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.
I am honored to have 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our Dedicated Board Members.
Jan Bel Jan
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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..
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.