Nashville Women's Breakfast Club

In 1985, Lynn May was the only woman in her department of the bank that became SunTrust. She decided she needed some female friends who worked downtown. Lynn formed the Gang of Four with Suzanne Braden, Patty Bryan and Lucy Owen, and by early 1986 they had founded the Nashville Women’s Breakfast Club.

From the beginning the focus of the club has been on networking and on sharing referrals and customers. Membership nominations are screened to avoid professional competition; the idea is that members use each other’s services.

Breakfast is a weekly ritual. On First Wednesdays members report their news. Guest speakers–who give members the inside scoop on everything from civic developments and politics to health and business tips–are featured on the remaining Wednesdays of the month. Other traditions include special social and cultural events, an annual holiday breakfast, a monthly newsletter and gifts to local charities.