The  2020 SMARTgirl Summit and Leadership Luncheon has been postponed to Monday, October 12, 2020.  Our team will be reaching out this June to confirm details.


SMARTGirl Mentorship Summit and Leadership Luncheon

The Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota

Monday, October 12, 2020 | 9:30 AM - 1:30 AM

Powered by the SRQ Women Who Roar Initiative

As the SRQ Women Who Roar Initiative continues to grow, so does our responsibility to give back to the community. SRQ MEDIA believes that girls can do anything. Sometimes girls need an extra boost of encouragement and examples of how to make their dreams come true. Supported through SRQ Women Who Roar, this initiative is a collaborative effort to set local girls up for success. SMARTGirl fosters “curated networking” and engages local elementary and middle school young women in a program designed to educate them on career possibilities and the tools they need to succeed through mentorship, soft skills training and hands-on workshops. Let’s help her ROAR and engage girls throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Engaging with female mentors from the region to explore career pathways, practice soft skills and  develop financial literacy.

Part networking, part testimonials from professionals and fully impactful, SMARTgirl is an event held at The Hyatt Regency, Sarasota for select elementary and middle school girls from Sarasota and Manatee counties or who are actively involved in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, Sarasota YMCA, Girls Inc or the Girl Scouts. SRQ Media will host a soft-skills focused luncheon where a leader-mentor will be present at each table to connect with the girls and give them the opportunity to ask their most burning questions about their desired career path. The format of the luncheon is a presentation lineup of inspiring women leaders and the organizations supporting the program. Prior to the luncheon, the girls will participate in a networking meet & greet with mentors and local leaders.The goal is to connect young girls to examples of excellence within in our region and provide encouragement, advice and feedback on how to make it happen.


Applications are now closed for the 2020 Summit.

Submit Your Application to Participate in SMARTgirl 2020

We invite girls in the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades in Sarasota, Manatee and Lee Counties to apply online. There is not fee to apply and the girls who are accepted into the SMARTgirl 2020 Summit program are invited to attend at no cost. Due to the generous support of our sponsors, we are able to underwrite all participation fees.

The 90+ girls accepted to the SMARTgirl Summit will spend a half-day developing their soft skills, personal brand, confidence, career imaginings and knowledge base necessary to navigate the challenges of the ever-changing 21st century world. At the SMARTgirl Summit, girls will interact with real-life female mentors and engage in hands-on activities that will give them the energy, focus and perspective to realize their dreams. The SMARTgirl program is powered by the SRQ MEDIA | Women in Business Initiative focused on catalyzing the power of human engagement to propel today and tomorrow's women leaders into the stratosphere of professional success, community stewardship, and personal fulfillment. 


SMARTgirl Mentorship Summit and Leadership Luncheon

Monday, October 12, 2020 | 9:30 AM to 1:30 AM

The Hyatt Regency, Sarasota | 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236


Applications Deadline: Tuesday, Febraury 25, 2020 

Allow for a thoughtful 20-30 minutes to complete the application—incomplete applications will not be considered.

For questions or to become a SMARTgirl Mentor for the 2020 Summit, contact at 941-365-7702 x221 or Ashley Grant Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement at 941-365-7702 x204 or at




event sponsor

New Balance Sarasota PSAV Sue Ellen's Floral Boutique The Community Foundation of Sarasota County

event sponsor

New College of Florida

host sponsor

Hyatt Regency Sarasota

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1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL

SMARTgirls is supported by these incredible local organizations empowering girls in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

Girls, Inc
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County
Girl Scouts of the Gulf Coast


Ashley Grant

SVP, Strategic Partnerships and Engagmeent


Aidee Rodriguez

Programs and Events Associate


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