Her path to success at every level has been unconventional, and HSN chief executive Mindy Grossman concedes that she is not known for having patience. She does have focus and vision, however.
"Follow your dreams, and block out the noise," she said in her keynote address to the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Women's Symposium, held in the ballroom at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater.
Grossman, a former executive at IAC Retailing, Nike, Polo Jeans, Polo Ralph Lauren, Chaps Ralph Lauren, Warnaco, Tommy Hilfiger and Oxford Industries, last year was ranked among the world's 100 most powerful women by Forbes magazine.
A wife and mother, the St. Petersburg resident told her audience that business and family priorities don't always balance.
"As women, we can have it all," she said. "We just can't have it all at the same time."
Darby Dickerson, vice president and dean of the Stetson University College of Law, was named Business Woman of the Year, recognized for her professional accomplishments and community involvement.
Robin Warren, a cofounder of Project Prosper, was named Community Service Woman of the Year. The organization's purpose is to promote economic and social integration for immigrants in Pinellas County.
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Business Women of the Year finalists were: Mili Bonsignori of the Massage Spa; Suzy Circle, Alltrust Insurance; Debra Curtiss, Peak 10; Maris Dwyer and Karen Trapane, Raytheon; Joy Gendusa, PostcardMania; Dr. Cynthia Johnson, Pinellas County economic development; Laura Krueger Brock, Kirkland, Russ, Murphy & Tapp; Barb Kyes, ActionCOACH Pinellas; Barbara McCarthy, Sun Country Cleaners; Susan McCarthy, Sun Country Cleaners; Ann Rogers, Keller Williams Realty; Jamie Rosenkrans, Jim's Harley-Davidson of St. Petersburg; Shawna Vercher, VTi-Media; and Mary Lou Wells, Grace Lutheran Church and School.
Community Service Woman of the Year finalists were Lillian Baker, Donna Boerner, Lisa Brody, Corinne Karen Bulla, Morgan Cook Smith, Beth Houghton, Barbara McCarthy, Susan McCarthy, Sandy Oestreich, Judith Owen, Loris Rosso, Debbie Sembler, Gina Thiemann, Karen Truman, Ester Venouziou, Robin Warren and Mary Wheeler.