Women of Excellence Network

Second Chance Last Opportunity, Inc. (SCLO) presents a new initiative: Women of Excellence Network! The mission of this initiative is to provide active and engaged women with rich learning experiences. 

Our kickoff event is a breakfast being held(insert date) at SCLO headquarters, 1933 Dr. Martin Luther King Way, Sarasota, Florida. The breakfast is scheduled from 8:30 am – 11:30 a.m.

You don’t want to miss this event.  Come and join women who are coming from surrounding areas as we come together to eat breakfast, to network, to be strengthened and encouraged. We will have open enrollment for those women who are interested in joining the Women of Excellence Network.  If you are a business women or plan to become one this is the network event for you. You will have the opportunity to hear personal stories from women who have been helped by SCLO and to share your story with other women.   

The Breakfast is free. The cost of becoming a Women of Excellence Network member is $35 a year. Benefits include discounts at special events and with our business partners through SCLO. Your business is advertised at special events, and on SCLO social media and there are always give-a-ways taking place on a monthly basis. 

So bring your friends and enjoy an excellent morning with the new Women of Excellence Network!


Vigil Ceremony

We are hosting a candlelight vigil ceremony tonight at Whitaker Gateway Park, 1455 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota at 8:30pm to show support for Sarasota families who have lost a loved one through violence. Please join us to show support and respect.

Git Soul Party Recap!

And what a great time was had by all! Thanks to all for coming out to our Git Soul Party and helping us celebrate! It was a blast!

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Welcome to our newest Volunteer Advisory Committee Members!

paulaPaula Beard has worked with the Sarasota County School Board for over 10 years mostly in capacity of School Counselor and most recently as a Behavior Specialist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida and a masters in counseling from Webster University. She is currently completing a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University in Sarasota.




rhondaRhonda Calahan has been a resident of Sarasota Florida for over 28 years.   She graduated from Sarasota Beauty school in 1991. She has been working in cosmetology ever since, which she loves because gives her more time to talk with clients one on one.   In Feb 2012 she became a victim of domestic violence and she went through horrible things.  She overcame them, and after all that she went through and with God’s Grace she is able to tell her story to many women to try and reach them so that they don’t go through what she did.  She’s also started a women’s group called The Queens.



vickiVicki Chelf was born in Kentucky. In 1971 she moved to the Laurentian Mountains in Quebec where she wrote La Grand Cuisine Vegetarienne, which stayed in print for over 20 years. It was one of the first vegetarian cookbooks ever printed in French.  Today, Vicki has 8 titles to her name.  She has been teaching vegetarian cooking since the mid 1970’s and vegan cooking since the 80’s. She has a bachelors of science in Holistic Nutrition and is a fine arts graduate of the Ringling School of Art and Design.



ingridIngrid Herring was born in Sarasota. She’s a Sarasota High School Graduate.  She’s currently employed for a government entity and has been for the last 16 years.  In 2012 she received her AA degree from the State College of Florida. She’s also currently pursing a BA degree in Public Safety Administration.



Congrats, Vicki!

Congratulations, Vicki! Vicki from Hearts Desire‘s jewelry is so creative and playful, and she’s a great friend to Second Chance and supporter of our ‘Share the Light’ Luncheon.