Coronavirus is contagious, but so is compassion

As the economy grounded to a halt, many food-orientated businesses pivoted toward community service. Finding ways to feed hospital staff, people who lost their jobs and kids who suddenly couldn’t count on meals at school, all while offering take-out and delivery to keep some crucial cash coming in. Catering by the Family, in Tampa, was

Woman of Influence: Marlene Rose

Glass artist Marlene Rose doesn’t shy away from a challenge. She’s built her career on a difficult and dangerous technique: sand casting. In this process, Rose prepares a mold using sand and clay and then ladles in molten glass heated to more than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Each piece must stay in a special cooling oven

Local couple make heart health a family affair

Heart-shaped chocolate boxes on every shelf. Red roses at every florist. We all know February is traditionally the month for love and all things heart-related. February also reminds us to take care of our heart. It is American Heart Month—an annual celebration to encourage people to join the battle against heart disease. Jake and Kate

Pirates bring fun and philanthropy to the Tampa Bay region

Avast, me hearties! Be prepared for great fun and high adventure when Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla kicks off its epic annual celebration on Jan. 18. You probably already know Gasparilla is the biggest festival in the region. What you might not know is how much time and effort the civic leaders and business professionals

Artemis Emslie goes Red for Women

Heart disease kills more women in the United States than any other cause. Yet, only about half of women recognize this leading killer. Fewer still know the risk factors and the steps they can take to lower the chances of getting heart disease. Artemis Emslie, a Tampa-based business executive, along with the executive cabinet of

A new dawn for homeless and at-risk families

More than 2,000 adults and children in Hillsborough County will be homeless over the course of a year, according to estimates from the 2019 Point in Time Count, a measure of the number of homeless people on a specific day. Laquisha, a Tampa mother of seven, became homeless while pregnant with her youngest child after

Author Lisa Unger keeps readers on edge, one page at a time

In her most recent psychological thriller, The Stranger Inside, author Lisa Unger takes readers deep into the minds of both perpetrator and victim to pose questions about crime and justice and explore whether sometimes people deserve what comes to them. Provoking contemplation between right and wrong through intricately drawn characters that grab and hold readers’

Creative Clay Fest is a day of art, music & giving

Along with fall’s cooler temperatures comes a packed schedule of open-air festivals. One worthy of space on your calendar is the live music and original art Creative Clay Fest (formerly known as Folkfest St. Pete). Now in its 13th year, the event showcases works from prominent regional folk artists alongside Creative Clay member artists, who

How Panera Bread’s ‘Goes Pink’ campaign directly supports Moffitt’s mission

Every October, pink ribbons seem to wrap around our country as companies big and small introduce campaigns to support breast cancer awareness. It’s a worthy goal considering that nearly 5,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer every day and, of those, more than 700 people receive a diagnose of breast cancer, according

Leading Women in STEM

Growing up in Puerto Rico, Grisselle Centeno remembers loving to play math games with her family. As an undergraduate at the University of Puerto Rico, she channeled that love of math and engineering into an industrial engineering degree. A passion for teaching adults led her to relocate to Florida and earn a Ph.D. in industrial

Two tickets to Paradise

Tampa native Barbara Emener Karasek came full circle in her career when she and her husband, Tony, acquired Paradise Advertising in early 2018 from founder Cedar Hames. Earlier in her career, she interned under Hames when he was running the St. Petersburg office of the Earl Palmer Browne advertising agency. “It gives me such chill

Leadership you can take to the bank

Marty Lanahan’s favorite quote is “Those who say it can’t be done shouldn’t interrupt the person doing it.” Although unattributed, the quote is perfect for a woman who steadily progressed up the leadership ladder at First Union National (now Wells Fargo) and Regions banks, while simultaneously following her passion for community involvement as an active