About WIGI

Women in the Golf Industry is a group of women who have careers in the golf industry. Our goal is to create a strong bond among our members so that we can seek help, guidance, contacts, and information from each other in a meaningful way. The WIGI organization is a collaboration of passionate women involved in the game of golf—spanning all arenas… Apparel, Equipment, Instruction, Hospitality, Course Design & Management, Real Estate & Law, Media & Communications.

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The President

Emmy Moore-Minister

Emmy Moore-Minister


“Emmy Moore Minister is well-respected throughout the golf industry and brings to WIGI her savvy business sense along with her endless energy and creativity,” said WIGI’s Outgoing President Christina Ricci, Founder and Author of Golf Survival Guides. “Emmy has a clear understanding of the nuances and challenges found within our industry and has a natural ability to connect, unify, and empower the various stakeholders within golf… and always for the betterment of the game and those it serves. WIGI and its membership will be in good hands with Emmy as our president.” - Christina Ricci, Outgoing President


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Past President – Current Vice President

Christina Ricci, LPGA

Christina Ricci


I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve this organization. WIGI is an opportunity for women in the golf space to solidify, to unify… and all it takes is effort, and the ability to recognize the importance of belonging to an organization that is designed to connect women for a lifetime…just like our tagline states.

I have been in the golf space for 10 years. Joining the WIGI community is birdie move and has elevated my game.

Visit Christina’s Website

Our History

Founded in 2001

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.


History

First Members

Eleven women formed the 501c-3 organization and reached out to colleagues in the industry to join. Founding Members include: Pat Baldwin, PhD, then, the editor of Private Clubs magazine; Kathy Bissell, golf writer and author of “Fred Couples, Golf’s Reluctant Superstar”; the late Helen Casey, golf radio reporter and writer; Alice Dye, golf course designer and past president of ASGCA; Joann Dost, former LPGA player and renowned golf photographer; Jan Gilpin, then, Education Director for the PGA of America; Kendra Graham, then, Chairperson of the Women’s US Open; Mary Beth Lacy, Mary Beth Lacy, Inc.; Marlene Livaudais, then, Tournament Director of the Tour Championship; Jennifer Mills, then, on-air talent, The Golf Channel; and Topsy Siderowf, Associate Editor, Golf Digest.


History

Special Thanks to Kathy Bissell

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!” History emerged. In the fall of 2001, Kathy, Alice Dye and 9 other forward-thinking women formed Women in the Golf Industry (WIGI). The core mission of the organization was connection. At the time, being a woman in the business of golf was no easy feat. It was still somewhat a man’s game/world. But these 11 trailblazing women had the fortitude and vision to power connections for females who held careers within the golf industry.


History

Membership Highlights

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.


The first of its kind in the golf industry, the WIGI Speakers Bureau offers corporations and allied golf organizations a convenient way to access experts in various disciplines relating to business and golf. Browse our Directory of highly qualified presenters. Our members are extremely knowledgeable and are available to share their knowledge with others by serving as keynotes speakers, panelists and workshop presenters at industry trade shows, forums, and corporate events throughout the year,” said Kathy Bissell, Co-chair of the WIGI Speakers Bureau.
WIGI Lunch & Learns connect like-minded women through online conversation – a great way to get tapped into the industry and connect. Through this program WIGI Members experience the power and enjoyment of one-on-one support from fellow trained members on how to: best achieve breakthroughs, strengthen business acumen and improve one’s communication and leadership skills.
Social Media is a must to stay on top of your game. It has become a staple of all marketing and business strategies. Use WIGI is an extension of your marketing arm—to power-up your marketing initiatives. WIGI’s social media channels yield high engagement. Share relevant and newsworthy information on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.
A special thanks to Reed Expo for providing WIGI members free admission to top PGA Shows!

Our Dedicated Board Members.

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Jan Bel Jan

Secretary


Jan formed her golf course design firm in 2009 and is a managing partner in the National Women’s Golf Alliance. She uses her experience as a registered Landscape Architect, Certified Arborist and former assistant superintendent, to improve playability, strategy, ecology, economics and aesthetics of golf courses.



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Kathy Bissell

Founding Member


Kathy heads up Coldwell Banker Commercial National Golf Course Sales. Her family has been in real estate for 50 years. With 25 years experience in the golf industry, Bissell has specialized knowledge in many golf arenas including golf course sales, golf writing, golf television production and golf public relations. Bissell has produced over 250 nationally-syndicated, golf television programs as well as a dozen high goal polo matches. She has authored three books including Fred Couples: Golf’s Reluctant Superstar.



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Debbie Waitkus

Treasurer


Debbie is the Founder and CEO of Golf for Cause®, is a motivational speaker and author – Get Your Golf On! Your Guide for Getting in the Game. Golf for Cause manages tournaments, golf outings and business-golf educational conferences. Debbie is passionate about helping others leverage golf to achieve objectives – Turn Golf into Gold®, enriching their lives both personally and professionally..


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Kay McMahon

Marketing


Kay McMahon, a PGA Member and LPGA T&CP Hall of Famer, is one of the nation’s top female golf instructors, evidenced by her recognition as a Top 50 Women Teacher by Golf Digest. 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─ spanning from beginners to advanced including tour players. McMahon knows how to cultivate a successful teaching business and often serves as a speaker for major golf and coaching associations.



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Emmy Moore Minister

Media


Emmy Moore Minister is President of Moore Minister Consulting Group where she assists individuals and organizations in elevating brand visibility and corporate spirit. She is a Communications and Social Media Specialist, Business-Life Coach and a Life Legacy Curator.



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Susan Fornoff

Membership


Susan is an accomplished journalist and author who in 2010 founded GottaGoGolf as a media company for women who play golf for fun. Her moving and funny memoir, “Confessions of a Golf Slut,” debuted earlier this year in print and eBook. To subscribe to her blogs, visit


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Christina Thompson

Social Media


Christina is the Founder of Golf4Her. A popular online destination for women’s golf fashions and accessories. Let’s face it, we all want to look our best while playing golf, but finding modern and fashionable golf apparel in those big-box retail stores, pro shops or on the Internet can be just as challenging as the game itself.



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Barbara McAuliffe

Social Media


Barbara is a Senior Consultant for a full service executive search & management consulting firm serving the private club and boutique resort industries. We offer a complete array of services, including executive search for General Manager/COO, Golf Professional, Golf Course Superintendent, Financial Leadership, Membership and Culinary Talent.



Christina RIcci, LPGA

Christina Ricci

Marketing/Technology


CHRISTINA RICCI IS LPGA CLASS A, TPI GOLF LEVEL 3 CERTIFIED AND A BEST-SELLING GOLF AUTHOR. Christina took up the game in 2000 and quickly dropped to a 5 handicap in 5 short years. Her passion and commitment to the game shifted her career from her own marketing and branding company into the publishing world where she published her first book A Girl’s On-Course Survival Guide to Golf. She currently has 4 books and her popular golf tips are featured on the Golf Channel as well as Golf For Her, an online women’s portal and popular golf magazines including Golf Tips and Golf Champion publications.


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