TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 2, 2012) — Before becoming known as one of the Tampa Bay area’s top nightly news anchors, Gayle Sierens was an Emmy Award-winning sports reporter. In fact, she was the first – and remains the only – woman to do play-by-play for an NFL game, in 1987.
On Oct. 24, Sierens will share her stories and highlight the importance of women supporting each other, especially in male-dominated industries, at Femfessionals’ Connection Event on Oct. 24 at 11:30 a.m. at Pane Rustica on South MacDill Avenue in Tampa.
Sierens was the first female sportscaster in the Bay area and quickly gained credibility in what was then a male-dominated field. In 1981, she was recognized as the Bay area’s best sports reporter by Tampa Bay Metro Magazine. Sierens has won two Emmy Awards, in news and sports.
“We’re so excited Gayle will be sharing her stories with us and highlighting the importance of women supporting each other in business,” said Noelle Anderson, APR, president of Femfessionals in Tampa and owner of True Blue Communications, a PR and marketing firm. “Hearing from women who are true trail-blazers inspires us to pursue our goals, no matter how untraditional they may be.”
Sierens is currently on the board of directors of the Judeo-Christian Health Clinic, and serves as chairperson for the Big Brother’s/Big Sister’s annual “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” fundraiser. She was also the winner of the Florida Holocausts Museum’s “Loebenberg Humanitarian Award.” In addition, she was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Judeo Christian Health Clinic, and was recognized as “Woman of Distinction” by Girl Scouts of America, Suncoast chapter. The Association of Fundraising Professionals also created the “Gayle Sierens Volunteer of the Year” award in her honor.
Femfessionals is an inviting and supportive community for established and up-and-coming women business leaders in Tampa Bay. The organization provides fun and enriching opportunities for professional growth and relationship building to advance members’ career goals and expand their
revenue through educational and social events and active online communities. Resources from Femfessionals’ national organization also support members’ abilities to connect on a national scale, endorse one another and further develop as professionals.
To register for the Oct. 24 luncheon, visit www.femfessionals.com. Space is limited.
A “Femfessional” is defined as “a savvy business woman characterized as positive, open-minded, driven, professional, ambitious and desirous of forming strong strategic connections with similar-minded professional women to benefit each other personally and professionally and to benefit her community. She is quite remarkable!” www.femfessionals.com