July 2020

July 2020

Suzi Youngberg

Greetings Upper Keys Business and Professional Women!

How is everyone holding up? I hope you are all safe and healthy. Nearly every day this past week, I have gotten news of someone else I know testing positive for COVID-19. It is a very scary time. I find myself worrying for my friends and loved one's health, and also for their mental and emotional well-being as this social isolation continues to be our new way of life.

I saw this recently and thought it was good advice to follow:
Be Kind to Your Mind
Tips to cope with stress during COVID-19
  1. PAUSE. Breathe. Notice how you feel.
  2. TAKE BREAKS from COVID-19 content.
  3. MAKE TIME to sleep and exercise.
  4. REACH OUT and stay connected.
  5. SEEK HELP if overwhelmed or unsafe.
I have been practicing "mindfulness" lately - pausing, even if just for a few minutes, from my daily routine and really focusing on the moment, on how I feel and where I am at that exact moment in time. I find it helps keep me more centered and less likely to react negatively to stressful situations. Taking breaks from watching news, and even from spending too much time on social media, can go a long way towards helping you cope and staying less stressed. Information overload is not healthy. Take a break, go for a walk, call a friend or family member, read a favorite book or even take a nap!

Staying connected is so important. Sign up for virtual community events, workshops and webinars to give you some social interaction and to keep you engaged. A few links are shared under Professional Development below. Some of the local chambers and clubs are holding virtual events, including your Upper Keys BPW! Join us this Wednesday for the virtual monthly luncheon, and on Wednesday July 29th for another virtual Happy Hour. I've said it before, we need each other, we need our Tribe, now more than ever. Please reach out to me or any of the Board if you are in need. We are all in this together!

We are still looking for committee members and even a few committee chairs. If you would like information on getting more involved and getting more out of your BPW membership, please let me know! The Public Policy committee is starting to plan the political candidate mixer and the political forum, the Scholarship committee will start meeting soon to choose our next recipients, and the Marketing committee has started meeting about enhancing our public branding. These are just a few examples of exciting opportunities available, so please consider joining a committee.

I hope to see you all on Wednesday for the virtual luncheon. We are excited to hear from two of our members, Elizabeth Moscynski and Sue Woltanski, with important community updates. We will also be installing some of our new members, so be sure and RSVP to get your Zoom link. Take care of yourselves, stay safe and healthy, and please remember to be kind to your mind.

With love,

Suzi Youngberg
UKBPW President 2020-2021

BPW/FL and Upper Keys BPW seek a diverse and inclusive membership. There shall be full participation, both in principle and practice, regardless of race, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, career choice or disability. BPW/FL and Upper Keys BPW shall commit time and resources to achieving diversity by:
  • Formulating and implementing a plan to achieve diversity through recruitment of members from underrepresented groups.
  • Creating an environment where differences of opinions, beliefs and values are sought, heard and respected.
  • Encouraging teamwork and participation by all members, thereby eliminating hidden agendas.
  • Setting an example in its leadership that adheres to the highest principles of and commitment to diversity.
BPW/FL and Upper Keys BPW believe that this practice of appreciating and celebrating diversity will strengthen the status of women and their families and that it is vital to the organization’s vision and mission.

As you know, we fund our Adult Scholarships through our events with Sponsors, Happy Dollars, raffles and more.  Starting our new fiscal year off without physical events could impact the amount we are able to award in scholarships to deserving women in our community.
There is no cost to attend this months virtual event. We want everyone to feel welcome to join us!  BUT, if you are able and feel so inclined, we are giving you a tier of donation options that will go to the Scholarship Fund, including a Top Tier Level of only $50!

Alexandria Suarez
Center State Bank (Wendy Coffman)
First State Bank (Danya Herzberg)
Rhonda Rebman-Lopez


AUGUST 12th, 6:00-7:30 PM
Primary Candidate Virtual Mixer 
brought to you by Upper Keys BPW

Professional Development Series | Upcoming Sessions

While we are working on some great virtual Professional Development workshops for you, please take advantage of the extensive programs offered by our friends at the SBDC@FIU.

Financial Aid/FAFSA Workshop (virtual event)
Thursday, July 16 at 5:30 p.m.

Join CFK Financial Aid staff for guidance through the process of completing the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completion of the FAFSA is the first step toward accessing opportunities available to eligible students such as grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study programs. MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION

“Discover the Secret World of Mangroves”
Part of our Professional Development Series
RSVP required; no walk-ins, please, 
due to the space limitations on our US Coast Guard inspected vessels.
More details coming soon.

Thanks to everyone who attended the June Virtual Luncheon on June 17th. Thanks to Kristen Livengood, for the informative presentation on what's happening in Monroe County.

Upper Keys BPW is looking for members interested in serving on the Membership Committee to work on improving member relations as well as recruitment and retention of membership. Current Membership Committee Chair 2020-2021 is Ilja Chapman, and Vice President of Membership is Wendy Coffman.
Anyone interested in helping with this or any of the other committees (Marketing, Mentoring, Scholarship, Public Policy) please call Suzi Youngberg at 305-393-6830.


New Members -
Jacqueline Rodriguez, Greenscape Landscape Maintenance Corp  

Renewing Members -

Betsy Baste, Great Heart Helping Hands
Sandi Bisceglia, Southernmost Leadership Network
Wendy Coffman, CenterState Bank
Lourdes Montagne, Rosier Insurance
Theresa Sutter, Virtual Assistant
Elizabeth Moscynski, Key Largo Chamber of Commerce
Laura Rivera, Old Tavernier Restaurant

Ask about the benefits of being a member!  bpwupperkeys@gmail.com

Meet the BPW/FL Executive Committee

BPW Member Vanessa Chamizo, a full-time Broker Associate with over 16 years of local experience, was named as a Top Producer with LoKation Real Estate! She has been with them for many years and is also on the Leadership Council.    Way to go Vanessa!

Atta Girl Carolyn DePaula!  

BPW Member Carolyn DePaula recently celebrated five (5) years since becoming a United States Citizen!    

Congratulations on your anniversary Carolyn!

Atta Boy Sam Steele 

On June 12, after a year long campaign, BPW Member Sam Steele officially became elected, unopposed, as our next Monroe County Tax Collector-Elect.      

Congrats Sam!

Atta Girl 
Danise Deedee Henriquez
Monroe County Tax collector and BPW Member Deedee Henriquez recently announced that she will be retiring soon.  She has a new granddaughter to spend more time with! 
Enjoy your retirement and thanks for your years of service Deedee! 



Great Info/Resources from The United Way of the FL Keys:

For years, Upper Keys officials have been talking about a pedestrian bridge to be constructed over U.S.1 at Founders Park. During holidays and special events (concerts or the Gigantic Nautical Flea Market), traffic comes to a standstill because of heavy congestion and guests trying to cross the road. The $4.68 million project has entered the design phase and the cost will be paid for by the State Department of Transportation. The Keys Weekly Newspapers are conducting a survey to find out if locals support the project.