Miami Bombshells set to detonate Wednesday
Vail, CO, Colorado
What started innocently as five ladies seduced to a friend’s home by chardonnay and chocolate gave way to a modern-day women’s movement with a message resonating from coast to coast.
The genesis of the Miami Bombshells began with Patricia San Pedro, who brought together the other five members, mostly strangers or mildly acquainted with each other, and insisted they meet. What resulted was empowerment, understanding and a unique bond of sisterhood. Now the Bombshells are set to detonate Wednesday at 6 p.m. at The Bookworm in Edwards, dispersing shrapnel of womanhood wisdom. The event is being co-sponsored by the Vail Valley Business Women.
The Bombshells are comprised of six highly successful women in the Miami area, all of whom needed shoulders to lean on as they struggled to balance family, business, shareholders and soccer practices. Since that fateful gathering six years ago, the Bombshells have taken their mantra of “Put yourself at the top of your to-do list” mainstream in book form with “Dish and Tell,” an appearance on the Today show, nationwide speaking engagements and a series of women’s retreats.
“Women handle it all because we have to,” said Tammi Leader Fuller, a Bombshell who’s day job is producing programs for NBC and Fox TV. “We are paddling so hard upstream. Women set the bar so high that we start think we can never reach it. What we realized, collectively, is that if we didn’t take care of ourselves first then nobody else will.”
Fuller, whose combination of success and self-deprecation makes for an entirely entertaining conversation, found she wasn’t alone in balancing the demands of a taxing career while taking care of a family. That revelation is what the Bombshells want other women to realize: You’re not alone and talking about it helps.
“We were lured with wine and chocolate after Patricia [San Pedro] implored us to meet,” Fuller said. “But I think we all let our guard down immediately. There aren’t a lot of people to talk to, but finding someone is what I think we all needed. You tell your story to the same people over and over and you get the same response over and over.
“This was different. We weren’t hearing what we wanted to hear. We were all honest with each other and could relate. We called ourselves the Bombshells because that’s what we were dropping, things we’d never revealed to anyone.”
Also included in the Bombshells are Annie San Roman, a child psychologist who works with teenagers; Lydia Sacasa, a banker who logs 70-hour work weeks; Mercedes Soler, an Emmy-winning newscaster whose pull among Latinas is similar to that of Oprah Winfrey. San Pedro founded a public relations firm that handles several big-name accounts.
With those kinds of resumes, one would think the Bombshells would be setting their sights on world domination. Instead they just want to help the working woman realize her biggest priority should be herself, and all the rest will fall in line. The Bombshells’ book offers instruction along with personal anecdotes both humorous and heart-wrenching.
“Dish and Tell” was released in 2005 and then in paperback in 2006 with the delicious irony being that women who discuss “the struggle to juggle,” now had book promoting and publicity on an already crowded plate.
“We were over committed and stressed then we decide to write a book and get a nice publishing contract [with HarperCollins], now all the sudden there’s more for us to do,” Fuller said. “We launched the book on the Today show, and from there it just took off and we became infinitely more busy.”
The Bombshells also founded Camp Bombshell, a series of women’s retreat for gals to unplug, disconnect, kick back and have some much-needed fun. There have been seven camps since the book’s initial release, with plans for five more during 2007. Information regarding the camps is available on the group’s Web site at http://www.miamibombshells.com.
Making the Bombshells further relatable are their diverse professional backgrounds as well as their varied ethnicities. This trait piqued the interest of the Vail Valley Business Women, said member Tina DeWitt, who is also a financial adviser with Edward Jones Investments in Edwards.
“They [The Miami Bombshells] mirror our group in that we have a diverse membership professionally and ethnically,” DeWitt said. “We’re not quite to the scale they are, but I think we’re definitely a local version of them and can relate to balancing business and family. I know a lot of our members have passed the book around and once the event was set, the response was tremendous.”
The Vail Valley Business Women was founded in 1977 and offers various memberships, but is open for guests to attend their events. Currently, there are 68 full-time members, DeWitt said.
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