On Fridays We Lunch is a women’s luncheon that connects community leaders with young professionals in an intimate lunch setting. Each luncheon features a community leader as a guest of honor, a small group of young professional attendees, and our goal is to foster an open, in-depth conversation about professional development and personal growth. Our mission is to connect, empower, and inspire.
When I was new to Tampa Bay, I attended every luncheon and networking event I could find to connect with people. I had the pleasure of hearing Gayle Sierens, the first woman to do play-by-play for a regular season NFL game, speak at a women’s event. I was impressed by her storytelling and willingness to be unapologetically candid. I left that luncheon with a few business cards and a lot of inspiration.
Months later, I was attending another networking event. I was meeting a number of new people, but I noticed that the event, like many others, did not allow for deeper conversations and connections. Slightly disappointed, I made my way to the restroom, and who did I bump into at the sink but Gayle Sierens! As one should, I introduced myself and after a quick chat, Gayle extended a generous invitation to reach out to her in the future.
Elated, I ran to tell my friends about my encounter. They were as excited as I was about my chance meeting. We talked about how great it would be to spend an afternoon talking with and learning from a woman like Gayle. That is when the idea of On Fridays We Lunch was born. I contacted Gayle and pitched the idea to her. I am so thankful that Gayle believed in the mission, was kind and approachable and agreed to be the inaugural Guest on August 21, 2015.
Founding this community has been incredibly fulfilling. At luncheons, we laugh, listen, learn, empower, get empowered, support local restaurants, connect with community leaders, build our networks, and inspire each other. We have a great time.
I hope you will join the Ladies Who Lunch Community. I look forward to hosting you!