Those familiar with the Tampa Bay tech scene already know that June is a busy month for startup and networking events. For one, Startup Weekend Tampa Bay: Design Edition and Hillsborough County’s hackathon both take place during the first weekend of the month.
Also in June, three networking events will bring members of the entrepreneurial business and tech crowds together, but with a specific spin: they’re all geared toward women.
Mingle with local tech titans
Professional Women’s Network Luncheon
11 a.m., June 9
Hilton Carillon, 950 Lake Carillon Dr, St. Petersburg
Join the Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF)
at its annual Professional Women’s Network (PWN) luncheon on Tuesday, June 9. The luncheon was created for a dual purpose: to encourage more women to pursue a career in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) field, and to provide mentorship for women and girls wishing to enter those fields.
During the luncheon, a panel of top female tech professionals will discuss their career paths as well as the mentors who helped shape their own experiences.
“Both community and careers are built with mentorship -- both are solidified by showcasing successes,” TBTF executive director Daniel James Scott says in a news release.
PWN luncheon panelists include: Staci Cross, Enterprise Project Management Office VP at WellCare
; Lauren Deren, Raymond James
manager of Information Security Operations; Rini Fredette, SVP and Enterprise Risk Officer at PSCU
; and Lieutenant Colonel Clorinda Trujillo, Chief of Enterprise Operations at USCENTCOM
. The discussion will be moderated by Angela Beltz, VP of Cisco Solutions Group at event presenter Tech Data
The luncheon allows TBTF "to actively connect hand-selected female college students with Tampa Bay’s top leadership, while also sharing the outstanding success of our distinguished panel,” Scott says.
Meet the mastermind behind Poo-pouri
InnovatHer Sip, Tip, and Talk
6 p.m., June 16
Westin Tampa Bay’s BluVu Rooftop Event Venue, 7627 Courtney Campbell Causeway
The Business Centre at the Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women
is bringing the businesswoman who made millions by becoming “the Queen of the Can” to Tampa Bay.
On Tuesday, June 16, join special guest Suzy Batiz at the InnovatHer Sip, Tip, and Talk event to learn “how your stinkin’ idea could make millions.” That’s the idea behind Poo-pouri, a fresh scent product for the bathroom.
Curious about how Batiz earned the nickname “Queen of the Can”? Take a peek at one of the commercials promoting her product
Join local professional women and members of the Centre at the Westin Tampa Bay’s BluVu Rooftop Event Venue for light drinks and a cash bar during the event.
Can’t make it to this event, but are interested in learning more about The Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women? Visit the nonprofit’s website
to learn more about membership.
Mix business and baseball at the ball game
Rays Professional Women’s Night
: 4:30 p.m., June 15
Ricky P's Orleans Bistro, 1113 Central Ave in St. Pete
Combine business and baseball during the Working Women of Tampa Bay
Rays Professional Women’s Night!
Bring colleagues or friends along for the women’s night at Ricky P’s Bistro
and the home of the Tampa Bay Rays, Tropicana Field, as the home team takes on the Nationals. WWoTB seats are located in the lower reserved section.
Tailgate on the Ricky P's patio from 4:30-5:30 p.m., where light food and drink specials will be offered. Then head over to the game seating, where a pre-game Q&A session with Rays VP of Business Development Melanie Lenz and other female leaders will take place.
Can’t make it to this event, but interested in learning more about the networking group? Visit the Working Women of Tampa Bay website
for complete listings of local events and to learn more about membership.