Five leading global women influencers and trailblazers will discuss the importance of the golf industry’s dedication to diversity and inclusion during the Inspire Greatness Panel held during the PGA Merchandise Show Jan. 21 (Wednesday). PGA of America secretary Suzy Whaley, PGA/LPGA, the first elected woman officer in the history of the PGA, will moderate the panel which includes Lynne Doughtie, Vice Chair, KPMG Advisory Practice; Paige Mackenzie, LPGA, LPGA Tour Player; Donna Orender, CEO, Orender Unlimited; and Molly Solomon, Executive Producer, Golf Channel.

They will discuss the importance of inspiring more women and minorities into leadership roles at the local, regional and national levels in the golf industry and share their stories on how they have been inspired to greatness, who influenced them and how they are currently inspiring others to lead.  They will also discuss the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, and the creation of a multi-faceted program focused on the development, advancement, and empowerment of women on and off the golf course.

“The cultural landscape of the industry and the makeup of its leadership has to continue to shift if our efforts to make the game more welcoming and accessible to people of all backgrounds are going to be successful,” said Sandy Cross, Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion for the PGA of America.

“Some of the most successful organizations around the globe continue to demonstrate that having a more diverse leadership and staff composition has a direct positive impact on the workplace culture and ultimately the company’s ability to innovate, produce better products and services, grow their business and ultimately improve their bottom line. We’re thrilled to have these exemplary leaders here to share their insight,” Cross added.

WHAT:      Inspire Greatness Panel – 62nd PGA Merchandise Show

WHEN:      Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 • 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

WHERE:    62nd PGA Merchandise Show

  • Orange County Convention Center
  • PGA Forum Stage

Photo, video and interview opportunities available

To learn more about the PGA of America, visit

To request an interview with these leaders, please contact Tammy Boclair at 615-500-2930 or

Media Contacts

Tammy Boclair
Alday Communications
615.791.1535 x26

Randy Stutzman
PGA of America


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