BPW Connection 

November 2023

In this issue: 

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

President's Message

This past Tuesday it seemed like it was Election Day almost everywhere else in the country except here, am I right?!

It reminded me that even when we’re not voting, we need to keep learning about and working for policies that help working women: our employment, our families, our health and our community.

Remember, the Upper Keys Business and Professional Women (BPW) is a nonpartisan organization that serves working women holistically at every stage of their lives through a unique combination of personal support & connectionprofessional development, and policy advocacy.

When it comes to advocacy, we look to the BPW/Florida Public Policy Platform, a blueprint for our work in respect, justice, and equality for working women.

Every year we review this platform here in the Upper Keys and join in a statewide discussion to make sure it reflects women’s evolving needs and concerns.

The 2023-2024 BPW/Florida Public Policy Platform includes:

  1. Economic Equity, Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency
  2. Health Care
  3. Voting Rights and Access

Each of these includes a number of specific issues. They affect working women differently and are by no means the only policy areas that affect women. But they’re a great place to start if you’re interested in advocacy to support working women.

Whenever I talk about one of these topics with a friend, family member or fellow BPW member, I’m struck by how differently we can see things and still have so much in common when it comes to wanting a better life for women in the Keys, in Florida across the country and beyond!

If this little Election Week policy refresher has inspired you at all, I hope you’ll join this evening’s online presentation with Emma Haydocy, Florida Policy Manager at Surfrider Foundation (and Upper Keys BPW member). She’ll be sharing inner workings of our Florida state legislature and how to impact state policies.

You might even be interested in joining the BPW/Florida in a 'lobby days' trip to Tallahassee in December (see Opportunities below).

Whether you want to make your voice heard on the BPW/Florida Public Policy Platform issues or another policy important to you, let’s keep learning so we can keep empowering working women to reach their full potential.

Warm regards, 


Jill Kuehnert

Upper Keys BPW President

‪(305) 767-3928‬

November virtual

Upcoming Events!

November 15 Speed Networking Luncheon

11:45 am -1 pm -  Whale Harbor Events, Islamorada 

Whether you want to expand your personal or professional connections - or both - this event is for you.

The structured, "speed dating"-style approach makes it fun and comfortable for all -- including new members, guests and even the most introverted among us!

We'll start with a fun group exercise and then move into facilitated one-on-one chats, with suggestions to make it easy AND extra rewarding.

Registration closes on Monday, November 13 or when sold out.

Thanks to our event sponsor: Lievano, Perez & Associates OB/GYN!


December 1 Drop-In Event: Sunset Happy Hour

5:00 pm -- Bayside Grille & Sunset Bar, Key Largo 

Let’s celebrate National Women Support Women Day with a drop-in happy hour and sunset toast!!


December 6 Virtual Coffee Chat

8 am -- zoom 

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


SAVE THE DATE: December 20 Holiday Party

6 - 8 pm -- Tavernier 

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

This casual, BYOB, potluck event is open to all BPW members along with their partners and guests. More details coming soon!


And in case you missed it...

Thanks to everyone who came out for last month's evening Celebration of Working Women: members, guests, honorees and our sponsor SouthState Bank. If you missed it, check out this event recap or check out the photos here.

Luncheon room


BPW/FL is seeking a new Business Manager!

The link for the Business Manager Request for Proposals (RFP) is https://bit.ly/40tRnSb.  Please share this with anyone that you think might be interested in the position.  The deadline for submission of proposals is November 21.


BPW/FL is going to Tallahassee!

The BPW/Florida Public Policy Committee is planning a visit to Tallahassee December 5-6 to meet with law makers in the communities we serve and talk to them about our Public Policy Platform.

To learn more about the schedule and travel arrangements, please email Jerri Evans, State Public Policy Chair, 2023-2024 at jerri0679@gmail.com.


    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!

    • Suzi Youngberg, member since 2015
    • Whitney MacEachern, member since 2018
    • Dorothy Harden, member since 2009
    • Jill Miranda Baker, member since 2022
    • Lynda Weinstein, member since 2020
    • Paige Connor, member since 2022

      New members

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

      • Sarah Curry, Sereia Films
      • Julie Waterman, Shell World of the Florida Keys
      • Samantha Santiago-Paez, Neon Money, LLC
      • Beth Beligan, La Isla Tree and Landscape


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