BPW Connection 

January 2024

In this issue: 

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

President's Message

Happy New Year {Contact_First_Name}!

Do you have your word yet!??

I don’t know who started this practice of choosing a theme word or words to guide the year.   But I've always liked what Susannah Conway says, that 'you can't break a word' like you can a resolution.  

So I've half-heartedly tried to find a word for the year before, but it never really took hold until this past late December. My sister, sister-in-law and four of my Gen Z nieces took time out of the family reunion to gather in a room in our Hilton Head VRBO and tackle it together.

The particular program we used has five different parts and starts by asking great questions. What we know will happen in the year to come? What do we hope will happen? What does an ideal day in this new year look like?

Then it was time to look at a long list of words to see what jumped out. We each chose a shortlist of five or so words to drill down on.  Pondering dictionary definitions, related words, and active and passive versions, most of us were able to settle on a touchstone word that will focus, ground, and  inspire us for 2024.

The final step in the recommended process (which I’m only getting to now!) is to somehow share it with friends or family so they can help remind me of it. ...So here goes....

My personal word for 2024 is flourish.

To me this word conveys an unfolding of life in a strong and lovely way for a purpose. A seed becomes a plant that flourishes when it grows strong produces flowers and bear fruits. As a noun, a flourish is also an extra detail that adds beauty or interest. 

I hope to flourish in my professional work (I started a new job this week, see below!) and with our BPW sisterhood, that you and all working women here in the Keys flourish too!

Warm regards, 


Jill Kuehnert

Upper Keys BPW President

‪(305) 767-3928‬

Upcoming Events!

Last Call! January 11 Mastering Digital Design Essentials Workshop

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

Join us for this interactive workshop 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

And THANK YOU to these participants who made voluntary donations to the BPW Adult Women's Scholarship Fund, supporting the career goals of local women!

  • Jenny Allen - Realtor
  • Berta Bravo - SDI Windows & Doors, Inc.
  • Ilja Chapman - Voyage Blue Travel
  • Lauren Dunn - Hoefert Dunn Real Estate
  • Shasta Munnerlyn - Overseas Media Group
  • Terry Sutton - Ocean Dreams Healing Center
  • Maria Torres Ramirez - Cheeca Lodge & Spa
  • Carolyn Wightman - Barefoot Possibilities Marketing Group


January 17 Luncheon: Caring for Older Adults

12 - 1 pm -- Pilot House Restaurant, Key Largo

As a working women, chances are you are already helping to care for an elderly parent or friend. Or you know someone who is. Or you will soon! We'll hear from local experts about resources in Florida and right here in our community -- and have plenty of time for questions and discussion. 


Pam Martin, SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) - Alliance for Aging
Lisset Bautista, Upper Keys Community Support Services

Registration is ONLINE IN ADVANCE ONLY and closes on Monday, January 15

$26 for Members

$35 for Non-Members

Thank you to our luncheon sponsor:  Russo Law and Mediation


February 7 Virtual Coffee Chat

8 am -- zoom 

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


In case you missed it...

Thanks to everyone who came out for our epic Holiday Party at MarineLab in Key Largo! Check out the photos here.

Luncheon room


Give us feedback on the our website!

We're updating our Upper Keys BPW website and need your input.

Click here to take a short survey and let us know how we can make it more useful for you and our community of working women in the Keys!


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 girls!

Holly Merrill Raschein was chosen by the Board of County Commissioners to serve as Monroe County Mayor for the next year!

Jill Kuehnert started a new job as Campus Director of REEF Environmental Education Foundation in Key Largo. 

Renewing & returning members

Glad you're still with us!

  • Wendy Cole, since 2019
  • Carolyn De Paula, since 2019
  • Mary Beth Harris, since 2019
  • Ginette Hughes, since 2018
  • Ashley Hudson, since 2022
  • Cindi Irwin, since 2021
  • Holly Merrill Raschein, since 2004

    New member

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

    • Kara Biery, Oasis at the Keys Nursing and Rehab/Key Largo Pet Sitter


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