On Fridays We Lunch is a women’s network that connects community leaders with young professionals in an intimate lunch setting. Monthly luncheons feature 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!
I am a Life, Career, and Executive Coach. When I took up the mission to connect, empower, and inspire women, I found my true calling. When I helped the attendees at the luncheon develop new relationships, gain inspiration from storytelling, and leave empowered to make changes in their lives, I knew I wanted to do that for others as my career.
Prior to coaching, I spent 10 years in corporate America, working in the field of real estate finance and climbing my way up the ranks in Fortune 500 companies. Making the transition to full-time coaching was both thrilling and challenging, but having the right people around me for support and guidance made all the difference - that’s what I want to give to you.
Clarity is my God-given talent - I see the “how” for people to go from where they are to where they want to be. The most common statement that I hear is, “I know what I want to do I just don’t know how to get started (or how to go about getting it).” Whether it’s transitioning to working for ourselves, maximizing our current career paths or developing other life skills, we should be having as much fun as possible. My goal is for you to visualize what the most fun looks like for you, set big goals, and implement a strategy that will allow you to use your talents to impact the world. Visit RaylaBailey.com to learn more.