Ladies comes together for good networking and a delicious lunch.
by Carol Leish, MA
“The best networking comes from genuine relationships and friendships” –Gatehouse
Laurie Ann Meyer, a full time Real Estate Broker and owner of Lifestyle Listings with Realty One Group Summit in Ventura, said, “I saw an opportunity in 2009 to bring women together in a ‘Networking’ type of environment without all the commitment of a traditional networking group. I wanted it to be easy for women to attend, at a time in the day that would give them the chance to sit down and relax while having a meal and taking a deep breath away from all that they do during the rest of the day.”
“As a ‘No join group,’ the Ladies Luncheon does not have any monthly or annual fees. Women pay when they attend, and if they cannot attend one month, they do not pay for that month. This creates the opportunity that leads to no guilt, no commitment, and no hassling. I also wanted to make it available for unlimited categories of businesses. Not jut one per category, like other networking groups may have. Thus, there are other realtors in the group, besides me. The goal is to develop relationships.”
Through developing relationships and friendships, The Ladies Luncheon, has become a community. Through this community, the group has continued to follow the perspective that, “Networking is an enrichment program, not an entitlement program,” which Susan Roanne said.
Meyer emphasized the importance of community by saying, “We have been through many ups and downs over the years which has created a very close bond and support for each other. That is why our philosophy now is ‘Community, Connection, and Support.’
“We also have created a series of Wine Mixers, called ‘Radiant You Wine Mixer’ series. In support of local store front businesses, we meet every other month at a specific location from 5:30-7pm to share wine, conversation, and shopping. Our last one was at The Jelly Fish on Main St. On June 22nd we will be at Trystology on Main Street for some more ‘Spice.’
“In March 2020, the week before the pandemic hit, we had our first all day event called Radiant You, in which we had four speakers who gave different presentations about health, wellness, business, and self-love. We also had a luncheon, meditation, and dancing. It was a success with over 80 attendees. My vision is to repeat the Radiant You event in 2024!
“I am thankful to my side kick, Elaine O’Malia (owner of Laine Designs), who is our marketing director. She handles all the social media, evites, website and more. Her and I have been doing this project together for over 12 years. Elaine is significant to the success of The Ladies Luncheon, as are all the women who continue to attend, participate, and share their friendships. The relationships that have been created are what I can truly say are ‘Forever.’” My continued passion in life is to use my inspiration, enthusiasm, and knowledge to empower and encourage myself and others to accomplish their dreams and goals in life!”
Phone (805) 650-5360. To join us for our next networking lunch meeting on July 6th, 2023 from 11:30-1:00, please register at: www.theladiesluncheon.com.