The Honda Classic links female business leaders

While the golf pros were preparing for The Honda Classic on Tuesday, about 200 of Palm Beach County’s most successful women spent the day learning how to use the sport as a business tool.

The sixth annual Executive Women’s Day held at the PGA National Resort & Spa is one of a series of events the PGA Tour will conduct across the country this year that are geared to female business leaders. The event is designed to get more women interested in golf and give local executives a networking opportunity. img_0218

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Speakers on Tuesday’s panel told the group how they advanced in their careers and gave advice about how to deal with everything from negotiating to juggling both a demanding career and a family.

“Not everyday is perfect, and not every day is equally balanced,” said Wendy Selig-Prieb, one of two keynote speakers at Tuesday’s event.

Selig-Prieb, and executive, entrepreneur, board member and speaker, spent 15 years working with the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, serving as the organization’s general counsel, president and CEO and chairman.

Nancy Henderson, the Chief Teaching Officer for the LPGA and one of five women to address Tuesday’s crowd, said golf can be a valuable tool for female business leaders, adding that it doesn’t matter how well you play the sport.

“Only 8 percent of all golfers ever break 100,” she said.

The sport has seen growth among younger female players, Henderson said.
“Thirty-three percent of all juniors playing golf are girls,” Henderson said. “That is going to translate into more women playing golf.”