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"BPW: Building Powerful Women through

Advocacy and Information"

to Business and Professional of North Sarasota!

Business & Professional Women (BPW) is the oldest and largest organization for women in this country. It is an organization that promotes and develops leadership potential.  Its goal has always been to achieve specific gains for equal representation in political organizations and removal of sex and gender discrimination. BPW has been and continues to be the voice of the women's movement.


Founded in 1919, BPW promotes all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. It is the leading advocate for millions of working women on work-life balance and workplace issues.  BPW provides members with professional development programs, networking, participation in grassroots activism, and opportunities for disadvantaged women.


BPW North Sarasota is affiliated with the Florida Federation of Business and Professional Women  (,  Jerri Adler is president of the Florida Federation. North Sarasota was organized in September 1972 by a group of women who wanted to help change the conditions for working women in Sarasota and Manatee counties. That continues to be our goal.  Anne Weatherington was our first president. Deanna Manigo currently serves as president.