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SRQ Kicks Off Women in Business Season with Major Announcement

Though the SRQ Women in Business Hear Me Roar Awards and Leadership Luncheon won’t be held until April 2016, plans to make it an exceptional experience are already underway! It is our pleasure to announce the Keynote Speaker and Trailblazer Award Recipient for the 2016 annual luncheon and awards ceremony, which will be held on April 21st at The Francis.

SRQ Media proudly hosts Hear Me Roar, an event that honors the finalists and winners of the SRQ Women in Business competition each spring. Guests enjoy networking, shopping in a pop-up boutique, a delicious lunch and uplifting remarks from a keynote speaker and honorary recipient of the Trailblazer award. The journey for winners and finalists of the competition begins with a public nomination process, which will open in January of 2016  through February. A selection of notable out-of-market Judges review submissions to determine the top applicants, which are welcomed into the Leadership Circle at the Hear Me Roar luncheon and awards ceremony. The Leadership Circle is announced to the public in the May edition of SRQ | The Magazine each year.

SRQ Media is pleased beyond belief to announce the keynote speaker and Trailblazer recipient for 2016.

Keynote Speaker – Meet Anna Zornosa

Anna Zornosa will serve as the Keynote Speaker at the 2016 SRQ Hear Me Roar Luncheon. Photo courtesy of Anna Zornosa

Anna Zornosa will serve as the Keynote Speaker at the 2016 SRQ Hear Me Roar Luncheon. Photo courtesy of Anna Zornosa


Anna Zornosa’s career has included leadership positions at startups, as well as large public companies. She founded Ruby Ribbon in 2011 after being inspired to create a unique, everyday shapewear apparel company, whose products are only available through social commerce. She serves as an Advisor to several other startups including: Motista, Inc, Glam.com, and Chloe & Isabel.

Zornosa’s rich experience prior to Ruby Ribbon encompassed both venture-backed start-ups and posts at large companies. She began her work with startups in 1995 as Sr. Vice President of Sales at PointCast Inc. She was SVP of Marketing at Women.com during it’s IPO, and was CEO of Topica, Inc., a provider of email services to small businesses. Her work with larger corporations included her post as CMO of the Digital division of the Knight Ridder newspaper chain, and Yahoo! Inc., where she was a VP. Before starting Ruby Ribbon she was the General Manager of the Dealix Division of the Cobalt Group, for which she was an Executive Vice President.

Zornosa has received many awards for her work, including being named one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley” (Silicon Valley Business Journal, May 2011); one of the “Top-100 Influential Women in the Automotive Industry” (Automotive News, September 2010) as well winning the “Innovator Of the Year” award from TARGUSInfo (2009.) She has both a Masters and Bachelors from the University of Wisconsin and lives in Burlingame, CA with her husband and son.

Trailblazer Award Recipient – Pamela Fiori

Pamela Fiori will receive the SRQ Women in Business Trailblazer Award at the Hear Me Roar Luncheon on April 21, 2016. Photo courtesy of Pamela Fiori

Pamela Fiori will receive the SRQ Women in Business Trailblazer Award at the Hear Me Roar Luncheon on April 21, 2016. Photo courtesy of Pamela Fiori

Pamela Fiori is an editor, a writer and an authority on luxury travel and lifestyle. From 1993-2010, she was editor-in-chief of Town & Country, the oldest continuously published general-interest magazine in America (established in 1846).

Under her leadership, Town & Country expanded its coverage of fashion and style, beauty and health, wealth management, home design, the arts and philanthropy as well as documenting the changing face of affluence in America.

Prior to joining Town & Country, Fiori was at American Express Publishing Corporation where was widely credited with the success of Travel & Leisure, which she edited for fourteen years. In 1989, she was named executive vice president and editorial director of all of the company’s publications (including Departures and Food & Wine).

At both Town & Country and Travel & Leisure, Fiori wrote monthly editor’s letters and also feature articles, interviews and profiles of prominent people such as Ralph Lauren, Robert Redford, Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Giorgio Armani and Audrey Hepburn.

Ms. Fiori has written six books, including A Table at Le Cirque (Rizzoli) and In the Spirit of Palm Beach (Assouline). Her latest, called In the Spirit of Monte Carlo,was published in the fall of 2014.

Pamela Fiori has received many honors, among them the Chevalier de l’Ordre de Merite from the French Government; the Matrix Award for journalism; and the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award from UNICEF.

She is the co-founder of the annual UNICEF/Snowflake Ball and serves on the board of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

She is married, lives in New York City and spends time in Palm Beach and East Hampton.

SRQ Media would like to thank the Women in Business Sponsors for their support of this engaging community platform: Seaside Bank, The Resort at Longboat Key Club, CS&L CPAs, University of South Florida at Sarasota Manatee, Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue and CCAV.

Women in Business Kick-off Celebration

Ashley Grant (Left) of SRQ Media poses with guests to the SRQ Women in Business Kickoff Celebration. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Ashley Grant (Left) of SRQ Media poses with guests to the SRQ Women in Business Kickoff Celebration. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

On September 17th, the SRQ Women in Business Program hosted a kickoff celebration at Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue. Members of the 2014 and 2015 Leadership Circle, sponsors and key community influencers gathered to celebrate the official start to the program year. This event served as the prelude to the upcoming monthly Seaside Salon Series steering committee meetings for the Leadership Circle, which will begin next month at The Resort at Longboat Key Club.

Jayna Haymel (Left) of Women in Business Sponsor, Seaside Bank smiles with SRQ Sales & Business Development Associate Jennifer Miller (Center) and Gabriele Vest of Grapevine Communications and the 2015 Leadership Circle at the Women in Business Kickoff. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Jayna Haymel (Left) of Women in Business Sponsor, Seaside Bank smiles with SRQ Sales & Business Development Associate Jennifer Miller (Center) and Gabriele Vest of Grapevine Communications and the 2015 Leadership Circle at the Women in Business Kickoff. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Influential women within the community of varying fields of business, philanthropy, education and the arts enjoyed delicious small bites and champagne while discussing the SRQ Women in Business Program and forging new friendships. Representatives from various cosmetic lines sold at Saks Fifth Avenue sampled products and offered make-up tips using products from Bobbi Brown, Tom Ford, Lancôme and ALAïA fragrance. It was such pleasure to witness networking in action as many guests met each other for the first time and made lasting connections.

Rosemary Angeleri, owner of Clever Rose in downtown Sarasota and Denise Kowal of the Sarasota Chalk Festival (2015 Leadership Circle Member) at the Women in Business Kickoff Celebration. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Rosemary Angeleri, owner of Clever Rose in downtown Sarasota and Denise Kowal of the Sarasota Chalk Festival (2015 Leadership Circle Member) at the Women in Business Kickoff Celebration. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

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

A gallery of photos from the SRQ Women in Business Kickoff celebration can be viewed here. 

SB2: What We Learned About Attracting Tomorrow’s Donors

December SB2 Panelists. From left to right: Jeff Troiano, Julie Lyman, Jay Clarkson, Veronica Brady, Bob Blalock and SRQ Executive Publisher Wes Roberts.

December SB2 Panelists. From left to right: Jeff Troiano, Julie Lyman, Jay Clarkson, Veronica Brady, Bob Blalock and SRQ Executive Publisher Wes Roberts. Photo credit: Jessica McKnight

Philanthropy is a topic that is often discussed at our monthly SB2 Symposiums – and based upon participation, there’s a reason why! Monday’s sold out audience was treated to a panel discussion of the highest caliber.  SB2: Business of Philanthropy shared the challenges of critical planning that face non-profits in our region with insights from two community foundations and experts representing donors through financial and estate planning.

Mike McMullan of event sponsor Seaside Bank opened the discussion with a defining statement about charitable giving, “Philanthropy is about kindness, consideration and keeping an eye out for what will make a difference in the community.” Our previous SB2 events have focused on charitable giving and the organizations in our area that support worthy causes. Monday’s SB2 explored giving from the philanthropist’s perspective and what non-profits will need to do to continue to retain and develop their donor base.

The December SB2 audience listens to the panel discussion on philanthropy.

The December SB2 audience listens to the panel discussion on philanthropy. Photo Credit: Jessica McKnight

1. Recent challenges for non-profits and foundations:

  • Veronica Brady from The Gulf Coast Community Foundation says. “After the Great Recession, we had to stimulate people to feel comfortable giving again. We wanted to make philanthropy available to everyone. Not everybody can give money, but involving them with a cause is just as critical.”
  • The geographic location of the Sarasota and Bradenton area lends itself to part-time residents and individuals relocating to our community. With a potential donor base that resides and gives in another region, there is an untapped potential of donors that need to be reached with our organization’s messaging and missions. “People like to give their dollars where they spend their time,” says Jeff Troiano of Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen.
Jay Clarkson of CS&L CPAs answers a question as Julie Lyman of The Community Foundation of Sarasota listens in.

Jay Clarkson of CS&L CPAs answers a question as Julie Lyman of The Community Foundation of Sarasota listens in. Photo Credit: Jessica McKnight

2. What are donors looking for?

  • All of our panelists agreed on one element: transparency is king. “Donors used to write a check to give. Now donors are more of investors than donors. They want a sense of transparency and want to know where the funds are going once they donate,” says Julie Lyman of Community Foundation of Sarasota County.
  • Jay Clarkson of CS&L CPAs was asked about the financial statements of non-profits. “Generally, donors are looking for organizations where 85% of the budget goes to programming, leaving 15% to overhead and support services. But every organization is different and the financial breakdown depends on the year and many other factors.” Clarkson also added “measuring the outcome of programs and investments is also key. Sharing that information with donors is important.”
  • About donor trust, Julie Lyman of The Community Foundation of Sarasota says, “The role of the Community Foundation is to perform necessary due diligence to be sure that the donated funds go to the right place. We provide protection to our donors so that they don’t have to worry.”
Moderator and SRQ Magazine Executive Publisher Wes Roberts leads the panel discussion.

Moderator and SRQ Magazine Executive Publisher Wes Roberts leads the panel discussion. Photo Credit: Jessica McKnight

3. Knowledge is power.

  • When family foundations make plans to give to worthy organizations, it is easy for the more established organizations to take the lions share. According to Bob Blalock’s of Blalock Walters P.A., “with some large estates, their giving choice goes to what they know. Some smaller non-profit organizations end up getting overlooked for that reason. It is important to find out from the foundation what the end goal of donating the money is.”
  • Veronica Brady also talked about the donor’s motive. “Non-profits are all about listening—listening to the donor and not being afraid to ask questions. Sometimes donors that we expect to understand the most effective ways of giving really don’t. It is our job to ask questions, make suggestions and to think a little differently.”

If Monday’s SB2 could be summed up in one quote, it would be from Veronica Brady,  “When it comes to giving, follow what makes your heart sing.”  We couldn’t agree with that statement more. The business of giving is not always clear or easy—but it is always important.

Special thanks to our sponsors for their support in bringing this and other important topics to the forefront of our community: Event Sponsor Seaside Bank, Bradenton Series Sponsor IMG Academy and Sarasota Series Sponsor CS&L CPAs.

Representatives from Seaside Bank, the December SB2 event sponsor.

Representatives from and guests of Seaside Bank, the December SB2 event sponsor. Photo Credit: Jessica McKnight

To view photos from the December SB2, click here. Don’t miss out on next month’s Sarasota symposium on January 22nd SB2: Boomers and Caregivers-The New Retirement, visit www.srqsb2.com to purchase your tickets today!

SRQ Hosts SB2: Regional Philanthropy

julypanelistsOn Thursday, July 17, SRQ |The Magazine hosted a panel discussion on the philanthropic dynamics of the community. This gathering of top regional leaders throughout Sarasota and Manatee County generated synergies on efforts both counties are making to support non-profit organizations in the region. During the discussion at The Francis, panelists shared their insight on a substantial mix of topics, including methods of funding, donor demographics, and where the community’s philanthropic efforts are headed. Michael McMullan, President of Seaside Bank was the opening presenter, while Wes Roberts, Executive Publisher, Owner of SRQ Magazine moderated the discussion as the audience received a collaborative mix of perspectives from panelists John Annis, Vice President of Community Investment, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Veronica Brady, Senior Vice President for Philanthropy, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Sandra Frank, Chief Executive Officer, All Faiths Food Bank Foundation, and Bob Rosinsky, President and CEO of Goodwill Manasota.

Panelist John Annis said, “Congratulations to Wes and SRQ SB2 for another packed house and thanks to the event sponsor, Seaside National Bank and Trust!  It was an honor to serve as a panelist with my friends Sandra, Veronica and Bob. Great questions from Wes and the audience – I hope our responses were helpful. We are lucky to live in such a giving and caring community and to have such great partners to work with.”

Fellow contributor Bob Rosinsky commented, “The SRQ SB2 symposium on philanthropy this Thursday was illuminating and educational. It gave me hope that our community is moving towards collaboration to enhance services and maximize resources.”

Click to download the SRQ SB2 Regional Philanthropy SB2 Transcript

The next event in the 2014-15 series of symposiums, Education: Private and Public Challenges in Partnership with the Business Community, takes place on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at IMG Academy Golf Club (11:30am-1pm). Tickets are $35/person and available online at SRQSB2.COM (ticket price includes a plated lunch).

SRQ SB2 is sponsored by CS&L CPAs and IMG Academy. For sponsorship opportunities contact Ashley Grant at 941-780-2008 x204 or Ashley.Grant@srqmediagroup.com. We look forward to seeing you there!281919_744525018927041_8200142783818277883_n

Panelists Announced for July 17 SB2 on Philanthropy at The Francis

SRQ Media is pleased to announce the panelists for our next SRQ Magazine SB2 event on Thursday, July 17, from 7:30am-9:00am at The Francis in Sarasota. Join leaders in the regional giving and giving back industries, John Annis, Vice President of Community Investment, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Veronica Brady, Senior Vice President for Philanthropy, Gulf Coast Community, Sandra Frank, Chief Executive Officer, All Faiths Food Bank Foundation, and Bob Rosinsky, President and CEO of Goodwill Manasota for a dynamic panel discussion with as they share their insight on the philanthropic dynamics of the community, resource development to meet new needs and trends in the non-profit sector.

Tickets are $35/person and available online at SRQSB2.com (ticket price includes breakfast buffet). For sponsorship opportunities contact Ashley Grant at 941-780-2008 x204 or Ashley.Grant@srqmediagroup.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

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