2023 Tampa City Book Volume Six

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2 SARAH BENKEN FOUSHEE Sarah Benken Foushee is a serial entrepreneur and CEO of 14 years, who has built and scaled her own brands internationally. She founded KNOW Women out of a passion for supporting fellow high-achieving businesswomen. Her mission is to provide space for dynamic female leaders to gather, collaborate, and be celebrated for their successes and hard work. In 2020, Sarah founded KNOW Cares, the non-profit philanthropic arm for KNOW Women, which is focused on empowering, educating, and raising funds for women and girls worldwide. KNOW WOMEN Founded in Phoenix, Arizona in 2018 - KNOW is a global media company and community dedicated to amplifying the voices of female leaders, executives, and entrepreneurs. In April of 2019, after launching more than 20 publications and hosting more than 120 in-person events, KNOW launched its digital platform for female business owners. Built for those in high-growth mode, the membership became the space for women to align through professional development, accountability, and community. In 2020, after recognizing the need for even more connection and through our desire to continue to provide the best opportunities for growth and exposure, KNOW launched its Global Membership. Any woman regardless of their locale, career, or tenor, can align with KNOW Women. KNOW publishes the nationally recognized KNOW City Book and Women to KNOW State Book, and produces the annual KNOW Summit in Phoenix, Arizona. To date, KNOW has featured more than 8000 women, printed 52 volumes of KNOW books and launched a quarterly member magazine, hosted 550+ events, developed 3 award recognitions, including 40 OVER 40, Social Impact Awards, and 100 Women to KNOW in America... and has 12,700+ (and counting) women involved from all over North America. For more information, or to get involved, go to: theknowwomen.com

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7 CONTRIBUTORS THANK YOU TO THE LADIES THAT MADE KNOW TAMPA BAY VOLUME SIX HAPPEN ALEXIS QUINTAL South and Central Neighborhood Leader DANA RUTHERFORD Community Development Tampa Bay BERNADETTE PELLO East Hillsborough Neighborhood Leader KELLY ROSS KNOW Cares Vice-President CAROLYNN JONES Contributor JESSICA ANDREWS Contributor AMBIKA AGRAWAL Photographer BROOKE DINKEL Photographer ELINA LEVY Photographer MALLARY DENSON Photographer

8 Publisher Sarah Benken Foushee Creative Director + Designer Myra Ray Community Development Dana Rutherford Neighborhood Leads Alexis Quintal Bernadette Pello Contributors Carolynn Jones Jessica Andrews Photographers Mallary Denson Brooke Dinke Ambika Agrawal Elina Rose KNOW Cares Kelly Ross Connect @theknowwomen Subscribe theknowwomen.com Bring KNOW to your city! hello@theknowwomen.com tampa


BEAUTY 10 Self-confidence is the most beautiful thing a woman can wear. Sunni Moreno, APRN, CRNA, is a boardcertified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologist with a vision to provide a place where women can be heard and empowered. For over a decade, Sunni has treated populations ranging from neonates to geriatrics and critical care. During her anesthesia residency, Sunni fell in love with nerve blocks, spinal anesthesia, and labor epidurals, when she found medical aesthetics, she fell in love all over again. This time, instead of relieving pain in the OR, she was helping her clients find their self-confidence with facial rejuvenation. Today, she brings both practices together to provide virtually painfree procedures by implementing some of her anesthesia. Sunni enjoys working with her clients to reach their goals for a fresh, natural look and youthful glow. In her free time, she loves spending it with family! Sunni has been happily married for over 20 years to Juan Carlos, and they have two children. As a family, they enjoy spending time on the water and cooking meals together. Sunni is passionate about philanthropy and is very involved in the local community. SUNNI MORENO After Glow Aesthetics & Wellness @afterglow.sunni @AfterGlow.Sunni glowwiththebest.com PHOTO CREDIT: AMBIKA PHOTOGRAPHY

BUSINESS 11 I aim to make more entrepreneurs by making it easier to be an entrepreneur! With expertise in personal branding, marketing, and public relations, Alexis Quintal carved her path as a successful business owner and is empowering a new class of executives and entrepreneurs. Her leadership style is on the ground, ahead of the curve. After spending ten years refining her skills at large agencies, nonprofits, private universities, and public corporations, Alexis created the Rosarium Collective to unite the entire branding, marketing, and PR experience. Clients have access to a handpicked team of business-owner contractors who are all masters in their craft. Alexis, a former college professor, brings a natural flair for education. If you’re seeking a captivating speaker for your next event, Alexis is passionate about reimagining presentations to be more interactive and engaging. Her take on branding speaks to any industry and every single person’s personal brand. Follow Alexis on social media for complementary strategies with client case studies. ALEXIS ROSE QUINTAL Rosarium PR & Marketing Collective @alexis.rose.quintal @alexisrquintal grow@rosarium.work rosarium.work PHOTO CREDIT: MODERN MEDIA GROUP

BUSINESS 12 It’s better to keep moving slowly than to not progress at all. Ambika is a well-known fashion and branding photographer from the Tampa Bay area with a decade of experience in fashion, branding, and portrait photography and more than five hundred photo shoots under her belt. Beyond photography, she is also an expert in studio lighting and digital photo editing. Ambika’s editorial work has been featured in several national and international magazines. She has also won several photography competitions, most recently being recognized in the top 10 in the world for illustrative portrait photography at the 2023 World Photographic Cup in Singapore. Ambika grew up in India, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree, and moved to the United States in 2002 with her family. After working in sales for a few years, Ambika finally embraced her artistic abilities and began pursuing her dream of becoming a photographer. Ambika enrolled in a photography certification course at the University of South Florida in 2014, and the rest is history. AMBIKA AGRAWAL Ambika Agrawal Photography @ambyagrawal @ambika-agrawal ambikaphotography.com PHOTO CREDIT: AMBIKA PHOTOGRAPHY

BUSINESS 13 Knowing and honoring your personal values and boundaries, especially for women, is critical to living a successful life. As an award-winning CHRO, Barbie influences the transformation of organizations, their cultures, and business outcomes by delivering a business-driven, data-unformed, and people-centered approach to strategy and leadership. In 2020, Barbie launched The Business of HR, bringing her vast experience in varied industries and corporate structures to organizations around the globe, providing support as a Fractional CHRO. Barbie was selected as the Top Workplace Strategist for 2023 and has frequently been recognized for her influence in the HR community and commitment to shifting HR from a tactical function to a strategic business function. “I love partnering with organizations to connect their People, tools, and infrastructure to desired business outcomes. I am not the typical ‘HR lady.’ I ask tough questions, challenge the norms, and bring Agile practices into the People Space”, says Barbie. Barbie is a sought-after speaker, podcast guest, and contributing writer for Forbes, Medium, Thrive, HR Today, SHRM, and more. Barbie shares, “I am so grateful for all who have helped pave the way so I can do what I do, and I hope I am doing the same for those who come after me.” BARBIE WINTERBOTTOM The Business of HR @barbiewinterbottom barbie@businessofhr.com barbiewinterbottom.com PHOTO CREDIT: BROOKE DINKEL CO.

14 Brooke Palmer Kuhl turned her passion into a thriving career in 2007 by founding RSBP Events + PR. Over the past 16 years, she has demonstrated an unparalleled ability to blend creativity with strategic planning, propelling her firm to the forefront of the industry. Brooke’s journey as a recent graduate with a master’s degree in public relations from Georgetown University while still the president and CEO of her boutique event and wedding planning and lifestyle PR firm is a testament to her dedication and skill. Under her leadership, RSBP Events + PR has flourished, serving a diverse range of local, regional, and national clients. Brooke’s portfolio boasts an impressive array of projects, from luxury weddings and corporate events to high-profile engagements for nonprofits, professional athletes, celebrities, and hospitality brands. Notable clients include Tampa Bay Lightning hall of famer Vinny Lecavalier, the legendary Olivia Newton-John, The Phoenix, Melting Pot Social, Bavaro, Donatello Restaurant, and Kahwa Coffee, showcasing her ability to cater to a broad spectrum of tastes and preferences. Her relentless pursuit of the extraordinary characterizes Brooke’s approach to event planning. She delights in weaving elements of surprise into her events, such as suspending BROOKE PALMER KUHL RSBP Events + PR Hello@rsbpevents.com 727.528.9544 rsbpevents.com PHOTO CREDIT: CAT FORD-COATES Be the cream that rises to the top of the cup. a piano from the ceiling or arranging unexpected appearances by sports luminaries like the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier. Her creativity knows no bounds, often incorporating whimsical features like a flurry of disco balls to elevate the atmosphere. This ingenuity is driven by her desire to exceed expectations, striving to realize her clients’ dreams, even those they thought were beyond reach. Her achievements extend beyond the realm of event planning. Brooke has garnered several awards recognizing her excellence in events, public relations, and philanthropy, particularly for her adaptability and innovation during challenging times. Moreover, her commitment to community service is evident through her active involvement in Pitbull rescue, sharing her life with two rescue pitties alongside her husband, Craig. Brooke Palmer Kuhl’s career is a story of continuous evolution and inspiration. Her passion for making the impossible possible and her strategic insight has cemented RSBP Events + PR’s status as a leader of creativity and excellence in event planning and public relations. Brooke’s story is a powerful reminder of how dedication, creativity, and a willingness to challenge the status quo can transform a side hustle into a leading enterprise. BUSINESS


BUSINESS 16 Our memories are one of the most precious and valuable assets we could ever possess in this life. Brooke Dinkel is a cinematic photographer and videographer who has brought the stories of people’s lives to light for over ten years. Rooted in God, born in Minnesota, and now living the salt life in Tampa, she and her partner Tyler focus on capturing life’s special moments and stories so they can enjoy and experience them! Every wedding and lifestyle shoot she captures differs from the last, and she loves working with people from all walks of life to capture and tell their unique stories. Her style of photography and videography is cinematic, authentic, and vibrant! The way she captures you is almost as if they were the director of your movie, grabbing a cinematic masterpiece but allowing you to live the movie in your unique way. She will help guide you, but ultimately, she stays faithful and authentic to you and who you are. Storytelling through photography and videography is her livelihood, and she loves being able to capture the moment for you so you can live in it! BROOKE DINKEL Brooke & Company @brookedinkelco 651.800.5855 brookedinkel.com PHOTO CREDIT: BROOKE DINKEL CO.

BUSINESS 17 It’s time to connect to our passions, reduce stress, and improve our overall well being to create our best lives! After 17 years in corporate America, in 1996, Carole took her experience and passion to the world as Carole Gill Consulting. With over twenty years of experience in consulting, executive coaching, leadership, and organization development, she’s one of the most trusted experts in emotional intelligence, employee engagement, and culture transformation. She now uses her Inside-Out Success Formula to transform women’s lives through her speaking and coaching programs. Carole has experienced firsthand the tremendous power our thoughts have on our professional success and in every aspect of life. If you think you can’t, you’re right! These principles are at the core of how she helps other high-achieving, professional women who are frustrated, burnt out, feeling trapped and unfulfilled connect to their passions, reduce stress, and improve wellbeing so they, too, can create lives of purpose, live intentionally, and realize their full potential. CAROLE GILL Carole Gill Consulting @CRGillInc @carolegill carole@carolegill.com Carolegillconsulting.com PHOTO CREDIT: CAPTURED BY MALLARY

BUSINESS 18 Never be satisfied being anything less than all you can be. Carolynn Smith-Jones is a public relations professional with over 20 years of experience in the hospitality, sports, entertainment, health and wellness, and franchise industries. Her business focus is to get maximum media coverage for her clients, which include female entrepreneurs, published authors, national corporations, business owners, and C-suite executives. She graduated from UNF and is a Hall of Famer in NCAA Women’s Basketball. Carolynn started her career as an on-air radio personality for NFL Fox Sports, where she covered NFL sideline reporting and interviewed NFL players and coaches. Carolynn is entering her 12th year as the owner of Seven, a national marketing and public relations agency based in Tampa, Florida. Her clients have been featured in national media outlets, including Fox News, Today Show, Telemundo, Martha Stewart, ABC, NBC, CBS, Huffington Post, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, American Cake Decorating Magazine, and more! In her “spare” time, you will find her running around with her three sons on a basketball court or football field. She is also a proud wife to her soulmate, KJ. CAROLYNN JONES Seven Marketing + PR @carolynnsmithpr @7marketingpr csmith@sevenmarketingpr.com sevenmarketingpr.com PHOTO CREDIT: ELINA ROSE STUDIOS

BUSINESS 19 I operate from a place of yes, tell me I can’t do something, and I’ll do it on a unicycle! Catherine is the CEO of STR Benefits Consulting, an employee benefits firm specializing in the vacation rental industry. With over two decades of experience at the forefront, she has created customized programs and platforms for this unique industry. She owns and operates Lost Together Stays, a collection of high-end, family-oriented vacation rental homes. While her professional background is multifaceted, Catherine’s passion and dedication extend beyond traditional industry boundaries. A key focus of her work involves educating employers partners on their critical role in combatting human trafficking, an issue of paramount importance in today’s world. She champions awareness and empowers organizations to act against this global concern. Her expertise shines on multiple stages as she shares her insights at numerous conferences annually. Furthermore, she has been instrumental in crafting and delivering training programs, enriching the professional knowledge of individuals throughout her illustrious career. Catherine’s dedication to education and profound impact on her field set her apart as a distinguished consultant with a far-reaching influence. CATHERINE RATCLIFFE STR Benefits Consulting 813.363.3408 catherine@strbenefitsconsulting.com strbenefitsconsulting.com PHOTO CREDIT: LUXE LIGHT IMAGES

BUSINESS 20 PHOTO CREDIT: LUXE LIGHT PHOTOGRAPGHY Empowering women to align their financial goals with an actionable financial plan. Chelsea Hoagland, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, a native to the Tampa Bay area, is a devoted leader, advisor, mentor, and philanthropist. After graduating from Florida State University in 2009, she joined Equitable Advisors, a full-service Broker Dealer and financial services firm. Since then, Chelsea has grown a successful practice, committed to aligning her client’s goals with an actionable financial plan. In an industry that may be intimidating to women, Chelsea is passionate about breaking down barriers by not only empowering clients to take control of their finances but also recruiting and developing talent in financial services. Within Equitable advisors, Chelsea is involved in many women and diversity focused initiates including Equitable’s Women Network and is an IDEAL President (The Inclusion, Development, Equality and Advocacy Leader). Outside of her profession, Chelsea serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Pace Center for Girls, Hillsborough and is constantly striving to be an exceptional wife and mother. Securities offered through Equitable Advisors, LLC (NY, NY 212-314-4600), member FINRA, SIPC (Equitable Financial Advisors in MI & TN). Annuity and insurance products offered through Equitable Network, LLC. AGE-162561(11/21)(Exp.11/23) CHELSEA HOAGLAND Equitable Advisors @chelseahoagland equitable.com Chelsea.Hoagland@equitable.com

BUSINESS 21 Know your worth and that you are limitless. With hard work and determination, anything is possible. Courtney H. Jackson, MSISA, CISSP, CISM, CEH, CHFI, is the Founder and CEO of Paragon Cyber Solutions, LLC, an award-winning woman, minority, veteran-owned, small business headquartered in Tampa, FL. Ms. Jackson is a 2023 Tampa Bay Business Journal, Business Woman of the Year Honoree, and the recipient of the 2022 Cybersecurity Woman Entrepreneur of the Year award. In addition to serving active duty in the military, Ms. Jackson has more than 20 years of certified handson business experience, encompassing both executive leadership and entrepreneurship. Through her work, she helps government agencies, tech startups, and commercial companies protect the integrity of their business operations through specialized cybersecurity and risk management solutions. Ms. Jackson serves on several executive boards while maintaining partnerships with educational institutes and non-profit organizations. She has a Master of Science degree in Information Security and Assurance, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and IT Management, and multiple industry certifications. Ms. Jackson resides in Tampa with her husband and two daughters. COURTNEY H. JACKSON Paragon Cyber Solutions, LLC @courtneyhjackson @iamcourtneyhjackson courtneyhjackson.com PHOTO CREDIT: AMBIKA PHOTOGRAPHY

BUSINESS 22 Emotions come back and forth, and the moment you connect with your heart center is the moment you will be empowered to lead. Dr. Kandy Windom is an International Best Seller, Author, Leadership Coach, Trainer, and Speaker with over 20 years of expertise. She has achieved excellent results with diverse clients nationwide and internationally. Kandy helps business leaders build a ‘can do’ culture to attract and retain talent. As a business strategist, she helps Entrepreneurs LEAD from their HEART To IMPACT, have FREEDOM, and build LEGACY. She is an unshakable optimist who believes in a bright future and our ability to make it together. With a vision to empower the way businesses think, act, and operate, she teams up with leaders and organizations in nearly every industry to help transform company culture and create a better working world. It is time for leadership. Kandy has discovered remarkable patterns about the greatest leaders and organizations. Kandy was awarded as a Consultant for the Best of 2023 Tampa Award and the 2023 Latino Leaders Award. She serves on the Committee Executive Program 2023 President’s Advisory Council (PAC) Maxwell Leadership and is a Board Member at Keiser University. And now she is the founder of LEAD 100 Mastermind. KANDY WINDOM KW Coaching Group LLC @kandywindom @kwindom kandywindom.com PHOTO CREDIT: BROOKE DINKEL CO.

BUSINESS 23 As a businesswoman, wife, and mom, I raise the bar not only with my ambition but also with my strength and power as a woman. Vanity Barr-Little is a powerhouse. She is a mom of four, wife, Amazon best-selling author, military veteran, scholar-practitioner, and multi-passionate business owner. With excellence, insatiable love for learning, and service as her cornerstones, she is the founder and owner of VANBAR Holdings and its diverse portfolio of businesses, including the award-winning CNA Training & Testing Center and Reliable Livescan. She is also a multi-territory Sylvan Learning franchisee. As a United States Air Force veteran, her military accolades include two Air Force Achievement with four oak leaf clusters, Commendation Medals, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with a bronze star, and the Korean Defense Service Medal. Dr. Barr-Little’s community involvement and philanthropy have included the Brandon Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 2019 and the Hillsborough County Guardian Ad Litem program. Through her life’s work, Dr. Vanity hopes to inspire women to “Raise the Bar!” to experience a life of fullness and freedom. She was one of 60 women featured in the 2022 Tampa KNOW Women edition, Volume 5. DR. VANITY C. BARR-LITTLE VANBAR Holdings @vanity-barr-little vanity@vanbarconsulting.com vanbarconsulting.com

BUSINESS 24 You’ll never know the value of a photograph until that’s all you have left. Elina stands out in the world of photography as an internationally published artist renowned for her luxury destination wedding images. Her work’s elegance and narrative depth have earned her a prestigious spot among Tampa Bay’s top ten wedding and engagement photographers. Driven by the profound belief in the power of visual storytelling, Elina’s approach goes beyond mere photography — she captures the essence of each couple’s journey, weaving their unique stories into a tapestry of lasting legacies. Her lens is her paintbrush, her photographs a canvas where memories are immortalized with grace and grandeur. For Elina, the true value of her work lies in the knowledge that the moments she captures will one day become the most treasured heirlooms, passed down and celebrated by future generations. With each shutter click, she is not just taking a photo; she is preserving a chapter of a love story that will echo through time. ELINA LEVY Elina Rose Studios @elinarosestudios Info@elinarosestudios.com Elinarosestudios.com PHOTO CREDIT: ELINA ROSE STUDIOS

BUSINESS 25 Life’s a snapshot – focus on the good, capture the moments, and don’t forget to adjust your lens for the unexpected! Mallary Denson’s journey behind the camera is as colorful and full of life as the images she creates. Originating from the lush landscapes of Gainesville, Florida, her self-taught mastery of photography over the past seven years has been fueled by an innate passion for capturing the vivacity and beauty of the human spirit. Now based in Tampa, she has become a storyteller of lives lived fully, a preserver of joyous moments. Her work is an invitation to view the world through a lens of wonder and excitement. As a keen observer of the subtle interplay of light and emotion, Mallary crafts each photograph with intention and a playful touch. She has an uncanny ability to make the ordinary extraordinary, spotlighting the simple pleasures and grand adventures alike. For Mallary, photography is not just about producing an image; it’s about the experience woven into the session and the lasting legacy of the memories she captures. Her clients come to her for her technical skills and stay for the warm, engaging experience she provides. Each session is a journey, and Mallary is the guide, leading her clients to discover the joy in their stories and the beauty in their moments. MALLARY DENSON Captured by Mallary Photography @@captured_by_mallary 813.553.1699 capturedbymallary.com PHOTO CREDIT: CAPTURED BY MALLARY

BUSINESS 26 Influencer marketing is the vessel of my mission to give women a voice and the opportunity to make an income. Introducing Nicole Bradham, MBA, the Visionary Founder of HotMod Influencer Marketing Agency. Nicole Bradham stands at the forefront of reshaping how tourism boards and businesses engage with their audiences in the digital era. A true trailblazer, she has become a prominent figure in the ever-evolving landscape of influencer marketing. At the helm of HotMod, Nicole has forged impactful partnerships with renowned global and national brands, including NASCAR, Camping World, and Sun Outdoors. Noteworthy collaborations extend to tourism entities such as Visit Central Florida and My Pigeon Forge, Department of Tourism. A staunch advocate for ethical practices and transparency in influencer marketing, Nicole is dedicated to cultivating an influencer economy where influencers flourish and enduring relationships of trust are built between tourism boards and businesses. Beyond her work, Nicole is an inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs and a mentor to those seeking guidance in the world of influencer marketing through her mentor coaching program. NICOLE BRADHAM HotMod Agency @hotmodagency 863.272.4821 hotmodagency.com PHOTO CREDIT: ELINA ROSE STUDIOS

BUSINESS 27 People do not buy perfect books; they buy published books. Make the decision to free yourself from the chains of perfection and write that book! Octoryia Robinson, Founder and CEO of Dream That Big Publishing, is a prominent Authorpreneur coach, philanthropist, motivational speaker, and Dreamnurturer©. She is the acclaimed author of Unraveled Potential and the dynamic host of the 7-Figure Authorpreneur podcast. Octoryia also spearheads The Prosperous Author Network, fostering a community dedicated to nurturing aspiring authors. Driven by a deep commitment to empowering individuals, Octoryia leverages her exceptional skills as an inspirational leader, advisor, and Professional Certified Coach accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Her primary focus lies in guiding those who grapple with self-doubt and are entangled in the cycle of stalled progress owing to limiting beliefs. Through her unwavering support, Octoryia strives to embolden her followers to recognize their true potential both in their personal and professional lives, a philosophy she embodies through her guiding mantra, “You have to become intentional before it becomes natural. OCTORYIA ROBINSON Dream That Big Publishing @dtbpub 813.709.7167 dreamthatbigpublishing.com PHOTO CREDIT: BE BRANDOCIOUS, LLC.

BUSINESS 28 Everything in our life can be weighed as a blessing or a sacrifice, but the knowledge gained by both prospectives is where you grow. Shannon has built her 20+ year awardwinning career working for global companies and now resides as the CEO of The Regent. Shannon prides herself as an innovator, thinking outside the box and creating experiences that make the industry take notice and ignite change. She looks at her growing community as an opportunity to return the outside world she has called home to the place she loves. For her, it isn’t the event that brings success but all the small details that bring a memory-making experience to life. As a Certified Coach, Shannon believes identity and gifting shine when we are where we belong, and she sees it as an honor to light the fire inside others so that they can walk in their purpose. With a belief that God has predestined every step in the journey, sometimes it takes outside eyes to help you decipher the code to your map. Her hope is to help others find the courage to do the same thing. She believes legacy is building a wealth of knowledge and wisdom and making sure it is passed on to others in a way that the ripple continues to future generations. SHANNON KEIL The Regent @shannonkeilmakingthingshappen @shannon-keil-ppc shannonkeil.com | theregentfl.com PHOTO CREDIT: ELINA ROSE STUDIOS

FASHION 29 I savor the good times and wait patiently through the bad times because tomorrow, there is a chance for change. Mollie Auarez, G.G., discovered her calling for gemology in 1997 and pursued a career at the Gemological Institute of America. She completed her degree as a graduate gemologist in 2001 and then proceeded to evaluate diamonds for GIA in Carlsbad, California. She moved back to her hometown of Tampa, Florida in 2004. After working as a jewelry appraiser, buyer, and sales mentor, Mollie craved an elevated jewelry buying and concierge experience—one with powerful intent, personal connection, and creative collaboration. In 2011, she opened her first office—creating her dream job and dream life. With over 25 years of experience, Westshore Diamond is dedicated to teaching their clients the mysteries of the jewelry industry while giving them a fun, romantic experience built on trust. She is unapologetically always fancy, an open book, and prays that the Lord will use her for His Will daily. Her favorite quote is from Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” MOLLIE SUAREZ Westshore Diamond Co. @Westshorediamond 813.289.4367 WestshoreDiamond.com

FOOD + BEV 30 We believe a cake should be memorable, both for its delectable flavor and its breathtaking design. We are Amanda Guerra and Clemen Machado, the heart and soul behind Sweet Clementine Cakes. As a motherdaughter team, we pour love and expertise into crafting the most exquisite and palatable cakes for your celebrations. Using cherished family recipes and the finest ingredients, our cakes are a testament to our dedication to excellence. Each cake is a unique piece of edible art, tailored to add an extra touch of magic to your special events — from a child’s joyous birthday adorned with their favorite characters to a young adult’s milestone marked with a touch of whimsy to a couple’s leap into matrimony with a cake as exquisite as their love. With every cake from Sweet Clementine, you’re not just savoring a treat; you’re experiencing a piece of our shared dream — a dream where the perfect cake enhances each celebration, one remembered long after the final slice is enjoyed. Here’s to moments turned into sweet, lifelong memories with Sweet Clementine Cakes. AMANDA GUERRA CLEMEN MACHADO Sweet Clementine LLC @sweetclementinecm cmsweetclementine@gmail.com sweetclementinecakes.square.site PHOTO CREDIT: BROOKE DINKEL CO.

FOOD + BEV 31 “Success doesn’t come automatically. You have to build it. So as much as I work hard, I also give back.” Rosana Rivera has been a successful entrepreneur and Chef for over 17 years, co-creating the culinary vision behind some of Tampa’s favorite eateries, including Piquant, Xilo Mexican, and Chef & the Baker. Born at the hem of three generations of Puerto Rican cooks, their love of food and country made an early impression. In 2006, she opened her first business, and while building her business, Rosana furthered her education and obtained her degree in Culinary Arts from the Arts Institute Tampa. Chef Rosana’s MBA in Business Sustainability from Marylhurst University soon followed. Throughout her career, she has been featured extensively in media. Most recently, she was featured in People en Espanol, the TODAY show, and competed in Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay, advancing to face Bobby Flay and beating him with her signature beef empanadas. Currently, she is working on her lifestyle brand - Chef Rosana, crafted for Home and Kitchen, an e-commerce retailer of hand-crafted gourmet foods and custom kitchenware for the discerning epicurean, as well as luxury catering, private fine dining & cooking classes. CHEF ROSANA RIVERA Chef Rosana @chefrosanarivera info@chefrosana.com chefrosana.com PHOTO CREDIT: CAPTURED BY MALLARY

FOOD + BEV 32 Life is full of choices and experiences. Failure is a chapter, not the end, and it’s how we apply its lesson. Keely Werly, an Ohio native with a fervent love for music education, carved her initial career path teaching orchestra in the sunny climes of Florida. After enriching young minds for over ten years, Keely felt the entrepreneurial spirit beckoned and took a bold leap into the world of business. Her venture, The Traveling Tap, began humbly with a charming, antique, three-wheeled vehicle, lovingly restored to serve as her inaugural mobile bar. From these quaint beginnings, Keely’s enterprise flourished, adding an ingeniously repurposed tapped piano and a delightful crème brûlée cart to her collection of luxury rentals. Today, Keely’s business is synonymous with creativity, impeccable service, and a dash of Parisian elegance, elevating events to an experience of indulgent sophistication. Through The Traveling Tap, Keely Werly continues to blend her artistic background with her business acumen, curating unforgettable moments with a melody of taste and celebration. KEELY WERLY The Traveling Tap @thetravelingtapfl @brulee_au_lait keely@thetravelingtap.com thetravelingtap.com

FOOD + BEV 33 Always choose to give more. It doesn’t matter where it goes, It matters where it comes from. Laura Maita, a Tampa, Florida native, stands at the helm of Emerald Events & Catering as its esteemed owner and director of operations. With an impressive tenure exceeding two decades in the hospitality sector, Laura’s expertise is the cornerstone of her enterprise, Emerald Events & Catering established in 2018. Initially conceived as a supplementary venture, the company has flourished under her leadership, now boasting annual revenues approaching $500,000. Emerald Events & Catering have carved a niche in American formal cuisine, creating exquisite decorative food presentations and orchestrating upscale events. The firm has garnered an elite clientele, including renowned athletes for whom it manages personal events and charitable foundations. In addition to her role at Emerald, Laura is the co-founder and sales and marketing director of ROQ Boxing. This innovative establishment provides boxing training services, from intimate group sessions to corporate and one-on-one coaching. Outside of her professional endeavors, Laura is a dedicated partner and mother to four sons, cherishing travel as a family pastime whenever their schedules permit. LAURA MAITA Emerald Events & Catering ROQ Boxing @roqboxing @emeraldeventstpa emeraldeventstpa.com PHOTO CREDIT: BROOKE DINKEL CO.

FOOD + BEV 34 Do what you love. Love what you do. Commitment and dedication are the keys to success. Lauren has nearly 20 years of marketing and communications experience and a wide range of knowledge in various industries. Her skillset consists of creative direction; fullcycle media buys; publishing; planning major awards and networking events; business development; social media management; and website communications and design. She earned her MA: Professional Communications at La Salle University and a BA: Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising at Temple University. She has extensive training focused on hiring, staff development, performance management, leadership, project management, and organizational development. She holds two certificates from the Center for Executive Education at Temple University’s Fox School of Business: Women’s Leadership and Agile Leadership. She owns and operates a marketing consulting practice specializing in startups, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. She also owns a virtual fitness company. She loves anything outdoors, taking photos of her two French bulldogs, eating all the sushi she can find, and exploring her new hometown, the Sunshine City. LAUREN HANAN ReBuilt Meals @laurenhananconsulting @laurenhanan ReBuiltMeals.com PHOTO CREDIT: AMBIKA PHOTOGRAPHY

FOOD + BEV 35 Recognizing that change comes from within and believing in myself to create something beautiful has been the most rewarding journey. Marie owns MGM Bartending, a hospitality company that has grown from a small operation to a company spanning the country and offering employment to over 100 incredible artists. She is a mother to three boys and a stepmother to two boys with her partner, Bryen. A graduate of USF, she studied medicine and biochemistry, although now she focuses a bit more on chemistry behind the bar. As a 23-year bartending veteran, it was easy to create a company that offers top-of-the-line services with style and class. Stepping out from behind the bar, she tries to give back. Sitting on two school boards and HOA committees, she is always active with community involvement. In addition, Marie and her sons frequently volunteer with the homeless and underserved Tampa Bay communities. Marie fought for LGBTQIA rights through political campaigns and marched with social justice causes. Fighting for equal rights for all people has been a journey spanning decades. She enjoys working with charities to raise money for better-effecting change. She enjoys running, SCUBA diving, traveling, and being a soccer/hockey mom. MARIE GRACE MATHEWS MGM BARTENDING @mgmbartending @MGMBARTAMPA mgmbartending.com PHOTO CREDIT: AMBIKA PHOTOGRAPHY

FOOD + BEV 36 Small businesses are the heart and soul of our economy-fueling innovation, creating jobs and embodying the spirit of entrepreneurship. Founded in early 2022, Life is Gouda and its owner, Sasha Kelly, has swiftly become Tampa Bay’s premier creator of artisan charcuterie boards, boxes, grazing tables, and much more. As a passionate entrepreneur, Sasha strives to bring a unique approach to the charcuterie scene. Each box is carefully curated utilizing local produce and luxury, imported ingredients. The perfect indulgence, charcuterie serves as an impressive appetizer for any event. From birthdays and showers to holidays and weddings - Life is Gouda can do it all, and with a custom twist. As an organization, Life is Gouda prides itself on the fact that no two boards are identical. One of the beautiful parts of its business is that each client receives a special, individualized experience. And in turn, many become repeat customers and true friends. In addition to constructing one-of-a-kind boards, Sasha makes an effort to support mom/womenowned Tampa businesses for an array of occasions. Life is Gouda also makes its mark in the local philanthropic community by acting on its core value of giving back to the Tampa Bay Area. SASHA KELLY Life Is Gouda Charcuterie’s @lifeisgoudatampa 765.635.3768 lifeisgoudatampa.com PHOTO CREDIT: AMBIKA PHOTOGRAPHY

HEALTH 37 While change can be uncomfortable, it is undeniably necessary to progress to the next level. Dr. India Presley-Boyd, DNP, APRN, is a nurse practitioner and owner of Wanderlust Concierge Healthcare, a primary care clinic in Brandon, FL, specializing in providing exceptional healthcare services for business owners and entrepreneurs. Dr. India hails from the Tampa Bay area, a true native. After successfully earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida A&M University, she continued her journey of academic excellence. She earned her doctoral degree from the highly esteemed University of South Florida. During her spare time, she finds great joy in embracing motherhood and exploring new destinations. Dr. India founded Wanderlust Concierge Healthcare to empower patients to assume control over their healthcare. She takes pride in attending to the individual needs of each patient instead of providing generic guidance. Wanderlust Concierge Healthcare perfectly embodies the essence of wanderlust, symbolizing a profound longing for travel. In this space, patients start a remarkable journey towards well-being, experiencing a complete and life-changing transformation. DR. INDIA PRESLEYBOYD Wanderlust Concierge Healthcare @wanderlust_conciergehc @wanderlustconciergehc Wanderlust-concierge.com PHOTO CREDIT: CAPTURED BY MALLARY


39 Say hello to Dr. Ginger L. Urbaniak, MD and Mariza Musheza, ARNP who you will see smiling at Urbaniak Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa. These two amazing women are here to make you look and feel your best! From lasers and skincare, to botox and injectables, their office has it all. The beautiful 7000 sq foot office in Clearwater, Florida is often frequented by celebrities and reality tv stars. Their newest location is fully-staffed with top-trained aesthetic providers. Each visit will leave you feeling pampered. Dr. Ginger Urbaniak and Mariza spend the time with their patients to make a comprehensive plan in order to address all signs of aging like volume loss, skin laxity and wrinkle formation. They want patients to feel comfortable discussing their goals and their skin concerns. “We offer a natural-looking and refreshed result when assessing the aging process. When you look good, you feel good and will then do good. I am so excited to be a Know member where we can gather, collaborate, and celebrate their success,” provider Mariza Musheza adds. Both Dr. Ginger Urbaniak and Mariza Musheza have three beautiful children, and prioritize having DR. GINGER URBANIAK, MD MARIZA MUSHEZA, ARNP Urbaniak Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa @drgingerurbaniak @mariza_urbaniakplasticsurgery info@UrbaniakPlasticSurgery.com UrbaniakPlasticSurgery.com PHOTO CREDIT: BROOKE DINKEL CO. Our goal is to deliver exceptional care and stunning results for everyone who walks through our door. their patients feel at home and relaxed. The gorgeous Clearwater location is home to Mariza Musheza, ARNP with over ten years of experience. She provides a wide range of services, including aesthetics, rejuvenation, and skincare. The team at Urbaniak Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa also opened a private surgical center this summer where you can relax and recover in luxury after procedures like a facelift, tummy tuck, mommy makeover or breast surgery to name a few. From start-tofinish, patients will experience a white-glove plastic surgery journey with our dedicated staff and state-of-the-art facilities. The surgical team is led by Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Roderick M. Urbaniak, MD. Him and his wife, Dr. Ginger Urbaniak, are celebrating having set-up their practice over ten years ago in Clearwater, Florida and continue to expand throughout the Greater Tampa Bay Area. Even more, their internationally known medical-grade skincare line, named UrbaniakSkinMD, is available for clients at ShopUrbaniakSkinMD. com. Come visit one of their warm campuses located from the “Beach-to-the-Bay”. HEALTH

HEALTH 40 Helping families navigate the ‘golden years’ is an honor and a privilege. Mary Ellen entered the healthcare industry after achieving her dream of living in Florida more than a decade ago. It was there that she unfolded her passion for serving seniors. She began as a Branch Manager of a home care company, which expanded to Marketing and Business Development. Years later, she purchased a business and helped families with assisted living options. That business model was not the right fit for her vision. In 2023, Mary Ellen founded Navacare and has taken a holistic approach to serving seniors and their families by educating and equipping them to make informed decisions. Not only does Navacare help families with assisted living options, but it also provides numerous resources, education, consulting, and monthly support groups. Mary Ellen is a Certified Senior Advisor®, Certified Dementia Practitioner, and is Assisted Living Administrator CORE Trained. When she isn’t working, you can find her at the beach, reading, traveling, hanging out with friends, paddle boarding, or snuggling with her fourlegged ‘daughter’, Nutmeg. MARY ELLEN GILBERT Navacare mgilbert@navacare.org 727.201.2289 navacare.org PHOTO CREDIT: ELINA ROSE STUDIOS

HEALTH 41 I try to live every day with purpose and intent. I think about the legacy and impact I want to leave behind, which drives me every day! Soosie Lazenby, a visionary serial entrepreneur, leads with unwavering passion and a commitment to tangible results. As the Founder and CEO of URBANcoast, an award-winning branding and event design studio, and a pioneering StretchLab franchisee, she transforms grand visions into extraordinary realities. Her diverse career journey, from IMG to pivotal roles at adidas to later entrepreneurship, reflects her innovative spirit. Soosie’s dedication extends beyond business to community impact. Her ability to leverage resources, honed at the Massachusetts Sports Commission, has defined her entrepreneurial success. Notable achievements include generating millions in economic impact for the Commonwealth of MA as the CEO and Sports Commissioner and raising millions of dollars through the creation of signature fundraisers for high profile professional athletes and sports teams. A fervent believer in “Do good, be good, and have fun while doing it,” she inspires others to build a powerful personal brand and leave positive footprints on the world. SOOSIE LAZENBY StretchLab @soosielazenby @soosie-lazenby stretchlab.com


43 Souad Dreyfus is the entrepreneurial force behind Open Arms Surrogacy, which is based in Sarasota, Florida. Since its inception in 2003, Souad has been at the forefront of assisting clients in the intricate journey of family expansion through egg and sperm donation, as well as surrogacy. With a foundation built on more than two decades of expertise, Open Arms Surrogacy has steadfastly committed to fostering a seamless and supportive experience for those it serves. Under Souad’s leadership, Open Arms Surrogacy has evolved into a highly SOUAD DREYFUS Open Arms Surrogacy @openarmssurrogacy souad@openarmssurrogacy.com openarmssurrogacy.com Challenges are seeds helping you bloom. respected institution within the surrogacy and egg donation landscape in the United States, extending its reach to individuals and families globally. The agency is celebrated for its personalized approach, ensuring that each client’s path to parenthood is navigated with care, understanding, and professional excellence. Open Arms Surrogacy stands as a beacon of hope and a testament to Souad Dreyfus’s dedication to bringing the dream of family to life through compassionate surrogacy and egg donation services. HEALTH PHOTO CREDIT: AMBIKA PHOTOGRAPHY

HOME + LIFE 44 Get ready for GREATER!!! When it comes to curating spaces that inspire her clients to work and live unabashedly, no one does it better than Amber Gray, owner and principal designer of Grayson Interiors. With a decade of experience and access to an inventory unavailable to the public, Amber marries her unique personal styling and interior design talent with her client’s vision to create breathtakingly beautiful and aesthetically elevated environments. From her in-depth research process and meticulous attention to detail, Amber’s interior designs stimulate the eye and invoke awe. It’s no wonder many busy professionals and established individuals regularly call on her expertise. She has worked as the assistant senior set stylist on the Home Shopping Network, been featured on HGTV’s “100 Day Dream Home” and was recognized as one of the top 10 home stagers in the U.S. by RESA in 2019. Among her many accomplishments, she’s most proud of her reliance on God to turn her passion for design into a career and bring her clients’ dreams to life in their homes and offices. Whether it’s helping people choose the perfect color palette, styling delightful vignettes that showcase their personalities, or sharing her wealth of wisdom on visual branding, Amber serves her clients with the utmost care. AMBER GRAY Grayson Interiors @graysoninteriors info@grayson-interiors.com grayson-interiors.com PHOTO CREDIT: BE BRANDOCIOUS, LLC.

HOME + LIFE 45 If you want to grow your business, make an impact in your community. Bernadette is a business and community leader that is civic minded with a heart for connecting people and businesses. She and her husband Chris own and operate three companies. Livingstone Academies, founded in 2003, are private schools for students with unique abilities serving students at four locations. In 2021, they launched Florida Trade Academy (FTA), a pre-apprenticeship program for the construction trades, IT and automotive industries. FTA also provides training in Florida jails to reduce recidivism. In 2022, Signature Education Management Services, (SEMS) was created to assist private educational institutions with C-Suite support. Bernadette believes that if you want to scale your business, you must serve and make an impact in the community. She does that by supporting several non-profits and sharing her expertise with others who want to make an impact and grow their business. She meets regularly with women who want to improve their networking efforts and increase their involvement in government. Bernadette considers herself very blessed to work alongside her husband, son Michael, daughter-in-law Brandy and a very capable team of experts. BERNADETTE PELLO Livingstone Academies FTA/SEMS @bernadettepello @bernadette-pello-6796a4166 bernadettepello.com PHOTO CREDIT: AMBIKA PHOTOGRAPHY

HOME + LIFE 46 PHOTO CREDIT: CAPTURED BY MALLARY Communities must prioritize the mental health and whole child approach in the education system before we lose another generation. Heather began her career in real estate investing and, over the last decade, has found her true passion is in education reform, equity, and inclusion. What started in her garage as a homeschool pod in 2020 has now grown into a project-based, child-led, and natureimmersive private school in downtown Dunedin. She has worked hard to establish a micro-school founded on the idea that every child has the right to an individualized education. Her school attracts families from the homeschool world and the underserved community of unique abilities students. Her vision is to build a flagship educational program in her current location with childcentered therapeutic services above the school. She will expand locations throughout the state. Heather, hailing from the DC area, has grown up surrounded by politics and knows that true education reform comes through community building and political outreach. She is passionate that every child deserves the whole child approach to education. She believes this is the best way to combat glaring educational gaps and the growing mental health crisis in our youth. HEATHER MINIELLO Hope Grove School Dunedin @HopeGroveSchool 727.777.4199 Hopegroveschool.org

HOME + LIFE 47 PHOTO CREDIT: ELIZABETH DUGAN CREATIVE It may sound cliché, but you will always be too much for some people. Those aren’t your people. Heather and her husband (unofficially) Ryan have two rambunctious boys named Brady (5) and Tucker (3). Heather is a Balloon artist and the proud owner of SoPoppin’ Balloons. She believes in the power of imagination and the joy that balloons bring. With her commitment to detail and excellence, she strives to exceed your expectations and help your event really pop off (pun intended). Heather’s goal at SoPoppin’ Balloons is to continue to grow as a company and soon teach other local artists her techniques. A major achievement for Heather and SoPoppin’ Balloons was doing a new color reveal for one of the largest balloon suppliers in the game, Tuftex. This was launched worldwide and a huge accomplishment for her. Outside of her balloon life, Heather spends her time with her children and family. She also enjoys a nice getaway with her husband (unofficially) to see a concert at a new venue whenever they have a chance. Heather’s high level of creativity, hard work, and vision have been the pillars of the success of SoPoppin’ Balloons. As a mother and small business owner, she is in a class of her own. HEATHER SALVADORE SoPoppin’ Balloons @sopoppinballoons Sopoppinballoons@gmail.com sopoppinballoons.com