April 8, 2014 | St. Petersburg – The St Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce® announces the finalists for the 15th Annual Iconic Women of St. Petersburg – Celebrating Women with Vision Awards. The finalists are women who are recognized for outstanding professional accomplishments in a leadership or management role. 

The 15th Annual Iconic Women of St. Petersburg Awards Luncheon, hosted by the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and presenting sponsor, Ceridian HCM, will be held at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014. Celebrating women with vision, the event focuses attention on the influential professional and community leadership roles Pinellas County area women fulfill. 

Lissette Campos, Director of Community Affairs, WFTS TV ABC Action News, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies. The luncheon will include a motivational keynote address from Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron, CEO, YWCA USA, followed by the awards ceremony. 

This year’s event sponsors include: Ceridian HCM, Tampa Bay Times, Bright House Networks, Florida Blue, Extravaganza! Productions, Inc., Business Observer, Rhino on Air, Tampa Bay Business Journal and many more. Proceeds from the event will be used to raise awareness of the chamber’s involvement throughout the business community; including their support of Iconic Women who are respected business leaders. Sponsorships are still available at a variety of levels. To secure your sponsorship, please contact Jo-An Thomas at 

The Awards Luncheon includes shopping, networking, a VIP reception, door prizes and opportunity drawings; including airline tickets donated by Copa Airlines and Southwest Airlines. Reserve your tables of 12 or individual tickets today by visiting or contact Brittany Walsh at 727.388.2916. 

The St Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce® is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 15th Annual Iconic Women of St. Petersburg – Celebrating Women with Vision Awards. They include: 

Business Woman of the Year (Less Than 50 Employees)

Brooke Boyd, Hype Group

Cathy Swanson, Freedom Bank of America

Tina Tenret, ProVise Management Group

Business Woman of the Year (More Than 50 Employees)

             Melanie Bevan, City of St. Petersburg – Police Department 

Sharon Hayes, Edward White Hospital

Karen Reich, Bon Secours St. Petersburg Health System

Entrepreneur Woman of the Year

Lauren Davenport, Symphoni

Stacey Robinson, Robinson Concierge Medicine

Dawna Stone, Healthy You Ventures

Woman to Watch — 

Tara Carroll, Trenam Kemker Attorneys

Brittany Maxey, Maxey Law Offices, PLLC

Melissa Pine, Women’s Tennis Association (WTA)

INSPIRE! Woman of the Year — 

Karen Mertes, Fulfill Your Destiny, Inc.

Kimberly Rodgers, Community Law Program, Inc.

Bonnie Stein, AceWalker

Non-Profit Woman of the Year — 

Lenice Emanuel, YWCA Tampa Bay

Pamela Mesmer, Brookwood Florida, Inc.

Linda Osmundson, CASA

Community Service Woman of the Year — 

Olga Bof, Keep Saint Pete Local

Torrie Jasuwan, BabyCycle Diaper Bank Irene Weiss, Florida Holocaust Museum

The finalists were selected from over 100 nominees by a committee of volunteer judges who spent countless hours reviewing the submissions and selecting the extraordinary. “We have a remarkable group of women who have been nominated this year. I’m looking forward to learning more about each nominee and their story,” says Jo-An Thomas, Iconic event Chair and Chair of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce® Women’s Leadership Council. 

To learn more about the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce® and the Women’s Leadership Council, including news and event updates, visit


Media Contact:

Jennifer Jock Phone: 727-388-2908


About the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce®  

The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce®, originally founded in 1899, now serves almost 1,000 member businesses. Finding ways to create and enhance opportunities to do business in St. Petersburg, the Chamber works to improve the local economic climate and to build a thriving business environment. The Chamber is the voice of local business in St. Petersburg, providing leadership on important business and community issues. 

About the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerces Women’s Leadership Council 

The Chamber hosts a number of councils designed to engage their membership on topics and issues that are important to the community. The Women’s Leadership Council is made up of Chamber members who are focused on utilizing a platform of influence, innovation and opportunity to unify the collective strength of women. This council serves as a champion and convener for women in business and provides the tools to empower women to grow their business and build a better community. Activities of the Women’s Leadership Council include the INSPIRE! Women’s Leadership Series events; a Women’s LINK program, which organizes informal, fun networking events; and the Annual “Iconic Women of St. Petersburg” Celebrating Women with Vision Awards. 


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