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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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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. 

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.