SRQ Magazine formed the Women in Business Initiative as a year-long program engaging the participants in the annual Women in Business Competition to create highly-dynamic personal networking that catalyzes community leadership through the science and art of mentorship. Every April, we host the Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon recognizing the past years’ Women in Business Leadership Circle Class and announcing the finalists and winners of the current year's Women in Business Competition comprising the new inductees to the Leadership Circle. The winners, finalists and judges of the competition are published in the May edition of SRQ Magazine in a special awards section. Programs powered by the Women in Business Initiative include SkillSHARE: Mentorship at the Speed of Life and SMARTgirl.


SkillSHARE Mentor Program


Made for speed, SkillSHARE is the basics of mentorship concentrated into mini-sessions that encourage honest interactions and allow for spontaneous connection. This event is a way to meet like-minded professionals, make valuable connections and get straight to your most burning questions about career and personal development. Each participant will be paired with several mentors for mini-sessions. Lasting from 10-12 minutes, each mini-session is unstructured, allowing for conversation, guidance and direction from each mentor. Thank you to our mentors and participants for the October 4, 2018, summit! The next summit will take place in March.

SkillSHARE Summer Mentorship Summit: Thursday, March 7, 2019

March 7, 2019 SkillSHARE Mentors  

Click here to submit your application. Applications will open January 7, 2019. Deadline for applications is Friday, February 15, 2019

Application Fee: There is no fee for submitting your application.

Registration Cost: Upon selection and acceptance, $25/per person — Cash, credit card or check accepted. Non-refundable.

Click here to view photos from the October 2018 SkillSHARE event.

Click here to view photos from the June 2018 SkillSHARE event.

Click here to view photos from the February 2018 SkillSHARE event.

Click here to view photos from the June 2017 SkillSHARE event.

Click here to view photos from the February 2017 SkillSHARE event.

Click here to view photos from the June 2016 SkillSHARE event.

Click here to view photos from the October 2016 SkillSHARE event.

Comments from participants of previous SkillSHARE summits:

"I gained a wealth of knowledge from the mentors I visited. I was very impressed how well it was structured. I met some really impressive women in a various business settings. I was most pleased with the age range of everyone that attended - I was glad to see that you are never too old or too young to learn from others."
"Wonderful and energetic evening.Completely exceeded my expectations. The professionalism and caliber of the mentors and mentees was a great mix."
"All the mentors had suggestions that I will follow up on. Two especially had ideas that I don't think I could have gotten anywhere else. One idea was a very different approach to a problem I have been seeking help for and the other was a personal connection that could take the networking even farther. Thank you for hosting this event and everything you do for the community."
"It was not at all what I expected, it was so much more. All of the mentors I talked to were incredible and I heard so many great things. I also heard some things I didn't want to hear but probably needed to. Thank you!"

"Thank you so much for organizing a wonderful event. I walked away from that event feeling grateful and energized. There was more that came out of that hour than reading tons of books. Thank you Thank you."

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SRQ Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon

Thursday, May 2, 2019

10:30am - 3:00pm

SRQ | The Magazine will host the fifth annual Women in Business Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon on Friday, April 26, 2019 in downtown Sarasota. We will recognize the nominees, our judges, keynote speaker, past Leadership Circle ambassadors and the "Hear Me Roar" Trailblazer Award recipient and announce the finalists and winners who will be inducted into the esteemed 2019 Women In Business (WIB) Leadership Circle. 


Previous Hear Me Roar Luncheons

Click here to download the PDF file of the 2018 Women in Business Awards Supplement that includes
a full list of this year's nominees, judges, winners, finalists and special guests.

See photos from the 2018 "Hear Me Roar" Luncheon.

Meet the Leadership Circle

Class of 2018

Paige Lemay CEO, Coastal Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Paige LeMay has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Coastal Orthopedics since 2012. Prior to moving to Florida, Paige was the Chief Operating Officer of Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics in Memphis, Tennessee for 15 years. She also has five years experience with HCA Henrico Doctor’s Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, where she conducted her administrative residency and held several positions.

Paige received her Master of Health Administration (MHA) from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and received her undergraduate degree in economics from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Paige is the Past President of the Mid-South Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) chapter in Memphis where she held board positions for five years and also volunteered as a board member with the Tennessee MGMA. She currently serves on Board of the Florida Bones Society. Paige has spoken on a variety of orthopedic topics at numerous OrthoForum events as well as American Association of Orthopaedic Executives (AAOE) conferences.

Paige is married and has two young daughters.

Jeannie Perales Director of Education and Visitor Engagement, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Jeannie Perales has been the Director of Education & Visitor Engagement at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens since 2010. She oversees a division encompassing educational programming, exhibitions, interpretation, and volunteers. Jeannie began her career at the Denver Art Museum under a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts on the interpretation of the Asian and American Indian collections geared towards families. Later, when she returned to her hometown of Sarasota, Florida she became Assistant Curator of Education at the Ringling Museum of Art overseeing the docent and youth & family programs. During her tenure at Selby Gardens, she has spearheaded a Gardens-wide interpretation, wayfinding and theming project including the design and implementation of interpretation and programming for The Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden, an outdoor classroom which opened in November, 2013. The re-interpretation of The Gardens places at the center guests of all ages serving the changing face of Selby Gardens as well as that of public gardens, nationwide. 
With undergraduate degrees in Communications and Cultural Anthropology and a master’s degree in Educational Psychology coupled with a teaching certificate and her museum experience, Ms. Perales’ skill is in feeding information to the public in digestible bites through informal programs such as lectures, tours, interactive elements, and classes. Professionally, she’s spent twenty years in museums working with content specialists to design programs for visitors. Ms. Perales lives in Sarasota with her photographer husband, Daniel Perales and their two children, Kique, 12and Lucia, 10.

Britt Riner President, Liber Consulting, LLC

In her roles of wife, mother, business owner, and civic leader, Britt Riner seeks the true, the good and the beautiful for organizations, her community and her family. She believes we witness the height of human flourishing when those values are integrated and she actualizes that belief in both her paid and unpaid roles. Following her work as a consultant for publicly-traded companies and as the executive director of a non-profit, she founded Liber Consulting to advise for-profit and non-profit entities on strategic planning, marketing and organization design needs. She finds herself in “flow” when she determines the roots of clients’ problems (the true), re-conceptualizes how to address them (the good), and crafts solutions that don’t just work but also create greater freedoms, opportunities, and enjoyment in the process (the beautiful). A former president of the Junior League and organizer for Honor Flight, Britt has manifested her commitment to civic engagement and continues to do so as the Board Chair of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. A graduate of Sarasota public schools and the recipient of a Bill and Melinda Gates undergraduate scholarship, Britt knows the pivotal effect a great education and strategic philanthropy can play in the life of a child. Though she holds degrees from Duke and Stanford Universities, her greatest accomplishment is the day-to-day experience of learning how to love well her husband and two children, lean into Liber, and stretch out her hands in service to Sarasota – simultaneously. She says it takes a lot of “grace and grit” and sees success as an iterative process, defining it as “contentment without complacency.” 

Katy McBrayer Realtor, Michael Saunders and Company

Always on top of the market, quick on her feet and focused on delivering the exceptional, Katy is a trusted real estate advisor to buyers and sellers throughout Sarasota, the barrier islands, Lakewood Ranch and beyond. 

Katy grew up and went to high school in Sarasota, where she enjoyed her involvement in the area’s vibrant arts scene. Later, she graduated from the University of Central Florida on an academic scholarship, and went on to travel across Europe and live in Germany. Katy’s commitment to the community goes beyond real estate, exemplified by her position as a board member for Teen Court, a non-profit aimed at helping troubled teens get back on the right path.

LULU Morning Show Radio Host, iHeartMedia

Lulu has been in the radio/broadcast industry for 22 years. She had successful shows in Nashville and Cleveland before joining the morning show on 92.1 WCTQ in 2011. The morning radio show is known as, "Maverick and Lulu." Her ties to Sarasota began in 1990 when her parents relocated from Cleveland. Lulu is very active in the community with her involvement with The Alzheimer's Association, The American Cancer Society, Turning Points, St. Jude and other local charity events of interest. Lulu has a deep commitment to her community, the military and law enforcement. When it's time to relax and have fun, Lulu spends time with family and friends at the beach, a round of golf, a great workout, shopping and enjoying great food by visiting and supporting local restaurants and retail stores. Lulu also has a background in theatre so she loves local shows and concerts. 

Morgan Gerhart Director of Advancement, Girls, Inc. of Sarasota County

Mary Bensel Executive Director, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Kathryn Shea President and CEO, The Florida Center for Early Childhood

Kathryn Shea currently serves as CEO of The Florida Center. She is an experienced administrator and clinician with over 35 years experience in infant mental health, emotional and behavioral disturbance in children, and fetal alcohol and drug effects. She has served as CEO of a not-for-profit child serving agency for infants and young children with vulnerabilities, providing an array of prevention and intervention services. As agency COO, was instrumental in working with local and state government and private foundations to build sustainable systems of care for young children with mental health and fetal alcohol related problems, thus expanding agency services statewide. She developed two fetal alcohol diagnostic clinics in the country and is a national trainer on this topic. She has directed one of three infant mental health pilot projects in the state of Florida and developed a crosswalk from the DC: 0-3R Diagnostic Manual to the ICD-9-CM, which was accepted by the state Department of Children and Families and the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), the state Medicaid agency. She is skilled in training on a variety of topics related to infant mental health, child welfare, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, leadership development, and social advocacy. Kathryn served as past Chair of the Community Alliance of Sarasota County and Chair of the Legislative Advocacy Committee of the Alliance.

Peggy KronusPublic Relations Coordinator, Willis Smith Construction

Shawna Machado Case Manager Supervisor, Safe Children Coalition

Deva Vaden (O'Donnell)Brand Development Manager, Richard’s Foodporium

Jacqueline Moore Founder, Kindness Community and Former Mayor of the City of North Port

In service of love and justice, and with the hope and intention that each of us feels belonging and deep connection in our lives, the principles of unity and abundance guide Jacqueline Moore, Founder and President of the

Power & Light Company, LLC. Moore has spent over 30 years as a coach and trainer, providing leadership development and strategic planning to clients worldwide, including not-for-profit capacity- building and spearheading community programs.

To express her intentions, Moore founded Kindness Community in late 2016, with a clear vision to create social change that makes kindness a way of life. Working with Southwest Florida community partner Goodwill Manasota, Moore launched a series of community calls-to-action that echoed the importance and efficacy of making kindness a foundation for life. The message rang a bell; and Kindness Community’s principles were adopted by local governments, the school district, civic groups, and individuals, who signed kindness pledges by the thousands.

As the former mayor of the City of North Port, FL, Moore, a seasoned corporate and community leader, trainer, speaker, and author, championed remarkable progress and growth for the city. Under her leadership, she helped spearhead and sponsor effective plans, while enhancing local economic development activity. The presence of the Johns Hopkins All Childrens Emergency Care Center in North Port is a direct result of Moore’s advocacy for access to quality health care for the community, and the leveraging of positive, win/win relationships with regional and national stakeholders.

Moore currently serves on the boards of directors for the National Civility Center, the North Port Economic Development Corporation, and Goodwill Manasota. Continuing community involvement includes supporting over a dozen local not-for-profit organizations, such as the Friends groups of the local libraries and Holly’s Hope, a suicide awareness and mental health advocacy group.

A candidate for Master Civility Trainer status through International Civility Trainers’ Consortium, Moore holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree from the University of Metaphysical Sciences, Arcata, CA, and has been featured in multiple media packages for her creative, innovative programs and presentations.

Class of 2017

Class Of 2016

Class Of 2015

Class Of 2014


Keynote Speakers

Cricket Burns
"The Jusher", CricketsCrush.com

Keynote Speaker Cricket Burns of CricketsCrush.com is known for her renowed personal style and for having her finger on the pulse of collective fashion trends. She became an esteemed fashion editor and stylist in New York City where for three decadres, she held masthead positions at numerous publications including posts as fashion editor at Harper's Bazaar and Seventeen magazines. Now she focuses her laser-chic styling on the world of home decor. While focusing her laser-chic styling and design expertise on the world of home decor, Burns also finds time to create and sell her collection of affordable diamond jewelry called, of course, Crickets Crush Diamonds on the Home Shopping Network, EVINE. She was recently featured on NBC’s Open House with Sara Gore as a top NYC based decorator filmed in her own home.

Ria Persad
CEO, StatWeather

Ria Persad is the founding CEO of StatWeather, a weather and climate services corporation specializing in state-of-the-art weather prediction systems for the risk management industry. The company has been recognized as the 2015 Top Data Provider Globally through Energy Risk Awards, Top U.S. Weather Company in Energy Risk Software Rankings 2013, Best Newcomer of the Year 2013, a 2014 Platts Global Energy Awards “Rising Star”, and in the Top 5 Most Innovative Companies in America in 2015 through MeetAdvisor.

Ria was a child prodigy researching under mentor, Eleanor F. Helin at the California Institute of Technology, in asteroid discovery, origin and motion. At the age of 13, she was a research assistant at the High-temperature Superconductivity Lab at Boston University. At the age of 14, Ria developed new methods of numerical integration including the “Method of Polygonal Partitions”, “Vector Approximation Method”, and “Inversion Method” all while taking coursework at Harvard University. Ria studied mathematics and physics at Harvard, Princeton, and Cambridge Universities with doctoral study at Rice University. Her experience in climate modeling began at Lawrence Livermore Lab’s Supercomputer Center in 1991. Persad performed earth and solar system modeling at NASA and went on to model geophysical systems at Bell Geospace.

In addition to her extensive accomplishments in science, Ria is also a classical musician, she was the prizewinner of the 2010 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition. She has given numerous piano performances in Italy and throughout the United States, she performs nationally for charities and benefits and made her Carnegie Hall debut in April 2011. In November 2011, O, The Oprah Magazine profiled Carlo’s life as a pianist and her story appears on Oprah Winfrey’s website in a feature on “Turning Dreams Into Reality.” Ria currently mentors technology companies and is the author of the book: All Things Are Possible: Unleashing the Superhuman Within, available on Amazon.

Anna Zornosa
Founder, CEO of Ruby Ribbon

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

Pam Van Der Lee
Former Chief Marketing Officer, iMatchative

Pam is the former Chief Marketing Officer for San Francisco based, financial technology company iMatchative, and its flagship product, AltX. She was 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.

Trailblazer Recipients

SMARTGirl Mentorship and Leadership Luncheon



SMARTgirl Leadership and Mentorship Summit

Friday, March 15, 2019 at The Hyatt Regency Sarasota; 10:30am-1:30pm


As the SRQ Women in Business Initiative continues to grow, so does our responsibility to give back to the community. SRQ MEDIA believes that girls can do anything. Sometimes girls need an extra boost of encouragement and examples of how to make their dreams come true. Supported through SRQ Women in Business, this initiative is a collaborative effort to set local girls up for success. SMARTGirl fosters “curated networking” and engages local middle school young women in a program designed to educate them on career possibilities and the tools they need to succeed through mentorship, soft skills training and hands-on workshops. Let’s help her ROAR and engage middle school girls through Sarasota and Manatee counties!

SMARTGirl Luncheon — The Hyatt Regency, Sarasota

Part networking, part testimonials from professionals and fully impactful, SMARTgirl is an event held at The Hyatt Regency, Sarasota for select middle school girls from Sarasota and Manatee counties or who are actively involved in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, Sarasota YMCA, Girls Inc or the Girl Scouts. SRQ Media will host a soft-skills focused luncheon where a leader-mentor will be present at each table to connect with the girls and give them the opportunity to ask their most burning questions about their desired career path. The format of the luncheon is a presentation lineup of inspiring women leaders and the organizations supporting the program. Prior to the luncheon, the girls will participate in a networking meet & greet with mentors and local leaders.The goal is to connect young girls to examples of excellence within in our region and provide encouragement, advice and feedback on how to make it happen.

2018 SMARTGirl SPONSORS — Thank you for your commitment to our future leaders!

See photos from the 2018 SMARTGirl Luncheon. 


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Women in Business Program

SkillSHARE Professional Peer Mentorship Summit

Hosted at SRQ MEDIA Studios
331 South Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236

Apply for Summits in March, June and Oct, 5-7pm
Applications open 2 months in advance.
Application Fee: FREE
Registration: $25 per event

Leadership Circle Private Networking Salon Series

Hosted at The Hyatt Regency, Sarasota
1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

Private Monthly Breakfast Salons: 9am-10am
Women in Business Leadership Circle
Private Networking and Collaboration
By invitation only

Annual Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon

Hosted at The Francis
1289 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, Florida

Friday, April 26, 2019 | 10:30am-1pm
Registration and Pop Up Boutique: 10:30am
Luncheon Program: 11:30am-1pm
Roar Social: 1-3pm at Louies Modern


Mission: SRQ Magazine formed the Women in Business Initiative as a year-long program engaging the participants in the annual Women in Business Competition to create highly-dynamic personal networking that catalyzes community leadership through the science and art of mentorship.

Leadership Circle and the Business Peer Mentorship Program:  Each year the twelve finalists selected by the national jury of women leaders will join the Women in Business Leadership Circle, which carries with it a commitment to engage in the initiative as the steering committee and lead mentors for the Business Mentorship Program. The program will be launched at the 2015 Hear Me Roar Awards Luncheon. The SRQ Magazine Engagement Team will work with the Leadership Circle from May to March of the coming year to cultivate, guide and implement the Mentorship Partnership Program.

Salon Series:  The Women in Business Leadership Circle is invited to high-level private networking over breakfast very month starting in September at the WIB Salon Series hosted at the Hyatt Regency. These breakfasts will serve to not only create an intimate personal connectivity between each year’s Leadership Circle Class, with opportunities to network and professional develop, but to also invite twelve other women leaders to engage in the Business Peer Mentorship Program. Members of the new Leadership Class will be invited to make a presentation at one of the breakfast salons on experiences that changed their point of view, either personally, in business, in the community or globally.  

Hear Me Roar Awards and Leadership Luncheon: Every April, we host the Hear Me Roar Awards and Leadership Luncheon recognizing the past years’ Women in Business Leadership Circle Class and announcing the finalists and winners of the current year's Women in Business Competition comprising the new members of the Leadership Circle. Stories from each mentor partnership will be shared and key findings published regarding opportunities for further community growth and empowerment. 

Nominations for the 2019 program are open - CLICK HERE to nominate a local woman leader.

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Women in Business Program Sponsorship

We invite you to explore the opportunity for your business to support and incredibly meaningful program – the Women in Business Initiative. You can become an annual sponsor of the program, or sponsor specific targeted event such as the moving Women in Business Leadership and Awards Luncheon, the SkillSHARE program aimed to connect peers for deep-dive mentoring at the speed of life and the newly launched SMARTgirl program which engages middle and high school young women in mentorship and leadership opportunities with the Women in Business Leadership Circle with an emphasis on soft skills and personal development. For sponsorship, contact Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement Ashley Grant at 941-365-7702 x204. For tickets and event inquiries, contact Associate Produced or Marketing, Events and Programs Rebecca Brey at 941-365-7702 x221.

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