SRQ Kicks Off Summer With An Evening Of Engagement and Empowerment at SkillSHARE, June 15


The June 15, 2016 class of SkillSHARE mentors and participants. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

SRQ Media kicked off the summer season with an evening of connection, engagement and empowerment at its SkillSHARE Mentorship Summit.


2017 Leadership Circle member, Erin McLead of The Friendship Centers and guest mentor, Claudia Baeza of Pineapple Yoga with SkillSHARE participant, Melanie Reda. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 

SRQ Studios came alive with positive energy, enthusiasm and laughter as participants arrived to meet the Women In Business Leadership Circle and special guest mentors. Guests gathered in a circle to share their insights to questions designed to forge communication and connection with each other. From riding motorcycles, to spending time with children, running a new business, to yoga and crossword puzzles, mentors and mentees from incredibly diverse background shared highlights of their passions, what keeps them balanced and what adds meaning to their lives.

Powered by the Women In Business Initiative, SkillSHARE features the basics of mentorship concentrated into mini-sessions that encourage honest interactions and allow for spontaneous connection. Participants meet like-minded professionals, make valuable connections and get straight to the heart of their most burning questions about career and personal development.


The June 15, 2017 class of SkillSHARE mentors and participants shared their insights during icebreaker activity. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

“SkillSHARE is a type of ‘potential incubator’ 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,” said Ashley Grant, SRQ Media’s Vice President, Strategic Partnerships.




SkillSHARE mentor, Shannon Rohrer-Phillips of the Visible Men Academy answers mentee’s career oriented questions. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

With new friends, insights and connections, the group eagerly launched into mentoring breakout sessions in which skilled mentors met with participants for four rounds of 15-minute concentrated mini-sessions. Enthusiastic participants were armed with specific questions looking for advice from some of the regions top female entrepreneurs. SRQ’s skilled mentors shared their own experiences on participant’s questions on a myriad of topics from navigating the ladder to success and effectively communicating with team members to maintaining a business and work life balance. Mentors and mentees alike shared their delight in learning from each other and their in-depth conversations.

“Meeting these women, with all different careers and successes inspire me to be like them one day and give me hope for the future of women working together,” said SRQ Marketing Associate and SkillSHARE participant, Dylan Howell.


SkillSHARE mentor, Robin Dumas of Bombshell Hair and SkillSHARE participant, Dylan Howell engage in compelling discussion. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 

As the evening concluded, the strong connections in the room were undeniable with many praising the format and above all atmosphere of this one of a kind networking event. “How powerful it was to participate in a room filled with dynamic and passionate women who care enough to share their expertise and who are open enough to ask wonderful questions as they seek to grow personally and professionally. I came away from the evening having learned a thing or two from the women I was there to mentor. Thank you, SRQ, for making SkillSHARE a part of the Women In Business program!” said SkillSHARE mentor and 2017 Women In Business Leadership Circle member, Erin McLeod.


Anna Duchene asks questions to SkillSHARE mentor, Erin McLead of The Friendship Centers. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

“I have been in the business world and interacting with people for over 25 years.  As a newcomer to Sarasota, I was excited to have the opportunity to engage with these ‘roaring women.’ This event was by the far the best resource to develop relationships with amazing female leaders in our area. I was touched by each of their honesty, dedication, and true concern for their businesses and each of our futures.  What a fabulous event and group of down to earth, beautiful inside and out- Powerful ladies.   I am truly humbled!” said SkillSHARE participant, Anna Duchene.


Left to right: Women In Business Leadership Circle members, Nikki Taylor and Angela Massaro-Fain with SkillSHARE guest mentor, Julie Henry. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

The SRQ MEDIA team would like to thank our engaging mentors who created innovative conversations and lasting impressions. To all our enthusiastic participants we thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey as you continue to learn and grow throughout the community.

The next SkillSHARE Summit will take place on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 5:00pm-7:30pm. To submit your application to participate in the February 2018 SkillSHARE, please click here to register.

For more information on the SRQ Women in Business Initiatives, visit us online at

Click here for more photos from the June 2017 summit!

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