Reserve Your Tickets SB2 | GOOD CULTURE, March 30


Join SRQ Media for our dynamic SB2: GOOD CULTURE–Burgeoning Arts breakfast symposium on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 7:30am–9:00am at The Francis, Downtown Sarasota. Local community leaders will give us insight on arts organizations creating energetic spaces for creativityKeynote, Nathan Schwagler, Co-Director of the Dali Museum, will discuss the museum’s expertly curated collection of Salvador Dali works to delight and educate visitors as well as provide unique inspiration for events, programs and special exhibits that serve as an active resource in the cultural life of the community and the world at large. Special guest panelists include: Steven High, Executive Director, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art; Jeff Rodgers, Director of Education, South Florida Museum; Anne-Marie Russell, Executive Director, Sarasota Museum of Art; Tom Barwin, City Manager, City of Sarasota and Board Member of the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization.

Tickets are $35/per person and includes a mouth-watering breakfast spread provided by The Francis. Reserve your spot online at SRQSB2.COM.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT: Modern Home Magazine Symposium, March 9

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SRQ MEDIA invites you to the Modern Home Magazine Symposium on Thursday, March 9 from 5:30-7:30 pm at SRQ Studios. Hear from our community’s most notable forces in design/construction and the inspiration behind some of Sarasota’s most iconic homes.

Structured as a conversation addressing the inspiration behind Sarasota’s modern residences, the symposium will allow for each participant to elaborate on their creative and structural process. Learn from the greats and their projects in home design that illustrate cutting-edge technique, exquisite design and of the moment or classically inspired modern trends. 

Meet the Participants
Mark SultanaDSDG Architects
Steve Murray, Murray Homes
David Young, DWY Landscape Architects
Nathan Cross, NWC Construction
Steven Bradley, Risdon on 5th

$5 cover includes one glass of wine or beer and light bites. Please RSVP to

The Modern Home Symposium is sponsored by Tempus Pro Services, a premier home automation company in Southwest Florida.



An Empowering Evening of Connection and Collaboration at SRQ SkillSHARE, February 9


The February 9, 2017 class of SkillSHARE mentors and participants. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

The SRQ Media Studio hosted a powerhouse group of women from a variety of professions and backgrounds at the February 9 SkillSHARE Mentorship Summit. Women in Business Leadership Circle mentors along with community guest mentors exchanged experience-based guidance with participants in moving rounds of deep dive engagement and dialogue.

“SRQ Magazine was thrilled to host another incredible evening of connection, brainstorming and mentorship at the recent SkillSHARE. Filled with highly engaged professional women from a myriad of fields, the night was filled with connection, valuable insights and a wealth of ‘Aha moments,'” said Ashley Grant, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for SRQ MEDIA.


Strategically paired with highly experienced mentors, participants sought counsel on everything from navigating various career paths and business expansion to maintaining a business and work life balance with four rounds of 15-minute concentrated mini-sessions designed to pick up where the small talk ends.

“As a young professional, I realize that the true benefit of mentorship is the opportunity to challenge your worldview and define what you want from your career and life. To be able to speak with and gain insight from a network of strong female leaders is a lifetime opportunity,” said SkillSHARE mentee Michelle Williams.


We couldn’t help but notice a spark in the room, which was undoubtedly the spirit of connection, collaboration and empowerment. Mentors and mentees alike so delighted in learning and engaging with each other that time was extended during each session to allow for more in-depth and insightful conversations.

“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,” said SkillSHARE guest mentor Julie Henry. 


“SRQ Skillshare was a unique night of connecting. The speed element of multiple mentees/mentors kept it fun and fast paced.  As a mentor, it not only felt good to give back, but some of the connections were great for me and exposed me to businesses in the area that I was not yet familiar. SRQ is excellent in finding fun ways to invest in the community,” said mentor Elizabeth Fisher of Selah Freedom


The SRQ MEDIA team would like to thank the extraordinary mentors and passionate participants who created innovative conversations and lasting impressions. Your questions were as thought provoking as they were courageous.

The next SkillSHARE Summit will take place on Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 5:00 pm-7:30 pm. To submit your application to participate in the June 2017 SkillSHARE, please click here to register .

If you would like to learn more and get engaged with the SRQ Women in Business initiative, consider joining us for the 3rd Annual Hear Me Roar Awards and Leadership Luncheon on Thursday, April 27 from 10:30 am-1:30 pm at The Francis. We’ve got an amazing guest Keynote Speaker and Trailblazer Award winner. Get the details and purchase your tickets at SRQHEARMEROAR.COM before they sell out!

Click here for more photos from the February 2017 summit!

Reserve Your Tickets SB2: Rumble, Has Our Region Failed Young Professionals? February 28


SRQ MEDIA invites you to attend the launch of our brand new initiative, SB2: RUMBLE on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at the Powell Crosely Estate from 5:30-7:00 pm.

Has Our Region Failed Our Young Professionals?
Prepare to have your preconceptions challenged when the rhetoricians take the stage at SRQ’s SB2 Rumbles!

Can You Rock The Sway?
Join us at the Powel Crosley Mansion for lively debates on issues that some consider “too hot to handle” where our modified Oxford-style debate gives us civil discourse designed to sway through both factual information and rhetorical skill. Attendees are asked their position on the topic of the day before and after the debate. The success of the participants is judged on those they sway from their initial positions. SRQ launched SB2 to bring together our two sister-counties with collaborative programming, now, with our Rumbles, we will inspire a return to respectful disagreement, an admiration of the art of rhetoric and a reminder that we should always challenge our own preconceptions in the face of overwhelming evidence.

Tickets: $25/person; Students $15/person, use “YOUNGRUMBLE” for the promo code.

Buy your tickets today at SRQSB2.COM.

Thank you to Leadership Sarasota and Alumni for partnering with SRQ Magazine on the February 28 program.

IN YOUR MAILBOX: The Foodie Issue is Here!


Grab your forks and unfurl your napkins—pull up a seat at our table as we eat our way through the hottest foodie trends, from matcha to kwek kwek, oodles of noodles to huevos rancheros.

Cover Feature: The Miracle of Eggs

Staff writer Phil Lederer takes you on a global tour of the world’s most important ingredient: the egg.

Feature: Spring Teasers

Managing Editor Aviel Kanter investigates up-and-coming foodie trends making their way to tables near you.

Feature: PINC Mind Meld

Expand your horizons and push your boundaries with snippets from the speakers that headlined the 2016 PINC conference.


Out and About

    • Nonprofits seek to engage Millennials in programming.
    • Camping out with Mason Ayres.
    • The Casmer-GrandPré family gets creative.
    • What’s in store for the Sarasota Opera stage post-Verdi.
    • SB2 Keynote speaker Stacy Carlson.
    • Expanding horizons at NewGate School.
    • How will Trump’s tariffs affect Gulf Coast business?
    • Under 30’s Gabriel Hament and Frank Cirillo actively engage.
    • Tim Raines’ precision and ingenuity on canvas.



    • Havana swag and style at Mojo’s Real Cuban.
    • Tender street meat from BulGoGi Sarasota.
    • Poke takes the stage at five local eateries.
    • Firing up with Danni and Tom of Polpo Pizza Co.
    • After being cooped up for years, backyard chickens take a stand.


Hunting and Gathering:

  • Feast your eyes on seven food-centric epicurean books.
  • Talking heels and entrepreneurship with Tatyana Sharoubim.
  • Wander through the lush wonderland of Cozy Shade Lane.

Dispatch: Mimi Cirbusova’s notes from the America’s Promise Alliance and GradNation summits.

Body Dimensions: Orthopedic surgeons weigh in on the framework that keeps us moving.

Parting Shot: Food meets art with a masterpiece dish from LUX LIFE’s Dish + Art feature.


SB2 Reporting Out: GOOD EDUCATION–Learning for a Lifetime, Jan 26


Left to right: Panelists Mireya Eavey, Dr. Larry Thompson, Jennifer Vigne and Keynote Speaker Mary Chance. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 

Last Thursday, SRQ magazine’s  SB2: GOOD EDUCATION Learning for a Lifetime breakfast symposium shed light on the need for co-creation and partnership in the development and impact of real-world education priorities.


CS&L CPA Principal Jay Clarkson welcomes guest to SB2: GOOD EDUCATION. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 

After opening remarks by series sponsor Jay Clarkson of CS&L CPAS, Keynote Speaker, Mary Chance, President of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations began the discussion by stating as technology and new instruction techniques morph modern classrooms, schools and educators are reevaluating the way information gets conveyed.

“What we are trying to think about is how local education foundations may help teacher leaders develop and help teachers improve their practice,” Chance stated. “We have an initiative going on in about a dozen school districts called Peers in Public Practice. It’s teachers accessing their peers who are experts in an area–giving their peer teachers real world, real time opportunities to observe in small groups their teaching techniques. They then debrief and reflect on what they might have done in their own teaching style and classroom.”


Stacy Carlson of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations delivers keynote presentation. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

Between bites, guests picked up thought provoking insight from some of the region’s most inspiring educational organizations: Jennifer Vigne of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Dr. Larry Thompson of the Ringling College of Art and Design, and Mireya Eavey of CareerEdge.


Left to right: Mireya Eavey, Jennifer Vigne, Wes Roberts (center, moderator), Dr. Larry Thompson and Mary Chance. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 

Jennifer Vigne
, President of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County stated, “We believe we have a lot of opportunity and hope for our future,” she said. “We also know we are sitting locally in one of the highest performing school districts in the state of Florida, but we know good schools are not good enough for where we are moving in a world that is changing at a rapid rate.”

To that point, Mireya Eavey, Executive Director of CareerEdge urged the audience to think outside of the traditional 4-year college degree, “We need to have the conversation that taking the technical track could be the entry way for education.” She went on to emphasize the rise in technical certifications available to job seekers, explaining that many choose this option to test a career track before going back to school for that bachelor’s degree.


Jennifer Vigne of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County speaks on innovation in education. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

“Education is more than just schooling. Education occurs outside the walls of the classroom as well. I hope all of us can commit and invest in the idea of that lifelong learning,” said Jennifer Vigne, President of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County.


NewGate student, Ben Bogard at SB2: GOOD EDUCATION breakfast symposium. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

In addition to SB2 regulars, SRQ MEDIA hosted students from Sarasota and Manatee area schools. Panelists kept the needs of these direct end-users of innovation in mind as they discussed the roadmap for education. “We have to prepare students for change,” said Dr. Larry Thompson, president of Ringling College of Art and Design. “For the students out there, you will have at least eight different careers in your lifetime—not jobs, careers. Of those, four do not exist yet.”

We would like to recognize the students and faculty from Out-of-Door Academy, The Community Day School, Visible Men Academy, NewGate School, Booker High School, Riverview High School, McIntosh Middle School, Booker Middle School, Wilkinson Elementary and Bay Haven Elementary who attended last week’s event. Thank you for your engagement and your insights!


Left to right: Wilkinson Elementary student Austin Bilello, Wilkinson Elementary teacher Mark Harrison, Wilkinson Elementary student Anna Ourednik, Wilkinson Elementary principal Susan Nations, Bay Haven Elementary student Alitash Tafesse, Bay Haven Elementary student Mojdeh 

We couldn’t have learned the incredible things from this thought-provoking discussion without our series sponsors: CS&L CPAs, The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.Thank you for supporting the SB2 series, but most importantly, thank you for the ways you give back and help people in our community each and every day. Your example inspires us.


Representatives from SB2 Series Sponsor The Resort at Longboat Key Club. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 


Click here to read the article about SB2: Good Coast in SRQ DAILY. A gallery of images from SB2: GOOD EDUCATION: Learning for a Lifetime is available online. The 2016-2017 SB2 season will continue on Thursday, March 30 with SB2 GOOD CULTURE: Burgeoning Arts featuring Keynote Speaker Nathan Schwagler, Co-Director of the Dali Museum. For 2016-2017 SB2 member passes, visit

SB2 Welcomes Students to Innovation in Education Breakfast Symposium, Thursday, January 26, 2017


This Thursday, January 26,  SRQ Magazine welcomes 56 students and faculty representing elementary, middle and high schools in Sarasota and Manatee to participate in the SB2 Breakfast Symposium on “GOOD LEARNING: Innovation in Education” at The Francis in Downtown Sarasota. SRQ Magazine will be underwriting participation from the Out-of-Door Academy, Visible Men Academy, NewGate School, The Community Day School and Sarasota County elementary, middle and high public schools.

“By engaging local end-users in a conversation about their experience in education, SB2 introduces a new dimension to already spirited discussion on the future of our classrooms,” says SRQ Media President/CEO Lisl Liang. “As the jobs of the future become less conventional, the need for co-creation and partnership in the development and impact of real-world education priorities is more important than ever. We’re thrilled to see the students and teachers at our local schools play an active role in this dialogue.”

Keynote speaker Mary Chance, President of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, will be joined in panel discussion by the President of Ringling College of Art and Design Dr. Larry Thompson, Executive Director of CareerEdge Mireya Eavey, President of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County Jennifer Vigne and moderator Executive Publisher of SRQ MEDIA Wes Roberts.

Tickets are almost sold out for the event. Click here to reserve yours online.

SB2: Innovation in Education: Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 7:30-9am at The Francis 1289 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, Florida. Registration and breakfast opens at 7:30am; program beings at 7:45am. Tickets: $35/person. Contact Associate Producer Madeline Crotts, 941-365-7702 x221 or

In Your Mailbox: 2017 is here!


Happy new year! Time for new beginnings, fresh perspectives and even better stories.

Cover Feature: Breaking Chains

What do an indie bookstore, convenience store and cinema all have in common? In Sarasota, local legendary businesses are surviving—and sometimes beating out—the influx of major chains. See Morton’s Market, offering specialty goods and prepared foods singular to its aisles. Pop into Short Stop, a much-beloved staple for locals seeking craft beer to go along with traditional Middle Eastern food. Pick up your scripts at Davidson Drugs and get a personal touch not found at CVS. And head to Bookstore1 or Burns Court Cinema for doses of culture unavailable elsewhere. Not only have these businesses been around for what seems like a lifetime, they are also thriving.

Feature: Made on the Gulf Coast

Thought nothing of consequence was still made on the Gulf Coast? Think again. Major companies bring both production and headquarters to this side of the Sunshine State, finding prosperity and expansion. Here, SRQ takes you into the offices, warehouses and open-plan studios of ten companies making their millions on the Gulf Coast.

Feature: Plugging the Talent Pool

Across the region, business leaders are attempting to stall what they call “brain drain”—the siphoning of young talent out of the local community to more metropolitan areas post-graduation. Explore efforts to keep local wunderkinds on sandy ground this month, with initiatives such as the Sarasota Chamber’s Talent4Tomorrow program supporting student mentorship and job recruitment, Ringling College of Art and Design’s Collaboratory and the Sarasota Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy.


Out and About

  • Go backstage with SANCA’s Robert Sullivan.
  • Balancing business and creativity with Kathryn Hunter.
  • The Jaeger-Kites proves that a family that paints together, stays together.
  • A crash-course in gemology inside the Diamond Vault workshop.
  • Chatting (again) with Kevin Cooper of the Sarasota Chamber.
  • In our newest ongoing section (30 Under 30), go up close and personal with under-30s making waves in the community.



  • Lido Beach Restaurant serves stellar lobster rolls out of a window.
  • The family behind Buttermilk Handcrafted Food keeps it close to home.
  • Poor boys eat po’ boys three ways.
  • Food takes the stage alongside rockin’ live tunes.



Hunting and Gathering:

  • Taking care of business in your home corner office.
  • Get comfy with interior design maven Angela Rodriguez.

Agenda: After 11 years of vacancy, what’s in store for the former Quay site as new plans march forward.

Body Dimensions: Put your best face forward with expert dermatologists.

Parting Shot: Soviet Scenes from World War II to the
August Coup at The Ringling.

SRQ Studios Transforms Into BLOTCHED Film Set, Dec 12


SRQ Studios channeled our inner Hollywood by transforming our office into a movie set for the upcoming indie film, Blotched on December 12. Crew members unloaded equipment, set the scene and patiently worked on obtaining the perfect shot while we got an inside look at this drama/sci-fi slated to be released late next year.

Blotched follows Ann, a struggling journalist who does her best to get by despite being inflicted with a facial disfigurement that seems to dictate every aspect of her life. After losing her mother and receiving shocking news regarding her health, she must reconnect with her sister Julie, a beautiful actress and celebrity that does her best to make sure the public is unaware of her relation to Ann, as well her estranged father, the only person with the correct biological makeup that could potentially save Ann’s life.

Amidst the challenges Ann must face, is a mysterious 20 story high reflective sphere that appeared out of nowhere 10 years ago downtown, creating a perpetual cloud of smog around all who dwell in the city, a sphere that vanishes away those that dare touch it. Blotched is an affirming and innovative story about self-reflection,  learning to find companionship in the most unlikely of places and understanding what true beauty really is.

“The movie Blotched is really about embracing the imperfection in all of us,” says Blotched Director, Writer and Producer Robert Burdsall. “I came up with the idea working as a 1st Assistant Director in Hollywood and seeing actresses take all of this time with their hair and makeup. I wanted to make a movie about a character that is the complete opposite of that.”

After he completes Blotched, Burdsall hopes to send the film to domestic and international festivals, distribution companies as well as host screenings locally and in Los Angeles, CA.

For more information on Blotched and Orensis Films, click here.

Best of luck to you!
SRQ Media Team

SRQ Magazine’s 4th Annual Women in Business Competition is Officially Open!

2017-WIB LOGO-LION-NEW PINK.jpgNominations are now open for SRQ Magazine’s 4th Annual Women in Business Competition, recognizing extraordinary women who have made meaningful contributions to the Sarasota and Bradenton communities through their business, non-profit and philanthropic endeavors. Know someone who deserves to be recognized? Nominate them today! Once nominated, individuals will be invited to submit a formal application which will be juried by a panel of outside judges.

The finalists and winners of the 2017 Leadership Circle will be announced at the Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon  on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at The Francis where we recognize the past years’ Women in Business Leadership Circle Classes as well as the new inductees. All nominees, finalists and winners will be recognized in a special Women in Business awards supplement in the May 2017 issue of SRQ Magazine.

The SRQ Women in Business Initiative is a year-round engagement program creating highly dynamic personal networking through the science and art of mentorship. Kicking off two years ago, the SkillSHARE program focuses on professional career and personal development mentorship at the speed of life with two mentorship summits each year. Launching this year, SMARTgirl will catalyze youth leadership and development by focusing on middle school and high school girls on the Gulf Coast. Thank you to the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee and The Hyatt Regency, Sarasota for coming on board to support the SMARTgirl program. Thank you also to Seaside Bank for their sponsorship of the Women in Business Initiative throughout the year.

To nominate a deserving local woman for her leadership and positive influence in the community, click here. 

Nominations are open through Friday, January 27, 2017; midnight.

Best of luck and Roar On ladies!