SCBWA Announces Open House at Captiva Civic Center

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

The Sanibel Captiva Business Women’s Association (SCBWA) is pleased to announce an open house event from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 3 at the Captiva Civic Association’s Civic Center, 11550 Chapin Lane, Captiva. It will be an open-house style cocktail party

The purpose of this event is two-fold: the SCBWA plans to celebrate its successful first full year as an independent nonprofit by recognizing existing members, and share information about the organization to any interested individuals, whether they are considering joining or simply would like to learn more about the SCBWA and what the group does.

Sanibel Captiva Business Women’s Association was formed in 2020 after members of the American Business Women’s Association Sanibel Captiva Charter Chapter wanted to take a step back from the national initiatives of ABWA and focus on a more localized, community approach, thus forming SCBWA.

SCBWA is geared toward the enrichment and betterment of the lives of the women of Sanibel and Captiva through networking, mentorship, career advancement, and continuing education. Part of that initiative is an annual scholarship awarded to a local recipient in need.

Our focus is creating a network of women supporting women through mentorship, career advancement, and professional development. SCBWA offers monthly meetings featuring a variety of local speakers, and we also offer after-hour networking and socializing events.

SCBWA began hybrid meetings in January 2020 hosting a Women in Leadership Speaker Series. With featured guest speakers such as Becky Miller of Sundial, Barbara Beran, founding members Mary Bondurant, Monique Meche, and Doris Colgate to name a few.

Reflecting on our first year as an organization we are proud to have awarded a scholarship for continuing education to Haley Caponi, a freshman attending FSWU. We also held our first annual fundraiser, The Pink Flamingo High Tea, which raised funds for our annual scholarship fund and Let’s Pink Out, focused on the unmet cancer needs in our community.

“I am thrilled that we are hosting our first Open House to thank our current members and to welcome prospective new members, said current SCBWA president Taylor Osborne. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for us, as an organization, to be able to share our vision with the community.”

The event is free and open to the public, and will include wine and soft drinks, hors d’oeuvres from Sanibel Catering Company, and live music. SCBWA requests pre-registration via Eventbrite:

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