July 2018

BPW Connection | July 2018

Join us for an evening networking event on Wednesday July 18th.  This month's event is being generously hosted by Zane Grey Lounge. The evening is also being sponsored by our own president, Ilja Chapman of Cruise Planners/Voyage Blue, and will have a "Travel the World" theme.

There will be door prizes and a 50/50 Raffle! 

All money raised during the event goes toward our Development Programs.

Reserve your space in advance: CLICK HERE

Mark your calendars!
Wednesday, August 15.
We are pleased to welcome State Representative Holly Raschein as our speaker for the August Luncheon.
Save the date now, and be sure you register in advance to guaranty your seat at this informative luncheon.

Ilja Chapman, President

When sending out the July event email invitation to the Upper Keys BPW database, we received several auto response emails in return saying, “I am out of the office”. Although we like to see as many of you attending our events as possible, I personally think it is a good sign that people are celebrating Summer!
Did you know that the United States of America is the only advanced economy that doesn’t guarantee paid vacation to their employees? Studies show that workers who take time off are more productive after their batteries are recharged. They have higher morale and are less likely to mentally check out on the job. Since BPW has a long track record of promoting equity for women in the workplace, I thought you might be interested in learning about this - although it also affects our men.
At the Upper Keys BPW we enjoy having our male members supporting our organization. We thrive on having a diverse group of members and our goal is to grow our membership, period.
YOU can help! Bring a guest to one of the monthly events and have them experience our group at first hand. Or sign them up for our monthly newsletter to put the Upper Keys BPW buzz in their ears. Just send us their name and email address, and we'll add them to the subscription list.
One of our main goals is to maintain and increase great value to you, the Upper Keys BPW member. That is why we are introducing new programs. Have you received and read the email sent last week from our VP of Development, Jackie Harder, asking you to participate in one of our new development programs? Please reach out to Jackie if you have any questions or would like to participate.
In the next few days look out for a survey we will ask you to complete to let us know how we can better serve you. Our members are the core of our organization.
Our board members are pleased to serve you and we hope to see you all on Wednesday. The theme of the evening is “Travel the World” and I hope you will be bringing a guest and get inspired for your next well-deserved vacation.

Ilja Chapman

July 18: Evening Networking Event. Hosted by Zane Grey Lounge @ Islamorada Fish Co. 5:30 - 7:00 PM. Sponsored by Cruise Planners.
August 15: Luncheon 11:30 am-1:00 pm. Holiday Inn-Key Largo, African Queen/Casa.  Speaker: State Representative Holly Raschein.
September 19: Political Forum, Evening Event. Location TBA.

The Upper Keys BPW meets once a month, on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. We alternate between luncheons and evening networking events, and would love for you to join us! Click the button to see our full event schedule and register for an upcoming event. 
If you or your business would be interested in sponsoring one or more of our lunches or evening events, let us know!  More information on sponsorship cost and benefits can be found below. Help us fund our Adult Scholarship program, and promote your business.
The cost to sponsor an event is $250.
With the sponsorship you receive the following benefits and opportunities:
  • Logo/branding:
    • Event E-vite emailed three times to a database of 500 people
    • Monthly BPW member Newsletter emailed a few days prior to event
    • Mention at Upper Keys BPW social media
  • One Free dedicated business E-Blast to our membership with a message your business likes to share
  • Display table and/or hand outs to all attendees
  • Banner display at the luncheon
  • Two FREE entrees to the luncheon
  • 5 minute speaking time at the luncheon directed to all attendees

     bpw|member SPOTLIGHT

Meet Bob Thomas
Bob Thomas, 
Key Largo Chocolates & Ice Cream,        MM 100.5, Bayside.
"I moved all over the world as a Navy brat, then flew airplanes with EAL, American Eagle, Saudi Arabian Air Lines, SWA, & Copa Airlines.  My wife Kristie & I started Key Largo Chocolates & Ice Cream in 2010 and it keeps growing, in spite of Irma! 
I have 4 great sons & Kristie has 2 wonderful ladies.   Between them, we have 13 grand kids!  This picture was taken last month on Machu Picchu Mountain with my grandson, Mason.

I enjoy golf, when possible, exercising, reading & volunteering my time in several areas.  
My joining the BPW is a major push/pull to get Kristie to attend your meetings.
We are going to the Hemingway Lookalike Contest in Key West this week to have fun.  I don't expect to win, but I'm not going there to lose...   :)"

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