The SRQ Good Hero Philanthropic Awards are now open

Do you know someone who’s making a real difference? Someone whose passion for giving back has had a positive impact on our community? Nominate them for the SRQ Local Hero Award. It could be an engaged staff member, volunteer, board member or donor patron who went above and beyond this past year to make our region a better place to live, work and play.

The winner will be announced at the SB2: Philanthropic Agenda and Awards Luncheon on Wednesday November 6 at The Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Panelists will 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.

Thank you to SB2: Philanthropic Agenda and Awards event sponsor JFCS of the Suncoast and to the 2019-2020 SB2 Series sponsors: Merrill Lynch Mariash Lowther Wealth Management, JFCS of the Suncoast, The Hyatt Regency Sarasota and PSAV. Photos from the 2018 SB2: Philanthropic Agenda and Awards Program are available on CLICK SRQ.

Click Here to Nominate a Local Hero


SRQ MEDIA hosted SkillSHARE: Mentoring at the Speed of Life on Thursday June 13, 2019. Powered by the Women in Business Initiative, SkillSHARE is a speed mentor summit focused on management, entrepreneurship, philanthropic engagement, professional development and business growth.  

SkillSHARE leverages the art and science of mentorship to create a meaningful program that engages insightful interactions between local women professionals in challenge areas while also inviting spontaneous connections. 

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.”

SRQ MEDIA would like to thank the mentors and mentees who participated in the program! We loved watching you connect.

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Submissions Are Now Open for the 2019 SRQ MEDIA Top Doctors Medical Resource 

SRQ MEDIA invites medical professionals to nominate their peers in the medical community that are making an impact in their field. The submissions will be compiled to produce the Top Doctors Medical Resource of 2019, a reputable, well-rounded list of regional medical providers in the Greater Sarasota region including Sarasota, Venice, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria, Palmetto and Palmetto Bay and North Port. The peer-to-peer survey is now online and nominations will be accepted until July 1, 2019The Top Doctors Medical Resource results will be published in the November 2019 edition of SRQ Magazine.

The Top Doctors Medical Resource of 2019 will be created in partnership with Colorado-based research company, DataJoe, LLCDataJoe, LLC provides data research, tools, and solutions for more than 75 publishers across the country and has more than 50 years of combined research experience in the publishing space. DataJoe’s research has appeared nationally in prestigious city and regional magazine titles providing lists ranging from doctors and attorneys to licensed real estate agents and others. They have been located in Colorado Springs, Colorado for the past 15 years.

Top Doctors Medical Resource seeks to be a credible guide based on peer recognition. Submissions must be completed by a medical professional practicing in the Greater Sarasota area and nominations will remain anonymous. A full list of submission guidelines are listed within the Top Doctors Medical Resource survey.

The Top Doctors Medical Resource survey can be accessed at:

SRQ MEDIA Welcomes Student Interns for the Summer of 2019

SRQ MEDIA is delighted to introduce three interns that have joined the company for the Summer of 2019: Brooke Elsbree, Marketing Intern; Olivia Liang, Editorial Associate and Madison Holmes, Editorial Associate.

Marketing Intern and Sarasota native, Brooke Elsbree attends Stetson University and will be graduating in the Fall of 2019 with degrees in Marketing, Business Law and Sport Business. Brooke is the Secretary of Stetson’s chapter of the American Marketing Association, a member of Stetson’s Business Ethics Case Competition Team, and TA’s for their “Professional Communications” class. Editorial Associate Olivia Liang is a current junior at Washington University in St. Louis, studying English with a concentration in Creative Nonfiction Writing, Spanish and Design. Olivia will be studying at Trinity College Dublin this upcoming Fall to further her literary education. Madison Holmes, Editorial Associate, is a rising Junior at Pine View School. Passionate about wanting to incorporate lifestyle pieces into the atmosphere of high-school journalism, Madison turned to SRQ for a taste of arts and culture pieces, as well as to gain professional, hands-on experience. Madison was recently elected the Editor-in-Chief of Pine View’s online newspaper publication,, for the upcoming school year and hopes to expand Pine View’s journalism department into having a greater online focus.

Welcome to the SRQ MEDIA team!

SRQ MEDIA Announces Panelists for the SB2:Transformation in Philanthropy Symposium | Thursday, July 25, 2019

Mark your calendars– SRQ MEDIA will host the next program in the SB2 Symposium series SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota on Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 11:30am-1pm. With a focus on the nonprofit sector, the SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy luncheon and panel discussion will deeply explore new practices that are changing the face of the nonprofit world through innovative approaches, strategic mission development and groundbreaking initiatives that strengthen impact.

SRQ MEDIA is pleased to announce the SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy guest panelists: David Moore, Founder and President of Moore Strategic Consulting; Sabeen Perwaiz, Executive Director of the Florida Nonprofit Alliance and Lilly Weinberg, Program Director of Community and National Initiatives for the Knight Foundation. The panel will address initiatives that foster and employ engagement to make a difference and discuss how nonprofits can maximize their capacity to realize their mission.

David Moore is a sought-after consultant and advisor with over 25 year of experience in the nonprofit and education sector, leading organizations, teams and partnerships to consistently produce results. David has a track record as an effective leader within nonprofit organizations, as well as a trusted advisor providing strategic leadership, facilitation and project oversight. David is currently working closely with national nonprofit organizations, local education foundations, community-based organizations, municipalities and research organizations to strengthen organizational impact. He works closely with leadership teams, boards and partnership structures to increase leverage and return on investment for communities. He has been an advocate and partner with dozens of organizations strengthening community engagement, strategic planning, board development and partnership strategies. With an Ed.D. from the University of Cincinnati, an M.P.P. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Capital University, David combines the best of academic and research knowledge with practical experience and community knowledge to help shape your organization.

Sabeen Perwaiz is Executive Director of Florida Nonprofit Alliance where she strengthens, promotes and advocates on behalf of Florida’s nonprofit sector. During her tenure, FNA released Florida’s first nonprofit economic impact report and nonprofit compensation survey. Prior to joining the organization, Perwaiz was a researcher for Vital Voices Global Partnership, served as Special Projects Manager for Pace Center for Girls, implemented an Early Childhood Education program with Aide et Action in Phnom Penh, Cambodia,  and led the Earn Up initiative for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. Since 2012, Perwaiz has led the all volunteer team for TEDxJacksonville. Perwaiz serves on the steering committee for Women’s Giving Alliance and is a member of the Jacksonville Women’s Network. She is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville and Leadership Florida Connect. Perwaiz has been named an Aspen Ideas Scholar, Woman of Influence, and 40 under 40. She has also received a One Jax Humanitarian award. In 2018, Perwaiz was appointed to Florida’s Commission on Community Service. Perwaiz earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and pre-medicine from City College of New York and her master’s in International Development from the University of Birmingham in the UK. An avid traveler, Perwaiz has visited over 40 countries and hopes to visit at least 100 in her lifetime.

Lilly Weinberg joined Knight Foundation in August 2012. She is the program director with the Community and National Initiatives, managing Knight’s $140 million investment in 18 small to midsize Knight communities. Weinberg graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School and the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she concurrently earned masters degrees in public administration and business administration. While attending graduate school, she worked with the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the New York City Economic Development Corp., in both cases creating strategies to promote economic development, entrepreneurship and business growth. She also worked with CVS Caremark on successfully developing new marketing and digital strategies. Prior to entering graduate school, Weinberg worked with the Connected by 25 Institute, where she specialized in simplifying complicated foster care policies and implementing them. Weinberg earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and environmental studies from Emory University, which allowed her to study and research sustainable development in Botswana, Namibia, Peru, and Turks and Caicos.

A resident of Coconut Grove, Weinberg is active in Miami civic life. She is a graduate of the Leadership Miami class and was a fellow of New Leaders Council. She then served as the executive director and on the advisory committee for the New Leaders Council Miami Chapter until 2016. In 2018, she was chosen to participate in the Leadership Florida Connect Program and Miami’s Young American Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.She also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Downtown Association and The Friends of the Underline, a proposed 10-mile linear park and urban trail under the Miami-Dade Metrorail.

Thank you to the SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy event sponsor CoolToday and to the 2019-2020 SB2 Series sponsors: Merrill Lynch Mariash Lowther Wealth Management, JFCS of the Suncoast, The Hyatt Regency Sarasota and PSAV for their support for this community program.

Tickets for SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy can be purchased for $55/person online at

Click here to see photos from the most recent SB2 Symposium “The State of the Regional Economy” which took place in January 2019.  

SB2 is a community and business initiative produced by SRQ MEDIA featuring a series of collaborative luncheons, modified oxford style debates and powerful parleys on key regional issues and topics. For more information or for panelist interview requests please contact SVP of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement Ashley Grant at 941-365-7702 x204 or via email at

May BrandStory: The Bayside Club

Now available for view and download, The Bayside Club BrandStory delves into one of downtown’s newest, upcoming condominium complexes. Developed by Bruce and Josh Weiner, owners of The Longboat Group and creators of CitySide Apartments, The Bayside Club will feature an incredible array of amenities. At The Bayside Club, owners will have all of the hotel services that go along with resort-vacationing at their fingertips.