September 2021



September 2021

Suzi Youngberg

Greetings Upper Keys Business and Professional Women!
I sincerely hope this newsletter finds you safe and healthy. It's been a sadly eventful month. With the destruction of Hurricane Ida, the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, restrictive voting and reproductive health laws being passed in Texas, and the rapidly spreading COVID variant, the news has been a bit dismal of late. Our community is still reeling from the recent loss of County Commissioner Mike Forster, as well as so many others. Now more than ever we need our Tribe. We are stronger together. 
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at our Luncheon on Wednesday. It will be a bit different, but I'm happy we will be gathering in person in a safe way. I'm looking forward to hearing from Chuck Licis with Take Stock in Children. Special thanks to our sponsor, Centennial Bank. And, we will be raising money for Good Health Clinic while we're there - you could help make me the Big Kahuna! 
We have a lot going on at Upper Keys BPW in the next few months! Scholarship applications will be closing this week and the Committee will meet soon to review them and choose the recipients. Woman and Business of the Year Nominations have opened! Members can scroll down a little for the links to nominate a member woman and business of your choice.  The awards and scholarships will be given out at the October evening social event at Whale Harbor on October 20th. We are offering sponsorship opportunities to five (5) members for $100 each. They will be allowed to set up tables at the event for a small business expo, and have an opportunity to address the attendees. Please let me, or any Board Member, know if you are interested in participating, or if you want more information about sponsoring BPW events. All sponsorship proceeds go to the Adult Scholarship Fund.
With love and gratitude,

Suzi Youngberg
UKBPW President 2021-22


Upper Keys BPW & Holly Given Fund Adult Scholarships!

The Upper Keys BPW Adult Women Scholarship Program, in partnership with the Holly Given Fund, is designed to help women gain a professional edge through education efforts. Particular emphasis is given to individuals who demonstrate strong character, professional collaborative efforts with other women and are, or have the potential to be, a strong role model for the current and next generation of working women.

Scholarships are up to $1500 per application and may be used for certifications, training classes, or classes and required materials for higher educational degrees. Transportation, room/board costs, or fees and CEU's associated with professional licensing requirements are eligible.  

Applicants do not have to be members of the Upper Keys BPW, however, an application sponsored by a current member is highly favorable.  Minimum requirements for applicants include: 

- High School diploma/GED 

- Florida Keys resident for at least 3 years 

- Minimum of 5 years post-high school work experience


It's that time! Time for Upper Keys BPW Members to nominate the Woman
of the Year & Business of the Year for 2021!  To make a nomination, you must 
be a Member in good standing.  The Woman of the Year nominees must also 
be Members in good standing, and the Business of the Year must be a for 
profit business that is owned or operated by an Upper Keys BPW Member. 
Click the links to make your nominations by September 30th.

Charity will be the Good Health Clinic.

Thanks to our Sponsor - Centennial Bank!


Join us for a Virtual Celebration of the Constitution with the Upper Keys League of Women Voters and Upper Keys BPW.

"Tell Me Something Good!" 

Let's start our day by sharing something good that is happening, has happened or will happen. Can be personal and/or professional related as long it is positive.  Zoom link provided after RSVP.

October 6th

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Coffee Talk with the Upper Keys BPW, first Wednesday of every month.


Professional Development Series | Upcoming Sessions

How to Conquer the Limiting Beliefs
that Keep You from Living Big

Friday, October 1, Noon-1:30 p.m.
Virtual Event via Zoom

CLICK HERE For More Information and Registration

Evening gathering at Whale Harbor SandBar Rooftop - it was a lovely evening.
Thanks again to our sponsor Kinder in the Keys!


New Members -  

Courtney Dorchak, The Keys to Nutrition 
Cynthia “C” Koconis, “C”Spa 

Renewing Members -

Lauren Dunn, Hoefert Dunn Real Estate 
Audra Hill, Tolley and Hill CPAs 
Laura Lietaert, Coral Shores High School
Whitney MacEachern, Cirque Salon Studios
Brittany Parker, Good Health Clinic
Amy Pierson, Centennial Bank
Sally Stribling , B.A., P.A., Coldwell Banker Schmitt 

Ask about the benefits of being a member!

Atta Girl to UKBPW member 
Stephanie Scuderi!

Congratulations to Stephanie Scuderi and Centennial Bank on the distinguished Community Partnership GEMS Award for supporting the Monroe County School District in efforts to provide a culture of excellence in our schools.
 Way to go Stephanie!

Atta Girl to UKBPW Public Policy Chair 
Emma Haydocy!

Congratulations to Emma Haydocy, Executive Director of Florida Bay Forever. They celebrated five years of protecting and preserving Florida Bay in their location at Green Turtle Hammock Nature Preserve. We are so excited for all the future holds for Florida Bay and Florida Bay Forever. Keep up the great work, Emma!

Atta Girl to UKBPW VP/Membership
 Mary Houston!

Atta Girl to Mary Houston and Houston Insurance Agency for her generosity in sponsoring both Coral Shores Athletics and the MarrVelous Pet Rescue's Spayghetti & No Balls Gala!  Thanks Mary!

Atta Girl to UKBPW Board Treasurer
Victoria Leonard! 

Congratulations to Victoria Leonard on the birth of her beautiful baby girl, Avery! She blessed us with her arrival Thursday, July 29th! We look forward to meeting this new little BPW Member!
Congratulations Victoria!



Florida Bay Forever is launching a capital campaign to support new
programs, education, and operations in their new home - Green Turtle
Hammock Nature Preserve. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are
available. All sponsorships for the business community include one-year
membership to the Florida Bay Business Alliance and named recognition at
the preserve. Help preserve Florida Bay forever! CLICK TO LEARN MORE

Support Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Contact UKBPW member Shayne Messina to get your tickets to win the new car: