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  • 11 Oct 2019 2:28 PM | Working Women (Administrator)

    Open enrollment begins on November 1, 2019. Are you a freelancer or sole proprietor looking for health insurance on or off the exchange? SoleVenture members have immediate access to health, dental, vision, and limited medical plans. We believe access to healthcare is a fundamental right. Although its only one part of our business, it’s often the most critical for our members. Membership dues are waived through December 15, 2019 for open enrollment.

    Who are we? SoleVenture is the back-office support for the company of one. The SoleVenture platform provides the infrastructure needed to build and grow your business from formation, tax setup, and business insurances to the personal benefits of traditional employment, including health, dental, vision, and limited medical plans. Through SoleVenture’s strategic partnerships, we offer our members access to affordable, quality health insurance and ancillary insurance products nationwide. We are incorporating additional traditional employment benefits, such as vacation, tax savings, and retirement accounts in the coming months. Learn more and join today at

  • 02 Oct 2019 12:49 PM | Working Women (Administrator)

    USF World First Annual Women's Empowerment Conference: Oct 10, 2019 - 8:45am - 5pm.

    Nine prominent scholars, including U.S. Representative Kathy Castor and Dr. Cheyenne Currall, will discuss the role of women in governance in China, Russia, U.S., Iran, Pakistan, Israel, and Latin America. The audience will have a chance to ask questions following every presentation.

    Conference details, sponsorship, and exhibit table information can be found attached and in the graphic below.

    To RSVP for this free exciting conference, please visit

  • 30 Sep 2019 4:06 PM | Working Women (Administrator)

    Stress and anxiety from daily matters can wreak havoc on the body. The constant “always on the go” mentality found in modern American society often overlooks one simple yet extremely effective technique to settle the mind. This method is free, accessible anywhere, anytime, and offers an alternative to pharmaceutical medications.

    That is the power of the breath.

    Breathe is vital. It is what keeps us alive, our heart pumping, and our blood circulating.  It is what brings us back to the present moment.

    By focusing on the breath it enables the mind to clear itself of distractions, provide a greater ability to remain calm in crisis (1), aid in decision making (2), and express stronger interconnectivity (3) among all life forces. Through mindful breathing, the body is able to obtain significant mental and physical health benefits.

    This may already sound familiar to you as these ancient eastern practices become widely popularized and integrated into western culture through various mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as yoga, tai chi, and meditation. Each of these meditative techniques allows one to slow their brain waves, decrease heart rate, lower blood pressure, and tap into their unconscious mind.

    But how exactly does it work?

    Within each breath is a respiratory biofeedback loop between the heart and lungs that determines either the activation of your ‘flight-or-fight’ response or your ‘rest-and-digest’ response.

    The inhale and exhale function of the breathing process (4) activates different parts of the nervous system.  During the inhalation portion, blood is drawn to the lungs from the heart causing the body to overexert itself in order to pump blood throughout the rest of the body. As a result, the heart beat accelerates and the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) is activated. The SNS initiates the ‘fight-or-flight’ response which pumps adrenaline, cortisol, and other stress hormones that fuel anxiety. These stress hormones alter the body by slowing metabolism and increasing blood pressure and heart rate. On the other hand, blood returns from the lungs to the body during the exhalation portion stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), which acts as a biological break allowing your body to ‘rest-and-digest’. This aspect of the PNS, also referred to as respiratory vagus nerve stimulation (rVNS) (5) counteracts the fight-or-flight response by calming the autonomic nervous system and improving heart rate variability (HRV).

    The inhalation/exhalation ratio that occurs within each breath cycle plays a crucial role in heart regulation and overall health.  The fluctuation of the beat-to-beat intervals of a heart rate is known as heart rate variability (HRV) (6). It has been found that higher HRV is associated with lower chronic stress levels, improved cognition, and better overall health.  It is also a means to index the vigour of vagus nerve responses and vagal tone (VT).

    The Vagus Nerve

    The vagus nerve (7) is the longest nerve in the human body with multiple branches beginning at the brainstem and extending through just about every major organ in a wandering route down to the lowest intestines.  It is the communicative channel that sends messages between the mind, brain, and gut. The vagus nerve is responsible for the calming effect of intentional breathing methods and explains the efficacy of the effects of contemplative practices on health and cognition.

    During each exhalation, the vagus nerve releases the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine (Ach) into the bloodstream. This neurotransmitter was first discovered by German Nobel-Prize winning physiologist, Otto Loewi, in 1921. At the time, it was referred to as vagusstoff (or vagus substance). Heart rate variability (HRV) was able to effectively measure that once this vagusstoff was released, heart rate intervals instantly decreased, and the nervous system calmed. This is what is referred to as the “relaxation response.”

    The Relaxation Response

    One of the most effective and easiest ways to calm your mind and body is to activate this ‘relaxation response’ (8). The relaxation response can improve hypertension, insomnia, PMS, symptoms of menopause, pain, infertility, and cardiac arrythmias. It consists of two basic steps found in various meditative practices worldwide. The first step is through the repetition of either sound, words, prayer, phrase, or movement. The second involves the passivity of daily thoughts or distractions meaning to recognize any thoughts that may arise and let them pass through just as they had come.

    Breathing Practices

    One widely popular yogic breathing (pranayama) practice is diaphragmatic breathing (9) or deep breathing. This type of breathing switches the constriction of the breath from the throat to the diaphragm, located between the thoracic and abdominal cavities. In this type of breathing, air enters the lungs and the belly expands rather than the chest. This type of breathing is beneficial (10) as it lowers the effects of stress hormones like cortisol, lowers hearth rate and blood pressure, decreases oxygen demand, and strengthens the diaphragm. Diaphragmatic breathing can even be used as a coping mechanism for people with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (11).

    The 1:2 Inhale/ Exhale Ratio

    Since acetylcholine (Ach) is released during the exhale, one way to ensure more vagus substance is released is to make your exhale slow and longer than your inhale. This slows your heart rate allowing your body more time for self-regulation and the ability to maintain homeostasis. The exhalation also releases toxins like carbon dioxide and any stale air that no longer serves you.

    A simple way to keep count on inhalations and exhalations is to use the 1:2 ratio. Along with diaphragmatic breathing, inhale through the nose a set number of seconds. Then, purse your lips as you would blow a whistle and double the inhale count for your exhale. So, if the inhale is for three seconds then the exhale should be 6 seconds, if the inhale is 4 seconds then exhale for 8 seconds and so on and so forth.


    These types of breathing exercises can be practiced on your own time just about anywhere. Even just a few slow conscious breaths can show significant improvement in overall health and cognition. Mindful breathing can not only bring pure awareness back to the present moment, but also to our own feeling and physical being. It can balance emotions, heighten awareness and intuition, and provide patience whilst improving concentration. Research suggests that this kind of breathing can even make you wiser (12) and live a longer more grounded life.

    So, the next time stress or anxiety comes up just take a moment to breathe and exhale it all away.

  • 27 Sep 2019 8:32 AM | Working Women (Administrator)

  • 20 Aug 2019 5:32 PM | Working Women (Administrator)

    Join Florida Medical Clinic for their Open House Tuesday, September 3rd at 6:30 to learn about their upcoming complete wellness program. Every one is welcome to attend!

    WWOTB members will also receive a $50 discount to attend the clinic's 12 week Complete Wellness Transformation Program! Call or email Kelly Matthew to register and mention the WWOTB discount. 

    Kelly Matthew

    813-780-8774 x24042

  • 28 May 2019 2:52 PM | Working Women (Administrator)

    Announcing that the Hillsborough Community College (Business/Entrepreneurship Program and Institute for Continuing and Corporate Education) is one of 16 colleges from throughout the country chosen to facilitate the Verizon Innovative Learning for Girls Program. The 2-year program was launched in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE

    Beginning June 10, we kickoff our second year with a three-week intensive learning experience. 100 girls from local middle schools across the Plant City Area will attend this very special program, participating in augmented and virtual reality, coding, 3D design, entrepreneurship and design thinking principles free of charge. The students will continue to participate in monthly sessions throughout the academic year where they will develop a technology solution for a community problem that aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Focus areas of the SDGs include poverty reduction, quality education, good health and well-being, climate action, peace and justice or gender equality.

    The camp runs June 10—28 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. We would love to have you participate! You can run an activity, volunteer in a classroom, facilitate a morning or afternoon session on leadership, teambuilding or careers during one of the am/pm sessions or a lunch and learn. We are pulling together our schedule for the 3 weeks, so please let me know if you would like to take part. All are welcomed! (See attached spreadsheet with the days and times that are available.)

    We are also looking for:

    3 judges to review the girls projects on Friday, June 29

    sponsors for Friday pizza days (or other lunch sponsors)

    volunteers to serve as hall monitors etc. If you know of any high school students needing volunteer hours!

    If you would like to help during the year, here are the dates of the Post Camp activities held on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-2:00 p.m.











    Beth Kerly

    Business & Entrepreneurship

    Associate Professor


  • 28 May 2019 2:50 PM | Working Women (Administrator)

    Dr. Cesar Lara has over 30 years of experience empowering patients to reach not only their weight goals, but achieving overall wellness through his weight loss program, Bio-Identical hormone therapy and now Formnovélle is non-invasive body contouring. Dr. Cesar Lara has been voted “Best Health Program” for 10 years! helping thousands of patients achieve their goals. Dr. Lara has introduced Formnovélle to complement the practice focusing on fat reduction in stubborn areas including abdomen, thighs, arms among other troublesome areas. Formnovélle combines optimal supplementation, nutritional guidance, lipotropic injections and advanced green light Verju laser therapy. Verju safely causes the release of fatty lipids from within the fat cells, causing them to collapse and shrink, which in turn reduces the circumference or the size of the stubborn and challenging fat accumulating areas of the body. Once the fatty lipids are released, the body uses them for energy which are ultimately excreted through the lymphatic system of the body, resulting in fat loss. It is non-invasive, no discomfort, no down time with no side effects. This therapy allows you to reduce 4”-6” in as little as 2 weeks!

    Upcoming Events:

    May 29th 9am 135 1st Street South St. Pete FL 3370. Join us for an inspirational morning learning how you can discover your most beautiful shape with Formnovélle and see a live demonstration of Formnovélle! Come meet our team and see how to begin your success story.

    June 3rd 6pm 135 Street South St. Pete FL 33701.Join us for an evening of empowerment and education with healthy weight coach Katrina. Learn helpful tips and snack ideas to help keep you on track toward your healthy weight for life goals. We will also be collecting pantry items for a local food bank clean out temptations in your cupboard while helping the community. Bring in a food donation and receive a raffle ticket to enter to win a $500.00 gift certificate for Formnovélle.

    June 4th 7pm Evening Empowerment Webinar - Join Dr. Lara as he discusses how to empower your body and release excess weight and reduce inches while improving cellular health.  REGISTER HERE

    To RSVP , book your free consultation or for more information reach us anytime. 727-446-3021 or

  • 23 May 2019 11:51 AM | Working Women (Administrator)

    Michelle Turman, CEO of Catalyst Consulting Services has been appointed to the newly formed Cultural Assets Commission. The purpose of the Commission is to provide guidance in the administration of the Cultural Assets Program, to serve as a vetting body to consider merits of proposals, to provide recommendations as to periodic funding and grant awards consistent with solicitation processes, and to provide further advice regarding enhancements to the Program to meet the primary objectives set forth by the Board of County Commissioners.

    About the Cultural Assets Program & Commission Members

    Hillsborough County's intention in creating this program is to strengthen and promote its cultural assets in the areas of fine arts, historic, natural and recreation through the activation of public spaces, enrichment of the lives of residents, and leverage the private sector's financial support to achieve greater patron spending, and maximize visitation to our County.

    Inaugural members also include: Jason Carroll, Executive Director of Friends of the Riverwalk, Santiago Corrada, President & CEO of Visit Tampa Bay, Nicole DeBartolo of the DeBartolo Foundation, Elizabeth Frazier, Executive Director of the Lightning Foundation, Natalie King VP & COO of Pepin Family Foundation and Jamie Klingman, Owner of the Klingman Group. The program will be overseen by Lindsey Kimball, Director of Economic Development.

    Turman has over twenty seven years of arts administration and fundraising experience and is a past board member of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. Her company has been responsible for increasing the impact and best practices of nonprofit organizations she serves and has raised over $60 million for the Tampa Bay community through her professional and personal philanthropic efforts.

    Catalyst Consulting Services facilitates positive change for nonprofit organizations.

  • 16 May 2019 4:31 PM | Working Women (Administrator)

    Laura Webb, president of Webb Insurance Group in Tampa, Florida becomes President of the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida this month.

    Laura has been involved with the leadership of the organization’s board for several years, including serving as Chair of the Fund Development Committee and Board Development Committee in addition to serving on the Dessert First Committee.

    Across Tampa Bay, private sector to non-profit, the volunteer board of directors guides the Girl Scout Movement in west central Florida. In addition to seven executive officers and 14 members at large, the board also includes two non-voting girl members in grades 9 – 12.

    “It’s an honor to lead the board for the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida,” said Laura. “The Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place is something that truly means a lot to me.”

    About Webb Insurance

    Webb Insurance Group was founded in 2004 by Laura Webb and has successfully served the Tampa Bay region by providing excellent customer service and superior offerings. The company has been recognized at the local and national levels for its commitment to the highest levels of customer service.

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