: One woman takes it upon herself to improve the town’s nut milk game.
  • Chilling Local: Siesta Key Village welcomes Local Chill Artisanal Ice Cream to the neighborhood.
  • Extreme Positions: Choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez channels joy with Sarasota Contemporary Dance.

CULTURE CITY: Arts + Culture, Performing and Visual Arts, Portfolio, In Studio, Artsheet

CARGO: The Goods, Design Dossier, Retail Therapy, Antique Story, Nest, Books

FORAGE: At the Table, Foodarama, Restaurants, Foodie Life

  • Thai Hotspot: The Spice Station gives Sarasota Thai with a twist.
  • Lord of Alkali: Time Norwood turns the Gulf of Mexico with organic, artisanal seasoning for your fish, meat, veggies and fruit.

RECONNOITER: Case Study, Agenda

  • Best Laid Plans: Sarasota leaders once again consider the reach of form based code’s vision.


  • Leaps and Bounds: Rising star of the Sarasota to Cuban Ballet, Harold Mendez takes the from to new heights in international competition.

Get in on all the goodness and pick up a copy of this month’s edition today!

-The SRQ team

CLICK HERE to access the pages of the FEBRUARY 2019 SRQ digital edition.

Panelists Announced for 2019 RocketKids Modern Education Symposium | February 20, 2019; 5:30-7pm

We’re excited to announce the panelists for our upcoming 2019 RocketKids Modern Education Symposium. Please join us at our home base, SRQ Studios, during the evening of Wednesday February 20, 2019 from 5:30-7pm for an engaging conversation about education. Our panelists represent several private and charter schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties and will share their teaching philosophies, curriculum and programs that help prepare our students for success.

The 2019 RocketKids Modern Education Symposium panelists include Cindy Hoffman, Principal of Island Village Montessori School; Laura Murphy, Director of Admissions/Alumni Affairs at The Out-Of-Door Academy; Tim Seldin, Headmaster of NewGate School; Christine Bradford, Elementary & Middle School Principal at Sarasota Christian School and Siobhan Young, CEO/Executive Director of St. Martha Catholic School.

The 2019 RocketKids Modern Education Symposium will take place at SRQ Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota and is free and open to the public.

We hope you can join us! Please RSVP by Friday, February 16 at


Keynote Speaker Announced: SMARTGirl 2019 Mentorship Summit and Luncheon | March 15, 2019


SRQ MEDIA is delighted to announce Roxie Jerde, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County as the keynote speaker for the SMARTGirl 2019 Mentorship Summit and Luncheon. Powered by the SRQ Women in Business Initiative, SMARTGirl is a collaborative effort to set local girls up for success through human interaction and local connectivity.


Roxie Jerde moved to Sarasota in 2011 from Kansas City, where she served as Senior Vice President for Donor Relations and Education at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, one of the largest community foundations in the nation and widely regarded as a thought leader in philanthropy. In this role, she spearheaded many innovative initiatives, including the development and implementation of the DonorEdge, an online tool that enables donors to evaluate their philanthropic choices. Jerde has also held a number of senior marketing and product-development positions at for-profit companies, including an 11-year career at Hallmark Cards. She holds a BBA in Marketing and Management from the University of Iowa and an MBA in Finance and Organizational Behavior from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

We’re thrilled to have Roxie Jerde offer her wisdom and encouragement to our SMARTGirl 2019 Mentorship Summit and Luncheon audience. SMARTGirl is an innovative program designed to engage elementary and middle school girls in 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades in imagining their future careers and creating the tools they will need to succeed through mentorship, soft skills training and hands-on workshops with some of the community’s top women leaders. This year’s luncheon summit will take place at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota on Friday, March 15, 2019 from 9:30 am-1:30 pm.

The SMARTGirl 2019 Mentorship Summit and Luncheon would not be possible without support from host sponsor Hyatt Regency Sarasota, audio visual sponsor PSAV, and to the SMARTGirl program sponsors, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and New Balance of Sarasota and University Park.

The application period to participate in SMARTGirl 2019 Mentorship Summit and Luncheon has been extended to Monday, February 4, 2019.  SRQ encourages 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grade girls attending school in Sarasota or Manatee Counties to apply for the SMARTgirl Mentorship Summit online by clicking HERE