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The Leaders’ Friday Luncheon was created by four young local business professionals. Each are in different stages of life, but all are between the ages of 25-34. During the first Friday of each month, we host an informal lunch and invite select community leaders as our guests. Each lunch consists of four hosts and four guests. The setting is very casual and social. There are no agendas, no minutes, no sales, and no motions. Instead, the environment provides an opportunity for individuals to get to know each other and the causes they support.

Once a year, the Leaders Friday Luncheon hold an evening reception for all of the guests who have ever attended a luncheon. These gatherings offer our guests an additional opportunity to mingle and meet a greater number of business, community, and non-profit professionals. At the reception, our guests are encouraged to bring a future guest for our group.

We had hoped and we have found, as the number of our events increase that our attendees often stay in touch with each other. They have become better resources for one another. And in most cases lasting friendships have evolved.

In February 2012 we inspired an ally in the Sarasota area as four community leaders launched a similar group called LunchWithLeaders. Visit their web site at www.lunchwithleaders.org