BPW Connection 

August 2023

In this issue: 

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

President's Message

It’s the end of the summer and SO HOT I didn’t think I had the energy to come up with a deep inspirational story for the newsletter this month.

But then last Sunday more than twenty BPW and LWV members went to see the Barbie movie together here in Tavernier and it was the best day ever.

So much pink and popcorn and booing the patriarchy together!

Afterward we took the cute picture below and got busy talking about the movie. Some of us absolutely loved it while others thought it was fun but not earth-shattering. And then there were people like me who enjoyed the entertainment value but needed a bit more time to process and ponder the deeper messages.

Since then, one aspect of the movie I keep coming back to is how many different Barbies there were.

Apparently each Barbie in the movie is based on a real doll. They reflected so many different occupations and kinds of women, personally and professionally. President Barbie! Writer Barbie! Dr. Barbie! And yes, even Mermaid Barbie!

I loved seeing how each Barbie was brought to life with her own special wardrobe and workplace.

Yet it was only when they worked together to save their community that the Barbies regained the power they needed to truly thrive.

So I started to think: Maybe BPW is kind of like Barbieland!

  • Each of us has our unique history, current work and future aspirations.
  • We are cute and strong and great role models for people around us.
  • We support each other and have fun doing it!
  • Our world changes and demands more of us sometimes. 
And just like the Barbies, each of us grows stronger when we work together.

Our Board of Directors has a day-long retreat this Saturday. We'll bringing all our talents and resources to plan the next year's worth of events, programs and activities. And we're gonna need some help.

Want to play Hospitality Barbie or Marketing Barbie or Scholarship Committee Barbie with BPW?!?  Let me know!

Warm regards, 


Jill Kuehnert

Upper Keys BPW President

‪(305) 767-3928‬

Upcoming Events!

June Evening

August 16 Networking Evening

6 - 8pm -- Skippers Dockside, Key Largo

Please join us next Wednesday for a fun -- and cool! -- evening of networking.

❄Yes, it's CONFIRMED: we are in an indoor space with amazing air-conditioning!!❄

All Upper Keys BPW members and anyone else eager to support and connect with working women in our community are welcome to attend.

This is a popular event and we expect to have space to accommodate walk-up guests... but registering online is easy (and a little bit cheaper) so click here to sign up today!

Admission includes your first beer/wine and snacks.

$26 per person / BPW members in advance

$32 / Non-members in advance

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


August 24 Equality Day Presentation

1 pm -- zoom 

Women’s Equality Day is celebrated annually to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex.

BPW/Florida's special presentation on voting rights will take a look at the current state of voting rights for men and women and what we can do to move forward. Join us on Thursday August 24 at 1:00 pm for a one hour presentation by Julie Marcus, Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, who personally understands what it takes to ensure everyone has their voting rights.

Click here to register at BPWFL.org.


September 6 Virtual Coffee Chat

8 am -- zoom 

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


September 20 Luncheon : Entrepreneurship

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

Get the scoop on starting and running a business from a panel of BPW members who are also successful entrepreneurs! Our panelists will share their motivations and challenges in working for themselves, and pass along their best advice on how to get started, lessons learned the hard way, and their personal secrets to success.

Save the date!  Online registration coming soon. 

Thanks to our event sponsor: Voyage Blue Travel 


And in case you missed it...

Our Monthly Luncheon on July 19 overlooked the beautiful Whale Harbor sandbar from Harbor Events in Islamorada. 

If you weren't one of the 40+ members, guests and visitors with us that day, you might have heard the buzz about how terrific the talk was.

Patricia Milian taught us how to overcome unconscious bias to forge real connections with people who are different from us. As one participant said, "It was excellent. The combination of the stories, and the connection with the brain, were very valuable….Thanks for a very insightful program." And Patricia has graciously shared a copy of her slides with all of us -- click here to view or download.

Thank you to ComplyRight for their sponsorship of this event. 


Luncheon room

Click here to see more luncheon pictures!


Join a committee

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

Our new Board will be meeting soon to plan out the upcoming year, using results from the recent Member Survey. We'll be looking for volunteers to serve on local committees, especially Membership, Scholarship, Marketing, Hospitality.

The more members who volunteer to help out, the more great events and benefits we can bring you, and the more we can do to help all of the working women in our community. Plus 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 

Stephanie Schneider and her partner got 2nd Place in an invitational Ghost Trap Rodeo here in the Keys July 23-25. They found 72 derelict crab traps and removed a total 5,700 lbs of marine debris!

Two of our members have been featured recently in the Upper Keys Weekly newspaper as "Neighbor of the Week" : Holly Redding and Michael Rojewski

Way to go!


Renewing & returning members

Glad you're still with us!

  • Bonnie Barnes, Small Business Development Center at FIU, member since 2021

  • Ansley Elfmont, Kinder in the Keys Treatment Center, member since 2021

  • Cynthia Gneiser, Amoray Dive Center, member since 2015

  • Kimberly Rock, Upper Keys Marine Construction, member since 2019

    New members

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

    • Helens Pineiro, Epic Title Group


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