LPGA Foundation and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Develop Next Generation of Female Leaders

Executive women’s panel to headline two-day LPGA Leadership Academy at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club where the theme will be “Live Fearless”

 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., July 12, 2018 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Foundation will join forces with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) to help develop the next generation of female leaders in North Carolina at the LPGA Leadership Academy later this month.

The two-day event, presented by Blue Cross NC, will be held from July 24-25 at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina – a venue which has held three U.S. Women’s Opens and has a fourth scheduled for 2022.

A key component of the Leadership Academy will be an executive women’s panel discussion. Two-time Olympic gold medalist, Women’s World Cup soccer champion and Blue Cross NC “Live Fearless” Brand Ambassador Mia Hamm, and twice LPGA Tour winner Laura Diaz, will be among the panelists.

“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 very excited about the impact that The LPGA Leadership Academy is having in North Carolina on the young girls who participate in the program.”

“At Blue Cross NC, we are committed to the future of our state, and young female leaders are a big part of that future,” said Reagan Greene Pruitt, Blue Cross NC Vice President of Integrated Marketing and Community Engagement. “The LPGA Academy is all about encouraging young women take a Live Fearless approach to life. We are excited to bring the Academy to North Carolina.”

The LPGA Foundation introduced the two-day LPGA Leadership Academy in 2015 to engage teenage girls in golf and provide them with a 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 young women focus on their individual strengths and leadership style.

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

  • Teach young women 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 have already been held this year in Minnesota and Georgia with three more to come, in California and in North Carolina this month and in New York in August. Each LPGA Leadership Academy hosts 40 girls aged 13-18.

In addition to attending the Academy, each participant will be eligible to apply for The LPGA Foundation Scholars Program which includes invitations to LPGA events, mentoring programs and a $5,000 college scholarship. Details about The LPGA Leadership Academy, the 2018 locations and applications for participation can be found on The LPGA Foundation website at: https://www.girlsgolf.org/events/leadership-academy.



About The LPGA Foundation
Established in 1991, The LPGA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives.
Key priorities include: LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, The LPGA Leadership Academy, scholarships and the Dolores Hope LPGA Financial Assistance Initiative for those in the golf industry who are experiencing severe hardship. The LPGA Foundation is supported by corporate and private donations, foundation grants and contributions from LPGA members. For more information on how to contribute to The LPGA Foundation, please contact LPGA Headquarters, 100 International Golf Drive, Daytona Beach, FL 32124, or by phone, +1 386-274-6200 and on the web: https://lpgafoundation.org/donate.

About Blue Cross NC
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina improves the health and well-being of our customers and communities by providing innovative health care products, services and information to more than 3.89 million members, including approximately 1 million served on behalf of other Blue Plans. Since 1933, we have worked to make North Carolina a better place to live through our support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. We have been recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute every year since 2012. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Visit Blue Cross online at bcbsnc.com. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

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 and humanitarian golf initiatives, such as LPGA*USGA Girls Golf. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via http://www.LPGA.com. Join the social conversation at http://www.facebook.com/lpga, http://www.twitter.com/lpga and http://www.youtube.com/lpgavideo, and on Instagram at @lpga_tour.

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