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Wow! We Loved SkillSHARING Last Week

On Thursday, February 18th participants and mentors gathered for the very first SRQ SkillSHARE event.

On Thursday, February 18th participants and mentors gathered for the very first SRQ SkillSHARE event. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Last week, the team at SRQ Media experienced greatness in the form of SRQ SkillSHARE, our brand new speed mentor summit. If you know a little bit about our brand, you know that one of our biggest and most exciting programs is the Women in Business Initiative, which has grown from very humble roots into a multi-outlet platform that includes a competition, annual awards luncheon, private monthly gatherings of the WIB Leadership Circle and now SRQ SkillSHARE. We can’t contain our excitement about how the very first SkillSHARE played out.

“As a community catalyst, SRQMEDIA continues to break new ground in the art and science of local engagement,” says CEO and President Lisl Liang. “I love that SkillSHARE starts where small talk ends. We’re thrilled the SRQ Women in Business Initiative has created such a special place for dynamic women to take the deep dive! We invite you to SkillSHARE with us.”

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Alicia King asks questions to Mary Dougherty-Slapp of Gulfcoast Builders Exchange and the SRQ Women in Business Leadership Circle. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

On Thursday, February 18th, an experienced panel of mentors (comprised of members of the Leadership Circle and two guests) showed up to SRQ Studios bearing questions from participants that were hungry for answers, guidance, suggestions and general knowledge on how to work, live and lead in Sarasota. A week before, we poured over applications and were genuinely moved by the heartfelt questions sent in by applicants. Those questions are exactly what we used to determine the right fit for each participant.

Event co-chairs Angela Massaro-Fain (left) and Sandra Rios of the SRQ Women in Business Leadership Circle. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Event co-chairs Angela Massaro-Fain (left) and Sandra Rios of the SRQ Women in Business Leadership Circle. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Upon arrival, mentors and participants received packets containing a schedule of mini-sessions and eagerly awaited the chance to meet. For five rounds of mini-sessions, participants asked their questions, got great advice and networked with likeminded professionals of all ages. The SRQ Studios conference room was transformed into an area for participant conversation in between rounds.

Mentor Gabriele Vest (left) with participants Brittany Guertin and Deva O'Donnell. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Mentor Gabriele Vest (left) with participants Brittany Guertin and Deva O’Donnell. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

We couldn’t help but notice a spark in the room, which was undoubtedly the spirit of connection, appreciation and witnessing growth in action. “This was by far the most efficient and effective networking event I’ve ever been to,” said Dr. Cynthia Clark of Longevity Wellness.

Dr. Cynthia absorbs great information from a mentor during the SRQ SkillSHARE mini-sessions. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Dr. Cynthia Clark absorbs great information from a mentor during the SRQ SkillSHARE mini-sessions. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Participant Barbara Shore made a comment that stuck with us. “I was glad to see that you are never too old or too young to learn from others.” As our participants represented a cross-section of the workforce, we were thrilled that our mentors were able to lead and guide young women early in their career pursuits, those looking to make major changes in their lives and even women envisioning life after retirement. From balancing busy careers and young families to tactics on making the most impact with a multi-generational workforce, the mentors shared their wisdom and advice on how to make it work and how to make the best of the current situation.

SRQ Media would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the incredible mentors at the event. Leadership Circle members Angela Massaro-Fain, Grapevine Communications and Sandra Rios of The Resort at Longboat Key Club served as co-chairs for SRQ SkillSHARE. If you’d like to learn more about the incredible women that offered their guidance, visit the SRQ Women in Business website.

Participants Kelly Davis Strausbaugh (left) and Gina White participated in SRQ SkillSHARE. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Participants Kelly Davis Strausbaugh (left) and Gina White participated in SRQ SkillSHARE. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

To all of our great participants, thanks for coming and letting us play a role in your growth and job experience. Your questions were as thought provoking as they were courageous. Thank you for making this great event happen through your enthusiasm. You officially inspired us.

Stay tuned for announcements of future SRQ SkillSHARE installments as this program grows. For a gallery of images from SRQ SkillSHARE, click here.

PS: If you want to learn more and get engaged with the SRQ Women in Business initiative, consider joining us for the 2nd Annual Hear Me Roar Awards and Leadership Luncheon! We’ve got an amazing guest Keynote Speaker and Trailblazer Award winner. Get the details and purchase your tickets at SRQHEARMEROAR.COM before they’re all sold out!

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BIG NEWS: SRQ SkillSHARE is Coming Soon!

SRQ Media is thrilled to announce SRQ SkillSHARE on February 18, 2015.

SRQ Media and its Women in Business Initiative are thrilled to announce a brand new networking program,  SRQ SkillSHARE, on February 18, 2016.

 

One of the most fun parts about serving the local community is witnessing connection. Since we introduced our Women in Business Initiative several years ago, it has been incredible to watch it grow into a platform that connects people to each other and to our locally-focused brand. Each month, members of the Women in Business Leadership Circle gather for the Seaside Salon Series, held at The Resort at Longboat Key Club. In the conversations that have blossomed about leadership and developing and serving young women in the business, education and philanthropic organizations in our community, this group of dynamic women is ready to share their skills and smarts with the future leaders of the Gulf Coast.

On February 18 at 5 PM, we’ll introduce SRQ SkillSHARE, a speed mentorship program powered by the Women in Business initiative. Under the leadership of Women in Business Leadership Circle Delegates Angela Massaro-Fain (Grapevine Communications) and Sandra Rios (The Resort at Longboat Key Club), this event will cultivate the connection that SRQ Media thrives on.

What is SRQ SkillSHARE?

One of the major challenges that makes conventional mentorship so cumbersome is the commitment of time for the mentor and the mentee. Seasoned professionals in a particular field may have a lot to share with an eager protégé, but finding the time for a traditional mentor relationship isn’t always easy. For those looking for sage advice and guidance, finding the right person to rely on is easier said than done. And there’s so many other variables – what if a mentor relationship isn’t the right fit? What if you can’t commit to being available long-term but want to help out a young go-getter in a real way? Well, we thought about that. And we thought about the way we would want to be mentored in the speed of the digital age. That’s how SRQ SkillSHARE was born. And now, we’re so excited to watch it take on a life of its own.

How Does it Work?

Members of the Women in Business Leadership Circle have agreed to share their ideas, opinion, advice and ‘atta-girls’ with young female professionals at our studios on February 18th. Focusing on Professional Development, Management, Philanthropic Engagement and Entrepreneurship / Business Growth, they’ll be on standby to listen and to guide area professionals in all-things leadership.

How Can You Sign Up?

Participation will be limited, so signing up in advance is highly encouraged! SRQ Media will accept applications for participation through February 10 at SRQHearMeRoar.com. We’re asking each applicant to supply a few questions that will help us make an ideal match for the mini-sessions of mentorship with our very talented Leadership Circle members. Questions will be presented in advance to be sure that our mentors are sharp and quick with their responses, ensuring that everyone is able to make the most of each mini-session. To register, visit SRQHearMeRoar.com. Applications must be received by February 10th to qualify for participation.

What Should I Expect?

In addition to the application, expect to receive a packet of information when you arrive to SRQ Studios. Within the pages, you’ll learn the mentors you’re paired with for the evening. After a networking period, the whole group will jump right in and for mini-sessions that last up to 10 minutes. When signaled, the participants will switch to their next mentor, learning as much as possible from as many talented women as possible.

What If I Make a Great Connection?

Of course, we would love that. If a particular mentor-participant match is made in heaven and you’d like to connect beyond the speed session, the ball is in your court! Our role is to take make a targeted introduction and encourage a meeting of the minds between mentor and participant.

Get Ready!

Information about our incredible panel of mentors is available on the SRQ Women in Business website, SRQHearMeRoar.com. Applications are accepted through February 10th. Be sure to invite your friends to come and learn from the very best!

See you in February!
The SRQ Women in Business Team

PS: Nominations are OPEN for the 2016 Women in Business competition! If you know of a worthy candidate to be recognized by this influential program, nominate them by clicking here.