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HOT OFF THE PRESS: May Edition is Here!

The May issue of SRQ Magazine is on newsstands now!

The May issue of SRQ Magazine is on newsstands now!

May is practically here, and we can’t wait for you to meet the new edition of SRQ Magazine! As a prelude to summer, we’re proud to bring you a special editorial feature on the modern classroom and how local educational institutions embrace the technology and science of learning. The issue breaks for lunch with an ode to the Taco – and a guide to finding some of the most authentic and inventive interpretations of the humble street food in town.

We couldn’t bring you the May issue without a tribute to mom. In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re bringing you a special piece on the creative, inspiring and supportive maternal figures behind notable local restaurants. If art strikes your fancy, you’ll be pleased to meet a couple that have made collection their hobby – and the only rules they follow are their own. You’ll meet the winners and finalists of the 2015 Women in Business competition and find out why we’ve been continually inspired by this year’s nominees.

Of course, there’s always room for your tried and true favorite columns to keep you informed about what’s going on in town, our community’s emerging trends and everything you need to get out and live local.

Pick up your copy on newsstands today, or visit http://www.srqmagazine.com to subscribe.

Happy reading!

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SOLD OUT Women in Business Leadership and Awards Luncheon, April 23

The 2015 SRQ Women in Business Leadership Circle. Not pictured: Stefanie Overturf and Kim Hopper. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund

The 2015 SRQ Women in Business Leadership Circle. Not pictured: Stefanie Overturf and Kim Hopper. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund

Yesterday, SRQ | The Magazine hosted our first ever Women in Business Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards luncheon to a sold-out audience at The Francis in downtown Sarasota. Originally planned as the awards ceremony for the 2015 Women in Business competition, the Hear Me Roar event boasted an inspiring keynote address from Pam van der Lee, Chief Marketing Officer for iMatchative in San Francisco and honored local fashion icon Adrienne Vittadini with the inaugural Women in Business Trailblazer Award.

SRQ was incredibly proud and honored to introduce new inductees to the 2015 Leadership Circle, comprised of the finalists and winners of this year’s Women in Business Competition. As each recipient was recognized, a quote or snippet of self-delivered advice (in the form of a letter written to their former selves) was projected, allowing each finalist and winner to be celebrated in a very personal way.

Meet the 2015 SRQ Women in Business Leadership Circle

  • Mary Dougherty-Slapp, Gulf Coast Builders Exchange; winner
  • Kameron Hodgens, The Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center; winner
  • Christine Johnson, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast; winner
  • Jo Ann Koontz, Koontz & Associates; winner
  • Denise Kowal, Avendia de Colores; winner
  • Elizabeth Melendez Fisher, Selah Freedom; finalist
  • Mary Forristall, Forristall Enterprises; finalist
  • Kim Hopper, Regions Bank; finalist
  • Tammy Kovar, Biological Tree Services; finalist
  • Stefanie Overturf, Overturf’s Floor & Fabric Care; finalist 
  • Sandra Rios, The Resort at Longboat Key Club; finalist
  • Gabriele Vest, Grapevine Communications; finalist

Upon arrival, luncheon guests sipped champagne and shopped wares from some of our favorite local retailers, including Diamond Vault, Philosophy & Vines, Lilly Pulitzer, Pecky, Paint Nail Bar and Saks Fifth Avenue. The program began on a high note with Pam van der Lee’s address. Ashley Grant, SRQ Vice President of Strategic Partnerships introduced Pam through her “road less traveled” path to success. Early in her career, Pam rejected the allure of Wall Street and took a job with a then-smaller company, Nickelodeon Studios, and as the company grew, became the head of marketing for Viacom. She made a segue into non-profit work and followed her passion into the unknown, “I believe that passion is the very best driver and the most reliable predictor of success,” said Pam. Throughout her address, luncheon guests were moved by her thoughtful honesty and a summation of her life that is familiar to many many women navigating their own road to success:

Pam van der Lee shares a keynote address at Hear Me Roar. Photo credit: Evan Sigmund

Pam van der Lee shares a keynote address at Hear Me Roar. Photo credit: Evan Sigmund

“My career path can resemble the freeways in LA. Confusing, circuitous, busy, sometimes terrifying and not terribly well marked. Moving from entertainment marketing to the world of non-profit, to a start up that straddles both finance and technology, I think most would agree that my path doesn’t follow the “a straight line is the shortest distance between two points” rule. But the one thing that has been clear in all of my choices is that passion has been my driver.” — Pam van der Lee

As her speech concluded, Pam charged all in attendance with a few challenges:

  1. Feel passionate about something that you do. Identify and engage in the activities, situations and/or environments that thrill you, that make you giddy or even a little scared.
  2. Surround yourself with people whom you admire and connect.
  3. Be fair and decent.
  4. Lead by example. Be the driver of your success and help others along the way through setting a good example, brining others to the table to participate in decision making and by valuing others.

Moved by Pam’s words, the luncheon warmly congratulated Adrienne Vittadini as the very first recipient of the SRQ Women in Business Trailblazer award. SRQ Media CEO and Editor in Chief Lisl Liang reflected on Adrienne’s longstanding and impressive career – turning a lifelong hobby into an impressive and celebrated international corporation. Accepting her award, Adrienne attributed a great deal of her success to reinventing herself. Taking risks, being adventurous and not being afraid are all actions she encouraged us take – and to take often.

Adrienne Vittadini accepts the Trailblazer award at SRQ Hear Me Roar luncheon. Photo credit: Evan Sigmund

Adrienne Vittadini accepts the Trailblazer award at SRQ Hear Me Roar luncheon. Photo credit: Evan Sigmund

Sandra Rios accepts her finalist recognition by SRQ Magazine Publisher Wes Roberts. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund

Sandra Rios accepts her finalist recognition by SRQ Magazine Publisher Wes Roberts. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund

We look forward to getting to know each of the winners and finalists and learning about their incredible and unique success stories in the coming year. SRQ Magazine would like to thank our incredible sponsors for their support of  the Women in Business initiative and the incredible nominees, finalists and winners: The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sophie’s, and The Resort at Longboat Key Club.

Hear Me Roar luncheon guests mingled and shopped in the Pop-Up Boutique prior to the awards ceremony. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund

Hear Me Roar luncheon guests mingled and shopped in the Pop-Up Boutique prior to the awards ceremony. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund

To view a gallery of photos from the Hear Me Roar Luncheon, click here

Check out the Women in Business Special Awards Section in the May 2015 edition of SRQ, on newsstands and online next week. Stay tuned for announcements from the Women in Business mentorship initiative in the coming months.

SRQ Honors Adrienne Vittadini at Hear Me Roar Luncheon

Sarasota resident Adrienne Vittadini will be honored with the SRQ "Women in Business" Trailblazer award at the Hear Me Roar Luncheon on April 23, 2015.

Sarasota resident Adrienne Vittadini will be honored with the SRQ “Women in Business” Trailblazer Award at the Hear Me Roar Luncheon on April 23, 2015.

SRQ is thrilled to announce Adrienne Vittadini as the very first recipient of the SRQ “Women in Business” Trailblazer Award. The honor will be bestowed at the SRQ Hear Me Roar Luncheon on April 23, 2015 at The Francis.

Known for her amazing thirty-year career in fashion design, Adrienne embodies the spirit of the SRQ Women in Business program. With an entrepreneurial spirit she began her own fashion business, Adrienne Vittadini Inc., after years of design work in New York and Italy. For over three decades, Mrs. Vittadini curated a classic, stylish design aesthetic that seamlessly transitioned women from home to office to leisure with an air of smart sophistication.

Mrs. Vittadini is the recipient of countless prestigious fashion awards, including the Coty American Fashion Critics Award (1984), Albert Einstein Spirit of Achievement Award for Design and Business (1987), Metropolitan Home: The Design 100 Award (1992) and the Moore College of Art Visionary Woman Award in 2003. Currently, Mrs. Vittadini and her husband, Gianluigi, concentrate their efforts in developing luxury residential properties in Florida and the Italian Alps. She is a resident of Sarasota.

Luncheon guests will enjoy a keynote address from Pam van der Lee, Chief Marketing officer at iMATCHATIVE. Winners and finalists of the 2015 Women in Business competition will be announced and recognized at the luncheon. Hear Me Roar is sponsored by The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee with The Resort at Longboat Key Club.

Tickets are available for purchase online at www.srqhearmeroar.com – $55 per person; half tables, $250; and, full tables, $500.

Meet Pam van der Lee: Hear Me Roar Keynote Speaker, April 23

Pam van der Lee, keynote speaker of 2015 Hear Me Roar Luncheon.

Pam van der Lee, keynote speaker of 2015 Hear Me Roar Luncheon.

SRQ Media is thrilled to announce Pam van der Lee as the guest keynote speaker of the Hear Me Roar Women in Business Awards and Leadership Luncheon on April 23, 2015. With a rich history in corporate marketing, non-profits and strategic partnership, Pam is as accomplished as she is inspirational.

Currently, Pam serves as the Chief Marketing Officer for San Francisco based, financial technology company iMatchative, and its flagship product, AltX. She is responsible for communicating the iMatchative and AltX brands to its partners, customers, and the media. Throughout her 25-year career, Pam has worked at the intersection of marketing, strategic planning, and branding. Prior to iMatchative, Pam was a consultant to nonprofits, primarily within the educational and disability sectors. Following her passion, Pam served as chair of the National Down Syndrome Society and is currently President of the Board at the Tuxedo Park School, a pre-K to 9th grade independent school in Tuxedo Park, NY. Before making nonprofit work a full time occupation, Pam ran corporate marketing and managed the marketing, licensing and research councils for Viacom. She was also the head of Ad Sales and Promotions Marketing and Strategic Partnerships for Nickelodeon. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Rollins College. Pam lives in New York with her husband and 3 sons.

As the Hear Me Roar keynote speaker, Pam will share her story and words of inspiration to the women in our community who make it their mission to contribute to the business, arts, education and philanthropic landscape of our region. Winners and finalists of SRQ Magazine’s 2015 Women in Business competition will be announced at the luncheon. Guests will be treated to champagne and shopping at a pop-up boutique lounge featuring beautiful items from local retailers including Diamond Vault, Pecky, Saks Fifth Avenue and Paint Nail Bar opening at 10:30am.

To purchase tickets or host a table of your friends and colleagues, visit the Hear Me Roar website.

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SRQ Hosts Women In Business Hear Me Roar Awards and Leadership Luncheon; April 23, 2015

The SRQ Hear Me Roar Luncheon will take place on Thursday, April 23rd at 10:30 AM.

The SRQ Hear Me Roar Luncheon will take place on Thursday, April 23rd at 10:30 AM.

SAVE THE DATE —SRQ Magazine is pleased to announce the inaugural SRQ Hear Me Roar Awards and Leadership Luncheon on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at The Francis in Downtown Sarasota. This event promises to be a fun and exciting opportunity to celebrate the women leaders in our region that continue to make amazing contributions to the the business community, philanthropy, education and the cultural arts with the announcement of the finalists and winners of the magazine’s 2015 Women in Business Competition.

The event will kick-off with the pop-up Hear Me Roar Boutique Lounge at 10:30am featuring fashion and shopping from local shops including Saks Fifth Avenue and Diamond Vault–more to be announced soon. Luncheon attendees will be treated to an inspirational word from a surprise guest speaker and a sneak peek of the Women in Business special awards section of SRQ | The Magazine May edition! Winners of the 2015 SRQ Women in Business Competition as identified by this year’s panel of judges will be announced and honored for their contributions to Sarasota and Bradenton.

F-2015-WIB-ITB-JudgesCompiledThis luncheon will mark the induction of the Class of 2015 into the Women in Business Leadership Circle, a group of finalists and winners of the SRQ Women in Business Competition that meet monthly to discuss relevant topics for women in our region, network, mentor up and coming leaders and inspire each other at a private breakfast Salon Series hosted at Sophie’s in Saks Fifth Avenue at The Mall at University Town Center.

Special thanks to The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee for sponsoring the luncheon and to Saks Fifth Avenue for their support and sponsorship of the Women in Business initiative.

Tickets: $55 per person. To reserve your table or half-table sponsorship, or for individual tickets, visit SRQHearMeRoar.com.

The Hear Me Roar Boutique Lounge and registration opens at 10:30am; Luncheon program is from 11:30am-1pm. See you there!

SRQ Announces 2nd Annual Women in Business Competition 2015 Judges

The 2015 SRQ Women In Business Judges. From L to R: Wanda Lipscomb-Vasquez, Jo Watson Hackl, Donna Orender, Bond, Nancy Whitworth, Jill Langford Dame, LOS

The 2015 SRQ Women In Business Judges. From L to R: Wanda Lipscomb-Vasquez, Jo Watson Hackl, Donna Orender, Sam Bond, Nancy Whitworth, Jill Langford Dame, Linda Simmons

This January, SRQ | The Magazine produces the second annual Women in Business Competition, recognizing women who have made meaningful contributions to the Sarasota and Bradenton communities through their business, non-profit and philanthropic endeavors. Local community residents will be asked to nominate women who they believe are deserving of recognition. Nominees have the opportunity to submit formal applications sharing their stories of success. Our panel of judges will review and identify the finalists and winners. This year, our judges panel is represented by successful women from Tampa Bay, Melbourne and Jacksonville, FL and Greenville, SC. Nominees, finalists and winners will be recognized in the May 2015 edition of SRQ.

Meet the 2015 Women in Business Judges:

Sam Bond, president and owner, Sam Bond Benefit Group, is president and owner of Sam Bond Benefit Group, an agency focused on fulfilling small business insurance needs and an Associate Member of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO). She currently serves on the Board of Network of Executive Women, a thirty year old professional association.

Linda Simmons, president and CEO, R.R. Simmons Construction Corporation, is president and CEO of various entities that comprise the R.R. Simmons family of companies, including R.R. Simmons Construction Corporation, a Tampa based Design/Builder of commercial and industrial facilities. She has been a member and/or board member of a number of business and professional organizations including the Tampa Bay Chapter of CREW, the Brandon Chamber of Commerce and the Mid Florida Chapter of Associated General Contractors, among others. A philanthropist, Linda also served on the United Way of Tampa Bay Board of Directors and was a founder of UW Women’s Leadership Program.

Wanda Lipscomb-Vasquez, director, Florida Institute of Technology Women’s Business Center is the director of the Women’s Business Center at FIT where she consults start-up businesses and works with the Women’s Business Center to grow the IGNITE 360 mentoring program for second-stage businesses. As co-owner of Acureach Consulting LLC, Wanda helped small to mid-size companies develop effective business models and profit-driven cost structures through a research-based approach.

Jo Watson Hackl, attorney, Wyche, P.A., is an attorney with Wyche, P.A., in Greenville, South Carolina where she concentrates her practice in corporate and securities law. She is past President of the Greenville County Bar Association and was selected by The Best Lawyers in America listing as the 2015 Greenville Business Organizations “Lawyer of the Year.” She is a Liberty Fellow and Riley Fellow and has been recognized as a “Woman of Achievement” by the YWCA. She was the first woman to serve as Chair of the Greenville Area Development Corporation. She also serves on the Boards of the United Way of Greenville County, EMRYS and Camperdown Academy.

Nancy Whitworth, deputy city manager, director of economic development, City of Greenville,  is responsible for commercial and neighborhood revitalization, downtown development, business recruitment and retention, planning and zoning and building codes. A native South Carolinian, she has been in Greenville for over thirty years and has played an integral role in Greenville’s transformation. Nancy is also a member of The University Center of Greenville, Inc., Board of Trustees, Greenville Professional Women’s Forum, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Upstate and Clemson University Advancement Board for Real Estate Development.

Jill Langford Dame, executive director, Leadership Jacksonville, Inc.,  is a longtime resident of Jacksonville, Florida. She has served as a volunteer and consultant to nonprofit organizations focusing on organizational development, fundraising, and strategic planning. Jill has served as president of the Junior League of Jacksonville, PACE Center for Girls Jacksonville, the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida and Willing Hands. Jill currently serves as the executive director of Leadership Jacksonville, Inc. Her many honors and recognitions include being chosen as a 2013 Women of Distinction by Girl Scouts of Gateway Council and a 2014 Woman of Influence by the Jacksonville Business Journal.

Donna Orender, CEO, Orender Unlimited, is a recognized leader and business executive. The Jacksonville based company assists other companies and people in making a transformational impact in their own lives and the marketplace. Donna recently launched GENERATION W, a brand focused on educating, inspiring, and connecting women and girls. Most recently, Donna served six years as the president of the Women’s National Basketball Association. Serving as the league’s second president, her focused management resulted in growth in every business metric, including sponsorship, attendance, television ratings, digital growth, and merchandise sales.

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Nominations for the 2015 Women in Business Competition open on Monday, January 12 and close on Friday, February 6, 2015. To make a nomination, visit SRQMAG.COM/HearMeRoar. For information on the 2015 SRQ Women in Business competition, please visit SRQMAG.COM