Women In Golf 2021
Virtual Learning Sessions
After three days of keynote speakers; panel discussions with female golf course superintendents, educators and industry suppliers; and workshops on career and communication, Bayer brought to a close its virtual Women in Golf event for 2020. This event brought together nearly 80 incredibly talented women involved in the turf and golf industry from all across the United States and Canada (and a few from Europe) for an experience of a lifetime – taking away plenty of insights and inspiration to propel them forward in the turf industry. As a company, Bayer is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion in our workforce and it is a value we want to share and expand in the market.
The agenda included a variety of insightful presentations from Bayer professionals and third-party experts that led discussions and participated in panels. These qualified women were very open and shared both personal and professional experiences transparently with the goal that attendees would learn from them.
Key Takeaways from Women in Golf 2020
“The brave might not live very long but the cowards don’t live at all.”
– Mel Reid, professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour
For this year’s virtual event, Reid’s words on bravery set the tone, encouraging attendees to share their experiences of being brave, confident and leading in a male-dominated field.
Jackie Applegate, global vice president of Environmental Science and Vegetable Seeds at Bayer, encouraged attendees to claim their seat at the table – or course – in a traditionally male-dominated industry. “This kind of thing used to be unthinkable because there weren’t enough women to host a forum like this,” she said. “At a time when women are few and far between, we have to work harder to earn a seat at the table. I still have to earn my seat at the table and have to be all-in.”
Kimberly Erusha, Ph.D., principal at Kimberly Erusha Consultant, reminded attendees that personal development is important for building confidence in their skills and in their career. “Take those personal development opportunities and recognize that you bring a unique perspective to your role,” she advised. “Never underestimate the power you have as a female who really knows her stuff.”
For more of the key takeaways from the virtual event, check out the Golfdom Women in Golf 2020 feature here.
What the Attendees are Saying
“(Bayer) did a fantastic job this year with the challenges that they were faced with and turning it into a very worthwhile event. I would not have had the ability to connect with so many people within the golf course industry and vendors; that was pretty cool. Clearly they’re doing something right if something they had slated to be an hour turns into three hours (referring to the virtual happy hour that capped off the event).” – Sue Roesslein, sports stadium manager with Jeffco Public Schools
“It’s great to be able to connect on a professional level – what problems do you have on the golf course? – but also on a personal level … to have a network of shared like minds and experiences and be able to build on that.” – Renee Geyer, West Course superintendent at Firestone Country Club
Hear more from 2019 alumna Renee Geyer in Episode 17 of Golfdom Zoom Views.
Lorabeth West, assistant director of agronomy at Hillcrest Country Club is Los Angeles shares about her experience at Women in Golf in Episode 18 of Golfdom Zoom views.
2019 alumnae Emily Braithwaite and Tami Jones share their experiences as Women in Golf participants on Episode 26 of the GCSAA podcast.