BPW Connection 

November 2022

In this issue: 

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

President's Message

Have you heard of 'weak ties' and how good they can be for your career? After reading new research about how important they are, weak ties are officially on the list of things I'm thankful for this November!

Here's how it works:

The people that you work with and hang out with all the time are your strong ties. They're very important for support on a regular basis, especially for working women as we navigate all the challenges that life throws at us. And yes, these people should be on your Thanksgiving list too!

Because you move in the same circles, strong ties might not have fresh information and opportunities beyond the people and places you all already know.

In contrast, 'weak ties' are social connections beyond your immediate friends and colleagues, with people you don't know very well and may not see that often. 

Because they move in different social and professional arenas, weak ties can be great sources of new information about business, career and even personal opportunities.

The new research shows that adding weak ties to your network can create significantly more professional mobility, and BPW can help you do just that!

Our “speed networking” lunch this Wednesday will make it super-easy for you to meet almost all the 50 or so people in the room. You're bound to add some weak ties to your inventory whether you’re new in the community or you already have strong ties with lots of people in BPW.

True story: At our last speed networking event in March a freelancer who had recently moved to the Keys connected with an employer looking for just her skills and they started working together right away. Neither one of them were members of BPW at the time, but they are now!

I hope to see you Wednesday (registration closes Monday morning) or at another upcoming event soon… I need all the ties I can get too!

Warm regards, 


Jill Kuehnert

Upper Keys BPW President

‪(305) 767-3928‬

Upcoming Events!

11am -- Pilot House Restaurant, Key Largo 

Whether you're looking to expand your personal friendships or your professional connections - or both - this event is for you! We'll start with a fun group exercise and then break out for "speed dating"-style, one-on-one chats with some tips for making it extra fun.

Thank you to our event sponsor, Olive Morada!

Sign up online before 9am on Monday November 14 to secure your spot -- no walk-ins for this event! 


December 7 Virtual Coffee Chat

8 am -- zoom 

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


December 21 Holiday Party

6:00 pm -- location TBA

Let's gather one last time this year for a special evening filled with laughter and good cheer!

This will be a casual, BYOB, potluck event open to all BPW members along with their partners and guests.

More information coming soon! 


And in case you missed it...

Our Political Forum + Celebration of Women in Business was last month!

We had a great crowd of members and guests eager to hear from candidates for local, state and federal offices representing the Upper Florida Keys.

Candidates running in *nine different races* came forward to introduce themselves and respond to candidate-specific questions developed by our Public Policy Committee. BPW Board Member Margie Smith moderated, supported by Emma Haydocy and Suzi Youngberg.

Celebrating Women in Business was also on the agenda! We heard from this year's Woman and Business of the Year award sponsor, SouthState Bank and applauded all nominees. Then it was time to announce our 2022 Woman of the Year – Margie Smith – and 2022 Business of the Year – Sandbar Books.

Thanks to everyone who came out and especially:

> All the candidates who participated

> Our Upper Keys BPW Board and Political Forum Committee members who put the event together

> All advertisers in the printed program and The Keys Weekly team for producing it

> Robert and the rest of the staff at Harbor Events for their hospitality

> Member Pam Martin for bringing her collection of patriotic decor

> Sound support from Wood Campbell

> Carlos Garcia for video recording. The Political Forum part of the evenings program is available for viewing on the Islamorada Social YouTube channel.


    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 (while it lasts).

    An anonymous donor offered to match remaining donations needed to max out matching funds available from the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys. That means every $1 raised on Wednesday becomes $4 and gets us even closer to our goal of a $40,000 endowment!

    As of November 12, we need only $534 in new donations to pass the $40,000 mark. Will you be the one to take us over the top?

    Click here for more information. 


    Advertise to BPW/FL members

    Reach potential clients and customers across the state of Florida with an affordable ad in Florida Business Woman, the official publication of BPW/FL. 

    The ad deadline for the Winter issue is December 1.  Member advertising rates are available 

    Click here for this online form


    Email blast ads to locals.

    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

    Complete this online form or send us an email to get the process started. 


    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... and there were alot this month! 

    2022 BPW Woman of the Year

    • Margie Smith, Florida Small Business Development Center at FIU
    2022 BPW Business of the Year : 
    • Sandbar Books,  Becky Washam, Owner

    All our members who were nominated, finalists and won Best of the Upper Keys awards from the Keys Weekly newspapers. Click here to see more photos from the Nov. 5 event. Atta girls!


    Renewing & returning members

    Glad you're still with us!

    • Dorothy Harden, Attorney at Law, member since 2009

    • Whitney MacEachern, Cirque Salon Studios, member since 2018

    • Lynda Weinstein, Florida Keys Children’s Shelter, member since 2020

    • Suzi Youngberg, MarrVelous Pet Rescue, member since 2015

    New members

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

    • Jill Miranda Baker, Keys Weekly Newspaper


    Newsletter news!

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