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In Your Mailbox: SRQ’s May 2018 Women Who Roar Edition Has Arrived!

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It’s Roar Time! SRQ’s Women in Business Leadership initiative celebrates it’s fifth anniversary with a Roaring Retrospective. May’s Special Tribute Edition showcases participants who share their stories of insight, inspiration and empowerment, as we recognize their success as influential and impactful leaders in Sarasota & Bradenton.

FEATURES:

  • STEM VS. STEAM: Few acronyms developed such ubiquity in the world of education as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Meanwhile, the concept of STEAM (adding an ‘A’ for Arts), gains ground.
  • His Stand: Novelist David Baldacci on assassinating illiteracy.

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

  • Of Tech and Tesserae: From computer science pioneer to celebrated mosaic artist, Dr. Ken Knowlton blurs the lines.
  • Detail Work: The tiny parts in medical devices come from a Sarasota firm.
  • The Right Strings: Jack Dezelski at the Manatee Chamber is ready to Help Ya, Help Ya, Help Ya.
  • Point. Click. Drive?: How will new online companies reshape the Gulf Coast car market?
  • Stepping Stones: The Studdiford’s put their hearts behind the new foundation helping local college-aspiring kids.
  • Shear Genius: Fashion Focus Academy attracts cutting-edge coaching from the best in the industry.
  • 30 Under 30: The Marketing Guru, Marissa Rossnagle and The Constant Colleague, J. Barton Lowther.

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

  • All For One: On the public-private partnership that brought international sculpture to Sarasota, and what this means for the future.
  • Dressed to Impress:  New Ringling Museum exhibition gives a behind-the-seams look at the work of costume designer extraordinaire Miles White.
  • Conjuring the Canvas: Journey to another world with the art of Barbara Krupp.
  • The Stuff of Magic: Amongst writers, directors, actors and audiences, one man helps bring them all together.
  • Art Sheet: Events not to be missed this month.

CARGO- The Goods, Retail Therapy, Book Brand, NicNacs, Antique Story, Nest

  • Lucky Lavender: Immerse yourself in the it color of the year.
  • Endless Summer: Jacob Shields dives into the ins and outs of what makes this community shred.
  • You’re Just the Type: Sarasota Vintage Typewriters take you on a journey through history.
  • Book It: Broadening horizons and exploring the unknown, these thought-provoking picks will be great for your reading lists.

FORAGE- At the Table, Crumbs, Restaurants, 5 Ingredients, Pantry, Foodie Life

  • All in the Family: Pazzo Southside offer a homey spot for Italian-American comfort food.
  • Jarring Nibbles: Feast on creative bites served in trendy glass jars.
  • Coconut Crazed: Learn how to get your coconut fix in a trichotomy of different forms.
  • 4141. S Tamiami Trail: Strip Mall Findings–Amongst the overlooked and undersung, scope out these choice options.

RECONNOITER- Collaborative Dialogue, Dispatches, Case Study, Agenda, Rattlebag

PARTING SHOT-

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 MAY 2018 SRQ digital edition.

 

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SMARTgirl Class of 2018 Roars at Annual Mentorship Summit and Luncheon, April 6

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SMARTgirl Class of 2018. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 

On March 16, SRQ MEDIA hosted the second annual SMARTgirl Leadership and Mentorship Summit at the Hyatt Regency engaging over 60 girls from both Sarasota and Manatee Counties with 28 mentors representing our region’s many diverse industries from graphic design, programming and virtual reality to theatre, marine biology and medicine. The luncheon consisted of a curated mentoring program aimed to engage the young women in soft skills training, mentorship and career imaginings.

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SMARTgirl students from Girls Inc. eager for their workshops at SMARTgirl. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

“SMARTgirl is all about the power of connection and possibility.  In connecting these young girls with mentors who can show them real-life examples of opportunities they may not have been aware of or felt were out of reach, we can help to make their dreams a viable reality and set them on a course of success and fulfillment,” Ashley Grant, Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships of SRQ MEDIA stated.

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SMARTgirl Mentor and Owner of Pineapple Yoga Studio, Claudia Baeza engaging with SMARTgirl student Rezlyn Krueger during Dream Career Incubator Workshop. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 

 

The summit kicked off with the Dream Career Incubator workshop where girls were able to ask questions, get advice and gain real world experience about their dream career from our mentors. Hailing from organizations such as Mote Marine Laboratory, State College of Florida, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Humane Society of Manatee County, SIFT Bakehouse, Ringling College of Art and Design, the Sarasota Police Department and Pineapple Yoga, our mentors were eager to share their bank of knowledge with the next generation of women leaders. 

“This event is about helping girls achieve their dreams. Each of us determines our own happiness, and if we are able to help one girl believe in herself and understand she can conquer any challenge ahead to make her dreams reality, then we have helped her on the journey to true happiness,” explained Women In Business Leadership Circle Member and SMARTgirl Mentor, Joy Randels.

 

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SMARTgirls search for matching beads during Intro to Coding Workshop. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

After a quick snack break, the girls were back in action and onto the Coding Adventure Worksop. Their mission: To plan their dream adventure based by utilizing a series of bead codes for each selection, which included a rocket ship as a mode of transportation and a unicorn as an adventure buddy. Once the girls chose a coding sequence from each category, they created their very own bracelet using the beads to reflect each coding sequence.

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Girls form a superpower group to create team logo, name and mission. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

In between workshops and the luncheon, participants formed teams based on their chosen superpower preferences and collaborated with girls from other groups to develop a name, logo and mission as a team.  The result?  Strategic teamwork, analysis and amazing artwork.

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India White speaks on overcoming obsticles during 2018 SMARTgirl Luncheon. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Between bites of decadent alfredo chicken pasta, participants heard from 3 power house speakers, all emphasizing that we have the power to succeed through empowerment, tenacity and spitfire determination.

Our first speaker, India White, was presented with a huge semi trailer of very sour lemons at a very young age and made the choice, in spite of incredible odds, to become a super achiever. India explained how at the age of 16 she found herself homeless finding refuge at the Sarasota YMCA Homeless Shelter. Refusing to feel sorry for herself, India viewed her circumstances as an opportunity to start fresh and change her life for the better.

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Keynote Speaker, Jennifer Vigne from the Education Foundation of Sarasota County gives a powerful message to the SMARTgirl Class of 2018. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

SMARTgirl Keynote Speaker, Jennifer Vigne from the Education Foundation of Sarasota County gave an uplifting presentation on S—M—A—R—T girl with 5 life principles everyone should live by.

  • S- Start your day with a daily affirmation.
  • M- Make good choices.
  • A- Accept yourself.
  • R- Respect yourself.
  • T- Take time to laugh.
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Careeer Ninja Speaker, Ria Persad of StatWeather reminds SMARTgirls to follow their dreams. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 

“SMARTgirl embodies who we are as women: resilient and smart, full of hopes and aspirations.  SMARTgirl gives young women access to role models, encouragement and a blueprint for making their dreams come through. SMARTgirl teaches girls to overcome and to be successful in life,” explained CEO of StatWeather and SMARTgirl Career Ninja Speaker, Ria Persad. She went on to encourage each and every girl to follow their dreams whether it takes a few months or 20 years to achieve. She ended her speach with 3 powerful words: ” Never Give Up.”

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Coding expert, Andrea Cannistra displays Dream Adventures on the screen during the luncheon. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan  

To close things out, Andrea Cannistra from atLarge, Inc. took the stage to present the 2018 SMARTgirl Coding Adventures based off of the bracelets particpants had created earlier in the day. Girls raised their hands high in the sky for a chance to come on stage and see their adventure coded right before their eyes.

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SMARTgirl mentors and participants work together during Superhero activity. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

We live in a society that puts pressure on girls at a very young age. 12-year-olds are already going on diets and many believe that they’re valued more for their appearance than abilities. As mentors, community leaders and most importantly, fellow women, we need to break this cycle and help these young women realize that they are more than their looks, more than what society tells them to be. We need to create the standard and guide them along so that they surpass all expectations. I’m honored to have had the opportunity to mentor at SMARTgirl. It wholly reinforced the idea that instead of competing with one another, we need to educate and empower each other. Female empowerment is a force to be reckoned with, said SMARTgirl Mentor Kristen Hogentogler when asked why she thought it was important to mentor.

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Career Ninja Speaker, Ria Persad and SMARTgirl Mentor Shana Nichols pose with students at 2018 SMARTgirl Luncheon. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 

We would like to thank the Hyatt Regency, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, New Balance of Sarasota and University Park and PSAV for investing in over 60 futures and creating a dynamic day for each of these young women.

We would also like to thank the Sarasota YMCA, Girls Inc., Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County and Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida as our founding partner organizations for engaging many of the girls who were in the room. 

For a full gallery of photos from the SMARTgirl Luncheon click here.

To view the 2017 SMARTgirl video click here.

 

SMARTgirl by the Numbers

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On April 14, SRQ Media hosted its inaugural SMARTgirl Leadership and Mentorship Summit at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. 84 grade school girls from the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County, Girls Inc., Girl Scouts of Gulf Coast Florida and the Sarasota YMCA participated in a curated mentoring program engaging the young women with 23 women leaders representing our region’s many diverse industries in an afternoon of soft skills training, mentorship and career imaginings including workshops, interactive programming and inspirational luncheon.

During the summit, SRQ Media asked our SMARTgirls a variety of questions about their experience and compiled an infographic representing our key findings.

  • 74% of our SMARTgirls feel that school is preparing them for securing a successful career.
  • 43% of our SMARTgirls would like to be able to work in the Sarasota-Bradenton region.
  • 55% of our SMARTgirls are strongly considering pursuing a technical or 2-year associates degree and 74% are strongly considering pursuing a post-secondary college education.
  • 100% of our SMARTgirls would recommend participation in SMARTgirl Initiative to a friend.

Supported through SRQ Women in Business, the SMARTgirl initiative is a collaborative effort to set local girls up for success. SMARTGirl fosters “curated mentorship” and engages middle school girls from Sarasota and Manatee counties in a program designed to educate them on career possibilities and provide the tools they need to succeed. The goal of SMARTgirl is to connect young girls with examples of excellence in our region and provide encouragement, advice and feedback on how to make their dreams happen.

Stay tuned for additional insights and findings gathered from the SMARTgirl Initiative and updates on the future 2018 SMARTgirl Mentorship and Leadership Summit.

For a full gallery of photos from the SMARTgirl Luncheon click here.

For more information on SMARTgirl and SRQ’s Women in Business Initiative, please visit srqhearmeroar.com.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 srqhearmeroar.com.

Click here for more photos from the June 2017 summit!

“It’s Go Time” SMARTgirl Class of 2017, April 14

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SMARTgirl Class of 2017. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

On April 14, SRQ Media hosted its inaugural SMARTgirl Leadership and Mentorship Summit at the Hyatt Regency engaging 84 girls from the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County, Girls Inc., Girl Scouts of Gulf Coast Florida and the Sarasota YMCA with 23 mentors representing our region’s many diverse industries such as engineering and software development to law enforcement, photography and medicine. The luncheon consisted of a curated mentoring program aimed to engage the young women in soft skills training, mentorship and career imaginings.

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Students from Girl Scouts Gulfcoast Florida participate in coding activity. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

The summit kicked off with interactive workshops including Brand You, highlighting personal branding and goal marketing,  SMART Inc. Pitch Workshop for budding entrepreneurs, Bright Side Communications Workshop for positive and effective communication in challenging situations and Reverse Interview Workshop designed to provide insight about each mentor’s career path. 

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Mentor, Joy Randels listens to girls proposing a business idea at the SMART Inc. Pitch workshop. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

In between workshops and the luncheon, participants formed teams based on their chosen superpower preferences and collaborated with girls from other groups to develop a name, logo and mission as a team.  The result?  Strategic teamwork, analysis and amazing artwork.  The girls also participated in a Coding Workshop in which they chose the look, name and slogan for the 2017 SMARTgirl Superhero presented at the end of the luncheon. The girls fittingly chose the charge “Its GO Time!

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Girls form a superpower group to create team logo, name and mission. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Between bites of decadent mac n cheese, participants heard from keynote speaker, Sandra Stone from USF Sarasota-Manatee as well as 4 alumni speakers representing each of the participating organizations; all emphasizing that we have the power to thrive in any industry through empowerment, tenacity and spitfire determination.

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Dr. Sandra Stone gives a powerful and inspirational message to SMARTgirl class of 2017. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

“As an educator, it always brings me great pleasure to see students who are dedicated to learning, who are willing to challenge themselves to maximize their potential, and who are committed to successfully achieving their goals. As I have learned more about each of you during the morning and your plans for continued education and careers, I am confident our future is in good hands!” said Dr. Sandra Stone

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SMARTgirl students from Girl Scouts Gulfcoast Florida eager for their workshops. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

“The SMARTgirl Summit surpassed our wildest hopes and expectations”, said Ashley Grant, SRQ Media’s Vice President Strategic Partnerships. The event was designed to show the girls the amazing array of possibilities and avenues open to them, some of which they had not considered before, and let them know that there are people around ready and willing to help guide and nurture them on their individual paths. The positive energy in the room was so powerful it was infectious – everyone was smiling, enthusiastic and eager to learn.  It was incredibly gratifying to see the connections the girls made with their mentors and each other as they navigated through the workshops and the team building exercises. The experience touched everyone from participants to mentors and sponsors and our staff.  It was a powerful day full of possibility and aha moments that will stay with each of us for a long time.”

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Representatives from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Seaside Bank, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida and the Sarasota YMCA at the 2017 SMARTgirl Summit. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

The impact of the 2017 SMARTgirl Summit has resonated well beyond the few hours spent a the Hyatt Regency. Organization representatives, students and even parents have kept the conversation going.

“On behalf of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, we give the 2017 SMARTgirl Summit two thumbs up! The impact of this program goes well beyond just a day and aligns with our mission perfectly – building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place,” said Girl Scout of Gulfcoast Florida’s Director of Corporate Communications, Patricia Ramthun.

Girl Scout troop leader and parent Lynn H expressed her gratitude by saying: “Thanks for treating my girls to such a fantastic afternoon! Lily Gwendolyn, Natasha and Sophia LOVED the SMARTgirl event and talked the entire way home!!! They are all 6th graders and as you know, this is such a special age and it’s so important to keep them engaged in positive events such as this! Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

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From left to right: SMARTgirl Mentors Betsey Penewill, Jennifer Vigne, Sarrah Vesselov, Kameron Hodgens, Lee-En Chung, Sherri Sanders, Shana Nichols, Cynthia Holliday, Dr. Sandra Stone, Gabrielle Vest, Laurie Pike, Stefanie Overturf, Minna Traugott, Joy Randels, Cora Imboden, Tammy Kovar and Brenda Janowski. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 

We would like to thank the Hyatt Regency, Seaside Bank, USF Sarasota-Manatee, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and PSAV for investing in 84 futures and creating a dynamic day for each of these young women.

A special thank you to Everett Dennison for capturing the SMARTgil Summit on video. To view a video recap of SMARTgirl click here.

For a full gallery of photos from the SMARTgirl Luncheon click here.

Reserve Your Tickets 2017 Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon, April 27

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SRQ Magazine will host the third annual Women in Business Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at The Francis in downtown Sarasota. We will recognize this year’s Women in Business nominees, our judges, keynote speaker, past Leadership Circle ambassadors and the “Hear Me Roar” Trailblazer Award recipient and announce the finalists and winners who will be inducted into this year’s esteemed 2017 WIB Leadership Circle.

To purchase your tickets to the SRQ Women in Business Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon and for more details on the program, visit SRQHEARMEROAR.COM.

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

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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“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

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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!