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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. 

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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.

SB2: What We Learned About Retirement, Our Aging Community and Workateering

Panelists with Moderator Wes Roberts. From L to R: Kelly Caldwell, Erin McLeod, Wes Roberts, Kathy Black, Robert Karnick, Aubrey Lynch and Tim Hearon.

Panelists with Moderator Wes Roberts. From L to R: Kelly Caldwell, Erin McLeod, Wes Roberts, Kathy Black, Robert Karnick, Aubrey Lynch and Tim Hearon. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund

At SB2 last week, a crowd gathered early to get an answer to a big question: is retirement still retirement? We, too, were curious. In fact, we were so curious that we assembled some of the most knowledgeable people we know in their respective fields to get their perspective. We had a lot of ground to cover – from financial and estate planning to employment opportunities for the aging, life expectancies and even universal design. But with the help of our esteemed panelists, we got some answers and feel better prepared to navigate the road ahead.

Aubrey Lynch of CS&L CPAs served as the opening presenter. Specializing in estate planning, Aubrey provided the perfect introduction for the symposium. Florida is an attractive state for relocation – and retirees in particular, due to the state’s friendly tax environment. In serving families that have lost a loved one, or a surviving spouse, Aubrey reminded those in attendance that when planning for the future proper communication is the most valuable preparation anyone can provide.

Panelist Robert Karnick answers a question during the panel discussion.

Panelist Robert Karnick answers a question during the panel discussion. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund

Of all the ground our panelists covered, the most important ideas for our region can be boiled down to this:

1. If you can, work longer.

  • People are living longer. It’s a fact. And the longer we live, the more expenses we incur. If the age of retirement remains constant at 65 without taking into account the increasing life expectancy, retirees could find themselves in unexpected financial hardship. Kelly Caldwell of Caldwell Trust Company recommends an exercise in expectation in order to plan realistically. “First, you need to determine what is your desired quality of life.” Meeting with a planning professional can help you set attainable goals for the future and can bring perspective to your planning. “If you can, work longer. If you can work part-time in retirement, you should.”
  • Echoing that sentiment, Kathy Black, Ph.D Professor of Social Work and Gerontology, University of South Florida at Sarasota/Manatee shared news from a recent study. “Work as long as you can. Save as long as you can.”
  • Programs and organizations like Boomerswork, operated by panelist Tim Hearon are working to change the way employers think about hiring boomers. “Our mission is to help employers think in a different paradigm by embracing hourly, monthly an even flexible payment scenarios.” 

2. As you age, utilize the resources available to maintain a high quality of life. 

  • With the rapid advancements in technology, we can expect that new and emerging products will make daily life much more accommodating for the aging. Robert Karnick of ROBRADY Designs clued us in on what we can expect. “With home heath care, we will see a convergence of medical devices and consumer products.” The takeaway here is that it will become increasingly easier for individuals to take responsibility of their health with the introduction of new technology. We were particularly interested in his mention of consumer products that would assist in monitoring the health and wellness of the elderly-transforming the role of the caretaker. “These technologies would give you peace of mind as we care for aging parents.”
  • Take advantage of programming that will keep you engaged, social and involved. Erin McLeod of The Friendship Centers touched on the importance of caring for seniors on both ends of the socioeconomic spectrum. “The Rubin Center for Healthy Aging serves low income seniors over the age of 50. Serving them are retired doctors and health care professionals. In the parking lot is everything from bicycles to Lexuses.” Erin also introduced us to a new word, “workateering” – she has met many senior volunteers throughout the years with storied careers that need an outlet. They are committed to keeping themselves sharp and active by working or volunteering in their field for a small amount of pay.

3. Have a plan.

  • Though it may be uncomfortable, make your wishes known. It is never too early. All too often, surviving family members spend the time immediately following the death of a loved one engaged in a legal battle over assets. “Get your plans done so that the legacy you leave is not that your kids don’t speak to each other” says Kelly Caldwell.
  • Communicate” says Aubrey Lynch. Surviving spouses are left in a precarious situation and can feel helpless. Sometimes it is an uncomfortable situation to have, but it is important to think about.”

4. Get ready, we’re about to be front and center. 

  • It is no secret that we live in the midst of an aging population. According to Erin McLeod, 40% of our local population is over the age of 60. And since the entire population of the US is aging, all eyes will be on our area to see care for and accommodate a large elderly population. Her advice, “start cultivating best practices now. We have 125,000 seniors in our community and only 5,000 nursing home beds.” Tim Hearon of Boomerswork acknowledges the situation ahead of us when it comes to the way we are preparing for high amounts of caregiving, “We should be the flagship for the whole country.”
Members of the audience listen to the panel discussion.

Members of the audience listen to the panel discussion. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund

The bottom line is that there are an incredible amount of resources in our community for the elderly and aging to get involved, to work, to volunteer and to effectively plan for the road ahead.

Special thanks to CS&L CPAs for sponsoring this event and recognizing the importance of this topic in our community. To view photos of the event, click here.

Reinvent Retirement: Gather Insight This January 22, 2015 at SB2

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Times they are a-changin’. For a large majority of baby boomers, the idea of full-time retirement at age 65 is more folklore than reality. With recent economic changes and an evolving concept of the span of work, more and more boomers are redefining what it actually means to retire.

On January 22, 2015 SRQ | The Magazine will host “Reinvent Retirement: Boomers & Caregivers”, a symposium dedicated to changing trends as our workforce ages, financial planning for the future, navigating the difficulties of serving as a caregiver for aging parents and tax considerations.

January’s panelists include:

  • Kelly Caldwell: CEO and President, Caldwell Trust Company
  • Erin McLeod: Senior Vice President, The Friendship Centers
  • Kathy Black, Ph.D.: Professor of Social Work and Gerontology, University of South Florida at Sarasota/Manatee
  • Robert Karnick: ROBRADY Design
  • Tim Hearon: Chief Executive Officer, Boomerswork
The monthly SB2 Symposiums were born out of the desire to present regionally relevant topics and foster a dialogue on ways to strengthen the Sarasota and Bradenton community. To purchase tickets, please visit www.SRQSB2.com
Reinvent Retirement: Boomers & Caretakers
Breakfast Symposium: Thursday, January 22, 2015
7:30- 9 am
The Francis (1289 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, Florida)