Golf’s Next Generation of Leaders

 USGA &World Golf Foundation Host First-Ever Emerging Leaders Forum

In January, the USGA and the World Golf Foundation hosted the first Emerging Leaders Forum at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fl. At this event, 14 individuals who were identified as future leaders from within the golf industry came together for a leadership experience to create a community among themselves and to develop advocates for diversity and inclusion within their organizations.

Watch out for this crew of talented leaders:

Here is what some of the participants had to say about the event.

Nerissa Robinson – PGA TOUR

The Emerging Leaders Forum was an incredible chance to connect with emerging leaders whose talents and passions are focused on a critical goal of the golf industry – diversity and inclusion. We had great opportunities for professional development as well as networking during the forum. We aim to collaborate outside of the forum and into the future so that we can make a positive impact.

 

Becky Gonzales – Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

“The D&I experience was a great opportunity to not only meet and network with other golf association’s emerging leaders, but to have uninterrupted time to focus on the important task at hand—making the face of the golf industry mirror that of America today. Making face-to-face connections with others working in and influencing the future of the golf industry is by far the place to begin these efforts. The “shark tank” exercise provided the platform to brainstorm some real-world, boots-on-the-ground solutions for programs that can begin to move the needle in these areas.

“Thanks to all those who attended, worked hard to plan and coordinate the event and our employers who selected and supported us to attend the event. Great overall experience!”

 

 

Jared Williams – Tee Time Coalition

“I really enjoyed my experience at the Emerging Leaders Forum. The performance coaches really taught me a lot about leadership and through some of the challenges and exercises I learned a lot about myself. It was a very rewarding and demanding couple of days– The WGF and USGA did a great job in organizing the event and putting together a diverse group of leaders. The opportunities to network amongst each other were invaluable and probably my favorite part of the experience.”

 

Lauren Shelly -American Junior Golf Association

“To be a member of the inaugural emerging leaders group is an honor and I’m inspired to be around many like-minded individuals ready to make the golf industry all-inclusive.

“To hear and see the passion that my colleagues from around the golf world have for growing and shaping the game for future generations only serves to inspire me to seek out more ways to collaborate in areas of shared interest, most notably as it relates to diversity and inclusion.”

 

Chris Barredo – United States Golf Association

“To hear and see the passion that my colleagues from around the golf world have for growing and shaping the game for future generations only serves to inspire me to seek out more ways to collaborate in areas of shared interest, most notably as it relates to diversity and inclusion.”

 

 

Angela Schmelzer – PGA of America

“The Emerging Leaders Forum was a great opportunity to meet other passionate, driven professionals in the golf industry. I really enjoyed collaborating around bringing more awareness to the industry and everything it has to offer.”