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Together We Roar Once Again

Pictured: Members of the 2022 Women Who Roar Leadership Circle. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

SRQ Magazine, powered by the Women Who Roar Initiative, hosted the 6th Annual Women Who Roar: Together We Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon on Friday May 13, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. The Women Who Roar Initiative was formed nine years ago 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.

The special day began with champagne sipping and casual browsing at the participating local pop-up booths displaying everything from home goods to cosmetics.

As the crowd gathered into the banquet room, Lisl Liang, president of SRQ Media, welcomed the more than 260 guests in attendance and expressed gratitude for being able to gather in person once again after a two year hiatus. Friday’s celebration reflected nominees from 2020, 2021 and 2022. “The stories we will share today are even more poignant as we are emerging from the global pandemic,” Liang said.

Steve Altier of Seaside National Bank & Trust, a champion partner/sponsor of the event, shared his thoughts about the importance of mentorship before turning the stage over to keynote speaker, Kathy Kristof.

As editor/founder and CEO of, Kristof has an investigative journalism background and formed her company to navigate a safe financial space for freelancers by presenting ways to make money in the gig economy. Kristof gave words of advice to the women in the audience. “Take good care of yourselves before you take care of anyone else,” she said. “It’s really the only thing I’ve seen women do poorly, as we’re always so busy taking care of others around us.”

Trailblazer Award recipient Cyma Zarghami spoke next. Zarghami is the CEO/Founder of Mimo Studios, a female-owned and operated media company that specializes in kids and family content spanning live action, animation and preschool. “I am committed to supporting the cause for female leadership every chance I get,” Zarghami shared. “We need to keep supporting women and be champions of women always.”

At the awards ceremony, 17 new ambassadors were inducted into the leadership circle, resulting in many smiles and lots of hugs. Nurse Practitioner Bridget Ratner was one of those ambassadors. “The best part of this for me is seeing strong women mentoring other strong women,” she said. “It’s really incredible and empowering.”

As the luncheon wrapped, attendees lingered for a bit more browsing in the pop-up boutique lounge and enjoying a “bubbles and brainstorming” cocktail reception.


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This Week's SRQ DAILY Editions

Monday Business Edition – May 16, 2022

In Conversation with Dr. Carol Probstfeld of State College of Florida •  SRQ Airport Sees 31% Jump in April Traffic •  Together We Roar Once Again

Saturday Perspectives Edition – May 14, 2022

Retaking a Reputation for Tolerance •  Launching Entrepreneurs!

Friday Weekend Edition – May 13, 2022

Gulf Coast Thanks Sarasota County Commission After Florida Housing Coalition Shares Best Practices •  Derric Gobourne Jr.'s SH!NE •  Bayside Pet Resort Coming to Wellen Park •  Van Wezel Foundation Names Sara Robinson Executive Director of Advancement •  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties Expands Impact Thanks to Flexible Funding •  Babcock Ranch Water Utilities Wins Top Awards for Water Reclamation, Safety and Performance •  “LIT” The Show Where All Things Glow

Freshly Squeezed Content Every Morning – May 12, 2022

Sarasota Military Academy: The Passion to Learn, The Courage to Try •  Fiction Review of Papa’s Little Truck Written and Illustrated by Mori •  A Second Southeast High Senior Named National Merit Scholar •  Upcoming Events at Creative Liberties •  Escape to the Peace River •  Pine View Student Says School Wants to Censor Him

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition – May 11, 2022

Selby Foundation Awards nearly $1.1 million to Area Nonprofit Organizations in Spring Grant Cycle •  SMH Continues Straight “A” Safety Streak •  Kerkering, Barberio & Co. •  Foundation Announces 2022 Gulf Coast Leadership Institute Class •  Cindy Quinn Earns Titan Club Status  •  Art Uptown Gallery Celebrates its 42rd "Summer in the City" in Sarasota •  Crisp & Green Announces Expansion into Florida with 30 Locations Opening in Two Years •  Local Program Working to Reintegrate Formerly Incarcerated Citizens Presents Community Lecture Series •  The Argus Foundation to Host Visit Florida CEO Dana Young and FRLA CEO Carol Dover at “Meet the Minds” Event  •  Ringling College Library Association makes $600,000 gift to Ringling College

Tuesday Foodie Edition – May 10, 2022

Surf the Blue Wave at 41 Smoothie Co. •  Fishman & Associates Expands Business Development Team •  Allegiant Announces New Nonstop Service to Minneapolis, MN •  Telecommunicators Recognized with Two Awards •  Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s Announces a New Office in Charlotte County •  Tri County Air Receives Community Award from Lennox® International •  Robotics Demonstration at Wilkinson Elementary School  •  Manatee County Dedicates State-of the Art Racquet Sports Complex

Monday Business Edition – May 9, 2022

Better Shark Tooth Trap Spawns Local Business

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