We’re proud to be a part of our community.  We’re even more proud to partner in supporting our growing local business leaders. On October 17th, join us for a Women’s Networking Session!

Working Women of Tampa Bay is launching a new series called Success Stories, sponsored by First Home Bank. This three part series focuses on local women business leaders and you guessed it,… their success story!  The first in the series is Leslie Ann Ciccone and her business,(swah-rey)!

Leslie Ann Ciccone has been an Air Traffic Controller since she was 18 years old, first in the US Navy and then in the FAA. While she was an air traffic controller in New York, she attended culinary arts school. Sixteen years later, Leslie Ann opened, (swah-rey), a dessert bar in St. Petersburg. She now has two locations with a 3rd and 4th under construction. Leslie Ann joined an elite group and is now a Tory Burch Fellow (one of only 50 in the country and the only one from Florida). Her goal is to open ten locations in the next few years.

During the event, guests will enjoy light bites, desserts, wine and a chance to hear the story behind the Leslie Ann Ciccone’s successful entrepreneurial journey with her award-winning dessert shop, (swah-rey) in Downtown St. Pete.

And be sure to plan ahead for all the upcoming Success Stories Networking events:

Success Stories:

Leslie Ann Ciccone

Date: Thursday, October 17th

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Location: (swah-rey)

2105 Central Ave., St. Petersburg FL 33713


Success Stories:

Holly Noah

Date: Wednesday, November 20th

Time: TBD

Location: Eat your Words Custom Cookies


Success Stories:

Danielle O’Connor & Jennifer Evanchyk

Date: Wednesday, December 4th

Time: TBD

Location: Shuffle the Heights


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