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Please join us for the

8th Annual SRQ Together We Roar
Leadership and Awards Luncheon

Friday, October 27 2023
PopUp Boutiques: 10:30am; Registration 11am; Program Starts at 11:30am

Michael's On East Ballroom

SRQ MEDIA, powered by the Women Who Roar Initiative, will host the 8th Annual Women Who Roar: Together We Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon on Friday October 27, 2023 at the Michael's on East. We will honor our Women Who Roar Trailblazer Award Recipient Paulina Porikozva as well as the Together We Roar 2023 Illuminator Award Recipient Leisa Peterson. We will also recognize all of the ambassadors of the Women Who Roar Leadership Circle, the new 2023 Women Who Roar nominees and will announce the honorees who will be inducted into the esteemed 2023 Women Who Roar (WWR) Leadership Circle this year.

Please join us to honor women who make a difference in our community.

We formed the Women Who Roar Initiative as a year-round program engaging the participants in the annual Women Who Roar Competition to create highly-dynamic personal networking that catalyzes community leadership through the science and art of mentorship. Every year, we host the Together We Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon recognizing the past years’  Women Who Roar Leadership Circle Class and announcing the honorees of the current year's Women Who Roar Competition comprising the new inductees to the Leadership Circle.

We celebrate the nominees, honorees and judges of the competition in the January 2024 edition of SRQ Magazine in a special awards section. 

Click below to reserve your table sponsorships and individual tickets.

Special Advance Ticket Pricing Close on October 1, 2023

Full Table Sponsorship (8) | $1000, when purchased before 10/1
Half Table Sponsorship (4) | $500,
when purchased before 10/1
Individual Ticket | $75, when purchased before 10/1

Regular Ticket Pricing, From October 2, 2023 to October 20.
Ticketing closes October 20 at midnight.

Full Table Sponsorship (8) | $1300, 
when purchased after 10/1
Half Table Sponsorship (4) | $650, 
when purchased after 10/1
Individual Ticket | $100, when purchased after 10/1



Announcing Our Trailblazer Award Recipient and Illuminator Honoree

Paulina Porizkova

SRQ MEDIA will present the 2023 Trailblazer Award to Paulina Porizkova, model and author of No Filter: The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful, and an advocate for celebrating women of every age. Born in Cold War Czechoslovakia, Porizkova was the first central European woman to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 1984. In 1989, she became one of the highest-paid models in the world as the face of Estee Lauder, and when she was nineteen, she fell in love with The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek.

The decades to come would bring marriage, motherhood, a budding writing career; and later sadness, loneliness, and eventually divorce. Following her ex-husband's death-and the revelation of a deep betrayal-Paulina stunned fans with her fierce vulnerability and disarming honesty as she let the whole world share in her experience of being a woman who must start over. Now, she has discovered her voice-and it is astute, wise and vulnerable. After a lifetime of being looked at, Paulina is ready to be heard. 

Click here to purchase and reserve a copy of Paulina's book here from Bookstore1 Sarasota 
and we'll have it for you at the luncheon.


Leisa Peterson

Leisa Peterson is a visionary dedicated to transforming millions of lives through heightened financial consciousness. As a facilitator, strategic advisor, author of The Mindful Millionaire, and seeker of knowledge, Leisa's journey is marked by an unwavering commitment to personal growth. 

Central to her philosophy is the conviction that abundance is an attainable reality for all. Leisa's purpose revolves around reshaping society's collective outlook on money, sparking a revolution in perspectives. With empathy, insights, and innovative thinking, she guides individuals toward redefining their connection with wealth, infusing it with creativity, potential, and significance. By merging her financial expertise with the art and science of mindfulness, Leisa reveals a liberating journey that emancipates people from the grip of scarcity and financial worries, paving the way to lives brimming with prosperity.

Recognized by Forbes as one of the pioneering "10 Women Driving Growth in Wealth Management and Investing," Leisa spearheads "The Mindful Millionaire" and "Art of Abundance” podcasts. In addition, she empowers her clients through online workshops and transformative in-person retreats. Her insights can be found on Gaia Media Network, Wall Street Journal, FastCompany, The Week, and Huffington Post. With a three-decade tenure in finance, Leisa stands for leaders, entrepreneurs, and teams as they navigate the sometimes thorny intersection of money, identity, and vision, particularly during pivotal crossroads.

Leisa lives in Sedona, AZ with her husband Tim.  They have successfully launched two children—one studying engineering at ASU and the other riding high on her own successful entrepreneurial journey — but their favorite part is that both kids like to come home to visit.

Click here to purchase and reserve a copy of Leisa's book here from Bookstore1 Sarasota 
and we'll have it for you at the luncheon.


champion sponsor

United Community Bank

partner sponsor

Diamond Vault

supporting sponsor

Bookstore1Sarasota Ritz Carlton Sarasota Tropical Interiors Florist Sarasota Trophy & Awards, Inc.

supporting sponsor

Saks Fifth Avenue Michael's On East Dolphin Transportation brsh salon

Event Photos


Michael's On East Ballroom, 1212 S. East Avenue, Sarasota, Florida


Class of 2020-2022

Marianne Chapel | SPAACES Foundation

Taylor Collins | Professional Benefits

Cheri Coryea | Coryea Consulting, LLC

Julie Deffense | Julie Deffense Artistry, Luxury Wedding Cakes

Aurilla (Dee Dee) Fusco | The Jackson Laboratory

Jane Gill Watt | Impact 100 SRQ

Roxie Jerde | Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Jennifer Johnston | Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Victoria Kasdan | Making an Impact

Melissa Larkin-Skinner | Centerstone of Florida

Meg Lowman | Tree Foundation

Kristie O'Kon | Grapevine Communications

Carol Probstfeld | State College of Florida

Bridget Ratner | Bridget Ratner DNP LLC, LTSU Healthcare Services

Casey Siljestrom | Southgate Animal Hospital

Terri Syros | The Breakfast Company

Judy Wang | Florida Cancer Specialists, Sarah Cannon Research Institute


Ashley Grant

SVP, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement


Megan Mitchell

Digital Marketing & Events Manager

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