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AchieveHERs Reveal Intimate Stories at Capitol Theatre to Help Businesswomen

As the gas sales and public affairs manager for Clearwater Gas System, Kristi Cheatham exudes strength and confidence from her 6-foot-2 frame. So people are often startled to learn that for years, the businesswoman by day was a battered wife by night. Successful at work, she said she was called “ugly” and “stupid” at home. When she was left bruised

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Tampa Bay Womens Group Celebrates Successful Inaugural Luncheon

Research shows that businesses with more women in authoritative roles experience increased success (1)—a reality that the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce(CRCC) recently took notice of when it formed a women’s networking group entitled AchieveHERs. AchieveHERs held an inaugural luncheon at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Thursday, November 7, the CRCC’s largest inaugural event to date. The luncheon attracted 300 attendees,

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Fawn Germer to Keynote Tampa Bay’s AchieveHERs Inaugural Luncheon

The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce (CRCC) has been seeking better ways of reaching out to women business leaders. After commissioning a market research study that found women want a forum in which to share their experiences with other women in business, the CRCC established the women’s networking group AchieveHERs. AchieveHERs will hold an inaugural luncheon at Ruth Eckerd Hall

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Swanky Swine Chosen to Cater AchieveHERs Lunch

BELLEAIR BLUFFS – The Swanky Swine “chefs” recently catered a lunch for the board of directors of AchieveHERS at Codys in Belleair Bluffs. The Swanky Swine exists to educate, empower and employ young adults with developmental disabilities. Jennifer Tollefson is the director of transition services at Woodlawn Community Academy in Clearwater. She founded the Swanky Swine school store where about

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AchieveHERs Chairwoman Tina Tenret Honored in Business Observer’s 40 Under 40

When award-winning investigative journalist Tina Tenret was 29 years old, she made a major career change. The move was spurred by her mother’s suicide, a shocking tragedy that made Tenret rethink the importance of her news career. Her mom, like many women, was constantly “full of financial worry,” according to Tenret. Her fears surrounding finances only worsened when she got

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AchieveHERs Co-Founder Doreen Hock-DiPolito Profiled for Doing it All

Ever since she was a little girl building furniture with her dad, Doreen Hock-DiPolito has loved making and building things. From there, she paved a path of leadership, from a mechanical engineering work director at Honeywell, to owner of D-Mar General Contracting & Development, to Clearwater City Councilmember, to member of countless boards and foundations. “In my childhood, I used

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AchieveHERs Co-Founder Carol Hague Profiled as COO

When Carol Hague first began working in law firms in 1973, women were not allowed to wear pants. “And this was not a Letitia Baldridge kind of thing,” Hague said, referring first to Baldridge, an American etiquette expert who served as Jacqueline Kennedy’s social secretary. “It was a Hugh Heffner kind of thing.” The men made it tough for women

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Women in Business Invited to Connect

CLEARWATER – Women in business are joining forces in the greater Clearwater area, sharing their stories, experiences, ideas and advice. The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce has started the AchieveHERS women’s networking group that currently is open to women in the public. “The AchieveHERS was founded because we did a survey and a remarkable number of business women in the

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