BPW Connection 

Sept 2022 Newsletter

In this issue: 

President's Message  -- Events -- Opportunities --Member news!

President's Message

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) or, maybe a little more modestly, US Ambassador to the UN. I went to an international studies high school and majored in international affairs in college. #globalnerd

But by the time Madeleine Albright became the UN Ambassador, I knew enough to know that I didn’t want that particular job any more.

But she was the kind of person I wanted to be:

Smart and well-spoken. Dedicated to doing as much good as possible. Helping people understand each other better and find new solutions to big problems.

In real life, throughout my career, the women I've worked with have been role models.

  • In the corporate world there was Kate, Nicole, Natalie, Kelly and Chris.
  • The women who showed me what it would be like to chart my own course as a consultant were Natasha and Christy.
  • Strong women working with their partners in the scuba business were reassuring when my hubby and I started our private charter here in Key Largo, and continue to be inspirations.

I’ve fallen short of the standards all these women have set many times, but seeing them do excellent work keeps me going.

The people and organizations we choose to have around us make us who we are.

And if we don’t consciously choose those role models, we’re likely to be swept along by trends or influencers that might not reflect our highest ideals.

This is why the Upper Keys BPW takes such pride in naming a Woman of the Year and a Business of the Year.

If you’re a member and haven’t already submitted your nominations, maybe these questions will help:

Who is being of service to the community in the way that 2021 Woman of the Year and immediate past Upper Keys BPW President Suzi Youngberg is?

What BPW member has inspired you with her leadership, impact and contributions to our organization?

Nominate a Woman of the Year here. 

Who is consistently delighting customers while caring for employees the way 2021 Business of the Year Doc’s Diner does?

What kind of BPW member-run business do you want to have, or have more of, in our community?

Nominate a Business of the Year here.

But think quick, because the nominations are due this Wednesday September 21! We’ll celebrate all nominees on our website, and announce the awardees during the October Political Forum.

Warm regards,


Jill Kuehnert

Upper Keys BPW President

‪(305) 767-3928‬

Upcoming Events!

11:30am --- Pilot House Restaurant & Marina, Key Largo

Executive Director of the Good Health Clinic (and BPW member!) Kate Banick will tell us about Good Health Clinic, a resource for locals and small businesses, and the impact of health care equity overall.

Thanks to our event sponsor: Florida Ankle & Foot Institute



October 5 Virtual Coffee Chat

8 am -- zoom 

Start your day by sharing something good with fellow BPW members and others in our community. 


October 19 Political Forum

5pm -- Whale Harbor Events, Islamorada 

Since 1986, the Upper Keys BPW have organized this highly anticipated community event during every election cycle. We're known for asking candidates tough questions!

We'll also be announcing the 2022 Upper Keys Woman of the Year and Business of the Year awardees and presenting our Fall Scholarships.

Online registration for this event is available now!!


And in case you missed it...

Thanks to everyone who came out for our Meet the Candidates Mixer & Networking Night at the Rooftop Sandbar at Whale Harbor, Islamorada!

We had a great "who's who in the Keys" crowd of more than folks. It was terrific to see our members and guests eager to meet & greet current elected office holders as well as candidates running for county, village, state and US seats representing our community.

Thanks to:

> All the candidates who showed up to speak to the crowd

> Our sponsor: Florida Keys Electric Cooperative (FKEC)

> Sound support from HNO Productions

> Robert and the rest of the staff at the SandBar!

Click here to see all the photos.


    Advertise in the Political Forum program. 

    Reach the audience attending the Upper Keys Business and Professional Women (BPW) 2022 Political Forum – taking place on October 19 in Islamorada. Invitees include candidates, businesses and individuals who are actively engaged in our community, our nation and our future.

    For more information about purchasing a print ad in the BPW Political Forum Official Program, click here. BPW Members get a special discount! 

    *All artwork and payment due by Wednesday, September 21*


    Woman of the Year and Business of the Year nominations.

    See President's Message above! Only members are eligible to make nominations, and all nominees must be members or member-run businesses.

    Deadline: Wednesday, September 21!


    Contribute to our Scholarship Endowment Fund.

    Donations to the Upper Keys BPW Scholarship Endowment Fund, which provides essential funding to help women achieve equity in the workplace, are still eligible to receive a dollar-for-dollar match from the Peter MacDougall Match for Agency Endowments Fund.

    Click here for more information. 


    Email blasts.

    Got a job opening you're trying to fill? A new location to promote? An event you want to get the word out? Reach our active mailing list of over 400 members and others in the Florida Keys. 

    Our E-Blast prices are as follows:

    $20.00 - Members

    $35.00 - Non-Members

    $75 - Political Candidate ads


    To learn more about these opportunities, send an email to BPWUpperKeys@gmail.com or contact one of our Board Members directly.

    Member News 

    Atta girls!

    We love celebrating our members in all of our accomplishments.  Here are just a few that caught our eye this month: 

    Sue Woltanski for winning another term on our Monroe County School Board.  Atta girl, Sue!!  

    Holly Merrill Raschein for winning another term as our Monroe County Commissioner for District 5. Atta girl, Holly!

    Erin Hamilton for launching EHS Marketing, a full-service digital marketing agency that helps small businesses. Erin was also in the  BPW/FL Member Spotlight this month. Atta girl, Erin!

    Renewing & returning members

    Glad you're still with us!

    • Gina Boilini, Doc’s Diner, member since 2009
    • Courtney Dorchak, The Keys to Nutrition, member since 2021
    • Danya Herzberg, First State Bank of the Florida Keys, member since 2018
    • Cynthia “C” Koconis, “C” Spa, member since 2021
    • Brittany Parker, Good Health Clinic, member since 2020 
    • Amy Pierson, Action Marine & Dive, member since 1996
    • Christina Sarmiento, Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce, member since 2021
    • Antonia Shusta, member since 2021
    • Brittany Snyder, The College of the Florida Keys, member since 2021

      New members

      Welcome, we can't wait to get to know you!

      • Paige Connor, pkcxstrategy
      • Michelle Kane, Florida Keys Law Group
      • Rosa Lamela, Mark Sorensen Youth Sailing Program
      • Ana Perez, Ana Perez, Esq.


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