Inaugural program under way to inspire female leaders
Forty leading female turf professionals from across North America have come together in Lawrence, Kansas for the inaugural GCSAA Women's Leadership Academy.
The academy, which runs from November 7-9, is headlined by speaker Suzy Whaley, PGA Master Professional and the first ever woman to serve as president of the PGA of America.
Over the three days, delegates will benefit from a program of education, mentoring and networking aimed at helping them reach their potential and become inspirational leaders. The program is centred on:
• Self-discovery: who you are and how to be the best you can be
• Understand others: what motivates colleagues and team members
• Communicate effectively: building relationships and collaboration
• Inspire: make a difference in the world on a small or greater scale
Delegates include Charleston Springs South Course Superintendent Jill Seymour, recent Syngenta Growing Golf podcast guest Miranda Robinson and Syngenta Territory Manager Kimberly Gard, who has been instrumental in spearheading a pioneering initiative to assemble an all-female volunteer turf team at the US Women's Open since 2021.
GCSAA's Women's Leadership Academy is the latest initiative geared towards supporting the visibility, growth and leadership of women in the golf industry.
Outside North America, The R&A's Women in Golf Leadership Development Program, first run in 2018, has engaged more than 100 women since it was launched and supports women to become higher performers and leaders in their respective roles within the industry.