BPW Connection 

December 2023

In this issue: 

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

President's Message

This holiday season I’ve been thinking a lot about names.

There are the names on my holiday shopping list. If/when I get around to organizing holiday greeting cards, there will be a list for that too. Santa makes a list of names and checks it twice but I go through my lists a lot more than that! Do I have all the names? Did I forget anyone?

Which leads me to a little insight about names and gifts. 

When I was new to the Keys community a few years ago, the only person I knew was my realtor. So anytime I met someone wearing a name tag, it felt like a gift. Conversation was much more relaxed because I didn’t have to keep repeating their name over and over in my mind to remember it. And back home, they automatically got added to the very short list of people I could say I knew here.

Some people get a name tag from their work. Some people get more than one and proudly wear them all to represent the different hats they wear professionally and for volunteer organizations. Other folks might not have a a reason to have a physical name tag at all.

One of the unique ways that BPW serves working women is through personal support and connection. That’s why we give all new BPW members the gift of a personalized name tag.

In the past year, our organization has gained almost 40 new members. I’m not sure anyone can put a name with every single member’s face right now. I wish I could but I know I can’t.

Whether you’re one of the newbies or an old-timer –or someone in between-  give me and others the gift of your name by wearing your name tag at an upcoming BPW event.

Next week’s Holiday Party will be a great time to wear it – it’s so chic, it goes with everything!

I hope you’ll use your BPW name tag for other community events too. At the end of the day, BPW is not just an acronym. It’s not just an organization that’s been supporting working women here in the Keys for the last 67 years.

BPW is me! And it’s you!

It says so, right there on our name tags!!

Warm regards, 


Jill Kuehnert

Upper Keys BPW President

‪(305) 767-3928‬

*if you’re actually not (yet) a BPW member, don’t worry, we have guest name tags available at our events too!

Upcoming Events!

December 20 Holiday Party

6 - 8 pm -- Key Largo (address provided with registration confirmation)

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!

In keeping with BPW tradition, please bring a dish to share and a wrapped tacky ornament for the white elephant gift exchange.

Festive attire (however you choose to define it) is encouraged!

This event is free of charge, but please consider making an optional donation to our Adult Women's Scholarship Program.

We can't wait to see you there!


January 3 Virtual Coffee Chat

8 am -- zoom 

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


January 11 Mastering Digital Design Essentials Workshop

6 pm -- College of the Florida Keys, Key Largo 

In today's competitive business landscape, designing effective websites and digital experiences for your customers and prospects is a game-changer.

Join us for this interactive workshop, Mastering Digital Design Essentials for Business Professionals, to learn the fundamentals of impactful design and the critical questions to ask digital designers before you hire them. You'll put these concepts into practice through collaborative exercises with fellow attendees, and learn from real-world scenarios during the Q&A portion.

Read more about this no-cost event and register here


In case you missed it...

Thanks to everyone who came out in the rain for last month's Speed Networking luncheon! Check out the photos here.

Luncheon room

And the December 1 Sunset Happy Hour at Bayside Grille in Key Largo was also super-fun way to celebrate National Women Support Women Day!!


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 

Atta girl!

Sue Woltanski was elected by her fellow board members to serve as Chair of the Monroe County School Board! 

Renewing & returning members

Glad you're still with us!

  • Sherri Beatty, member since 2022
  • Lauren Dunn, member since 2008
  • Audra Hill, member since 2006
  • Jill Kuehnert, member since 2017
  • Patrica Milian, member since 2020
  • Margie Smith, member since 2008
  • Violet Wahba, member since 2022
  • Wendy Ives (returning)
  • Brittany Parker (returning)

    New members

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

    • Justina Black, Lifewave

    • Karina Estep, KE Creatives

    • Zoe Fairfax,  The StraDGy Group LLC

    • Sonia Lavina, Xcellence Realty

    • Sarah Taylor, Keys Pet Nanny


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