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April 19, 2016

More than 10,000 women came together across the nation for Bizwomen’s third annual Mentoring Monday event this year.  CBIZ MHM is proud to be a national sponsor.  The Tampa Bay event, hosted by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, took place at Metropolitan Ministries on April 4, 2016.

In Tampa Bay alone, more than 150 women participated in brief 7-minute one-on-one conversations with C-Suite executives of public, private and not for profit organizations in the Tampa Bay area.  To see the full list of mentors, click here.

Dana Burton, Senior Manager, was one of 42 female mentors participating in the event.  Dana provides audit, review, and compilation services.  Dana is also passionate about her involvement with USF.  Since 2007, she has been a Board Member of the USF Accounting Circle, whose mission is to enhance student professional development and promote student and faculty success through opportunities that engage the Tampa Bay Area.  Dana participates in student mock interviews, student mentoring, event coordination for students, alumni and the Tampa Bay business community, and guest speaking to classes. 

For more coverage of the event visit our @CBIZTampaBay Twitter page or search #MentoringMonday on Twitter.

September 9, 2015

The Tampa Bay Business Journal held the 11th annual Business Woman of the Year awards last week before a sold-out crowd of 600. There were a total of ten categories with Susan Stackhouse being the overall winner of the 2015 BusinessWoman of the Year award.

50 finalists were reviewed by an independent panel of judges that considered more than 200 nominees. All finalists have demonstrated outstanding leadership and are role models to businesswomen in the Tampa Bay area. Cindy Mull of CBIZ MHM Tampa Bay was one of the finalists this year for her role in directing the firm’s operations and managing oversight of all financial reporting in Florida.

Congratulations to all women selected as 2015 BusinessWoman of the Year finalists. For a full list of category winners, click here.

For more information on how CBIZ supports the development of women in business, visit our CBIZ Women’s Advantage page.

July 13, 2015

The Memphis Business Journal editorial board has selected the 25 finalists who will be honored at the 2015 Super Women in Business Awards luncheon August 28th at the Hilton Memphis. Named for their leadership in business, community contribution, and influence in a variety of industries, these women will make up the fourth class of Super Women since the awards' inception.

Join us in honoring the 25 Super Women at their awards luncheon August 28th. Individual tickets and group packages are available. For more information on registration, contact Meade Carlisle at mcarlisle@bizjournals.com.

The 25 finalists include the following:

  • Rebecca AdelmanShareholder, Hagwood Adelman Tipton PC
  • Becky BridgmonVice President, Financial Advisor, Investment Management Consultant and Partner, the Bilsky Bridgmon Group at Morgan Stanley
  • Emily CallahanChief Marketing Officer, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Kim CherryExecutive Vice President of Corporate Communications, First Tennessee Bank
  • Divya ChoudharyDirector, Graduate Engineering, Director, STEM Center for Women, and Diversity Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Christian Brothers University
  • Dorothy CleavesFirst Vice President Relationship Manager-Private Banking, Paragon Bank
  • Melissa CookstonOwner, Memphis Barbecue Co.
  • Kim Gaskill Founding Partner, Gaskill Strategies LLC
  • Jodie Gilmore CEO and Managing Director, Onyx Medical LLC
  • Briggette GreenOwner, TopCat Masonry Contractors LLC
  • Karen HarrellVice President, Porter-Leath
  • Kathleen Healy-CollierVice President, Business Line Operations and Professional Services, Regional One Health
  • Karen Field IsaacmanCo-Chairman, Armstrong Relocation and Cos.
  • Mary Ann Jackson Shareholder, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC
  • Paula JacobsVice President, Process Improvement and Innovation, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
  • Melanie KellerPresident and CEO, Meritan Inc.
  • Deidre MalonePresident and CEO, The Carter Malone Group LLC
  • Estella H. Mayhue-GreerPresident and CEO, Mid-South Food Bank
  • Valerie MorrisPresident and CEO, Morris Marketing Group
  • Alice Roberts Vice President of Programming and Education, The Orpheum Theatre
  • Kris ShepherdExecutive Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Communications, Varsity Brands
  • Mary Tate-SmithVice President, Cigna
  • Dr. Kathy TubervilleDirector, Avron B. Fogelman Professional Development Center
  • Linda WilliamsPresident and CEO, RISE Foundation Inc.
  • Jacquelyn WilliamsExecutive Director, YWCA Greater Memphis

The full list of finalists were announced July 10th on the Memphis Business Journal website.

Click here to view the list of 2014 honorees.

July 2, 2015

The National CBIZ Women’s Advantage (CWA) Executive Board attended their annual meeting in Chicago this past month. The Board is comprised of 25 CBIZ MHM women professionals from across the nation, including our own Linda Lauer and Megan Murdock.

Upon arrival to the Windy City, special guest, CEO Steve Gerard, greeted the women at a private dinner. Nancy Mellard, National Leader, CBIZ Women’s Advantage, presented Gerard with the CWA “Glass Slipper” Award for his years of Leadership, Vision, and Support. 

The three day event included sessions on 2015 goals, professional and business development, national community outreach, recruitment and retention, marketing initiatives, and practice group updates.

Outside of their group sessions, the women attended an architectural boat tour.

If you would like further information regarding the Memphis activities of CBIZ Women’s Advantage, please contact Linda Lauer at llauer@cbiz.com or 901.685.5575.

June 11, 2015

The Memphis Business Journal is gearing up for its Fourth Annual Super Women in Business Awards. Nominations are now open and the deadline to submit is Friday, June 26. You can submit your nomination via the MBJ website by clicking here

As a sponsor since the awards inception, CBIZ MHM Memphis, is proud to recognize the most influential business women in the Mid-South.

Megan Murdock, Memphis Marketing Manager and member of the CBIZ Women's Advantage National Executive Board comments, "As a business who connects strongly to the development of women professionals, we take pride in sponsoring this great event hosted by the Memphis Business Journal. Our own CBIZ Women's Advantage promotes women in business both internally through our professional networking circle groups and externally through participation in events like the Super Women in Business Awards."

April 16, 2015
CBIZ MHM had the honor of participating in BizWomen Mentoring Monday as a national sponsor. Hosted by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, the event took place at Metropolitan Ministries on March 30, 2015.

The event coincided with Mentoring Monday events hosted in 43 American City Business Journal markets with more than 9,000 women participating nationwide. In Tampa Bay, more than 150 women took part in 7-minute one-on-one conversations with the most influential women in business in the Tampa Bay area.

Laura Krueger Brock, Managing Director at CBIZ MHM in Tampa Bay, was one of 40 female mentors participating in the event. The 2015 mentors represented a wide variety of female C-suite professionals in the Tampa Bay area in numerous industries.

The event concluded with many of the mentors staying an additional hour to mentor the women at Metropolitan Ministries by giving career advice, reviewing resumes, and sharing best practices in the job search.

For more coverage of the event visit our @CBIZTampaBay Twitter page, or search #MentoringMonday on Twitter.

April 15, 2015

Do you love to dance? Have you always wanted to compete on Dancing with the Stars? If so, please join the CBIZ Women's Advantage group at our next event, Networking with the Stars! Guests will have the opportunity to watch professional dancers perform well known routines and learn from the best. There will also be plenty of opportunity for all participants to strut their stuff on the dance floor. We will learn a few line dances followed by a networking reception with food and drinks. No partners needed for this dancing event and please be sure to bring comfortable dancing shoes. We look forward to seeing you there!

To register for the event, please click here.

"When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way."

April 15, 2015

The CBIZ Women's Advantage Group of Phoenix recently participated at the 2015 BizWomen Mentoring Monday event hosted by the Phoenix Business Journal at the Omni Montelucia Resort. Over 200 female business professionals from all around the State attended the event. Attendees were given the chance to spend 7 minutes with their selected mentors to share stories, advice and support. Our very own Zandra O'Keefe was selected as one of this year's mentors where she was able to mentor several women by sharing career advice and creating inroads for job placement. She successfully connected one mentee with one of her clients and they subsequently set up a job interview. Networking at it's finest! Below are a couple of pictures of our booth where we handed out Sprinkles cupcakes to attendees and of Zandra speaking to one of her mentees. The event was a great success and we look forward to future events dedicated to supporting the careers of Valley business women. 

April 7, 2015

CBIZ was proud to be a national sponsor of the second annual Bizwomen Mentoring Monday event hosted by the Memphis Business Journal at Christian Brothers University on March 30, 2015. Linda Lauer, Lead Managing Director, was one of 40 female mentors participating in the event. Bringing together top female professionals in the city with hundreds who are eager to learn from them, Mentoring Monday is truly an unforgettable experience. This year, the event spanned across 43 cities in the U.S. and included 1700 mentors and 8000 mentees.

In Memphis alone,  over 220 women gathered in the CBU Canale Arena. After a short presentation from Bizwomen.com editor, Mary Johnson, the coaching began. Quick 7-minute conversations were inspiring, informative, and sometimes just the beginnings of relationships carried outside of the event.

The 2015 class of Memphis Bizwomen Mentors combined a wide variety of female professionals from across the city in various industries, from healthcare to marketing and accounting to fashion.

To see further coverage of the event visit our @CBIZMemphis Twitter page or search #MentoringMonday on Twitter.

February 27, 2015

The Daily News hosted the third annual Women & Business Seminar at the Brooks Museum. This year was the second in a row in which the event sold out. We are honored to have been a sponsor since the seminar’s inception and to have Linda Lauer speak about the national CBIZ Women’s Advantage in the event’s opening remarks. This year’s keynote speaker was Keri Wright, Chairman and CEO of Universal Asset Management (UAM).

Appointed to Chief Operating Officer at UAM when she was only 25, Keri attributes her success to finding confidence and courage in herself. Her speech was particularly focused on finding these traits at a young age, something she gained while flying an airplane solo at the age of 15. Pointedly, Keri can relate everything in her career to “having to land the plane.” The phrase repeatedly served as the driver behind all of Keri’s points in her speech, whether it be literally or figuratively. Keri notes that learning to take full ownership of a tough situation with confidence and courage and seeing it through is what she strives to teach young women.

The Q&A section allowed audience members to inquire about common issues in the workplace including flexible work arrangements, work-life balance, and finding trusted business partners. Kim Grant, Owner of Kim Grant Homes, echoed Keri’s sentiments regarding age being a business hurdle she has had to overcome. Interestingly, even with both women working in extremely male-dominated industries, each claimed age to be her larger issue at hand.

Judy McLellan of Crye-Leike spoke to the importance of having a mentor, citing her mother, a former realtor, as her biggest influence. And Lauren McHugh, President of Huey’s, also noted the importance of finding a mentor at a young age, noting that connecting with someone early on in your career can be a tremendous help in your professional growth.

The entire panel spurred the over 250 women and men into discussion, and the room’s intimate setting allowed for quick dialogue. Publisher of the Daily News, Eric Barnes, took questions up until the last second with hands still raised. With the chatter only continuing at the event’s wine and cheese reception, one thing is clear - the women & business seminar series is flying, and it doesn’t look like it’s ready to land anytime soon.


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