BPW Connection 

October 2023

In this issue: 

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

President's Message

I'll be honest, I don't think I ever heard Claudia Goldin's name before she won that big award this month. Had you?

But when I started reading about her, she sounded kind of familiar.

I wasn't surprised to learn she's had an amazing career in a male-dominated field, or that her most noteworthy work focuses on empowering women. 

As so many accomplished women are, she seems to be a great mentor and supporter of other women in her field also. 

Basically, Claudia Goldin seems like the kind of woman we'd want to celebrate, even if she hadn't gotten that world-famous prize... 

...You know, the Nobel Prize for Economics!

I could write a whole newsletter about Claudia Goldin's contributions to understanding wage economics and the 'motherhood penalty'* but I'd rather tell you about the equally impressive women we have to celebrate right here in the Keys.

In recognition of National Women's Small Business Month, every October we work to raise the profile of women leaders and women-led business in the Upper Keys.

This year, four businesses and five individual Members received nominations for our Upper Keys BPW Woman of the Year and Business of the Year awards. 

Each of these individuals and member-run businesses are truly inspiring.

They embody what our Business & Professional Women organization is all about and have had some incredibly positive impacts on our community over the past 12 months. 

Read the nominations to learn how they embody strength, creativity and warmth to empower others.

Then help us make sure everyone in the Upper Keys knows their names! 

This can be as easy as giving them a shout-out on social media or sending them a referral.

And it can be as fun as joining our Our Celebration of Working Women program on the evening of Oct. 18 at Baker's Cay Resort. We'll be announcing the BPW Woman and Business of the Year, as well as recipients of our fall Women's Scholarship Program awards. See details and links to register below. All are welcome!

Warm regards, 


Jill Kuehnert

Upper Keys BPW President

‪(305) 767-3928‬

*This article is a great place to start to learn more about Claudia Goldin and her groundbreaking work on women's economic roles and challenges!

Upcoming Events!

October 14 Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk

8 am -  Crane Point in Marathon, Florida

Join the Upper Keys BPW team for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk! Together, we can make strides towards a world without breast cancer- showing your support *and* contributing to the fight against this disease.

For more information and links to register, donate or sponsor this amazing event, please visit our website


Oct Evening

October 18 Celebration of Working Women

6-8 pm -  Baker's Cay Resort, Key Largo 

October is National Women's Small Business Month so we're going to celebrate all the important work done by women in our community.

We'll be announcing our 2023 Woman of the Year and Business of the Year, as well as presenting the Fall 2023 Women's Scholarship Program awards. 

And there's always plenty of time for networking! 

We may have room for walk-ins, but register online in advance to be sure and get the best price.

Thanks to our event sponsor: SouthState Bank!


November 1 Virtual Coffee Chat

8 am -- zoom 

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


November 9 How to Advocate Effectively at the State Level (Virtual event)

6 pm -- zoom 

Join Emma Haydocy, Florida Policy Manager at Surfrider Foundation (and Upper Keys BPW member), as she shares the inner workings of our Florida state legislature and how we as individuals can impact state policies.


And in case you missed it...

Thanks to everyone who came out for last month's luncheon and entrepreneurship panel, especially our amazing moderator, speakers and our sponsor Voyage Blue Travel. If you missed it, watch the video on our YouTube channel or check out the photos here.

Luncheon room


Check out our BPW Community Job Board

The Upper Keys BPW Job Board helps match employers and employees in our community while raising funds for our Scholarship program and other activities.

Click here to take at current openings. Or jump right in with in a listing!


Help start a brand new South Dade BPW chapter!

Do you have professional, business or personal connections on the other side of the stretch?

Efforts are underway to form a new BPW chapter to serve Florida City, Homestead and the rest of South Dade county. 

Contact Jill at bpwupperkeys@gmail.com to learn more and be part of the start-up! 


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 


Renewing & returning members

Glad you're still with us!

  • Danya Herzberg 
  • Henry Menendez
  • Elizabeth Moscynski
  • Lourdes Montagne
  • Alissa Reckard
  • Holly Redding

    New members

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

    • Kristina Selstorm Powell
    • Barbara Hann 
    • Mechelle Kerns
    • Belle Useche
    • Valeire Barth


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