• Michele Bates

LPGA Foundation and Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational team up



Two-day LPGA Leadership Academy returns to Michigan

MIDLAND, Michigan (March 18, 2021) – The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational will again 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. This marks the second year this partnership has brought this unique program to the State.

The LPGA Foundation introduced the two-day LPGA Leadership Academy in 2015 to engage teenage girls in golf and provide them with the framework to develop their confidence, communication, and leadership skills. With activities on and off the course, attendees discover their unique strengths through group exercises, expert-led discussions, journaling, and interactions with female executives.

“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 our continued partnership with the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational and bringing the LPGA Leadership Academy to a new location in the Great Lakes Bay Region this summer.”

The two-day event will be presented by the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational on June 21-22, 2021 at Bucks Run Golf Club in Mt. Pleasant. A unique aspect of the program is an interactive female leadership panel discussion in which several Dow women executives share their college and career journeys, key learning along the way, and openly engage in answering questions from the participants.

“We are excited and honored to team up once again with the LPGA to empower girls and young women from all backgrounds to dream, learn, and grow,” said Karen S. Carter, Dow’s chief human resources officer and chief inclusion officer. “We strive to build community and are passionate about providing opportunities that help shape the young and innovative minds in our region to ensure an even better, inclusive 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, California, and New Jersey. 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/2021/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, 2021.

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