Women Listen Better--and Get Results

In  the Guestview column published on January 6 Institute Founding Vice President Amy Miller tells the story of how the women in the U.S. Senate collaborated across party lines to end the 2013 government shutdown. Read the column at these links - VIEWPOINT page 1 and PAGE 2.

The IWP Viewpoint appears each month thanks to the great kindness of the Pensacola News Journal Editorial Board.     



Lessons from the Campaign:
Newly Elected Women Talk about the 2018 Elections

Meet the City of Milton's first woman mayor, Heather Lindsay, as she and other women newly elected in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties relate their campaign experiences and the lessons learned on the campaign trail.

Wednesday, February 27, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Institute Members plus one guest
Mark your calendars and watch for further details soon!



What the Other Party Needs to Hear:  Negotiation Strategies for Women

SPEAKER:Laura Tuck Maasdam
Co-Founder, Sixth Wing LLC, Washington, DC
Executive Performance Coach & Negotiation Trainer

Saturday, March 16 
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Location to be announced)
Workshop sign-in -- 8:30 a.m. | Workshop -- 9:00 to Noon | Luncheon with local experts -- 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.

Laura Tuck Maasdam: "The skill of negotiating is both an art and a science. The arts of persuasion, navigating relationships and maintaining awareness are backed by the science of preparation, process, and information.
     "We negotiate constantly. From closing a large deal to solving an interoffice conflict, any decision that involves more than one person is a form of negotiation. Time and again, though, we fall into the trap of arguing from our perspective rather than thinking about what the other party wants and needs to hear.
     "Through this workshop we will equip you with the mindset, tools, and tactics that ensure you best represent your interests at the negotiating table."
 About the Speaker




March 20 and 21
Capitol Complex, Tallahassee
MEMBERS: If you want to attend this FREE conference and would like to carpool to Tallahassee, email President Myra Van Hoose and she will help connect you with other IWP members who are planning to attend. Please be aware that overnight accommodations during the legislative session fill up fast and can be pricey. You might want to try Airbnb.

Conference details not yet available. Check the Commission website regularly:  FCSW



Institute Members Connected in January with
Leadership Florida and STEM Education

Local alumnae of Leadership Florida provided invaluable information about the program at January's Key Connections. Many thanks to member and LF alum Renee Bookoutfor organizing the program and to participants Christina DossJennifer Grove, member Hong Potomski, and Allison Hill. As always, the food and arrangements by Mici Kubaand her team at First United Methodist Church were superb!



National Flight Academy on NAS Pensacola

Thanks to member Hannah Ritz and her great staff at the National Flight Academy on NAS Pensacola, IWP members got a fascinating, eye-opening inside look at the facilities of the academy. What an amazing asset for young people in our community.Thank you, Hannah and NFA!



Member in the News

City of Gulf Breeze Mayor Pro Tem Cherry Fitch was appointed the city's Mayor to replace David Landfair, who resigned for personal reasons. Mayor Fitch is the second woman to serve in the position. IWP Lifetime Member Beverly Zimmernwas the first.



Representative, Alex Andrade
Presents Town Hall

IWP Member and Florida Representative for District 2 Alex Andrade is presenting with fellow members Robert Bender(Escambia County Commission District 4), Patty Hightower(Escambia School Board District 4), and Jared Moore (Pensacola City Council District 4) and ECUA member Dale Perkinsto present a Town Hall event on Tuesday, February 26, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Creative Learning Center, Hyde Park Road.
This collaborative effort to serve a constituency shared by these elected officials is a shining example of public service at its best. Well done, all!



Welcome new members!

We are delighted to welcome the newest members of IWP, and we thank them for their belief in and support of our non-partisan mission of encouraging more women to become engaged in public service. Welcome--and thank you for getting us now to 107 members!

  • Dr. Dolly Berthelot is a retired educator and business training consultant.

  • Kathie Weilandis a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and retired special ed teacher. Kathie is presently a volunteer with Guardian Ad Litem and Ronald McDonald House.

Thank You, Renewing Members!

The Institute members who renew their support of the organization and its mission year after year are indispensable and deeply appreciated. Many thanks to these members who recently renewed!

  • Alex Andrade, attorney with Moore, Hill, & Westmoreland, and Representative, Florida House D 2

  • Renee Bookout, Corporate Counsel, Center for Individual Freedom, and recent Gulf Breeze City Councilmember

  • Cherry Fitch, Mayor, City of Gulf Breeze, and agent with Levin Rinke Realty

  • Suzanne Lewis, consultant, and retired superintendent, National Park Service

  • Jena Melancon, Executive Director, Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council

  • Marsha Noller, retired payroll manager, licensed massage therapist



Pensacola Biznet

IWP Founding President (2013-2016) Diane Mackspoke to the Pensacola BizNet networking group about the Institute and the benefits of having more women serving in public office, with thanks to September Dye, co-owner of Your Tek Professionals, for making the arrangements.



An Invitation to Sponsorship

We are honored to have Wind Creek Hospitality as the sponsor of the Institute's Education Series for our 2018-2019 fiscal year and are currently accepting requests for other sponsorships.

Interested in sponsoring our Key Connections networking events? Please email IWP President Myra Van Hoose to discuss the opportunities and benefits.

For advertising sponsorships in our monthly e-newsletter and other events, contact Fundraising Chair Deb Corbin.



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