Orlando, United States: Women in the Golf Industry (WIGI), a leading business networking group for women in golf, will unveil the formation of the WIGI Speakers Bureau during this week’s PGA Merchandise Show.
The first of its kind in the golf industry, the WIGI Speakers Bureau offers corporations and allied golf organisations a convenient way to access experts in various disciplines relating to business and golf.
“Our members are extremely knowledgeable and are available to share their knowledge with others by serving as keynotes speakers, panellists and workshop presenters at industry trade shows, forums, and corporate events throughout the year,” said Kathy Bissell, Co-chair of the WIGI Speakers Bureau.
“We serve as a resource centre for those in need of experienced speakers on pertinent topics that help golf facilities and related companies grow and thrive.”
The WIGI Speakers Bureau includes a variety of highly qualified presenters:
Jan Bel Jan, ASGCA, is owner of Jan Bel Jan Golf Course Design and one of the select few female members of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.
Bel Jan began her design career with Tom Fazio and has more than 20 years of experience at a senior level in golf course design, construction and project management. She is a board member of the National Alliance for Accessible Golf and a managing partner in the National Women’s Golf Alliance.
Bissell is a real estate executive with a specialisation in selling golf course properties. She is an expert in golf writing, public relations and television production and has produced more than 250 nationally-syndicated TV programmes for The Golf Show.
Bissell authored a book about Tour player Fred Couples and is co-author of Venus on the Fairway, a book which focuses on the differences between teaching golf to men and to women. She is a long-time member of the Golf Writers’ Association of America and a founding member of WIGI.
Susan Fornoff started her career as a trail-blazing sportswriter who helped open locker rooms and career paths for women journalists. A former columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, Fornoff is a three-time author whose work includes a golf travel guide, golf memoir, and a third book entitled Lady in the Locker Room which is now being developed into a movie format with CBS Films.
She is co-founder of the Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM) and is publisher and operator of GottaGoGolf.com, where she continues to blaze trails with an inspiring editorial voice on behalf of women and golf.
Kay McMahon, a PGA Member and LPGA T&CP Hall of Famer, is one of the nation’s top female golf instructors. McMahon, a past national president of the LPGA’s T&CP Division, has extensive knowledge about golf swing mechanics which she shares passionately with her students.
Donna Orender, CEO of Orender Unlimited, is an innovative business leader who assists companies and individuals in making transformational impact in their lives and in the marketplace. She served six years as president of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and prior, was the forward-thinking executive at the PGA Tour who oversaw global television, production and digital media.
Katherine Roberts, President of Yoga for Golfers and Yoga for Baseball, is an expert in sports fitness. Her Yoga conditioning company has Yoga for Golfers instructors in 30 countries around the globe. A Nike Golf Swoosh Elite athlete and a Fellow with NG360 Conditioning Programme, Roberts’ approach to sports conditioning has increased performance for both serious and casual golfers as well as for MLB players.
Debbie Waitkus, Founder and CEO of Golf for Cause, is a motivational speaker and golf/business author. Her company, Arizona-based Golf for Cause, manages golf tournaments, corporate outings and business-related educational conferences. Waitkus is a past-President of WIGI and is a managing partner of the National Women’s Golf Alliance.
“Today, women are represented in nearly all aspects of the golf business and have keen expertise to share with the industry. We hope more groups will utilise the talent of our members at future meetings and seminars,” said WIGI President Elizabeth Noblitt.