Speakers Schedule:

May 21, 2019 – Debra Klara speaking on the benefits of Reiki Healing including a 5 minute in-person demonstration

June 18, 2019 – Scholarship Recipient Luncheon with Guest Speaker, Judge Mary C. Evans 




Interested in becoming a BPW member?

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

BPW Scholarship

To view the BPW Scholarship Application click below Click to Apply

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.

She’s Here….Baby Willow with mom Jessica Cantwell and held by Mary Byrski.

willow and mary
Jessica and Willow and Mary B.

Monthly Membership and Social Networking

May 21, 2019

Debra Klara educating us on Reiki Healing

Lunch Menu Options are:

Cheese Ravioli with Sausage served with sweet & sour onions and peppers with a tomato sauce


Chopped Salad – mixed greens, bok choy, bacon, bleu cheese crumbles, scallions, candied pecans, rice noodles, radish and grilled chicken served with cabernet sauvignon vinaigrette

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, May 16, 2019 .   Reminder that no- shows will be invoiced.  Please look for a reply to your RSVP.  All RSVPs will receive a reply email.

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!

Apply for a College Scholarship

Applications for 2019 Scholarships are now open and being accepted.  All applications are due by April 1, 2019.

Click Here to Apply

Or click here for Printable PDF
to apply by mail.

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


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

Fashion Show 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