Women on Course

Monday, June 27, 2016
Lake Forest, Illinois

Women on Course 2016
LPGA Golf Professional Jamie Fischer, Keynote Speaker Kathy Whitworth, Laura Linger of William Blair Investment Counseling.


William Blair Investment Counseling, in conjunction with LPGA golf professional Jamie Fischer, hosted its third annual Women on Course event for women to use the venue of golf—where business is often conducted—to discuss best practices in financial management strategies while building relationships.

This year’s theme, “Mastering the Fairways and Your Financial Future,” featured keynote speaker Kathy Whitworth, winner of 88 LPGA Tour tournaments, more than anyone else has won on either the LPGA Tour or the PGA Tour. She became the first woman to reach career earnings of $1 million on the LPGA tour in 1981. She entered the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1975.

The morning of the event, which was held at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, featured presentations and discussions about financial structures, succession planning strategies for both personal and business transitions , and a global economic perspective by Olga Bitel, William Blair’s economist. The annual event is a collaboration with several other women executives who hosted employees and clients of their firms to reinforce the networking and business focus in a golf environment. Attendees then had an opportunity to join other executive-level women from the Chicago area for nine holes of golf or a hands-on clinic at the practice range with six former LPGA players as their instructors. A group of aspiring Evans Scholars joined foursomes as junior caddies. The day was wrapped up with a unique opportunity to select a personal gift from the Nike Mobile Pro Shop.

The 2015 event’s keynote was Judy Rankin, LPGA, World Golf Hall of Fame member, and pioneering sports commentator for ESPN/ABC and Golf Channel.

For more information, please email Laura Linger at William Blair.

Women on Course Host Committee 2016

Jamie Fischer, Conway Farms
Phyllis Cretors, Cornfields Inc.
Holly Duran, HD Real Estate Partners
Barbara Guthrie, Underwriters Laboratories
Michelle Wilson Knobel, Genentech
Deb Leon, whiskerDocs.com
Laura Linger, William Blair
Maryanne Nugent, Autism Home Support Services
Diane Offereins, Discover Payment Services
Jean Pitzo, Ace Metal
Julie Stephenson, CNA
Loretta Young Walker, W. W. Grainger

Useful Links

Know the Course: Your primer on golf etiquette, rules, and terminology
Keeping Your Personal Finances “On Course”

Photo credit: Don Neal

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