BPW Connection 

June 2023

In this issue: 

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

President's Message

This might sound a little weird but I’ve been thinking alot about geese lately.

The theme for installation of our 2023-2024 Upper Keys BPW Board of Directors on May 17 was a ‘Gaggle of Geese’.

Our immediate past President Suzi Youngberg– who led the installation ceremony with past President Ilja Chapman– covered four lessons we can take from geese:

1. When a gaggle of geese fly in formation, each bird flaps her wings and creates uplift for the bird following.

The whole flock has a 71% longer flying range than if each bird flew alone.*

And just like the birds, people who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier when they travel on the trust of one another.

2. Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone, and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front.

If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed where we want to go.

3. When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into formation and another goose takes over at the point position.

It pays to take turns at hard tasks and sharing leadership, because people, like geese, are dependent on each other.

4. The geese in the formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

Let's make sure that our ‘honking from behind’ is encouraging, supportive, helpful – not demanding or discouraging.

I’m so grateful for Suzi, Ilja, all members of our outgoing Board and those who’ve agreed to lead our organization for the next year.

I hope we’ll have as much sense as the geese, flying together and going far in support of working women in our community.

Warm regards, 


Jill Kuehnert

Upper Keys BPW President

‪(305) 767-3928‬

*I have not googled this so cannot offer a citation. But it sounds good, right?

Upcoming Events!

June Evening

June 21 Networking Evening

6 -8pm -- Safe Harbor Angler House, Islamorada

Grow your professional network and support working women in the Florida Keys while enjoying a beautiful evening under the tiki hut!

Registration includes your first drink + tasty snacks:

$26 per person / BPW members and their guests 

$32 / Non-members

Walk-in : $30 members/ $35 non-members


July 5 Virtual Coffee Chat

8 am -- zoom 

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


July 19 Monthly Luncheon

11:30 - 1pm -- Upper Keys location TBD 

All are welcome to join! Online registration coming soon. 


And in case you missed it...

Our Annual Meeting + Networking Luncheon on May 17 was full of celebration. 

President Jill Kuehnert presented an Annual Report on all the ways our members and supporters have empowered working women over the past 12 months.

The Upper Keys BPW Board for 2023-2023 was elected and installed to lead us in the the future.

And we announced our newest Women's Scholarship Awardees!

Thank you to our Sponsor,  Islamorada Mercantile, and everyone who contributed to the raffle benefiting the BPW/FL Education Foundation.


Luncheon room

A full house for our May April 17 luncheon! (click image to see full album)


Join a committee

If you'd like to get more involved with Upper Keys BPW, consider joining or chairing a committee! 

It's a wonderful way to meet other members, contribute to the community and make the most of your membership.

Click here to learn more about different committees, including responsibilities and time commitment needed.

Contact Jill at bpwupperkeys@gmail.com for more information.


Email blast ads to locals.

Got 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

Purchase your ad in our online store 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 

We love celebrating our members' accomplishments, and this month we want to give one more shout-out to our 2023-2024 Upper Keys Board of Directors: 

  • President: Jill Kuehnert

  • Secretary: Mary Houston
  • Treasurer: Victoria Leonard
  • VP Membership: Holly Redding
  • VP Hospitality: Amy Young

  • VP Program Development: Patricia Milian
  • Director: Margie Smith
  • Director: Bonnie Barnes

We also thank two members of the 2022-2023 Board who stepped off this year:

  • Brittany Parker, VP of Hospitality
  • Gina Boilini, VP of Professional Development

And a big congratulations to our Spring BPW Scholarship Awardees

  • Hayley Anne Colarusso
  • Nicole Blanche
  • Yaniuska Gilmore
  • Gabrielle Comeforo (Holly Given Fund Scholarship)

Way to go!


Renewing & returning members

Glad you're still with us!

  • Jennifer Cappadona, Electric Cooling & Illumination, member since 2015
  • Kellie Farrell, Keys Ebikes, member since 2022
  • Erin Hamilton, ONEHOPE Wine, member since 2022
  • Christine Lauterborn, Keystroke Media, member since 2016
  • Laura Rivera, Old Tavernier Restaurant, member since 2013

    New members

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

    • Leann Crockett, Onshore Therapy

    • Autumn Hager, Take Stock in Children
    • Lauren Mouse, Ocean Reef Club
    • Brooke Vega, Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate Co.


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