Women's Leadership Academy
Unleash your potential, empower your future, inspire the way
The GCSAA Women’s Leadership Academy, Nov. 7-9, 2023, is focused on providing women in the turfgrass industry with education, mentoring and networking enabling participants to unleash their potential, empower their future and become inspirational leaders.
The 2 1/2-day event (with a keynote reception the first night) will guide participants from all walks of the industry and various years of professional experience on a path of discovery aimed at breaking down barriers and producing a spark to inspire women to be successful leaders. This will be provided in four segments:
- 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.
The Women’s Leadership Academy will be headlined by Suzy Whaley, PGA Master Professional and first woman to serve as president of the PGA of America. Whaley, who has a unique understanding of the work of turfgrass professionals, having worked side by side with many GCSAA members, will speak to her experience in the golf industry and relate it to turfgrass professionals during a fireside chat at the opening evening reception where participants will be able to ask questions in a conversational format.
(Photo courtesy of PGA of America)
Whaley, who will headline the event, is a PGA Master Professional and first woman to serve as president of the PGA of America. Whaley, who has a unique understanding of the work of turfgrass professionals, having worked side by side with many GCSAA members, will speak to her experience in the golf industry and relate it to turfgrass professionals.
Mary Lou Bohn
Bohn is the president of Titleist Golf Balls at the Acushnet Co., and is responsible for golf ball research and development, manufacturing, operations and marketing, Titleist brand management, communications, and sales. Joining Titleist as a marketing assistant in 1987, she has over 35 years of golf industry experience building the Titleist brand. As a prior part-owner of a Cape Cod golf course for 11 years and a greens and grounds committee member at her club, Bohn has a deep appreciation for the contribution of GSCAA members.
Dunning is a licensed clinical professional counselor, consultant and owner of Dunning Counseling and Consulting in Billings, Mont. Dunning's professional career as a counselor has taken her on a unique path, working with diverse at-risk populations including the Montana State Women’s Prison. Over more than 40 years working with people, Dunning has developed tools to improve how we communicate with friends, family, colleagues and clients.
Leslie is CEO of Perspective Consulting, a woman-owned management consulting firm and a Certified Premier Partner of the Predictive Index (PI). She has 20 years of experience building, turning around, and leading teams, with P&L responsibility. Her experience in the trenches of leadership spans all levels of leadership and all sizes of companies, from small start-up firms to large, well-established Fortune 500 companies. She serves on several boards, where she is a passionate force accelerating women in business and helping organizations create space for gender diversity, understanding diverse perspectives, and building inclusive environments where all thrive.
Mueller is the founder of Joy Discovered and helps leaders enhance their emotional intelligence so they can
be more impactful at work and home. She is an executive contributor on leadership for
Brainz Magazine where she received the Global 500 Award, and serves as a
subject matter expert on mental well being for Florida’s State Health Improvement Plan. Prior
to founding Joy Discovered Leadership Development, Mueller spent nearly two decades developing
training programs and teaching mindfulness to Fortune Global 500 executives, the NFL
Combine, and behavioral health centers.
Laura Young, Ph.D.
Young is a faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with expertise in strategic messaging, team building, organizational and conflict management, risk and crisis communication, and campaign design. Her teaching style is a healthy mix of explanation, meaningful discussion, and hands-on application, that also strategically incorporates social media and technology. Young has conducted several workshops and professional development trainings in her areas of expertise. She has also delivered dozens of national and international conference presentations and invited talks.
Thank you to our benefactors for supporting the Women's Leadership Academy
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