2021 KNOW Sarasota Vol II

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STATISTICS women-owned ON

BUSINESSES

40

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9MILLION WOMEN EMPLOY MORE THAN

OF ALL BUSINESSES ARE OWNED AND OPERATED BY WOMEN

PEOPLE

11.3

MILLION

MORE THAN

FIRMS ARE OWNED BY WOMEN

37

WOMEN EARN MORE % OF THAN THEIR HUSBANDS

1.6

WOMEN FIRMS GENERATE

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WHAT IF you could connect with women on a global scale who want to help you succeed?

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Register to attend a weekly ‘Let’s Have Coffee’ series, a monthly masterclass, or a monthly CEO Chat to help build your business or grow your career. Join the new member meetup or virtual events to connect with female members all over the globe.

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ONLINE PORTAL As soon as you join you’ll have access to The KNOW Women Global portal where you will find all of your members-only resources from CEO chats to connection calls. You’ll unlock business development opportunities, publicity, and marketing help, outreach opportunities, and the chance to continually connect and grow through collaboration and connection with your global sisterhood.

A CLASS OF LIKE-MINDED BUSINESS WOMEN WHO ARE COMMITTED TO LEVELING UP The KNOW Women Global Membership is built around women who will help you achieve your goals. You’ll be seen and heard, acknowledged, and supported. You won’t ever have to question if you are in the right room or if you have a seat at the table. Our movement is built to help you rise through inclusivity, positivity, and collaboration.

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from the

Founder & CEO

Launched in 2017, The KNOW WomenTM began as a way to bring more attention to dynamic women doing remarkable things in the Phoenix metro. We knew there were an outstanding number of women impacting the community and making big strides in their industries. Our goal was to get those women out from behind their computer screens and into the public eye. Thus, we created the KNOW Book, a carefully curated publication that would feature vision-led women in a glamorous and authentic style. As the momentum grew and we recognized the need for more, we launched our Collaborative around the women featured in our KNOW Book. Our mix & mingles soon ensued and we witnessed incredible things happening. We saw our women doing business with each other, creating friendships, supporting each other, collaborating on projects together, and so much more. What started as a fun project to spotlight women, has turned into a full-blown movement. The KNOW WomenTM has expanded beyond its birthplace of Phoenix, Arizona; its aim is to launch in every major city across the United States and Canada.

Sarah Benken FOUNDER & CEO

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KNOW Cares

SUPPORTS We believe that all women and youth should have access and opportunity to engage in leadership development programs. We create an educational experience for women and youth focusing on knowledge, problem-solving, leadership, communication, interpersonal skills, health, and well-being. We serve & provide financial assistance to local, national, and international communities. We support and educate women in business through our signature program.

KNOW Cares mission is to Empower, Educate and Engage women and youth globally through give-back initiatives related to LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, WOMEN IN BUSINESS, COMMUNITY IMPACT, and EDUCATION.

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collection We are a collection of highly successful, authentically driven women.

collaboration

We collaborate to support one another & build clout that inspires & motivates the advancement for all women.

community

We support our local & global communities by actively searching for ways to pay it forward.

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Portrait Unforgettable

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table of contents 10 beauty

39 health + wellness

16 business

40 home + life

32 fashion

60 non-profit

35 food + beverage

65 notable

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Within these pages is a community of women you must truly KNOW and do business with in the greater Sarasota area. Leaders. Creators. Entrepreneurs. Executives. Mothers. Philanthropists. These women are here for the woman they are, not the titles they may or may not hold.  They are committed to collaboration over competition, and LIFTing one another so we RISE together.  As a Volume I woman and founding KNOW Sarasota member, I knew my answer immediately when presented the opportunity to lead our community through the Volume II publication. The empowerment and unwavering support of women is my passion, and one of my core values in all things I do. When you bring women together, magical things happen. Our Volume I women, during a pandemic, still managed to form friendships, partnerships, and new businesses! We collaborated, taught, and supported one another- even if it was virtually. If we can achieve so much and stay connected when all odds are against us, imagine what we can do without such obstacles or our knowledge of how to get around them when necessary? I could not be prouder to share with you the KNOW Sarasota Vol. II publication featuring such dynamic and successful women. Some of our favorite SRQ ladies, and many hidden gems, are ready to build this KNOW community and continue living in the most deliberate way possible – we hope you will join us as a KNOW woman and/or support our sisterhood. Truly that is what this is, a sisterhood. Here is to us, to shattering the glass ceiling and moving through life and business boldly. Remember to BE BOLD, fortune favors the bold. XO,

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MARKET MANAGER

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BEAUTY

BRIDGET BRENNY

Bliss Aesthetics Medical Spa

Bridget Brenny, APRN is the founder and owner of Bliss Aesthetics Medical Spa, a boutique style medical spa centrally located on University Parkway in Sarasota. Bridget is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner and Master Injector, specializing in Aesthetic Medicine. She combined her medical, artistic and entrepreneurial backgrounds to create Bliss, a place for patients to be refreshed, renewed and rejuvenated. She is passionate about educating her patients and providing services to enhance their natural beauty and confidence. Her extensive background in surgical, general and cosmetic dermatology sets her apart in her field. Known for providing natural-looking results with treatments such as her signature Bliss Lips or Liquid Lift, Bridget truly is redefining the art of beauty. In just under one year Bliss outgrew it’s previous location, and by word of mouth referrals alone, Bridget became one of the most sought after injectors in Saradota She is the epitome of a “solo-entrepreneur” success story. She feels honored to treat each and every person that comes to her. Trained by industry leaders and well-known in the field of aesthetics for her keen eye and unmatched attention to detail, she is definitely a woman to know.

@bliss_aestheticsmedspa blissmedicalspasarasota.com info@blissaestheticsmedicalspa.com Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 10 | theknowwomen.com


BEAUTY

JIANXIN CHEN

Honeybrows by JC

Jianxin (Jasmine) Chen is a licensed and certified permanent makeup artist based in downtown Sarasota. She offers professional permanent makeup solutions to those who want to simplify their beauty routine and help those suffering from alopecia, body scars, and trichotillomania.

honeybrowsjc.com @honeybrows_jc

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BEAUTY

LIZA CARDEN

LG Howard & Company

Liza Carden began her journey at just 16 years old in cosmetology school with a dream of one day being a business owner. At the age of 25, Liza made that dream a reality and opened LG Howard & Company. Her vision is to provide more than just a place people come to get their hair done, but to create an experience that renews a guest’s mind, spirit and body. Liza’s passion for her vision is echoed among team members and is the defining characteristic of the LG Howard culture. When not at the salon mentoring her team, Liza can be found nurturing her second business, Liza Carden Coaching. She knows that businesses are started out of passion and conviction; but all too often business owners find themselves burnt out and overwhelmed. She is on a mission to help business owners fall back in love with their entrepreneurial journey.

@_liza_carden lghowardsalon.com 941.702.5390 Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 12 | theknowwomen.com


BEAUTY

RAECHEL BECKER

LucyMoon Studio

Raechel received her cosmetology license from Wisconsin in 2006 and has been creating for over a decade. Her love for the beauty industry started as a young girl as she watched her grandma Lucy always looking effortlessly polished. Raechel has a true love and passion for the beauty world and feels so fortunate to be part of such a creative and evolving industry. Education, classes, webinars, and premier hair shows around the country keeps her current with trends, techniques, and the newest technologies. A trained master stylist, educator, and certified color expert specializing in blondes. As your stylist Raechel’s mission is to enhance your inner beauty and confidence. She wants to grow a trusting and comfortable relationship with each and every guest, bringing your hair goals to life.

Lucymoonstudio.com @lucymoonstudio 6515 South Tamiami Trail Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 2021 | 13


BEAUTY

SUSAN LYNCH, MMS, PA-C

Sarasota Premier Aesthetics Susan Lynch is the owner and master injector at Sarasota Premier Aesthetics, a leading medical spa in the Sarasota/ Lakewood Ranch area. She has been practicing medicine for 15 years with over 12 devoted to aesthetic medicine, and has trained with some of the country’s top injectors. Susan has grown her practice tremendously in the last two years, which has allowed her to open up a new, larger location in Lakewood Ranch. She is not only medically skilled to inject, but also has the creative eye to see exactly what areas her patients need to improve upon to soften their look. Susan loves to see her patient’s happiness at follow up with not only improved outer beauty but also with improved self-esteem, confidence, and inner beauty. Susan’s services include Botox/Dysport, dermal fillers, lip enhancement, Sculptra, Kybella, Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF), IPL and ResurFx laser, and sclerotherapy. Aesthetician services include dermaplaning, facials, Geneo oxygenating facial, chemical peels, and SkinPen microneedling.

SarasotaPremierAesthetics.com 941.993.5926 8225 Nature’s Way, Ste 107 Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 14 | theknowwomen.com


BEAUTY

VANESSA SILVANA

Loch Nessa Makeup Creations

Ever since she was a little girl, Vanessa Silvana knew she was set out to be an artist and it wasn’t until her 20’s that she discovered her obsession for makeup. She auditioned for Laura Mercier as their Makeup Artist and was able to glam celebrities and her favorite designer, Rebecca Minkoff. After gaining personal clients while working she went on her own in March 2019 opening a salon in downtown Sarasota. Excited to excel in just one year, a pandemic hit forcing her to close the doors. This drove her to work harder and rebrand to LOCH NESSA MAKEUP CREATIONS. Vanessa has worked with MTV, TLC, Amazon Ads & Netflix. The name is her childhood nickname from her brother, and has turned into her creative signature. Vanessa’s Makeup Trick: Apply a pink/peach color corrector in a triangular shape under the eyes before concealer to brighten and lift them.

@LochNessa_makeup_creations  @lochnessamakeup lochnessacreations@gmail.com Photo Credit: Portrait Unforgettable 2021 | 15


BUSINESS

ALLISON IMRE

Grapevine Communications Ask any member of Grapevine Communications and you’ll find that it takes a balanced recipe of creativity, strategic planning and accountability to produce successful – and delectable – results for businesses, nonprofits and professionals of all tastes and styles. Spend a few moments with Owner/President/CEO Allison Imre, and you’ll learn that a dash of daring, a pile of personality and all the flavors and spices of a bi-coastal, wanderlust upbringing have made the perfect mix not only to grow this team and its book of business significantly, but to ensure a confident, contented collaboration of creative cooks with every client order. Allison was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas, by a mother from Los Angeles and a father from New Jersey. She discovered her destiny for a career in communications at an early age, playing “radio” with family friend and veteran broadcaster Pete Gabriel. She later graduated from the esteemed University of Kansas School of Communications and studied under the same speaking and performance coach as Paul Rudd and Jason Sudeikis. Shortly after, Allison landed a position with the KC Royals, combining her two loves: broadcasting and sports. In 2007, she took her talents to Sarasota and joined iHeart Media as a Senior Account Executive. Here, she was honored with the Salesperson of the Year Award in both 2011 and 2014. In 2017, she acquired Grapevine Communications, taking charge of the agency’s staff of 20 award-winning advertising, marketing and public relations professionals. She’s lived in the Virgin Islands, on the Baja Peninsula of Mexico, San Diego, New Orleans, Lake Tahoe, Colorado and on the Suncoast. She’s a business owner, paddleboarder, cancer survivor, self-proclaimed snappy dresser and fantasy football champion. Now, she finds her most important role is setting a positive example for her six-year-old son Raymond and expanding the next generation of fearless, strong, spicy women with her daughter Ryan, whom Allison and her husband David welcomed to the family this summer.

grapeinc.com 5201 Paylor Lane wowme@grapeinc.com Photo Credit: Portrait Unforgettable 16 | theknowwomen.com


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BUSINESS

APRIL WOLFINGER

Independent Contractor

Licensed financial professional April Wolfinger takes a unique and refreshingly empathic approach to money management and investment guidance. She welcomes opportunities to help clients at all stages of life create the financial plans necessary to crush their goals and turn dreams into reality. April understands that for many people, especially women, dealing with money carries psychological significance—for better or worse. She places a strong focus on assisting people in ways that educate and empower, encouraging the choice and freedom that come with healthy wealth-building habits. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business with a specialization in risk management and insurance from Georgia State University. After losing her dad to Covid-19 last year, April decided to pursue her own dreams of becoming an owner/independent agent. Today, she’s dedicated to helping others demystify investments, life insurance, college funds, debt, wills, and estate planning—so that we may all strive in this world

agents.worldfinancialgroup.com /april-wolfinger @apfinga aprilwolfinger@gmail.com Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 18 | theknowwomen.com


BUSINESS

DR. CARLA BURNS For over 20 years, Dr Carla has been an inspiration to people all over the world as an example of her passion for health and abundant living. Her many accomplishments include author, Ted Talk , Product developer, QiVibe App CEO, educator, and international speaker. Dr. Carla is most passionate about helping people reach their highest potential physically, mentally and spiritually. Dr Carla believes people can overcome their biggest challenges through an understanding of quantum energy and how it affects everything in and around us. Dr. Carla’s online course “Frequency for Health” can help you discover the ancient systems of self-healing to increase your energy, enhance your immune system, improve vitality, attract abundance and increase happiness. As a board-certified Doctor of Natural Medicine Dr. Carla also coaches patients both in person as well as remote. If you are struggling with chronic challenges in your health, relationships or have blocked abundance, Dr. Carla can analyze your Vital Body Blue Print. Based on your results Dr. Carla will coach you to awaken your inner healer to reach your highest human potential.

DrCarlaBurns.com DrCarlaBurns@gmail.com @DrCarlaBurns Photo Credit: Sean Malley 2021 | 19


BUSINESS

CHLOE TRAUTMAN JEN SMITH ALEXIS FRASER

The Metamorphosis Retreat

‘Siesta Key’ reality TV star, Chloe Trautman, International Artist, Alexis Fraser (aka Lipstick Lex), and Entrepreneur, Coach, and Speaker, Jen smith are three powerful women from different generations, backgrounds, upbringings, and careers paths.  This dynamic trio has joined forces to deliver a one-of-a-kind impactful retreat to give you the skill sets needed to design your life into the masterpiece you want it to be.  The Metamorphosis Retreat is a transformational and safe space to turn inward, connect, and fall in love with yourself again.  We explore health, wellness, mindset, spirituality, self-development, body awareness, business, and all the superpowers we possess as women.   Come learn from a thoughtful line up of experts, healers, practitioners, and business women to transform, expand your mind, build relationships, network, and level up in all areas of your life. Open your hearts and get ready for an experience of a lifetime!  Metamorphosis Retreat, Spring 2022!

@themetamorphosisretreat  themetamorphosisretreat@gmail.com

Photo Credit: Portrait Unforgettable 20 | theknowwomen.com


BUSINESS

ERIN WILDER

81 & Sunny

Erin Wilder, founder of 81 & Sunny (Sarasota, Florida), got her start in Chicago with the largest agencies in the world before relocating to the south and starting her own business with her husband. Her Florida-based agency specializes in responsible investment management into digital media programs, and driving the highest level of performance possible for her clients given their resources and goals. With a 90% client retention rate and over $25MM in projects, 81 & Sunny is taking their advanced knowledge of how digital marketing works, and helping their partner businesses level up online.

erin@eightyonesunny.com @eightyonesunny eightyoneandsunny.com Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 2021 | 21


BUSINESS

ESTHER KUZNETZ

STAR Financial Solutions

Esther Kuznetz started in the financial industry as a secretary on Wall Street in the 1980’s. She moved to Sarasota in 1991 and joined a small independent firm, where she was reintroduced to the financial industry and truly found her calling. After 13 years at that firm, it was time to go out on her own and work with clients her way. Esther joined a larger firm in 2008, but after 6 years, Esther decided that being an independent advisor was more her style and started STAR Financial Solutions. Esther can be seen twice a month on The Suncoast View, where she educates viewers on investing, financial planning and other related topics. Esther has a passion for working with, and empowering women by helping them take control of their financial future so they can focus on what really matters and have confidence regarding their finances and retirement income.

STARFinancialSolutions.com Esther@STARFinancialSolutions.com 941.357.1390 Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 22 | theknowwomen.com

All Securities Offered Through The Investment Center, Inc. Bedminster, NJ, Member FINRA/ SIPC. Advisory Services Provided Through IC Advisory Services, Inc., an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Esther Kuznetz is a Registered Representative of The Investment Center, Inc. STAR Financial Solutions is not affiliated with The Investment Center, Inc. or IC Advisory Services, Inc.Inc., an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Esther Kuznetz is a Registered Representative of The Investment Center, Inc. STAR Financial Solutions is not affiliated with The Investment Center, Inc. or IC Advisory Services, Inc.


BUSINESS

KORTNEE GONZALEZ

Echt-Architects LLC

Licensed ARCHITECT and business owner Kortnee Gonzalez focuses on designing high-end custom homes across Florida. She personalizes the client experience from design through construction, resulting in architecture that is functional and inspiring. Incredibly, Kortnee co-founded ECHT-ARCHITECTS at the age of 26 with the unwavering support of her husband Hector, business partner Andrew, and his wife Alexis. Kortnee is a nationally accredited, licensed Florida architect, and mom of a 3-year-old son. She grew up in Maine as an only child with a love of problem-solving and being creative. She earned her Master of Architecture degree from Norwich University and moved to Florida over a decade ago to pursue her passion for designing extraordinary homes. Kortnee loves advocating for her clients and executing their vision to the highest possible standard. She prides herself in her expeditious nature and ability to connect with people, and endeavors to consistently raise the standards of design and exceed expectations.

echt@echt-architects.com echt-architects.com 941.302.3490 Photo Credit: Portrait Unforgettable 2021 | 23


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BUSINESS

JEN SMITH

Jen Smith Consulting / LeLu Coffee

Jen Smith is breaking through barriers! Guiding women from what society says they should be into what and who they are. From business consulting to health coaching, speaking, and educating, Jen is all about collaborating and living her best life. Jen’s private practice serves productive female entrepreneurs focusing on health, life, and business coaching. With an outcome driven coaching style the process is simplified and streamlined for success. Believing that fortune favors the bold, Jen leads women in discovering the power that is waiting to surface within them. She is committed to guiding as many women as she can; empowering them to fall in love with themselves! Jen harnesses her femininity and the power of being a woman to encourage, uplift, educate, and inspire women from all walks of life. As an entrepreneur of 17 years and with 30 years of experience in both the clinical and practical setting, Jen’s background as a Clinical Dietician allows her to consult with a wide range of challenges - from women desiring more energy to women with serious medical conditions. With the mindset that our bodies and minds harness more power than most of us realize, Jen and her team are here to guide you, educate you, and walk along side of you every step of the way. Her dedication to serving the women of the community and collaborating with business owners has been opening doors and she is just getting started! “Linking arms with women in business has shown me, without a doubt, we are stronger together!” Jen is a mother, a partner, a philanthropist, a community activist, loves the salt water and the country, and embodies constant self-growth. LeLu Enterprise, of 13 years, has grown from a brick and mortar on Siesta Key to helping other entrepreneurs open their own businesses. Jen is a business consultant and is also roasting and distributing coffee under the LeLu brand as well as private labeling for other coffee shops. She is currently working on growing LeLu within the nationwide retail market. LeLu Enterprise is a company built on connection, creativity, and a love of coffee and community.

Lelucoffee.com @lelucoffee lelucoffeelounge@gmail.com

jensmith.co allthethings@jensmith.co @jensmithco

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BUSINESS

LOLA WHITE

Visionary, Mentor, Connector Role Model Successful Business Leader Lola White has dedicated her entire career to supporting leaders to live a life they love and create a legacy of which they can be proud. As a world-class executive personal brand strategist and Master Certified Coach, Lola is the business partner for c-suite executives and entrepreneurs providing clarity, direction, and a plan, throughout the life of their career journey. Recently relocating full time to Sarasota, Florida from New York City and Connecticut, today you can find Lola following her passion and purpose of supporting children’s organizations and female business owners using her best practices, proven methods, and programs to establish solid sustainable personal brands and business growth. Lola moved her global practice as Partner & Managing Director of the Career Management Practice at ExecutiveConnections.com and the recently launched EC spinoff BranditybyLola.com to better support her lifestyle and up level the brands of local business leaders.

lola@Brandity.com @lolalorrainewhite ExecutiveConnections.com Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 26 | theknowwomen.com


BUSINESS

NATALYA EVANS

Your Family Matters, P.A. Estate Planning & Family Law Natalya is a graduate of Stetson

University where she earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Master’s in Business Administration as well as Juris Doctor (law) degrees. Natalya has been a member of the Florida and Sarasota Bar associations since 2009 and had the incredible honor to be sworn into the US Supreme Court Bar in Washington DC by the Supreme Court Justices in 2018. Natalya is the founding and managing attorney at Your Family Matters, P.A. which she opened 10 years ago with the goal of bringing a positive change to our community. As a mother of 4 young kids, Natalya has a passion for protecting children and families. She has quickly found that two places that families often crumble is during times of loss, such as loss of a family unit or loss of a loved one and the stress that it creates. Natalya and her team focus on helping families protect their children, wealth and relationships through peaceful resolution of family matters and through comprehensive estate planning that keep families out of Court and out of conflict so that they can focus on what matters most, their family!

YourFamily.legal 941.275.2785 Offices: Sarasota & Tampa Photo Credit: Portrait Unforgettable 2021 | 27


BUSINESS

PEGGY KRONUS

PK Events & Services

Peggy’s passion and expertise come to life through brand development and promotional campaigns along with strategic event planning for both the corporate entity and the private sector. Designing creative outlets while encompassing corporate representation by utilizing digital and traditional marketing initiatives. Outgoing, positive, and energetic by nature only enhances her ability to share the corporate and client based story while creating brand awareness through sound strategic development. Respected as a voice in decision making, strategic and creative planning to enhance capital campaigns, community engagement, fundraising, as well as private social experiences through social media, print and digital advertising, event fundraising and extensive community awareness. Providing corporate and private support to client and nonprofit organizations within our community by creating positive event exposure. “It may not go well. The Party always begins with “P” and that is “ME!”

Events@willissmith.com

Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 28 | theknowwomen.com


BUSINESS

STACEY CRAWFORD

Capstan Financial Consulting Group

Stacey Crawford, Financial Consultant & First Vice President at Capstan Financial Consulting Group, specializes in Company Retirement Plans. She works with businesses and their owners to meet their specific retirement plan needs as well as the financial goals of their business and personal investments. She believes employer sponsored plans are a true business asset and an impactful employee benefit. Stacey is humble and kind and values helping others and promoting financial wellness. Those values drive her to provide quality service to her clients. This is why a majority of her business is run by word-of-mouth referrals. A Sarasota native, she is passionate about her community. Outside the office, she devotes her time as a current Board of Directors for the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and is involved with many non-profit committees. She believes, “The harder you work, the luckier you get,” as long as you’re working smart!

*Investment products and services are offered through Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC (WFAFN). Capstan Financial Consulting Group is a separate entity from WFAFN.

Stacey.Crawford@CapstanFCG.com capstanfinancial.com/retirement staceycrawfordadvisor Photo Credit: Portrait Unforgettable 2021 | 29


BUSINESS

SHEENA WORKS

Works Learning LLC

Sheena Works is a digital growth expert and educator who advises businesses on how to quickly identify the right strategies to 10X growth in the most simple and streamlined way possible. Sheena’s revolutionary method allows her team to find the “missing million” for their clients, while strengthening the structure of the six key areas of a healthy growing business. Her companies, Works Learning and SheeWorks, are on a mission to share simple strategies that can be easily implemented for businesses of all sizes to earn more with ease. Sheena’s commitment to creating impactful experiences is delivered by way of her highly interactive programs and offers. Her greatest passion is to help clients stop band-aiding bullet holes in their business, and start really generating the income their company deserves. Through her intensive sessions and implementation strategies, Sheena is focused on helping 1,000 businesses not only find but inject that missing million into their business. Sheena also holds a BA in Psychology, Masters in Education, is the Chief Learning Officer as well as sits on the board for the Tourism Academy. Additionally, her strategies have brought her collective clients $5,000,000+ in new revenue in less than one year. She is committed to her purpose of having a positive impact on the lives of 100,000,000 people and each client she works with helps bring her closer to this goal.

@sheena_works sheena@workslearning.com @in/sheenaworks Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 30 | theknowwomen.com


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FASHION

DEBBIE DANNHEISSER

Debbie Dannheisser Threads

Debbie Dannheisser is an American clothing designer, artist and philanthropist. A successful artist long recognized for her paintings with remarkable vibrant, bold and imaginative color, she expanded her creative realm becoming a recognized clothing designer producing women’s leggings and athleisure apparel inspired by her gallery of original art founding Debbie Dannheisser Threads in 2018. A self-taught artist, Debbie entered into the clothing design and manufacture industry with minimal business and marketing training. She saw her lack of business experience as a challenge not an obstacle and through diligence, study and hard work she quickly grew Debbie Dannheisser Threads into a successful business with a huge national following and clientele. “I have been awed and inspired by our success and I want our story to stand as proof that there are no limits to what a woman can accomplish with creativity, passion and vision”.

941.350.8839 Sales@DebbieDannheisser.com DebbieDannheisserThreads.com Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 32 | theknowwomen.com


FASHION

JESSICA PAPINEAU

Customized Styling by Jessica

Jessica Papineau is the Founder and visionary of the highly successful CSJ Brands, Customized Styling by Jessica and the new 2021 launch of CSJ Designs. If you’re fortunate to know Jessica then you know she is consistently building her business nationwide as an elite personal stylist, concierge full-service styling house, and image consulting. Jessica has the uncanny ability to create the ultimate wardrobe not only for her long term retained clients, but for others who have had the opportunity to meet her for the very first time. She steps right in to uncover their true authenticity and incorporate existing pieces her clients already have, or by adding pieces from her own curated lines. Clients often rave they can’t live without her styling support. The house of CSJ continues to expand even further with new programs, customized products, and services. When she’s not busy buying, styling, or creating her magic in person, you can find her on social media offering beauty and styling tips for others to enjoy.

customizedstylingbyjessica.com @customizedstylingbyjessica @customizedstylingbyjessica Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 2021 | 33


FASHION

PAM SOWDER KAYE DIXON

Founders of Haute Market, Author & Influencer Pam Sowder and Kaye Dixon are a mother-daughter force to be reckoned with when it comes to self-made entrepreneurial success. Pam is the best-selling author of Rich Girl, Poor Girl and co-founded a multi-million dollar global network marketing company. Kaye started her career as a fashion buyer then found her own success in network marketing and social selling. Pam and Kaye have a shared passion for fashion and are using their combined expertise to create Haute Market, a business-to-business app that will revolutionize the fashion industry. Kaye had uncovered industry needs that only grew as a result of the most recent virtual and social trends. The Haute Market App offers matchmaking services, bringing unparalleled efficiency and ease to brands and buyers in the fashion industry through a variety of targeted services. Follow Pam and Kaye on Instagram as they share their journey of building Haute Market over the next year.

@pamsowder richgirl.com @thecouturemom kayedixon.com Photo Credit: Jennifer Soos, Soos Photography 34 | theknowwomen.com


FOOD + BEV

JILL MARTINI

The Wandering Whale

Based out of Sarasota, FL, The Wandering Whale offers bar services for private events such as weddings, corporate gatherings and backyard parties across the Sunshine State. Boasting years of experience in the hospitality sector, owner Jill Martini adores delighting guests with her vintage mobile bar. Constructed in 1978, this former horse trailer has been transformed into a boutique bar with an eye-catching modern style. Defined by its vintagemeets-refined aesthetic, this unique bar is sure to charm your nearest and dearest. After graduating from Ringling School Of Art and Design with a major in Interior Design, Jill embarked on a lengthy career in design all while working simultaneously in the restaurant industry. She eventually decided to combine her talent for design and entrepreneurial zeal by setting up The Wandering Whale. With a fleet of bar options & services, this business is committed to providing you with a truly distinctive bar experience.

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FOOD + BEV

POONAM MAINI

Owner/President Tandoor Fine Indian Cuisine

Poonam is a dynamic, passionate, and empowered professional and philanthropist who has diligently served the Sarasota and Manatee communities for almost twenty-two years. She is recognized as a forward thinking, an inspirational leader among women, and a friend to all. She was featured as an Amazing Suncoast Woman on ABC7 News; and she was also invited to New York to speak on a Tedx stage to share her story to empower other women who go through physical and mental abuse in a relationship. Poonam is a proud owner of Tandoor Fine Indian Cuisine located at 8453 Cooper Creek Blvd. Tandoor is a first-place award winner of The Herald-Tribune Reader’s Choice awards every year since 2002. Tandoor offers healthy, delicious, and authentic Indian culinary options to community members seeking an exquisite dining experience. Tandoor offers high end catering options for all kind of events too. Additionally, Tandoor Indian Cuisine supports her non-profit: Share-Care Global. Every meal you enjoy at Tandoor provides a nutritious meal to someone in need. Poonam’s non-profit organization Share-Care Global is serving an average of 1000+ meals every week, and supports young girls by teaching them skills of custom designed Indian outfits via an entrepreneurship program. Share-Care Global also supports 56 elementary students, providing daily nutritious meals and much needed education. Poonam’s heart for service and stewardship is evidenced by her charitable contributions to organizations benefitting youth and women. However, Poonam’s numerous professional successes, philanthropic endeavors, and community impact opportunities do not hold a candle to her crowning achievement: raising three beautiful, highly successful children. Poonam believes she will be living her true American dream if she can help other women achieve their independence and recognize their self-worth!

tandoorsarasota.net @tandoorsarasota maini.tandoor@gmail.com Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 36 | theknowwomen.com


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FOOD + BEV

MELLISSA LOUTY

Blue Dahlia Catering

Mellissa Louty has been working in kitchens for 20 years, beginning her career in catering before moving to restaurants. After many years of running kitchens for other people, she made the leap to run her own. Just over two years ago she started her catering company, Blue Dahlia Catering. It has been a whirlwind of learning, teaching, and making impactful relationships. She strives for each event to be the best it can be for her clients. Her newest endeavor is opening her own location with her business partner Two Chefs on Hillview. It will be a hub of gourmet items, from house made charcuterie to any baked good you can think of. She is so excited for what the amazing future will bring!

bluedahliacatering.com bluedahliacatering@gmail.com @bluedahliacatering Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 38 | theknowwomen.com


HEALTH

JENIFER C. BACK

Sarasota Smile Design

Born in rural eastern Kentucky, Dr. Back learned early the value of hard work. Faced with poverty and few resources she found her path to success through her passion for growth and development. Dr. Back was determined to design her path and to make a way forward that created beauty and comfort for those lives she touched. As a small child she experienced first-hand how frightening dental care could be, fainting during early procedures and crying without comfort were sad memories for her. As a teenager Dr. Back met an orthodontist that changed her experience with dentists and as a result changed her life. Dr. Back found that after braces she was no longer the ugly duckling but her new smile helped her become the swan. She then knew that she wanted to do the same for others. Dr. Back has pursued cosmetic dentistry from her graduation from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 1995. Today Dr. Back owns a well-respected Cosmetic and General dental practice in Sarasota, Florida and always remembers the lessons that her background taught her, be kind, be compassionate and change lives for the better when you can.

sarasotasmiledesign.com @SarasotaSmileDesign office@sarasotasmiledesign.com

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HOME + LIFE

ADELA SEJDIC

Blue Mimi Concierge & Lifestyle Management

Adela was born in 1986 in the former Yugoslavia. During the civil war, the family emigrated to Germany, where Adela spent her childhood and early youth. The time in Germany shapes her and her character until today. As a teenager, Adela came to the U.S. and quickly managed to assimilate into society and find her place. After high school, she graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and worked successfully in the banking and insurance industry for many years. Today, the mother of two and entrepreneur runs her own Concierge & Lifestyle Management Service and is going for her MBA. Her company - Blue Mimi - was born out of a desire to make the most of life’s opportunities. Clients are given the freedom to focus on their own goals and desires while Blue Mimi handles the time-consuming routine tasks for them.

1343 Main Street, Ste 416 bluemimi.com info@bluemimi.com Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 40 | theknowwomen.com


HOME + LIFE

ALEXIS FRASER

Lipstick Lex

Sarasota, Florida artist, Alexis Fraser, is otherwise known in the creative space as ‘Lipstick Lex.’ Lex is an international artist who works on both private and corporate projects. Her work has been showcased nationally and abroad where she has landed various exhibitions, collaborations, campaign work, live performances, public speaking engagements, gala events, TV segments, celebrity endorsements, collectors, and more. Lex is an alternative visual artist utilizing a complete color palette of lipstick as her primary medium, while in addition, adorns everything she creates with her signature kiss. Her unconventional approach differentiates her work in the saturated art space and her brand is rapidly expanding as she evolves in the world of design and fashion with her bespoke signature wearable art collection. The kiss print is her symbol as it promotes love, self-love, beauty, personal empowerment, joy, and affection.

lipsticklex.com @lipsticklexofficial 941.704.8551 Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 2021 | 41


HOME + LIFE

ALISSA SILVERS

Liss Art Design

Alissa Silvers, the effervescent creative behind the global brand LISS, is an internationally recognized contemporary artist and graphic designer. Born and raised in Münchwilen, Switzerland, she now calls Sarasota home. Inspired by diverse destinations from her travels, powerful women, and people she meets along the way, Alissa’s commissions, featured in private and public collections worldwide, have ranged from 10ft pieces to live painting performances for philanthropic events. She brings a dynamic and modern feel to her paintings through a unique balance of color compositions and inspiring portraiture creating an exciting, kinetic experience for viewers. Alissa’s talents also extend to digital media, working with international and local clients to turn their businesses into industry powerhouses through evocative branding and design. Her passion is to create valuable community connections, support inspiring and meaningful causes, and uplift. Whether creating digitally or with a paintbrush in hand, whatever she touches turns into a masterpiece.

lissartdesign.com @liss.art.design liss@lissartdesign.com Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 42 | theknowwomen.com


HOME + LIFE

AUTUMN MCCONNELL

Summer Success Institute

No stranger to the world of education, Autumn is the owner and founder of Summer Success Institute, an academic based summer camp for children entering kindergarten through 8th grade. Her program not only focuses on the core subject areas of reading and math but equally emphasizes social and self-awareness skills, community involvement, and developing incredible little citizens in our community. The combination of Autumn’s passion for children and educational experiences over the past 20 years (including teacher, principal, and adjunct professor) and knowing Sarasota’s need for a relevant summer camp led to the birth and growing success of this expanding program. Autumn also enjoys working each Sunday in the children’s ministry at church, living a healthy lifestyle, and spending quality time with her foster children, family, and friends.

summersuccessinstitute.com summersuccess@icloud.com @summersuccessinstitute Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 2021 | 43


HOME + LIFE

Photo Credit: Portrait Unforgettable

CAT FORD-COATES

Portrait Unforgettable

Cat discovered her love of PhotogA speaker, a Mentor with Sue Bryce

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for entrepreneurs and Fine Art Portraiture.

son they are meant to be. That confidence

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education and the love of her craft. portraitunforgettable.com 828.417.7400 @portraitunforgettable


HOME + LIFE

ELIZABETH HARRISON MCDONALD

Sarasota Home Organizer

No stranger to moving, Elizabeth grew up in Portugal, and after graduating from college, settled in Florida where she began her 20-year career as a Project Manager for several international corporations. Her corporate and world-traveling experience taught her that sometimes no matter your good intentions, it can be challenging to find the time or energy to keep your home and business organized and on track. This realization paired with her passion for helping people led Elizabeth to establish Sarasota Home Organizer in 2014. Sarasota Home Organizer now features a full team of Professional Organizers who provide hands-on help for clients in all stages of life to clear the clutter and maximize their efficiency at home and in the office. Their goal is to set up processes and systems that bring order, simplicity and efficiency to your workspace and home. With these creative, individualized solutions in place, you have more time to enjoy the things you love!

sarasotahomeorganizer.com @SarasotaHomeOrganizer @organizesrq Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 2021 | 45


HOME + LIFE

ELIZABETH K. TOPP

Twinkle Toes Nanny Agency Pinellas-Sarasota

Elizabeth K. Topp owns and operates Twinkle Toes Nanny Agency PinellasSarasota. Twinkle Toes provides concierge style childcare in an affordable and hassle-free manner. Elizabeth’s decade of experience in Early Childhood Education and caregiving supports the families and nannies in the Twinkle Toes network consistently. As a community champion Elizabeth is involved in multiple organizations holding board positions and volunteering her time including Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, The American Cancer Society, The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Junior League Sarasota, and Easterseals Happiness House. Elizabeth is passionate about the youth and believes that through education and experience we can impact future generations in grand ways. She is also committed to lifting and empowering other women in their journeys to rise as one.

twinkletoesnanny.com elizabeth@twinkletoesnanny.com @twinkletoesnanny_pie.srq Photo Credit: Portrait Unforgettable 46 | theknowwomen.com


HOME + LIFE

JENNY ALDAY TOWNSEND

Music Compound / Level Up Jenny Townsend is the founder of Music Compound, a performance-based music school. Founded in 2016, Music Compound has become one of Florida’s leading music schools. Her background is in sales, marketing, fundraising, real estate, and assisting startups with rapid growth. She is a fifth-generation Sarasota native. Jenny has been instrumental in helping to grow several for and not-forprofit businesses. She attributes her success to her entrepreneurial parents, private school education, 10 years of 4-H, and youth sports. She recently launched a mentor and entrepreneur program for area teens known as Level Up. Jenny was named the 2019 Young Professional of the Year and Music Compound won Small Business of the Year for Products in Service in 2019. She was also a finalist for Women-Led Business in 2021. She has also been recognized by the Business Observer as one of the 40 Under 40.

MusicCompound.com / LevelUpSRQ.com @JennyInSRQ @Jenny Alday Townsend Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 2021 | 47


HOME + LIFE

JULES MACKIE

Coldwell Banker Realty Longboat Key

Jules brings an unparalleled wealth of knowledge and expertise of our local communities. Whether it’s information on current market conditions, or the nuances of home buying and selling, she’s considered by many to be among the top in her field. Her quick rise in real-estate sales stems from over 20 years experience at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as a successful, independent commodities floor trader. She thrives in a fast paced, ever-changing environment and brings that confidence and persistence to guide her clients. Jules takes great pride in providing exceptional service, and the best experience every step of the way. When not out with clients, she can be seen around town – at her son’s soccer games, paddle boarding, & enjoying live music. She is a member of the Junior League of Sarasota and national volunteer and supporter of La Leche League helping new mothers and babes.

Julesmackie@gmail.com @julesmackierealtor julesmackie.com Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 48 | theknowwomen.com


HOME + LIFE

KANDY MAGNOTTI

FL Suncoast Real Estate

Kandy Magnotti is a Florida Licensed Real Estate Agent and owner of FL Suncoast Real Estate and Relocation Consulting partnered with Preferred SHORE, an elite, boutique brokerage and real estate marketing company specializing in Florida’s coastal areas. After working for 20 years in the healthcare and wellness industry, with the last few years working as a successful life transitions counselor and residential sales agent in the highly competitive senior living sector, nothing brings Kandy more joy than to now successfully apply her diverse skillset and professional expertise in contract negotiation, sales, marketing, and facilitating life transitions to helping clients achieve their real estate goals and dreams. Backed by a progressive, cutting-edge, 21st century marketing powerhouse and real estate firm, if you are buying, selling, relocating, or investing, Kandy will be a partner on your real estate journey. “If you can dream it, I’ll help you achieve it.” ~ Kandy

941.807.7431 @flsuncoastrealestate @KandyMagnotti Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 2021 | 49


HOME + LIFE

KAROLINA LIRA

DJ Lira

Karolina is a born Ukrainian, but a true Hungarian at heart! Her love for DJing started over 10 years ago in a small club out on Siesta Key. From there she had moved to Orlando in order to continue her education at UCF while also working on her DJ skills. She had the opportunity to play at some large events in Orlando such as the New Year’s Eve Charity Ball; fashion shows at the Firestone Club, in addition to over 50 weddings at hotels and resorts like the Gaylord Palms. Right after graduation she had moved back to Sarasota to work at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. But she wasn’t ready to give up music just yet! After some time and networking, she had the opportunity to DJ at more local venues, weddings, events, and earn residency as the first local female DJ in Sarasota.

djlira.com @djlirak @DJLirak Photo Credit: Yaeko Photography 50 | theknowwomen.com


HOME + LIFE

KELLY BALDWIN

Coldwell Banker Realty

Kelly graduated from the University of Florida and went on to work in marketing and event management, developing a sophisticated skill set that translated perfectly to the real estate business when she started her career in 2013. A native Floridian with a wealth of market knowledge, Kelly brings a fresh perspective and proven results to every real estate experience. A specialist in new construction and waterfront properties, she enjoys serving first-time buyers and seasoned sellers alike throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties at all price points. An award-winning Realtor and rising star, Kelly was selected as an honoree for the National Association of Realtor’s Realtor Magazine’s “30 under 30” in 2016. Based out of Coldwell Banker’s prestigious and top-ranked Longboat Key office, she relishes in helping customers with the enhanced support of Coldwell Banker’s national and local strength in advertising, marketing, and technology.

941.404.9396 Kelly.Baldwin@floridamoves.com KellyBaldwin.com Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 2021 | 51


HOME + LIFE

LUCY SUITS

The Modern Girl Party & Co.

A party enthusiast, passion driven boss with a love for all things pretty, brings basic parties to a whole new level of design sophistication. Known for her extra style and unexpected edge, she merges “fun” and “luxury” to every execution in party design. Making spaces beautiful has always been a passion of Lucy’s. Lucy loves creating anything fun + whimsical to elegant. The latest addition to TMGP is their boutique-style Tee-pee & Picnic parties, or as she likes to call it “Glamping”. Much inspired by Lucy’s soon to be 11-year-old daughter, Lily. The Modern Girl Party works with all kinds of celebrations, from one year old parties to weddings. They execute Party Styling & Party Planning.

TheModernGirlParty.com hello@themoderngirlparty.com @TheModernGirlParty Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 52 | theknowwomen.com


HOME + LIFE

MELISSA ESTEP ROBIN KORNETT

Two Blooms Events

Melissa and Robin are a dynamic duo full of creativity, joy, and meticulous taste. Combining their professional lifestyle and design talents, the women launched Two Blooms Events several years ago and have been curating epic memories and elaborate parties ever since. Hosting fun and creative floral arranging workshops at favorite local hotspots or privately, guests arrive to a beautiful display of fresh blooms and leave with a new set of skills along with a gorgeous arrangement they made themselves! Entertaining guests with back-and-forth banter, Melissa and Robin love sharing top tricks of the trade and dishing out their favorite décor secrets. From florals to fine details, Melissa and Robin also offer customized boutique-style event branding for special celebrations. A one-of-a-kind signature look is their specialty!

twobloomsevents@gmail.com @twobloomsevents twobloomsevents.com Photo Credit: Bridget Lopez Photography 2021 | 53


HOME + LIFE

MORIAH K. TALIAFERRO

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Moriah Taliaferro is a leader in luxury real estate sales throughout Sarasota and Longboat Key. As an experienced REALTOR® with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, she has represented sellers and buyers in high-level transactions, and she has represented several luxury new development projects including Sage LBK, Orange Club, and ONE88. Moriah’s passion for real estate aligns with her dedication to serving others, ensuring that people are met with the highest level of care and attention to detail as they transition between homes. She extends the same commitment to community involvement, actively advocating for green space, conservation, and children’s causes through the Rosemary District Association, Junior League, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. She celebrates her past as an accomplished ballerina by promoting Sarasota’s distinguished arts culture and by seeking the balance between grace and strength in her daily life.

moriahtaliaferro.com moriah.taliaferro@premiersir.com @livinginsarasotaluxury Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 54 | theknowwomen.com


HOME + LIFE

RANA TIERNEY

Roohi Photography

From dreaming up creative, oneof-a-kind photo shoots to providing an unbelievable hair and makeup experience by her team, Rana Tierney, owner and photographer at Roohi Photography, has designed her exclusive portrait sessions around magazineworthy, interior design and a home full of gallery-worthy images. Rana specializes in WOMEN. From high school seniors to incredible women entrepreneurs and all the boss babes in between, Rana’s main focus is providing amazing portraits to women of all ages. She shows them that investing in themselves should always be high on their priority list. Focusing on branding sessions for women as well as high school senior portraits, Rana is able to take her talent of photographing women and create images that leave her clients speechless. She is dedicated to making her clients’ portrait dreams come true. She’s a mom, coffee-lover, wife and a woman who believes in empowering others.

roohiphotography.com rana@roohiphotography.com @roohiphoto Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 2021 | 55


HOME + LIFE

SHANTEL NORMAN

“Humble Yourself”. Shantel is also an influencer and specializes in Digital Mar-

Jah Movement & Humble Yourself Clothing Brand

Shantel Norman is a native of Lexing-

keting and helping small businesses with their social media content. Shantel also national spotlight on ABC network reality

works for Visit Sarasota County, Sarasota

ton, North Carolina, and moved to Florida

show Karaoke Battle USA. Shantel was

County Convention, and Visitors Bureau.

in 2009. Shantel has competed in many

the 2nd place finalist as one of the best

talents shows such as Triad Idol for the

singers in the USA. Shantel has also sung

triad area of North Carolina winning a

at the Legendary Apollo Theater in Har-

spot as one of the finalists, the Omega

lem NY and came in 2nd place. Shantel

Psi Phi talent show winning 2nd place,

has a very popular Reggae Band called

and in the Summer 2011 and made the

Jah Movement and her own clothing line,

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shantelvnorman.com @jahmovementband info@jahmovement.com Photo Credit: Roohi Photography


HOME + LIFE

VIKTORIA WARREN

VictoriaBlooms

It started with a simple concept a little over 10 years ago: to turn a passion for floral design into a bespoke floral design company. European born, and New York City raised gave Viktoria that edge and flair to her work in Sarasota, which she recognized the city was craving. “As soon as I started designing, it was like a fire started burning inside me. I loved every minute and wanted to keep creating.” Today, her trained team has grown to accommodate the company’s growing list of clients throughout Sarasota and the greater Tampa Bay area. Whether the client is hosting an intimate dinner party, fashionable gala, or a high-end wedding, the team take the time to know their client and materialize a vision into a floral reality. Seeking inspiration from traveling and collaborating with US and European designers on various projects is what keeps the company driven and fuels the creativity needed to beautifully execute every event.

@victoriabloomssrq 941.363.0900 info@victoriabloomssrq.com Photo Credit: Portrait Unforgettable 2021 | 57


HOME + LIFE

TAMMY MACEY JENNIFER FOLSOM SAMANTHA BENNA ABRESHA ABOUZEID PAULA BRYANT

BMW of Sarasota & Lamborghini Sarasota

From the razor sharp finance skills of Tammy Macey to the backend accounting management of Jennifer Folsom, BMW and Lamborghini Sarasota’s Ladies of Luxury delivery premium experiences like no others. Samantha Benna has nearly a decade of experience configuring six and seven figure Lamborghini’s along with coordinating the owners experience from anywhere around the world.

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Arbresha Abouzeid brokers horse power

experience. These ladies bring nearly 100

and the finest brand in the exotic car

years of industry experience to the table

world with poise and confidence. And

that started with companies like Verizon

last but definitely not least, Paula Bryant

Communications and were perfected at

manages hundreds of client touches daily

BMW and Lamborghini Sarasota.

using a balance of the most cutting-edge technology and AI with well-trained humans that must be prepared to intercept the challenges that life presents between

bmwofsarasota.com lamborghinisarasota.com jfolsom@bmwofsarasota.com

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NON-PROFIT

ALISON THOMAS BECKY FOREST

The Haven

Founded in 1954, The Haven offers programs and services for children, teens, and adults with disabilities to enhance their quality of life by encourag­ ing independence, championing inclusion and advocating for their individual rights. Alison and Becky firmly believe in a world where people with disabilities are includ­ ed and celebrated for who they truly are — talented and incredible human beings. As the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Adult Services, Alison and Becky work closely together to develop and oversee progressive and innovative programs to enhance the quality of life for their clients and families. Alison believes that through high quality programming everyone can meet their maximum potential. Becky and her teams commitment to the Haven continues to be one of the reasons for the nonprofits tremendous growth over the past few years. On any given day, the dynamic duo can be seen on campus engaging clients, promoting awareness, and fostering community partnerships.

thehavensrq.org 941.355.8808 4405 Desoto Road Photo Credit: Portrait Unforgettable 60 | theknowwomen.com


NON-PROFIT

BRITTANY BRYANT-SWIFT

Easterseals Southwest Florida Brittany Bryant is the Director of Early Childhood Intervention at Easterseals Southwest Florida. Easterseals has served our community for 75 years and offers the highest quality of programming to children, youth, and adults with disabilities. The Lily School for Child Development is a nationally accredited, inclusive preschool serving children six weeks to five years of age. Brittany was born and raised in Ohio, and attended the University of Toledo where she obtained a B.A in Early Childhood & M.Ed. concentrating in Special Education. She has been in educational leadership for twelve years with experience in non-profit, corporate, private, and home-based care. Brittany is passionate about educating the youth, as they are the leaders of tomorrow, and is dedicated to impacting future generations while empowering others to do the same. Brittany is proud to take part in changing the world by providing opportunities in our local community.

bbryant@easterseals-swfl.org easterseals-swfl.org 941.355.7637 Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 2021 | 61


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NON-PROFIT DAWN PAGE YOLANDA MANCHA SHELLEY BROOKS SURIYA KHONG ROSCELYN GUENTHER

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties have played an integral role in the Sarasota County community for more than 50 years, providing daily programs and services to thousands of young people. The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The vision is to provide a world-class Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.

BGCSDC.org 941.366.3911 info@bgcsdc.org Photo Credit: Portrait Unforgettable 2021 | 63


NON-PROFIT

SHAVONNE SIMON

Truly Valued, Inc.

Shavonne-inspired by her life experiences, education, faith, and compassion for her community-founded Truly Valued in 2014, a non-profit whose mission is to promote positive self-esteem, education, confidence and character among at-risk youth. Incorporating the family unit, services include character development, mentoring and community service. Shavonne is a dedicated mother of two with three bonus children. She holds a Master’s in Management from the University of Phoenix, received her Certification in Nonprofit Management and Leadership and is currently pursuing her Diploma in Divinity from Christian Leaders College. She is an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and School Advisory Council (SAC) at Booker Middle School. Shavonne is also a published author of three children’s books. In her spare time, Shavonne enjoys reading, travelling and spending quality time with her kids, family and friends. Her personal mission is to help people to love themselves so that they can love others.

trulyvalued.org shavonne@trulyvalued.org @trulyvaluedinc Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 64 | theknowwomen.com


NOTABLE

GRACI MCGILLICUDDY

All Star Children’s Foundation

Children are the promise of tomorrow. Graci McGillicuddy has been committed to healing children victimized by abuse for over 35 years. Her dream of a place where children who have experienced abuse & neglect can heal, has now come true. The All Star Children’s Center is a refuge for children, a place where healing occurs, hope is restored and spirits are renewed. The 5-acre campus which houses a 12,000 sq. ft. Mental Health Treatment & Research Center, 6 foster homes, a clubhouse, playgrounds and more, provides abused children, when first removed from their homes, a nurturing, family style home environment and comprehensive, trauma informed treatment. All Star sets the standard in healing childhood trauma through innovation, science & compassion. Graci is happiest at the All Star campus seeing the transformation as the light comes back into the children’s eyes. Her greatest reward is receiving a hug from an All Star child.

3300 17th St. 941.349.6605 graci@ascf.care Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 2021 | 65


NOTABLE

TERRI KLAUBER

Michael’s On East

Generous in heart and spirit, Terri Klauber is an amazing mother and grandmother, dedicated friend, and passionate supporter to multiple non-profits supporting children and families in our region and worldwide. As an Advisory Board member for the past 12 years, Terri helped create and has chaired “Cooking For Wishes” for Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. She also works with Easterseals, The Child Protection Center, The All Star Children’s Foundation, and more. Terri and her husband Michael co-founded the All Heart Fund and the legendary “Safari Sarasota” events – helping to build seven digital learning schools in some of the most rural areas of South Africa – giving thousands of young people chances to learn technology skills and help them enter today’s digital world. Terri and her husband have hosted over 40 International food & wine trips as part of their Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club. Terri also is the Michael’s on East Director of Community Engagement.

Terri@bestfood.com @Terri Shea-Klauber @Mommabird84 Photo Credit: Roohi Photography 66 | theknowwomen.com


WOMENof impact

Samantha Gholar Weires

In January 2017, Samantha thought of an idea that could bring together all of Sarasota’s talented, young professionals in the Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) community. Hoping to help like-minded young professionals feel a sense of support and belonging in the area, she founded Emerge Sarasota, a 501c3 nonprofit that connects and provides a platform and resources for young professionals of color in Sarasota/Manatee counties. The mission of Emerge is to help foster a thriving, diverse and collaborative group of BIPOC professionals and allies, who have made a lasting impact on our peers and throughout the community of Sarasota.  In addition to her philanthropic efforts, Samantha is a wife, mother, award-winning news reporter, and wellbeing educator. Her holistic, well-being lifestyle brand, Well + Wild Co., will launch in Sarasota in early summer 2022.

Founder Emerge Sarasota

Photo by Barbara Banks

Victoria Kasdan, RN, BSN, MPH

Founder & CEO of Mission Made Possible, LLC

Victoria Kasdan is a registered nurse, former public health administrator, and seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in for-profit and nonprofit sectors. As CEO of Mission Made Possible, she oversees consulting services that help organizations overcome barriers to accomplish their goal. Previously, as Executive Director, Ms. Kasdan led a healthcare nonprofit providing nearly 1000 low-income uninsured residents more than $1.3 million in free care annually. Recognized twice as a Florida Top 50 Influencer, she is an accomplished keynote speaker, Junior League of Sarasota member, Board Chair at Making An Impact, and a Board of Director for several local and regional nonprofits. Kasdan holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Masters in Public Health from the University of Illinois, and is a licensed insurance agent for health, life, and variable annuities. 2021 | 67


ILEANA MANN Vol. 1 | Pg. 12 The Skin & Body Bar

ASHLEY GRUTERS Vol. 1 | Pg. 56 SRQ Events JOVANA MORGAN Vol. 1 | Pg. 40

HOLLY SKOWRONSKI Vol. 1 | Pg. 30 Modern Soul Boutique

ALUMNAE

KNOW SARASOTA BOOK ALUMNAE JESSICA HAYS Vol. 1 | Pg. 73 SPARCC

DONNA KOFFMAN Vol. 1 | Pg. 75

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DR. ASHLEY KEEN Vol. 1 | Pg. 36-37 Aspen Dental

YOLANDA NASH Vol. 1 | Pg. 47 Hot Yoga 4 You

ALYSSA RAKOVICH Vol. 1 | Pg. 18 NAMCOA PATRA RUEANGARAM Vol. 1 | Pg. 33 Patra Jordan Jewlery


behind every successful woman IS A TRIBE OF OTHER SUCCESSFUL WOMEN

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BRIDGET BRENNY.....................................BLISS AESTHETICS.........................................................BEAUTY.............................10 JIANXIN CHEN..........................................HONEYBROWS BY JC......................................................BEAUTY.............................11 LIZA CARDEN............................................LG HOWARD & COMPANY...............................................BEAUTY.............................12 RAECHEL BECKER.....................................LUCYMOON STUDIO........................................................BEAUTY.............................13 SUSAN LYNCH..........................................SARASOTA PREMIERE AESTHETICS...............................BEAUTY.............................14 VANESSA SILVANA...................................LOCH NESSA MAKEUP CREATIONS................................BEAUTY.............................15 ALLISON IMRE..........................................GRAPEVINE COMMUNICATIONS.....................................BUSINESS.........................16 APRIL WOLFINGER...................................APRIL WOLFINGER - INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR........BUSINESS.........................18 DR. CARLA BURNS...........................................................................................................................BUSINESS.........................19 CHLOE TRAUTMAN, JENNIFER SMITH & ALEXIS FRASER.....................................THE METAMORPHOSIS RETREAT...................................BUSINESS.........................20 ERIN WILDER............................................81 & SUNNY....................................................................BUSINESS.........................21 ESTHER KUZNETZ....................................STAR FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS........................................BUSINESS.........................22 KORTNEE GONZALEZ................................ECHT ARCHITECHTS.......................................................BUSINESS.........................23 JENNIFER SMITH......................................JEN SMITH CONSULTING................................................BUSINESS.........................24 LOLA WHITE.............................................EXECUTIVE CONNECTIONS LLC.....................................BUSINESS.........................26 NATALYA EVANS.......................................YOUR FAMILY MATTERS..................................................BUSINESS.........................27 PEGGY KRONUS........................................WILLIS SMITH CONSTRUCTION......................................BUSINESS.........................28 STACEY CRAWFORD.................................CAPSTAN FINANCIAL CONSULTING GROUP...................BUSINESS.........................29 SHEENA WORKS.......................................WORKS LEARNING..........................................................BUSINESS.........................30 DEBBIE DANNHEISSER.............................DEBBIE DANNHEISSER THREADS...................................FASHION...........................32 JESSICA PAPINEAU..................................CUSTOMIZED STYLING BY JESS.....................................FASHION...........................33 PAM SOWDER & KAYE DIXON...................HAUTE MARKET..............................................................FASHION...........................34 JILL MARTINI............................................THE WANDERING WHALE...............................................FOOD & BEVERAGE...........35 POONAM MAINI........................................TANDOOR FINE INDIAN CUISINE....................................FOOD & BEVERAGE...........36 MELLISSA LOUTY.....................................BLUE DAHLIA CATERING................................................FOOD & BEVERAGE...........38 JENIFER C. BACK......................................SARASOTA SMILE DESIGN..............................................HEALTH & WELLNESS.......39 ADELA SEJDIC..........................................BLUE MIMI CONCIERGE..................................................HOME & LIFE.....................40 ALEXIS FRASER........................................LIPSTICK LEX.................................................................HOME & LIFE.....................41 ALISSA SILVERS.......................................LISS ART DESIGN............................................................HOME & LIFE.....................42

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index AUTUMN MCCONNELL.............................SUMMER SUCCESS INSTITUTE.......................................HOME & LIFE.....................43 CAT FORD-COATES...................................PORTRAIT UNFORGETTABLE..........................................HOME & LIFE.....................44 ELIZABETH HARRISON.............................SARASOTA HOME ORGANIZER.......................................HOME & LIFE.....................45 ELIZABETH K. TOPP TWINKLE TOES NANNY AGENCY PINELLAS-SARASOTA.................................................................HOME & LIFE.....................46 JENNY TOWNSEND...................................MUSIC COMPOUND / LEVEL UP......................................HOME & LIFE.....................47 JULES MACKIE.........................................COLDWELL BANKER REALTY..........................................HOME & LIFE.....................48 KANDY MAGNOTTI...................................PREFERRED SHORE REALTY...........................................HOME & LIFE.....................49 KAROLINA LIRA........................................DJ LIRA...........................................................................HOME & LIFE.....................50 KELLY BALDWIN.......................................COLDWELL BANKER REALTY..........................................HOME & LIFE.....................51 LUCY SUITS...............................................THE MODERN GIRL PARTY & CO.....................................HOME & LIFE.....................52 MELISSA ESTEP & ROBIN KORNETT.........TWO BLOOMS EVENTS...................................................HOME & LIFE.....................53 MORIAH K. TALIAFERRO MORIAH K. TALIAFERRO | PREMIER SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY.....................................HOME & LIFE.....................54 RANA TIERNY...........................................ROOHI PHOTOGRAPHY...................................................HOME & LIFE.....................55 SHANTEL NORMAN..................................JAH MOVEMENT.............................................................HOME & LIFE.....................56 VICTORIA WARREN...................................VICTORIA BLOOMS.........................................................HOME & LIFE.....................57 TAMMY MACEY, JENNIFER FOLSOM, SAMANTHA BENNA, ABRESHA ABOUZEID, PAULA BRYANT. BMW OF SARASOTA & LAMBORGHINI SARASOTA..........................................................................HOME & LIFE.....................58 ALISON THOMAS & BECKY FOREST..........THE HAVEN.....................................................................NON PROFIT.....................60 BRITTANY BRYANT-SWIFT........................EASTERSEALS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA............................NON PROFIT.....................61 YOLANDA MANCHA THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF SARASOTA AND DESOTO COUNTIES..................................................NON PROFIT.....................62 SHAVONNE SIMON...................................TRULY VALUED................................................................NON-PROFIT.....................64 GRACI MCGILLICUDDY..............................ALL STAR CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION.............................NOTABLE..........................65 TERRI KLAUBER........................................MICHAEL’S ON EAST.......................................................NOTABLE..........................66

alumnae............................................................................................... 68

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HOLLY SKOWRONSKI

JOVANA MORGAN

SAMANTHA GHOLAR WEIRES

ASHLEY GRUTERS

ILEANA MANN

PATRA RUEANGARAM

VICTORIA KASDAN, RN, BSN, MPH

DONNA KOFFMAN

JESSICA HAYS

YOLANDA NASH

DR. ASHLEY KEEN

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