Welcome to WIGI
I am honored to have the opportunity to serve this organization. Being a part of an organization that mirrors the passion, dedication and commitment to keep the game moving forward, has truly deepened my experience within the golf space.
Power of Connection
WIGI is an opportunity for women in the golf space to unify, to solidify… and all it takes is effort, and the ability to recognize the value of belonging to an organization that is designed to keep women members moving forward…just like our tagline suggests. One of our primary goals is to keep us “connected” with a tremendous focus on the way we power these connections. As a WIGI member, you’ll have access to resources and member tools to keep your connections strong and growing within the golf industry and beyond.
News & Events.
WIGI Lunch & Learn Series with Lisa LoveJuly 14, 2016
WIGI Celebrates PGA of America 100 AnniversaryMarch 8, 2016
WIGI donates to EWGA FoundationMarch 8, 2016
Kathy Bissell receives the 2016 President’s AwardFebruary 15, 2016
Jan Bel Jan
Jan Bel Jan, ASGCA, is owner of Jan Bel Jan Golf Course Design, formed in 2009 and one of the select few female members of the prestigious 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. Her experience as a registered Landscape Architect, Certified Arborist and former assistant superintendent, provide her with a unique outlook on the playability, strategy, ecology, economics and aesthetics of golf courses. As an Adjunct Professor at Hodges University, Johnson School of Business, 2011, Ms. Bel Jan integrated practical experience with theoretical design.
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Every great idea begins as a small thought. Kathy’s daughter, (now also a professional businesswoman and the executive director of Girlstart in Austin, TX) suggested to her mom that she should consider starting a network group for women who work in golf. Kathy’s first reaction, “Yeah, right, who would do that?” Then, she thought about it, and called her friend, Alice Dye, and ran the concept by her. “What a great idea,” exclaimed Alice. “Yes, Kathy, we do need a women’s networking organization in golf!”
Women in The Golf Industry was formed in the fall of 2001 as a networking group for women in the business of golf. More women were finding careers and starting up their own businesses, and it seemed that the time was right for us to connect–to share successes and to help resolve industry challenges prevalent at the time. Women in the Golf Industry is comprised of female leaders from all facets of the industry and includes entrepreneurs and employees alike. Join us and let's keep empowering our connections.