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St. Petersburg, FL – From the Chief of Police to Chief Executive Officer, the titles of the finalists for the Women with Vision Awards are as diverse as the organizations and causes that they represent. More than 115 nominations were received for this annual celebration of influential women, and the winners will be announced during the Iconic Women of St. Petersburg event on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel. This luncheon and ceremony, taking place during national Women’s History month, not only raises funding and awareness for the Chamber which supports the development of business in St. Petersburg, but also honors women who have become iconic leaders in various areas of business and community outreach throughout Pinellas County.
A panel of esteemed judges, representing both business and community service, has named the following as finalists for the Women with Vision Awards:
International Woman of the Year Honoring a woman who has made a significant global impact on behalf of Pinellas County through her professional actions Ashley Rhodes-Courter, Author and International Child Welfare Advocate
Rhonda Shear, President, Shear Enterprises, Inc.
Leslie Waters, Founder & President, Leslie Waters Government Relations
In addition to the highly-anticipated awards ceremony, the Iconic Women of St. Petersburg event will also include a pre-event reception featuring a one-of-a-kind boutique filled with irresistible items along with an opportunity to network with more than 450 attendees including business and community leaders from throughout the Bay area. The event’s “Lipstick Lounge” will be open to VIP guests both prior to and following the event, and will serve as an escape for one-on-one conversation amidst a chic environment ‘to see and be seen.’
Lissette Campos, Director of Community Affairs for WFTS/ABC Action News, will serve as the event’s master of ceremonies, and punctuating the importance of women in business will be a keynote presentation by Colleen Barrett, Southwest Airlines President Emerita, and named by Fortune Magazine as one of the country's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.
Supported by the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Leadership Council and presenting sponsor Ceridian, event doors open at 10:30 am on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 with the luncheon and ceremony concluding by 2 pm. Tickets for the Iconic Women of St. Petersburg – celebrating the Women with Vision Awards are $60pp; tables of 10 are $600, tables of 12 are also available at $720. (The Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel is located at 333 1st Street South, downtown.)
For more information, or to purchase tickets for the Iconic Women of St. Petersburg – celebrating the Women with Vision Awards presented by the St. Petersburg Area of Commerce Women’s Leadership Council, please visit stpete.com or call 727.388.2914.
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From her beginnings on the pageant circuit and campaign trail, to her role hosting “USA Up All Night,” a nationwide comedy tour, and features in People and PLAYBOY, Rhonda Shear has proven that smart and sexy go hand in hand. Her latest endeavor, Rhonda Shear intimates, is a true passion project, with designs that focus on comfort and support without sacrificing femininity or style. With tremendous success selling over 25 million units of the AhhBra on HSN, The Shopping Channel: Canada, and other shopping channels, Rhonda continues to develop her line and empower women worldwide. Rhonda Shear is making her return to entertainment in January 2012 with RhondaShearTV.com, utilizing a similar format as her 90’s hit show, “Up All Night.”