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World Golf Hall of Famer Juli Inkster, the keynote speaker at William Blair’s Women on Course event in San Francisco, led an inspiring talk on balancing career, family, and teamwork.

William Blair Hosts Women on Course Golf Event in San Francisco

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Women on Course

World Golf Hall of Famer Juli Inkster, whose golf career spans three decades and includes seven majors and 31 LPGA tour wins, led an inspirational talk on balancing career, family and teamwork at William Blair's Women on Course event in San Francisco on October 13.

As the keynote speaker, Inkster told a group of women business leaders that for her leadership all comes down to doing what you love and respecting those around you.

She used that philosophy in 2015 to lead the U.S. women’s golf team to recapture the coveted Solheim Cup – a biennial tournament for professional women golfers representing Europe and the United States – after a disappointing loss in 2013. She then repeated the success with another Solheim win this summer.

Inkster, captain of the 2015 and 2017 teams, and played on the team for nine years from 1992 to 2011. She has more wins in Solheim Cup matches than any other American.

The Women on Course golf event, which William Blair hosted with LPGA golf professional Jamie Fischer, began in Chicago four years ago and expanded for the first time to San Francisco this fall.

Held at Lake Merced Golf Club, the event theme was "Calling Your Own Shots: Lessons for Golf and Life" as LPGA veterans and women executives enjoyed an opportunity to network, share career and life stories, and work on their golf skills.

"The game teaches you so many aspects of life," Inkster told the gathering. "You learn a lot about people when you're on the golf course. I've been fortunate enough to do a lot of successful things in golf and being Solheim captain was by the far the best thing."

Inkster tied the 2015 and 2017 championships to bringing American "team chemistry" back to the group. Heading into the tournament she divided the players into small groups of four to five women based on their personalities. Those groups played together, ate together, lived together.

"You're not going to change who you are but you can respect the person next to you," Inkster said. "Those girls learned to play for the person next to them, the person behind them and person in front of them regardless of their personality."

"I learned a lot about myself – how to lead and deal with people who aren't like me," she added.

The event also included a talk on the strength of the U.S. and world economies led by William Blair global economist Olga Bitel and a panel on career and life perspectives.

The discussion featured executives and advocates for women in business: Barbara Guthrie, chief public safety officer with Underwriters Laboratories; Allison Baum, co-founder and managing partner of Fresco Capital, a global venture capital fund investing in tech companies; and Wendy Tice-Wallner, a specialist in employment law with the law firm Sideman & Bancroft. William Blair client advisor Laura Linger and entrepreneur Phyllis Cretors moderated the panel.

Attendees from the Bay Area later enjoyed nine holes of golf or a golfing clinic at the practice range with former LPGA players as their instructors.

Women on Course Host Committee 2017 – San Francisco

Phyllis Cretors, Retired Executive, Philanthropist
Jamie Fischer, Conway Farms, LPGA
Barbara Guthrie, Underwriters Laboratories
Laura Linger, William Blair
Annette Marker, William Blair
Jackie Moss, William Blair
Donna Otis, The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe
Madelyn Pavlic, William Blair

For more information, email Laura Linger at William Blair.

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