Speakers Schedule:

December 18, 2018 – White Elephant Christmas Party

January 15, 2019 – Luicienne Pears, Director, Charlotte County Economic Development

February 19, 2019 – Jennifer Howell, Esq. Board Certified – Medicaid/Elder Law Planning

March 19, 2019 – Pamela Davis, Punta Gorda Police Chief – Her Path to Success

Interested in becoming a BPW member?

To download a Membership/Renewal Application BPW Membership form May 2018

Renew your Membership

The standard renewal fee is $95.00, $75 for retirees.

Pay for Lunch

Lunch is $20 for members, $25 for non-members.

Fashion Show Tickets

$35 per person.

Coming Soon…
Baby Willow!

Monthly Membership and Social Networking

Next Meeting is on
December 18, 2018
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Christmas Luncheon with White Elephant Gift Exchange

Lunch Menu Options are:

Penne Chicken Alfredo with sundried tomatoes and asparagus


Turkey Cobb Salad with mixed greens, applewood bacon, grape tomatoes, bleu cheese, egg and avocado 

Members cost of lunch is $20 and Non members is $25.  Cash/Credit/Check

Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, 4400 Lister Street, Port Charlotte FL 

Please RSVP with your lunch selection to bpwccfl@gmail.com by Thursday, December 13th.   Reminder that no- shows will be invoiced.  Please look for a reply to your RSVP.  All RSVPs will receive a reply email.

Please bring a wrapped gift item in value of about $20-$25 for the White Elephant gift exchange !!

Members please set aside some time to stay or a meeting about our January Fashion Show fundraiser!

Let’s Grow Our Membership!


Bring a guest to a meeting and win yourself a free lunch at the monthly meeting following the date your guest becomes a member. 

No limit on new members and no limit on free lunches!

About Business and Professional Women of Charlotte County

Business and Professional Women (BPW) is an area nonprofit, non-partisan, nonsectarian, self-governing and member supported organization that helps to promote and foster the interest of business and professional women in Charlotte County, and to encourage future business and professional women of our community through scholarships. We encourage networking among our members and bringing in other business and professional women to network. We provide programs to encourage members in personal, career, leadership development and to learn about issues affecting our area. Our major fundraiser for the year is the annual Fashion Show held in January. The money raised is given in scholarships to young women in Charlotte County who are looking to further their education, but need financial assistance. To learn more about BPW, we encourage your to attend our monthly luncheon.


If you are not sure when your renewal is due, please contact VP of Membership, Jan Stephens at stephens420@gmail.com

BPW business and publicity updates

BPW business cards and name tags are available at no charge to paid members. Please email hselders@csbtfl.com for supplies. BPW brochures are available. Updated Bylaws and BPW Membership form May 2018 are here!

Applications for 2018 Scholarships are now closed.  Please check back in Decemeber 2018 for the application for 2019.

Congratulations Scholarship Recipients!

Our Mission

To achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information in our community.

BPW Officers &

Board Members

Co-President Holly Selders, AVP Residential Lending, Charlotte State Bank & Trust, hselders@csbtfl.com

Co-President, Jessica Cantwell, Business Development Director, Life Care Center of Punta Gorda Jessica_Cantwell@lcca.com

VP of Programs, Tina Mays, Partner, Mizell & Mays Law Firm, P.A.  tmays@mizell-law.com

VP of Membership, Janis Stephens, Operations Leader, C.A.R.E,  stephens420@gmail.com

VP of Publicity & Promotions, Could be YOU – Who has a Heart for Media??

Treasurer, Jean Lewis, Owner, Harborside Aviation harborsideav@embarqmail.com

Secretary, Sharon Huck, Realtor, Five Star Realty sharonhuckrealestate@gmail.com

Board Members

Scholarship Chairwoman, Sue Strope, Realtor, Ocean Partners Real Estate, sueshomes@aol.com

Fashion Show Committee Chairperson

Melissa Vanderbilt-Bestor, Community Relations, Alzheimber’s Ambassador, The Springs at South Biscayne, melissa@TheSpringsAtSouthBiscayne.com


Picture of Jessica, pregnant with Baby Willow at her babyshower
BPW members at the Orange house for Baby Willow's Baby Shower
BPW members at the Orange house for Baby Willow's Baby Shower