AchieveHERs Event 3-19-2014 FINALThe AchieveHERs, a women’s networking group founded by the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, will hold a cocktail event at the Capitol Theater to allow the public to meet the group’s founding committee.

(Tampa Bay, FL)  March 4, 2014 — Studies have proven that despite the apparent gender wage-gap, more women in leadership roles lead to increased company success (1). Taking notice of the ever-changing business dynamic, the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce (CRCC) formed a women’s networking group entitled AchieveHERs. The founding committee of the AchieveHERs will hold a “meet and greet” event at the Capitol Theater on Wednesday, March 19 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

For women in corporate America, the opportunities come far and few between – in spite of a proven direct correlation between women in management positions and a company’s bottom line (2), for the eighth year in a row, there was no significant change in the number of female members of corporate boards, with women holding 16.9% of board seats in 2013 versus 16.6% last year (3).

AchieveHERs, which seeks to provide an opportunity for women to collaborate and exchange business tips and experiences, planned the upcoming cocktail event to create a forum for the founding members to share their backgrounds, goals for the group, insights and personal success stories. The end goal is to allow women to better navigate the male-dominated world of business. In addition to the members’ initial commentary, there will also be a question-and-answer session during which the founders will field questions from the audience.

“Women have played a significant part in the growth of the U.S. economy in the last several decades, but we’re still harshly underrepresented in the corporate world,” said Tina Tenret, founder and chairwoman of AchieveHERs.  “The AchieveHERs want to shatter the glass ceiling and make the advancement of women to leadership roles a priority.”

Achievers women in business group make major headway in tampa bayThe AchieveHERs’ founding committee represents some of the region’s most recognized names, some of whom will be part of the speaking panel:

  • Ernestine Bean, President and CEO, Morton Plant Mease Foundation
  • Sheryl Conrad, Executive Vice President, HUB International Florida
  • Doreen DiPolito, Owner, D-Mar Contracting
  • Carol Hague, COO, Johnson, Pope, Boker, Ruppel and Burns
  • Karla Jo Helms, CEO, JoTo PR
  • Carlen Petersen, Former Clearwater City Councilwoman
  • Kathy Rabon, Chief Development Officer, Ruth Eckerd Hall
  • Stephanie Schlageter, Owner and Founder, Radiance MedSpa
  • Diane Stein, President, JoTo PR
  • Suzy Sofer, owner of Cody’s Original Roadhouse
  • Tina Tenret, Vice President, ProVise Management Group

The event is open to the public. Cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres will be served for the networking hour of 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., with the founding committee taking the stage from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Kathy Rabon will also offer tours of the theater after the presentation.

Tickets cost $25 for CRCC members and $35 for non-members. To reserve tickets to the event, NOT LONG AVAILABLE.

For more information about the AchieveHERs, or to sign up for updates and upcoming event information, please visit or call 727-461-0011.

About AchieveHERs:

To meet the demand of businesswomen in the Clearwater region, AchieveHERs was established under the auspices of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce to be a regional leader providing camaraderie, support, networking opportunities and valuable new insights to women in business.  AchieveHERs will provide impactful quarterly events that share insight, ideas, skills and success stories to ultimately help women overcome obstacles to their success.  AchieveHERs is open to both established women in business and those aspiring to lead.  For more information or to inquire about membership or attend events, visit their Facebook page at or their website at

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  2. Wallace, Kelly. “What Changes with Women in the Boardroom?” Cable News Network, 23 Oct. 2013. Web. 25 Oct. 2013.
  3. Wallace, Kelly. “No Movement for Women at the Top in Corporate America.” Cable News Network, 11 Dec. 2013. Web. 01 Mar. 2014.