A heartfelt note of appreciation goes to all the incredible volunteers and dedicated Chamber staff who have made this year one of transformation and reinvention of the Women’s Leadership Council. Following several years of inactivity, the Council was reinvigorated to help drive the mission of the Chamber. Even the name was adapted to better reflect the influential members of the St. Petersburg community who are regularly engaged in Council activities and a WLC mission statement was formulated to better communicate the role and goals of the council.
After 12 years, the Chamber’s Women’s Symposium was also reimagined to showcase the power and influence women have in the community. The event is now known as the Iconic Women of St. Petersburg celebrating Women of Vision. This event has become one of the most high-profile and anticipated Chamber events of the year, attracting a sold-out crowd and with the potential of significant revenue growth in future years to benefit the Chamber and it’s work in the community. The 2013 event will take place on May 2nd at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel, and nominations for the Women of Vision Awards open January 1, 2013. Details forthcoming on nominating a woman worthy of recognition – including yourself! If you’re interested in becoming a part of the Iconic committee, the next meeting will be held at The Chamber on Wednesday, January 23rd from 4:00 – 5:30 pm.
The Inspire! Women’s Leadership Series acknowledges that education plays a key part in business development and this WLC sub-committee planned and executed three important and well-attended programs in conjunction with Chamber members including HSN, Raymond James and Bayfront Medical Center.
Two Women’s Link events were conducted in the third/fourth quarter of the year, providing an easy networking opportunity as well as opportunity to entice Chamber involvement from new members.
That’s just a snapshot of our activity throughout this year of growth and development. I invite you to join us for the next WLC meeting on Tuesday, January 8th from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at The Chamber where we will strategizes on 2013 Council initiatives.
Until then, and on behalf of the Chamber staff and entire Women’s Leadership Council, we wish you a joyous holiday season, and happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
Laura Fage, Chair Women’s Leadership Council 2012