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Tampa, Florida -- Strong women sharing a strong message to encourage others was the focus of The Centre's first Women's Leadership Luncheon at Palma Ceia Country Club on Thursday, March 27.

10 News Anchor Heather Van Nest was honored to serve as emcee.

The Centre for Women's founder, Helen Gordon Davis, spoke about how she became the first woman elected to the Florida House and later the Senate.

She started The Centre for Women in Tampa to help women, girls, and families gain skills to become independent and succeed personally and professionally.

The luncheon allowed women to network with each other and hear from an inspirational keynote speaker, Dr. Karen Dunlap.
She talked about "Leading into the Wind: Adapting Leadership to the Challenges in the Midst of Change." Dr. Dunlap is a compelling speaker whose inspiring journey from rural Tennessee to president of one of the world's most prestigious schools of journalism, The Poynter Institute, offered lessons in courage, persistence and women's leadership.

The Centre plans to hold quarterly leadership luncheons to offer the community a chance to learn, find transferable ideas for their own businesses and organizations, to network with other women, and to be inspired by accomplished role models.

The next luncheon will be in June.

The Centre is a great resource to promote women-owned businesses, women in leadership, women on corporate boards, and women in elected office.

Women's Leadership programming is a focus of The Centre's new Helen Gordon Davis Women's Business Centre. It is part of The Centre's mission to help women succeed both personally and professionally.

Top three services of The Centre for Women:

1) Programs to empower and educate women;

2) Success strategies for employment training;

3) Individual and family counseling

If you would like to learn more about programs for women, girls, families and seniors at The Centre call: Call 813-251-8437 or visit http://www.thecentre.org/index.php.

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