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LPGA and Dow GLBI Team Up to Develop Next Generation of Female Leaders Through Game of Golf

Two-day LPGA Leadership Academy to be held in Michigan

MIDLAND, Mich. (March 13, 2019) – The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational will partner with The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Foundation to bring their LPGA Leadership Academy to Michigan this June to help develop the next generation of female leaders through a blend of golf and business skills.

The LPGA Foundation introduced the two-day LPGA Leadership Academy in 2015 to engage teenage girls in golf to provide them with the framework to develop confidence and enhance their communication and leadership skills. Group leadership exercises, expert-led discussions, journaling and interaction with female executives and mentors help girls focus on their individual strengths and leadership style.

“We are committed to empowering, inspiring and transforming the lives of girls and young women through the game of golf,” said Nancy Henderson, president of The LPGA Foundation. “We are excited about teaming up with the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational and bringing the LPGA Leadership Academy to the Great Lakes Bay Region this summer.”

The two-day event will be presented by the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational on June 24-25 and will be hosted by Karen S. Carter, Dow’s chief human resources and inclusion officer, at Midland Country Club. Participants will receive a unique opportunity to take part in an executive women’s panel discussion featuring several top female executives from Dow.

“We are excited and honored to team up with the LPGA to empower girls and young women to dream, learn, and grow,” said Carter. “We strive to build community and we’re passionate about providing opportunities that help shape the young, innovative minds and spirits in our region to ensure an even better community to live on for generations to come.”

The LPGA Leadership Academy uses the game of golf as a platform and learning tool to:

  • Teach girls how to become better decision makers.

  • Overcome and let go of setbacks.

  • Take calculated risks and embrace opportunities.

  • Develop skills to accomplish specific goals.

  • Play their own game and find their own voice.

Leadership Academy events span across the entire country with two-day academies taking place in the states of Michigan, Minnesota, California, and New York. Each LPGA Leadership Academy will host 40 selected girls ages 13-18 at no cost to applicants who have been accepted.

In addition to attending the Academy, each participant will be eligible to apply for The LPGA Foundation Scholarship Program, which includes invitations to LPGA events, mentoring programs and a $5,000 college scholarship. Details about The LPGA Leadership Academy and applications for participation can be found via the registration website link: https://www.girlsgolf.org/2019/leadership-academy-michigan. All young women ages 13-18 interested in golf and planning to pursue a STEM related field in college are encouraged to apply online immediately. The application deadline is April 26, 2019.

For more information about the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, visit www.DowGLBI.com and join the social conversation at www.facebook.com/DowGLBI, www.twitter.com/DowGLBI, and www.instagram.com/dowglbi (@DowGLBI).


About the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational

The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational (Dow GLBI) is a new official LPGA Tour event that will be held in Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region July 15-20, 2019 at Midland Country Club. The Dow GLBI will offer a format unlike any other event on the LPGA Tour. The 72-hole, stroke-play tournament will feature 72 two-player teams competing in both foursomes and four-ball with a $2 million purse. The week-long event will feature more than golf – Eat Great, a two-day food festival featuring restaurants and breweries throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region, an official LPGA Tour Pro-Am Tournament, STEM in Sports youth related programming and leadership events.

The mission of the Dow GLBI is to accelerate the efforts of the Great Lakes Bay Region and Dow’s strategy by building a world class LPGA Tour event that positively impacts people’s lives and enriches the community.

Follow @DowGLBI on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or online at www.DowGLBI.com.

About Midland Country Club Midland Country Club has maintained a standard of excellence through its heritage since its founding in 1928. The Club was established to provide golf and other recreational and social activities for its members—which continues today! Located in the center of Midland, Michigan, the Club provides beautiful scenery, superb facilities and top quality service. Midland Country Club is thankful for each of its more than 750 members and the community for continuing to support the Club and is excited to host The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational! Learn more about Midland Country Club by visiting www.midlandcc.net.

About the LPGA

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 countries. With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while the Symetra Tour, the official development and qualifying tour of the LPGA, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Additionally, LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management.

The LPGA demonstrates its dedication to the development of the game through The LPGA Foundation. Since 1991, this charitable organization has been committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental, humanitarian and golf community initiatives, including LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, the LPGA Women’s Network and the LPGA Amateur Golf Association.

Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via www.LPGA.com. Join the social conversation at www.facebook.com/lpga, www.twitter.com/lpga and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo, and on Instagram at @lpga_tour.

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