Tampa/St. Petersburg

We welcome women from all segments of the retirement industry and at all career stages. By affiliating yourself with the Tampa/St. Petersburg regional chapter of WIPN, you will be able to forge new connections at the local level and participate in professional development and networking opportunities throughout the year.

Thank you to the women of Tampa Bay for actively contributing to the success of our chapter. If you would like to get more involved, please contact Co-Chairs Breezy Paulus or Shelby Columbus.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at future events!

Upcoming Events

Junior Achievement Volunteering at BizTown

May 23 @ 8:45 am – 1:00 pm EDT

JA BizTown Event Details

Volunteer your time and help bring the “economics of life to life” for local 5th grade students. You will be placed in a business with 3 to 9 students and supervise as they operate their business for the day!


Stay tuned for more 2024 events!

Recent Events

WIPN Tampa | Cookie Party

December 11, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST

We baked and exchanged some yummy cookies and enjoyed each other’s company for the holiday season, exchanging holiday traditions and getting to know more about each other!

WIPN Tampa | Axe Throwing

September 7, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST

We relieved some stress and took it out on the targets! We had a great time team building and bonding! Thank you to our generous sponsors, Charmaine Hughes Lee with Transamerica and Cristina Stanton with PenChecks!

WIPN Tampa | Game Time – Tampa Bay Rays vs Minnesota Twins

June 7, 2023 @ 6:40 pm – 8:30 pm ET

We enjoyed an exclusive event in the Franklin Templeton suite and watched the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins!

WIPN Tampa | Sunsets & Cocktails

April 27, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm ET

We came together for sunsets and cocktails on the rooftop at Pier Teaki in St. Pete! We had great cocktails and conversations and had the opportunity to learn more about Junior Achievement! As a result of this event, we are planning to get more involved with Junior achievement, so keep an eye out for details on upcoming volunteer opportunities!

A special Thanks to our sponsor Pete Kirtland at PCS Retirement!

WIPN Tampa | Holiday Sip & Shop

December 8th, 2022 – Join us for a holiday sip & shop at Kendra Scott located in Hyde Park, Tampa. Come meet your new chapter chairs and committee members while enjoying bubbles and sweets as you shop.

A special thanks to our sponsors, Shelia Reed at Ameritas and Lara Hise at Transamerica!


The Power of Delegation

June 23, 2021 – Do you suffer from guilt, or worse, fear of giving up control, if you delegate tasks and activities to your team? Hear Dr. Pat Baxter explain why leadership research shows why this keeps happening to women, and learn how realizing you’re not indispensable does more for your career than “doing it all” ever will. You will also learn a memorable mantra that helps you H.A.N.D off tasks with effectiveness and ease.

Replay the webinar.

Tea Time and Conversation on Being Fearless

June 18, 2020 – We had afternoon tea and a conversation with Linda Duessel, Senior Equity Strategist and Senior Vice President with Federated Hermès who led us on a journey of achieving courageousness in our professional lives as well as finding an inner balance mindset. She shared her personal story and tips in reaching your personal and professional goals.

Energy leadership and Unlocking Your Personal Power

March 31, 2020 – We enjoyed a mediation session followed by a talk by an empowering Mindset coach, Deb Rubin who instilled balance and fueled our minds with energy and strength. Our networking was mixed with nibbles,bubbles and shopping for our spring collection. Deb Rubin is an Executive, Leadership and Mindset coach who supports leaders in maximizing their potential and achieving desired goals. Deb’s undeniable passion allows her to not only engage and motivate audiences, but also to work very effectively with professionals and organizations to build their brands, fine-tune their messaging, exceed their goals, expand leadership, and develop personnel.

12/3/19 – Bubbly Conversations and Candy Canes

Thanks to all the members and guests that enjoyed Mary Key’s gift of inspiration for 2020. It’s always great camaraderie at these events and the Women In Pensions Network steps it up each time with their sense of community, promoting women in business.

If you haven’t join, please do to support our local chapter and national mission.


Spring Cleaning for your Closet and your Mind – May 15, 2019

We experienced a wonderful evening with a shot in the arm from the remarkable, and inspirational journey by Katie McGill, Executive Director of Dress for Success Tampa Bay and stellar dialogue and support by Dr. Pat Baxter, Leadership Coach, Talent Catalyst & OD consultant with Smarter Emotions. Also, the shopping with Personal Stylist Mary Ann Karlsson with W by Worth, Not to mention a wonderful evening of networking with a powerful and stellar group of women!

Tampa/St Pete Chapter December 2018 Event

Thank you for all of those who attended our Women in Pensions Network Tampa Chapter meeting at Mermosa!

We experienced a fabulous evening of Sipping, Shopping, and Savoring and most importantly wonderful networking with a stellar group of women! Thank you to Desiree Noisette for sharing your remarkable journey and presenting your keynote session on collaboration over competition!

Thanks to our sponsors SageView and Pensionmark.

Unlocking Your Personal Power with Deb Rubin of Transamerica

On July 18th, the Tampa/St. Pete chapter hosted a fabulous evening  at The Vinoy Renaissance Saint Petersburg Resort & Golf Club. Our riveting keynote speaker Deb Rubin led us in a discussion about “Unlocking Our Personal Power,”  which provided insights into our subconscious filters. Deb helped us understand how our response to the world around us impacts our outcomes.

Tampa Chapter Networking Event

The chapter engaged with other like-minded financial industry professionals and heard from Charlyn Shelton, LinkedIn Expert, Social Media Visionary and Online Networking Guru on “Personal Presence” and received quick tips from Blo Dry on “Physical Presence” to keep hair and makeup on point!

New Chapter Breakfast Planning Meeting

Held a meeting with potential members who would be interested in representing key roles in growing the local chapter.

Tampa Chapter Launch November 2017

The Tampa Bay Chapter of WIPN launched in November of 2017. We kicked off our event with a champagne tasting and honored to host Debbie Lundberg, a 9 time published author, certified life coach, and certified image consultant as our keynote speaker discussing “Leading without losing your Femininity.”

Chapter Chair

Shelby Columbus
Business Planning Analyst
Franklin Templeton
Email Shelby

Breezy Paulus
Assurance Director – Employee Benefit Plans
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