Save the Date: PROJECTHINK March 1 – 2, 2019

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Save the Date! SRQ MEDIA has released the program details for this year’s PROJECTHINK Conference, a collaborative community initiative designed to explore the world of innovation and creativity in learning. This year’s two-day conference will be hosted on the campus of the Ringling College of Art and Design on March 1-2, 2019.

Designed for educators, professionals and anyone interested in thinking outside of the box, PROJECTHINK will challenge perceptions and jumpstart creative sparks, from early education to lifetime learning. We aim to reflect on questions that will help our audience integrate creative thinking into every day problem solving: How is learning adaptive? What are the new perspectives on engaging minds creatively at every age? How can organizations cultivate innovation and creativity to solve challenges?

 

Participants at 2018 PROJECTHINK engage in a tactile, creative exercise. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan

The ProjecTHINK Conference kicks off at the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center on the Ringling College Campus from 5:30-7pm with a keynote presentation by celebrated TEDx, innovation facilitator and global speaker on weaving creativity into education Ismet Mamnoon, Founder of Beyonder.  What an excellent way to launch the 2019 PROJECTHINK Conference and open us up to innovative ways of thinking!

PROJECTHINK’s 2019 Keynote Speaker – Ismet Mamnoon

Ismet Mamnoon currently works across the globe as a facilitator and trainer for creative thinking. As the founder of Beyonder, an education-focused organization, Mamnoon’s work in the parenting field has been featured in TIME Magazine’s special edition on the ‘Science of Creativity’ and has been the subject of publications, TEDx talks, and conferences worldwide.

On Friday evening, we’ll also hear from a standout line up of innovative thinkers and influencers in our community: Dr. Larry Thompson, President of Ringling College of Art & Design; Jennifer Vigne, President of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County; and Chris Laney, Director of Education and Community Investment, CareerSource Suncoast.

PROJECTHINK’s 2019 Innovation Presenter – Dr. Larry R. Thompson

Dr. Larry R. Thompson is currently serving his 17th year as president of Ringling College of Art and Design. An energetic, innovative, and visionary community leader, Dr. Thompson is on a mission to transform art and design higher education and to infuse business with creativity. He is passionate about the extraordinary potential that art, design, and creativity have on our global economy and its influence on our lives, our work, and our entire world!

PROJECTHINK’s 2019 Forward Thinkster Presenter – Jennifer Vigne

Jennifer Vigne is a demonstrated leader with proven ability to foster strong relationships and raise philanthropic dollars. She assumed the role as President for the Education Foundation of Sarasota County in November 2015 to help shape and strengthen its mission-driven work and is guided by the unshakable belief that education changes lives.

PROJECTHINK’s 2019 Career Speaker – Chris Laney

Chris Laney is the Director of Education & Community Investment for CareerSource Suncoast where he oversees education and talent pipeline strategies by developing programming for students and professionals to enhance talent preparation for college and career, and talent management for professionals.

On Saturday March 2, 2019, ProjecTHINK continues the conversation with Mamnoon from 8:30am to 1pm through hands-on, immersive workshops in storytelling, fine art, motion graphics, gaming and printmaking facilitated by both she and the faculty of the Ringling College of Art. The INOV8 arts workshops are held at various locations throughout the Ringling College campus, giving conference-goers the opportunity to do a deep dive into the creative process through the lens of making art.

The conference concludes with Lunch on the Lawn from 1-2pm, where workshop facilitators will make key crossover “a-ha” moments built from the morning workshops. Our PROJECTHINK facilitators will connect how those discoveries can be applied to the way we think about about teaching, learning, creating and problem solving. Lunch on the Lawn will feature several of our community food trucks as a fun, energetic environment for our final conversation.

Please visit www.srqprojecthink.com to view the full conference program. Early Bird Tickets for the full conference experience are now available for purchase at $20 off the regular conference price for a limited time. Regular Conference Tickets: $95/per person. Purchase your tickets HERE

ProjectTHINK is powered and engineered by SRQ MEDIA in partnership with the Ringling College of Art and Design, the Education Foundation of Sarasota, and CareerSource Suncoast.

We hope that you’ll join us for this exciting exploration of creative thinking and learning! 

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Wrap Up: The 2019 Localpreneur of the Year Awards, Jan 24

On Thursday, January 24, 2019, SRQ MEDIA held its first SB2 symposium of 2019, State of the Regional Economy. An audience of over two hundred community members gathered at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota to learn about the overall economic health of the region from a strong group of community influencers. As the panelists and presenters discussed topics ranging from tourism to workforce development, the message that our region must be supportive of local businesses resonated throughout the program.  

The SB2 State of the Regional Economy presentation was the perfect setting to celebrate local business owners who are truly living the mission of working and living locally to fuel the regional economy. SRQ MEDIA’s Localpreneur of the Year program recognizes entrepreneurs who are driving successful, locally-owned businesses with purpose and passion.

 

SB2 Program and Localpreneur of the Year Awards MC, Wes Roberts. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan

SRQ MEDIA received hundreds of nominations for this year’s Localpreneur of the Year Competition from the community. Out of the nominations, over thirty honorees were selected. These individuals have earned the respect of their peers in the following areas: corporate acumen, innovation, philanthropy, leadership and community impact.

SRQ MEDIA is pleased to announce the five 2019 Localpreneurs of the Year: Kelly Ison, Einstein Pets; Paul Mattison, Mattison’s Restaurant and Catering; Candice McElyea, One Eight Oh PR; Pete Petersen, Dealers United; Brett Wallin, Walt’s Fish Market and Restaurant.

Our first awardee was Kelly Ison, CEO/Director of Happiness of Einstein Pets, a socially responsible, innovative company of original dog treat products. Ison’s business model for Einstein Pets is delivering happiness by feeding the world’s dogs the purest, most heart, healthy and cleverly crafted natural treats. Keeping the company community oriented is important to Kelly. She has partnered with local organizations like Arc Sarasota, Westie Rescue, and the Brittany Foundation to support pets in need.

Kelly Ison of Einstein Pets and SRQ MEDIA’s Lisl Liang. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Next, we recognized our second winner, Paul Mattison, Owner and CEO of Mattison’s Restaurant and Catering. Mattison’s Restaurants and Catering has close to 100 full time employees and 100 part time employees. Through his work with Niman Ranch, Mattison has earned the title of ‘Honorary Hog Farmer,’ a nod to his interest in serving serving humanely raised, antibiotic-free and hormone-free meats.

Paul Mattison of Mattison’s Restaurants and Catering and SRQ MEDIA’s Lisl Liang. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Entrepreneur Candice McElyea, Owner and President of One Eight Oh PR was our next awardee. Although McElyea was out of town, her 2019 Localpreneur of the Year award was accepted by Alicia King Robinson, One Eight Oh PR’s Director of Public Relations. McElyea shared this quote with the audience, “It’s an incredibly humbling experience to provide employment to others in our community, a community I grew up in, and it’s something that’s certainly fuels desire for growth and success.”

Alicia King Robinson and Kate Ritz of One Eight Oh PR. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Our fourth 2019 Localpreneur of the Year was awarded to Brett Wallin, fourth-generation-owner of Walt’s Fish Market and Restaurant. Walt’s celebrated their one hundredth business anniversary last May, which was coupled with their best financial year yet. When Walt’s needed an update, Brett led the drive to add the thatched roof, tiki bar and live music that everyone is now familiar with. Brett says, “I learned from my grandfather and particularly my father that both the food served and the servers serving it must be at the highest quality.”

The last and final 2019 Localpreneur of the Year award was given to Pete Petersen, CEO of Dealers United. Dealers United helps dealers improve their dealerships primarily through online and digital advertising but also through group buying power. Petersen’s entrepreneurial ingenuity has helped him keep Dealers United company moving forward in a market of evolving technology. Committed to the local economy, Petersen is proud to have initiated an HR process to streamline employee retention and has invested his time and talent into the community as an educator at the University of South Florida.

Pete Petersen of Dealers United and SRQ MEDIA’s Lisl Liang. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Congratulations to all five of our hard-working Localpreneurs of the Year! We are proud to have you as drivers of the local economy. As we learned from our SB2 State of the Regional Economy program, it is essential to grow business in our local region. Doing business in this region while giving back to the community maintains our economic vitality and brings talent and innovation to the Bradenton-Sarasota area. Best wishes for a successful 2019!

We also extend our congratulations to our honorees and nominees and recognize them for their inspiring contributions and hard work.

The SB2 audience at host sponsor Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Special thanks to our incredible sponsors: SB2 host sponsor Hyatt Regency Sarasota, and audio visual sponsor PSAV. Thanks for being excellent hosts. We also extend thanks to our incredible sponsors: 2018-2019 series sponsors Mariash Lowther Wealth Management and JFCS of the Suncoast, and to our SB2 State of the Regional Economy event sponsors, The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Waterworks Sarasota, Seaside National Bank & Trust, and Firmo Construction.

Don’t miss our next SB2 symposium, Transformative Philanthropy on Thursday July 25, 2019. We’ll explore the organizations and individuals who are changing the face of the nonprofit world through innovative approaches, strategic alliances and groundbreaking initiatives that foster and employ engagement to make a difference.  You can purchase your tickets in advance HERE

Click here to read the article about SB2| State of the Regional Economy in the SRQ DAILY. A gallery of images from the 2019 Localpreneur of the Awards is available online here.

For tickets and other event inquiries, visit SRQSB2.com or contact us at 941-365-7702 x221.

To become an SB2 series sponsor or a specific symposium sponsor, contact Ashley Grant at 941-365-7702 x205.

We hope to see you there!

SRQ MAGAZINE—Live Local. Love Local | Sarasota and Bradenton

Wrap Up: SB2 Symposium ‘State of the Regional Economy’, Jan. 24

SRQ MEDIA and over two hundred community members gathered at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota on Thursday 24, 2019 to explore the State of the Regional Economy. The first SB2 symposium of 2019 offered the audience an insightful program that analyzed the health of our local economy.

Season Presenter, Steve Altier of Seaside Bank, began the symposium by welcoming the audience with warm remarks. Altier reflected on his career noting, “To see where this business community has gone in the last 30 years and to be a part of it has been a great honor.” He also offered an encouraging message to guest students visiting from NewGate Montessori School, Out-of-Door Academy School, and Sarasota Christian School; “Consider the idea of getting into business because, everything is business.”

SB2 Season Presenter Steve Altier of Seaside Bank. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan

Opening speaker and featured panelist Jeffrey Mayers, General Manager of The Resort at Longboat Key Club took the floor next. Mayers discussed the convergence of tourism and the economy, bringing up what was to become a topic that gathered much discussion during the SB2 program, the red tide algae bloom. Mayers acknowledged that, “We’re going to be dealing with a hangover effect for sometime,” and urged the importance of overcoming negative perceptions.

SB2 Featured Panelist Jeffrey Mayers of The Resort at Longboat Key Club. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Next, Eric Collin, President of Firmo Construction, offered an informative market outlook about the construction industry. His presentation gave the audience an overview of national and regional trends. Overall, Collin gave us positive news that development is growing in the state of Florida yet he was careful to remark that we must remain resilient. Noticeable dips and pauses in graphics displayed by the Firmo Construction leader reflected a development industry easily paused by natural disasters.

SB2 Brandstory Presenter Eric Collin of Firmo Construction. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

The program continued with an insightful panel discussion moderated by SRQ MEDIA’s Executive Publisher, Wes Roberts. The SB2 State of the Regional Economy panel was a full house this year, comprised of seven community influencers: Kevin Cooper of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Jacki Dezelski of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Sharon Hillstrom of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation, Mark Huey of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, Jeffrey Mayers of The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Phillip Rich of Seaside Bank, and Drayton Saunders of Michael Saunders & Company.


The SB2 State of the Regional Economy panel, moderated by SRQ MEDIA’s Wes Roberts. (L to R) Mark Huey, Kevin Cooper, Jeffrey Mayers, Jacki Dezelski, Wes Roberts, Drayton Saunders, Sharon Hillstrom, Phillip Rich. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Beginning with the “stinkiest question of them all,” Wes Roberts prompted the panelists to discuss one of the area’s most prevalent (and widely published) challenges in 2018 — red tide. The conversation that followed highlighted how our area’s economy has fared during red tide and how several of our panel’s community leaders have responded to the needs of struggling businesses affected by the algae bloom.  

The audience learned from Jeffrey Mayers that approximately ten billion negative impressions were made in the media about the red tide outbreak. This surprising statistic fueled dialogue about the role of social media and outside perception. Acknowledging that images on social media exist forever, Sharon Hillstrom, President and CEO of the Bradenton Area EDC, remarked, “We need to be putting things out there that show the great positive things about this community.”

Panelist Sharon Hillstrom of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

With a decline in tourist dollars, how can gulf and bay-front area businesses bounce back? Panelist Jacki Dezelski reminded us that a red tide “ripple effect” extended to businesses of all types. In particular, the President and CEO of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce told the story of a struggling day care center that serves families who work in the tourism industry. Dezelski noted that in an effort to pivot away from an emphasis on tourism, several of our regional Chambers deployed strategies that called on the community to step up to the plate by shopping local. In particular, Dezelski gave a shout out to the Manatee Chamber’s ‘Live Like a Tourist’ campaign.

Jacki Dezelski of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce addresses the audience. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Kevin Cooper, President and CEO of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, promoted a call to action for the audience to do its part in keeping our waterways healthy so we can help to mitigate the recurring patterns of the algae bloom. Phillip Rich, a Market Strategist for Seaside Bank commented that when speaking to an international investor,  “If you use the word toxic and recurring in the same sentence, you’re done.”

Panelist Phillip Rich of Seaside Bank. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

To follow, came conversation about current trends in the real estate market (it’s leveling out a little bit, everyone), a spirited debates about incentives (let’s just say there were some varying opinions about these up on stage) and a conversation about workforce development (how do we get past our reputation of Disney and retirement to attract some strong talent?).

Our panelists discussed employee retention and called attention to wages in the region. “The average annual wage in Sarasota County is lower than the average annual wage in the state of Florida, which is lower than the average annual wage in the United States of America,” shared Kevin Cooper of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, “And the big reason behind that is we create a higher percentage of naturally lower paying jobs in Sarasota County.”

Kevin Cooper of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

We found out that we’re not recession proof. Drayton Saunders, of Michael Saunders & Company noted, “Will there be a recession in the future? Absolutely. At some point we’re going to see a down cycle nationally. And that is going to affect us locally.” All panelists were in agreeance.

Drayton Saunders of Michael Saunders & Company talks real estate. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

The importance of maintaining support for locally-owned businesses was emphasized by the regional leaders. “As our top priority, we’re all about seeing local businesses grow,” noted Mark Huey, President and CEO of the EDC of Sarasota County.

Panelist Mark Huey of the EDC of Sarasota County. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Thoughtful Q&A (thanks, audience!) kept the dialogue going forward. In particular, the panelists weighed in about how to meet the current needs of millennials and young professionals while continuing to attract young talent to our area. Takeaways: give them affordable housing, competitive wages, arts and culture, access to the natural environment, and provide them with a connection to the community. Good transportation systems are important too.

While we’re talking about the next generation, SRQ was pleased to have its youngest audience member yet in attendance at SB2 State of the Regional Economy! Can we please take a moment from economic development to recognize Meagan Ochoa and Eric Collin’s adorable month and half year old in the audience? 

SB2’s youngest audience member! Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Overall, we were thankful to have our panelists lend their expertise to our conversation and we learned a great deal about what our region has been up against and where we’re going. SRQ MEDIA extends gratitude to our wonderful panelists and presenters for the invigorating conversation and for the important contributions they make to our community.

The SB2 State of the Regional Economy panel. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Ending the symposium on a celebratory note, the SB2 State of the Regional Economy symposium concluded with an awards ceremony to honor the 2019 Localpreneurs of the Year. We recognized locally-owned business owners who have earned the respect of their peers in the following areas: corporate acumen, innovation, philanthropy, leadership and community impact. Congratulations to our five winners and to all of our honorees and nominees!

Pete Petersen of Dealers United, one of the five 2019 Localpreneurs of the Year. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

We could not have had such a successful symposium without the support of our incredible sponsors: our SB2 host sponsor Hyatt Regency Sarasota, and audio visual sponsor PSAV. Thanks for being excellent hosts. We also extend thanks to our incredible sponsors: 2018-2019 series sponsors Mariash Lowther Wealth Management and JFCS of the Suncoast, and to our event sponsors, The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Waterworks Sarasota, Seaside National Bank & Trust, and Firmo Construction.

The audience at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Don’t miss our next SB2 symposium, Transformative Philanthropy on Thursday July 25, 2019. We’ll explore the organizations and individuals who are changing the face of the nonprofit world through innovative approaches, strategic alliances and groundbreaking initiatives that foster and employ engagement to make a difference.  You can purchase your tickets in advance HERE

Click here to read the article about SB2| State of the Regional Economy in the SRQ DAILY. A gallery of images from SB2 State of the Regional Economy is available online here.

For tickets and other event inquiries, visit SRQSB2.com or contact us at 941-365-7702 x221.

To become an SB2 series sponsor or a specific symposium sponsor, contact Ashley Grant at 941-365-7702 x205.

We hope to see you there!

SRQ MAGAZINE—Live Local. Love Local | Sarasota and Bradenton

In Your Mailbox: SRQ Magazine’s 2019 January Business Edition

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Honoring INC.—We celebrate local titans who inspire innovation, navigate change and capture opportunity. The individuals featured throughout SRQ’s annual business edition include visionary powerhouses, corporate acumen and philanthropic courage. Plug in for an all-encompassing jump start to the new year to get your brain juices flowing and motivated for 2019’s endeavors! #LOVELOCAL 

FEATURES:

  • Amenities in Mod: Sarasota’s role in the modern architecture movement holds renown among lovers of art, built environment and history. Now, a new hotel in the Rosemary District, Sarasota Modern, honors the entire movement in every cubic inch of construction
  • Economics Ecology: To most of the world, the Sarasota-Bradenton environment means white sands, 60-something temperatures in the winter and a great place for deep-sea fishing. But for the roughly 700,000 people who live and work in the region, this ecosystem serves as a habitat for young families and growing businesses, a biome of commerce and communication.
  • Passion Play:At the fifth annual PINC Sarasota conference, transformation was the word of the day. From world-class artist to top-notch researchers and hard-hitting activist, each speaker took the stage to showcase the power of passion in the hands of a first-rate mind.

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

  • Hanging Around: At the Myakka City Lemur Reserve, Dr. Alison Grand protects endangered primates.
  • Have Improv, Will Travel: Will Luera takes the art of improv on a global tour with Florida Studio Theater.
  • Plans for Parrish: Evan Guido brings neighbors together around a Parrish Central Park plan.
  • Absolute O’Shea: New College of Florida’s Donal O’Shea talks Paris, Canada, and the wonders of math.
  • A Crimson Cure: FIU and Mote Marine are putting in extra lab hours to save the manatees from algal bloom outbreaks.
  • Penny Hoarding: Penny Hoarder Kyle Taylor shares secrets of his—and maybe your—success.

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

  • State of the Stage: Eyeing a big move to Lakewood Ranch, the Players staff prepares for its biggest production yet.
  • Broadway First: New York playwright Young Jean Lee puts straight white men under the microscope.
  • Musical Escape: In the Gospel according to Fred, salvation lies with classical music from The Chopin Project.
  • Light Conservation: a humble carpenter resurrects reclaimed wood to build a new aesthetic.

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

  • Winter Worship: Avoid turning the heat up on the thermometer with these soulful and cozy winter provisions.
  • Sew True, Sarasota: T.Georgiano’s owner Tatyana Sharoubim, brings easy-going coastal lifestyle clothing to SRQ.
  • On The Run At The Roadshow: On art heists, non-extradition and the moral hazards of antiquing.

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

  • Liquid Luster: Figure out what’s good with the 34+ craft beers on tap at Good Liquid Brewing Company.
  • Street Sammies: Start your day right with stacked, savory sandwiches from State Street Eating House.

RECONNOITER- Case Study, Agenda

  • Freshman Class: A new state of lawmakers are heading to the capitol to represent the region in Tallahassee and Washington D.C.

PARTING SHOT

  • Phototrophic Growth: Firmly rooted, Marine Selby Botanical Gardens reaches for the sun with a new master plan.

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 JANUARY 2019 SRQ digital edition.

Applications Now Open! SMARTgirl 2019 Mentorship Summit and Luncheon

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SRQ MEDIA is calling for 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th grade girls to find your inner “roar” at the
2019 SMARTgirl Mentorship Summit and Luncheon on Friday, March 15, 2018
from 9:30am-1:30pm at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota.

Explore the possibilities and celebrate every girl’s potential at SMARTgirl. Participants will engage in an innovative program designed to educate middle school girls in 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades on career imaginings and the tools they need to succeed through mentorship, soft skills training and hands-on workshops with some of the community’s top women leaders.

Apply online at — srqmag.com/smartgirl

Limited participant spaces. Free program for those accepted.

Applications close on January 16, 2019
For additional information please call 941-365-7702 x221 or email Rebecca.Brey@srqme.com

SRQ’s 6th Annual Women in Business Competition is Now Open!

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Nominations are now open for SRQ Magazine’s 6th 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.

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Women in Business, Hear Me Roar Leadership Circle Members at the 2018 Hear Me Roar luncheon. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

The finalists and winners of the 2019 Leadership Circle will be announced at the Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon  on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota where we recognize past 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 2019 issue of SRQ Magazine.

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Shannon Rohrer-Phillips engaging with local young professional at SkillSHARE. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

The SRQ Women in Business Initiative is a year-round engagement program creating highly dynamic personal networking through the science and art of mentorship. There are several programs that stem from this initiative.  The SkillSHARE program focuses on mentorship at the speed of life, facilitating connections for local women to get answers about professional and personal development questions with three mentorship summits each year. Currently in its third year, SMARTgirl catalyzes youth leadership and development by engaging middle school girls on the Gulf Coast. Thank you to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, New Balance of Sarasota 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.

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

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

Nominations are open through Friday, January 25, 2019; midnight.

Best of luck and Roar On ladies!

In Your Mailbox: The December 2018 Giving Issue is Here!

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The holidays bring with them cheer, warmth and togetherness. It seems that everyone’s hearts from “three sizes” this time of year, and this is perfectly captured in the interest our readers show in our annual December Philanthropy Edition. Get to know more about the nonprofit organizations that you probably already appreciate here on the Gulf Coast, and the wonderful people behind their good causes. We hope that sharing this heart-warming edition will add a little zip of extra brightness to your holiday season. Happy holidays SRQ family! #LOVELOCAL

FEATURES:

  • Girl Boss: Even in the year 2018, the world of Wall Street CEOs remains a male-dominated field. But the philanthropy world has welcomed female CEOs for a long time, and, over the last decade, the nonprofit sector on the Gulf Coast became dominated by women. Female presidents lead Community Foundations and Education Foundations for Manatee and Sarasota counties. Private and family foundations from Selby to Patterson to Barancik chose to put women leaders at the helm, in some cases since formation.

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

  • Unforgoatable: Goat yoga at Pineapple Yoga Studio has us stretching and smiling all the way through.
  • Strings Attached: Natalie Kondos believes in the healing power of music.
  • A Home for Seabirds: Save our Seabirds organization talks the need for long-term aviary.
  • Drawing on Hope: Matthew Haines wants to make a difference turning philanthropy to art.
  • Critter Crazy: Cat Depot’s new leader Jackie Ott Jaakola is no stranger to making life better for animals.
  • At the Root: Holistic healing starts from the head down at Caring Hair Foundation.
  • Fostering Success: Freedom Fellows Foundation is on a mission to help the uncertain find their way
  • A Community Cure: In the midst of an opioid crisis, Dr. Joe Smyser wants to help Sarasota help itself.

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

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

  • Holiday Gift Guide: Let us take the legwork out of gift-giving with a round up of specially sourced gear of the year.
  • Artful Tides: Meet the outstanding local artists coming to newly-branded Sarasota Art + Handmade Art Show.

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

RECONNOITER- Case Study, Agenda

  • Boomtime Charity: What does the strong economy and new tax code mean for philanthropy?

PARTING SHOT

  • Plastic Peril: The latest exhibition at Ringling College of Art + Design puts microplastics under the artist’s microscope.

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 DECEMBER 2018 SRQ digital edition.