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SRQ Magazine formed the Women Who Roar Initiative as a year-round program engaging the participants in the annual Women Who Roar Competition to create highly-dynamic personal networking that catalyzes community leadership through the science and art of mentorship. SRQ MEDIA believes in cultivating our hometown women leaders by recognizing those who have made meaningful contributions to the Sarasota and Bradenton Area communities in the areas of business, philanthropy, education, healthcare, arts and culture, hospitality, government and science and technology.

Women are nominated by their peers and invited to submit the Women Who Roar Competition application capturing their capacity for change, leadership style, professional and industry achievements and community engagement. Judges from across the United States jury the applications and identify twelve honorees who are inducted as ambassadors into the Women Who Roar Leadership Circle to begin their journey in the science and art of mentorship giving back to pay it forward for other women leaders through SkillSHARE and our future SMARTgirl leaders.

We host the Annual Together We Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon recognizing the past years’ Women Who Roar Leadership Circle Class and announcing the finalists and winners of the current year's Women Who Roar Competition comprising of the new inductees to the Leadership Circle. We recognize the Women Who Roar program participants in the annual She Roars Magazine in October as a companion publication to SRQ Magazine. The Leadership Circle Honorees, judges and community partner sponsors of the Women Who Roar ompetition are published in the December edition of SRQ Magazine. Programs powered by the Women in Business Initiative include SkillSHARE: Mentorship at the Speed of Life and SMARTgirl Mentorship Summit and Luncheon.



Please join us for the

6th Annual SRQ Together We Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon

Hyatt Regency Sarasota  | Friday, May 13, 2022

SRQ | The Magazine will host the 6th Annual Women Who Roar: Together We Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon on Friday May 13, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. We will recognize this year's program nominees, our judges, keynote speaker, past Leadership Circle ambassadors and the Trailblazer Award recipient. We will also announce the honorees who will be inducted into the esteemed 2022 Women Who Roar (WWR) Leadership Circle to guide the program in the coming year.

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Check Out SRQ Magazine's Together We Roar Program Coverage


Click here to view the 2019 She Roars Magazine in which we interview both Geralyn Lucas and Trailblazer Dorothy Butler Gilliam. Also featuring the 2019 Women in Business Together We Roar Awards Supplement featuring the nominees, honorees and judges from this year's competition.

See photos from the 2019 "Together We Roar" Luncheon.

Click here to view the 2019 Women in Business Awards Supplement.

Meet the Leadership Circle

Class of 2019

Lynn Hobeck BatesSelby Gardens, Vice President for External Relations

Lynn Hobeck Bates is a strategic and accredited communications professional. She is the Vice President for External Relations at Selby Gardens, serving in a senior leadership capacity directing all communications, marketing, membership and database management priorities for the Gardens. Prior to this role, she was the Communications/PR Manager at Visit Sarasota County overseeing communications, media relations and managing PR agencies in three countries. She is a sought-out communications leader and has served as the past Chair of VISIT FLORIDA’s Global Communications Committee and Past President of the local FPRA chapter.  Her results-driven focus has earned her numerous awards including being named a Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Up & Comers Finalist in 2017, honorable mention in PR Daily’s Media Relations Awards in 2014, and several Florida Public Relations Association Image Awards.  She earned her B.S. in Psychology with honors from James Madison University and a M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University. She has lived in Sarasota for 14 years with her husband and their six-year old daughter, Ellie.

Luz CorcueraUNIDOSNOW, Executive Director

Luz Corcuera is the executive director of UnidosNow, a nonprofit organization committed to empowering Hispanic/Latinos to achieve the American dream through education, integration, and civic engagement. Luz was born in Peru and emigrated  to Canada where she practiced  as a psychotherapist for 16 years and remains a Clinical Member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists before moving to Florida in 2000. Luz has a proven track record in community-building and engagement. She previously served as Program Director for Healthy Start Manatee and as a Community Health Director for the Florida Department of Health in Manatee. Luz is passionate about education, health, and cultural competency. Her significant work includes developing and overseeing diverse community-based initiatives to empower underserved and at-promise communities via prevention and education. Luz has been recognized with numerous awards for building strong relationships in the Manasota region with private, public, faith-based, and civic organizations to close the education achievement gap, reversing negative health trends, and empowering people to civic integration.

Mireya EaveyGreater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Executive Vice President of CareerEdge and Education Initiatives

Mireya is the Executive Vice President of CareerEdge & Education Initiatives for The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, an organization that connects funders, educators, employers and community-based organizations to educate, train, employ and promote employees.  Ms. Eavey leads CareerEdge’s mission to provide an exceptional labor force for growing industries by leveraging community assets and forming high-performing workforce partnerships.  She plays a critical role in engaging the workforce and its employers to create better future opportunities for those currently employed and those moving into various workforce sectors.

With these two roles, Ms. Eavey works closely with employment partners and donors, to bring people together to create programs that help people increase their skills and get promoted, while strengthening companies and businesses along with the growth of the individual.

Before joining CareerEdge, from 2007-2010, Ms. Eavey held the position of Workforce and Project Manager for the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Sarasota County, where she doubled involvement in workforce development, building relationships with 80 employers, community organizations, officials, municipalities and numerous advisory boards. She advised and collaborated on the startup and investment funding of other sites under the National fund for Workforce Solutions.  

Her work in international business development helped local businesses receive exporting opportunities for their products through her management of international trade grants. Today, she brings her wide-ranging business acumen and collaborative strengths to increasing the prosperity of people in need who are served by The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and CareerEdge Funders Collaborative.

Mireya’s commitment to helping families attain economic security is also earning accolades. Career Source Suncoast honored Mireya's accomplishments with the Workforce Leadership Award in 2013 ​and in 2015, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business named her Female Executive of the Year. ​In 2016, ​she was named Philanthropic Newsmaker of the Year​ by SRQ Magazine​​. ​

Ms. Eavey is the vice-chair board member of the Manatee Community Federal Credit Union, the board chair of the Florida Policy Institute and serves on the Doctors Hospital of Sarasota Board of Trustees.

Ms. Eavey holds an MBA with a concentration in Sustainable Systems Management, a BA in Business Administration and certificates in Human Resource Management and International Business. She lives in Sarasota, Florida.

Johnette IshamRealize Bradenton, Executive Director

For more than three decades, Johnette Isham has devoted herself to collaboration and reinvention. As a designer-educator who has served in leadership positions in arts, education, nonprofit, and corporate settings, Johnette focuses on combining the powers of people and place to create communities and build more prosperous futures.

In 2010 Johnette became the founding director of Realize Bradenton—a a place-based economic development nonprofit that works with the City of Bradenton and multiple partners to accelerate economic development, tourism, and quality of life through arts, culture, heritage, and food.

Realize Bradenton has been recognized by the Knight Foundation as a National Civic Innovator for their Placemaking and Place Branding strategies that leverage downtown Bradenton’s assets to create attractive public spaces and quality events that contribute to residents’ and visitors’ health, happiness, well-being, and FUN.

Johnette lives, works and plays in downtown Bradenton, and you will probably notice that she is crazy excited about the vibrant evolution of her community.

Ashley McCollumRediscovered Moments Concierge, CEO

Ashley McCollum is a dedicated CEO, infant sleep coach, educator, and life-long learner committed to improving the lives and opportunities of others. Having a background and graduate degree in psychology, her broad and diverse career has allowed her to utilize her knowledge and training in practical and tangible applications. Ashley assists companies in developing effective marketing strategies, training programs, and strategic visions. She also utilizes behaviorism while working with new parents who are looking for science-based solutions to help their little ones get better sleep. Connect with Ashley today to learn more about how she can empower you to reach the next level!

Lisa MooreArtisan Hair Studio, Owner | Blaze of Hope, Founder

Lisa Moore is a native Floridian, born and raised in Sarasota.  A graduate of Booker High School,  State College of Florida, and Fashion Focus Hair Academy, Lisa has owned and operated the Artisan Hair Studio in Sarasota for 16 years.

Lisa is the proud mother of Adrienne (a 2019 graduate of Sarasota High School), Alejandro, Grace, and Blaze.  Blaze was born in 1999. At only 7 months old, he was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. He died 6 months later.

Thanks to the kindness and generosity of Lisa’s local family, friends, and the Sarasota community at large, Lisa was empowered to leave her job and stay with Blaze, 24/7, as he endured aggressive chemotherapy treatments and multiple surgeries. Fueled by overwhelming grief and inspired by the philanthropic spirit of Sarasota, Lisa created Blaze of Hope in 2015, dedicated to assist families who are emotionally, physically, and financially stressed due to a child's illness.  Lisa partners with regional hospitals to identify families in need, paying essential bills while their child is in treatment. Lisa is honoring her son’s memory as she “pays it forward” through the 501c3 organization. When Lisa isn’t managing her salon, creating fabulous hairstyles for her clientele, being “Mom” to three children, and embracing families of children with chronic or terminally ill, she enjoys gardening and cooking.

Terri NajmolhodaSaks Fifth Avenue, Sarasota, VP General Manager

Terri is celebrating 31 years in Retail Leadership this year and 11 years with Saks Fifth Avenue.  She has had the pleasure of working in five Saks Fifth Avenue Markets including Troy, Michigan; Boca Raton, Florida; Tampa, Florida; Chevy Chase, Maryland; and Sarasota, Florida. Terri is dedicated to leading a personalized service environment with her store team and also highly focused on giving back to the community through several charity events. Terri is on the Board of Directors for the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School and has been active with the board for the past two years. Terri spends her free time with her husband of 24 years and their two rescue pups.  

Christine RobinsonThe Argus Foundation, Executive Director

Christine holds a bachelor's degree from Niagara University and a law degree from University of Miami.  She served as a prosecutor in Miami-Dade from 1999-2001 and in Sarasota, from 2001-2004 where she became Supervisor of the South County office.  In 2004, she began a multi-disciplinary private law practice.

She served on the Sarasota County Planning Commission from 2008 to 2010 and as a trustee for Manatee Community College/State College of Florida Board from 2007 to 2010.  She has served as a director on the Sarasota County Bar Association South County Division and chaired a special task force on South County Resources and Facilities. 

Christine was appointed to the Sarasota County Commission by Gov. Charlie Crist on Nov. 24, 2010 and was then subsequently elected in 2012.  Christine represented the County Commission on the Sarasota Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Criminal Justice Commission and the Sarasota EDC.  She served as Chair of the County Commission in 2012.  She served until she was term-limited in 2016. 

Christine was awarded the Business Advocate Hall of Fame Award in 2018 by the North Port Chamber of Commerce.  She was named one of the 25 most influential men and women in 2016 by Sarasota Magazine.  She received the Florida Association of Counties Presidential Advocacy Award in 2015 and 2011.  Christine was a 2013 Women in Business Honoree from the Venice Gondolier newspaper and received the Distinguished Public Service Award in 2011 from the Florida Planning and Zoning Association Gulf Coast Chapter. 

Christine is Executive Director at The Argus Foundation, a CEO led think tank and local government watch dog organization.  She currently writes regular columns for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and SRQ Daily on behalf of The Argus Foundation. 

Christine serves on the Board of Directors for the Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children and Suncoast Charities for Children.  She volunteers for South County Teen Court with her children.  She also serves as a reader and on the Altar Server Committee at her church.

Christine is married to her CPA husband, Eric, and together they have three children and live in Venice. 

Kay RosaireBig Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, Founder

Kay Rosaire is an eighth generation animal experts from one of England’s most respected families of animal trainers, known worldwide for their gifted training ability and for their work as animal educators using 'Positive Reinforcement Training'.

Kay emigrated to the United States from England at the age of 14. Her formative years were spent travelling throughout Europe with her family, and she is fluent in several languages. 

During Kay's teenage years, while her father was the curator at the Erie Zoo in Erie, Pennsylvania, she experienced a unique opportunity to work with a vast array of exotic and domestic animal species, including

"Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion".  In working closely with these animals, Kay soon discovered her particular love for (and training talent with)  big cats. This was the beginning of her 40-plus year career of training, presenting and literally living with all of the big cat species.

In 1974, at the young age of 24, Kay purchased the land at 7101 Palmer Blvd., long before the Celery Field ‘hill’ and the Audubon Nature Center existed.  In the mid-1980’s, Kay started taking in exotic big cats, who for a variety of reasons needed to be re-homed. As the number of needy animals increased, it eventually led to her becoming the president and founder of Sarasota's Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary. Her efforts have grown the sanctuary into an amazing educational non-profit home to over 150 animals, and one of the Sarasota area's top family attractions. Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary encourages visitors to become aware of plight of these magnificent animals in the wild, addressing subjects such as conservation and habitat preservation. She is deeply committed to the human-animal bond.

Big Cat Habitat is dedicated to serving the people and animals in our community.  The Habitat routinely partners with other area non-profits, helping local animal shelters place their adoptees in permanent homes, or providing space to hold blood drives, workshops, and other events. 

The Habitat is also proud to host for free, a variety of underprivileged children, disadvantaged women, veterans and active military personnel.  Kay will turn away no animal or human in need.

Kay's firm belief, which she also demonstrates in action, is the Habitat’s motto:  "We Are All Connected".

Sally SchuleSarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Director of Community Engagement

As Director of Community Engagement, Sally is responsible for all of the Healthcare Foundation events, from development of a strategic plan to managing the events; coordination of annual corporate giving programs and fostering the organization’s external relationships.

Prior to joining the Healthcare Foundation, Sally had a 20-year career with Saks Fifth Avenue in Sarasota from 1996 to 2016, serving in multiple capacities, most recently as marketing director. While at Saks Fifth Avenue, she served on more than 100 committees for community events and managed the execution of more than 250 charity events, including Key to the Cure, a signature event for the Healthcare Foundation.

Since joining Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation in 2016, Sally has been instrumental in leading the team to lift the Foundations special events to new levels of success. In 2018 she created The Hospital Gala, a signature gala which annually raises over $1M.

Volunteer experience includes supporting such organizations as Girls Inc. of Sarasota, the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, Child Protection Center, Art Center Sarasota, Forty Carrots Family Center and the Brian Bill Foundation.

Born and raised in Clinton, Iowa, Sally is the youngest of four girls. Illinois became Sally’s home as a teenager until she moved to Florida in 1994.

This year, Sally and her husband Bradd, a General Contractor, celebrate their 33rd wedding anniversary. Their children, Kaylea 29 and Tyler 24 both reside in Sarasota.

Sally is passionate about the Sarasota community and is always up for more ways to assist in supporting a cause when she can make a difference!

Renee SnyderHabitat for Humanity Sarasota, President and CEO

Renee, a Sarasota area resident of 32 years, joined Habitat Sarasota in 2010 after more than 25 years in the banking industry, specializing in affordable housing and community development in Southwest Florida. Her background includes working as a private consultant for affordable, permanent housing issues and local government program management. 

Under her leadership, Habitat Sarasota has doubled its impact in the community, now serving more than 20 families a year with affordable housing solutions. Habitat Sarasota is building an affordable housing neighborhood, the first of its kind in Sarasota. Hammock Place will transform the lives of 40 families and 100+ children with permanent, affordable housing. 

This growth is the result of a focused strategy that transformed Habitat Sarasota from a debt-burdened organization into one with $7 million in increased revenue. This success is due, in part, to the ReStore, which has seen sales double under Renee’s guidance. Net proceeds from the ReStore serve as a key funding source for the organization, substantially covering the organization’s operating expenses. 

Renee was recently inducted into the Women in Business Leadership Circle and in recognition of Habitat Sarasota’s impact on the community, the organization was the first nonprofit ever to be awarded the Top Honor Small Business of the Year by the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

Rachel Wei WestInfoAlliance LLC, Co-Founder and CEO

For more than 25 years, Rachel has advised and evolved some of the world’s most successful companies, both in the U.S. and abroad. With a unique range of expertise in high tech, finance, sales and marketing, she creates and influences technology vision and execution roadmap for Fortune Global 2000 companies. As a trusted advisor and partner at Dell EMC since 2003, she's led many innovative initiatives in Cloud, Big Data, XaaS and Digital Transformation for its most strategic clients including Vanguard, Bank of America, FiServe, Caterpillar, BNY Mellon, Republic Services, Fidelity and State Street.

Her global perspective, deep knowledge and proven ability to drive transformative business changes have differentiated Dell Technologies to become the partner of choice by many industry leaders.

In 2010, EMC recognized her extraordinary work, personal commitment and contributions in its prestigious “Platinum Player Award”. She was also a recipient of “MVP Award” in 2014 and “Excellence @Dell EMC Award” in 2016 & 2017.

West attended Harvard University’s T.H Chan School of Public Health and Babson College’s Executive Programs. She received her MBA from University of Massachusetts, and a BA degree in economics at top ranked International Business School at University of Nanjing, China.

Today, she is taking the visionary thinking and unparalleled insight from the top of the corporate world to help technology startups in her adopted home state Florida to scale up, grow and build the best companies for the next decade.

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Keynote Speakers

Geralyn Lucas

Hear Me Roar Keynote Speaker Geralyn Lucas was only 27 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Shaking the foundations of her world, she was faced with the harrowing decision of whether or not to undergo a mastectomy. She shared her incredible journey in her memoir, Why I Wore Lipstick: To My Mastectomy. Filled with courage, humor, and inspirational candor, Lucas’ book and message is not just for women who have experienced the effects of cancer. “This is a universal story for women,” she says, “A lot of people say going through a serious illness makes you look deeply at who you are, and that can be true. But you don’t have to have breast cancer to do that.” Why I Wore Lipstick: To My Mastectomywas made into an Emmy nominated movie that premiered on Lifetime television starring Sarah Chalke and Patti LaBelle in October, 2006. The theme song “I am not my hair” for the movie was written by Pink and India Arie. Inspired by Lucas’ book, dress designer and breast cancer survivor Betsey Johnson designed a T-shirt to promote Why I Wore Lipstick: To My Mastectomy; cosmetic company Stila created a lipstick called Geralyn; and The Young Breast Cancer Survivor Foundation and Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation both endorsed the book. Lucas has become an activist, informing women about breast cancer, and early detection. She recently created a Webby honored YouTube Short. Prior to her writing career, Geralyn was a network television executive and producer at the ABC News Show 20/20 and Lifetime Television.  Her work received high ratings and many awards including an Emmy® and a GLAAD Media Award. She lives in New York City with her husband, Tyler, and their two children.

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




2022 SMARTgirl Leadership and Mentorship Summit

The Hyatt Regency Sarasota  


As the SRQ Women Who Roar 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 elementary and 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 girls throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Part networking, part testimonials from professionals and fully impactful, SMARTgirl is an event held at The Hyatt Regency, Sarasota for select elementary and 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.


SMARTgirl Leadership and Mentorship Summit Keynote Speaker


Sebrena Pawley
Area Manager: Young Adult Workforce Development, Eckerd Connects

SRQ MEDIA is pleased to announce Sebrena Pawley of Eckerd Connects Workforce Developmentas the keynote speaker for the SMARTGirl 2022 Mentorship Summit and Luncheon. SMARTGirl is an innovative program designed to engage elementary and middle school girls in 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades in imagining their future careers and creating the tools they will need to succeed through mentorship, soft skills training and hands-on workshops with some of the community’s top women leaders. The summit and luncheon will take place at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota on Friday, April 15 from 9:30 am-1:30 pm. Powered by the SRQ Women in Business Initiative, this summit is a collaborative effort to set local girls up for success. 

Sebrena Pawley entered the foster care system directly from the hospital where she was born. Growing up, she alternated between foster care and homelessness. As an adult, Sebrena is a champion and tireless advocate for teens and young adults as the Area Manager for Young Workforce Development at Eckerd Connects in New York City, and is the founder of the scholarship program “I Was 16 Yesterday”.


2022 SMARTgirl Sponsors 


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 2019 summit!

Please join us for the

SkillSHARE Summer Mentorship Summit
The Studio at SRQ Media | 331 S Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
Thursday, May 19, 2022


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!"

 Click here to view photos from the June 2019 SkillSHARE event.

Click here to view photos from previous SkillSHARE programs.


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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

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

2021 Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon

Hosted at the Hyatt Sarasota Regency
1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, Florida

Friday, October 29, 2021 | 10:30am-1pm
Registration and Pop Up Boutique: 10:30am
Luncheon Program: 11:30am-1:30pm
Roar Social: 1:30-3pm

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ICYMI: SRQ Magazine's July/August 2022 Edition

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Here they are *drum roll please* the pets YOU love! First Place: Shaker (of @floridafabfive) Second Place: Moƫt (MoMo) Third Place: Reo Congratulations to all of the pets featured in this year's completion. We don't know about you, but we think it's the cutest feature we've done to date!

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Women Who Roar Partner Sponsorship

We invite you to explore the opportunity for your business to support and incredibly meaningful program – the Women Who Roar Initiative. You can become an annual sponsor of the program, or sponsor specific targeted event such as the moving Women Who Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon, the SkillSHARE program aimed to connect peers for deep-dive mentoring at the speed of life and the  SMARTgirl Mentorship and Leadership Summit which engages elementary and middle school young women in mentorship and leadership opportunities with the Women Who Roar 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 x702.

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