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Celebrating Women's History Month - TBOWIT Luncheon - March 24

  • 24 Mar 2016
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • The Capital Grille - 2223 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607


  • Up to 4 registrations at the member price

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Join us for a special presentation by our own Tampa woman pioneer, Capt. Carolyn Kurtz.

Presentation:  Breaking Barriers -  Guiding International Cargoes Safely into Tampa Bay and Making History as Florida’s First Woman Harbor Pilot. 

Captain Carolyn Kurtz is one of the few pilots working for the Tampa Bay Pilots Association. Originally from New York, Captain Kurtz graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1986. She immediately joined Maritime Overseas Corporation as third officer, obtained an unlimited master’s license in 1993 and sailed until 1994. In 1995, she became the first woman to enter the training program to become a harbor pilot in the State of Florida. She graduated in the  class of 1986 with only 10 percent female, which helped prepare her to be the sole woman during months at sea, including the Persian Gulf in 1987-88 during the Iran-Iraq War.

The Homeland Security Department acknowledged her skill with an appointment to its Navigation Safety Advisory Council, made up of civilian maritime professionals. Captain Kurtz has previously served as an FHPA director and was co-manager of the Tampa Bay Pilots Association from 2007-2009. She has been recognized as a “Woman of Distinction” by the Girl Scouts; and in 2010, received the “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” Award from the Jewish Museum of Florida. She is also a guest instructor at MITAGS and Maritime Pilots Institute. In 2012 she was the recipient of the Tampa Bay OWIT's Person of the Year.

In her presentation, she will discuss how she was able to “break in” to this profession and what challenges she faced as a woman.


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