Go for the Greens is a business development conference for women entrepreneurs. Now in our sixth year, this boutique event offers exclusive access to companies, government agencies and nonprofits that can help women-owned business secure their largest, most profitable contracts ever! Go for the Greens is operated Go For The Greens Foundation, Inc., a Florida nonprofit as well as by a volunteer team from organizations that include the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) and others. Our corporate partners include Go for the Greens co-founders UPS and Walt Disney World.
Feel free to reach out to any of our executive committee members below with questions or to get involved.
Conference Chair: Cindy Chace, email@example.com
Conference Co-Chair: Diane Sears, firstname.lastname@example.org
Procurment Co-Chairs: Diane Sears and Cathy Imburgia, email@example.com
Sponsorship Chair:Cathy Imburgia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marketing Chair: Jaclyn Schnaars, JSchnaars@ups.com
Golf Event Chair: Martha Suris, email@example.com
Client Coordinator: Karen Chace, firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Match-making Facilitator: Nancy Allen, email@example.com
Treasurer: Therese Smyntek, firstname.lastname@example.org
Go for the Greens Awards and Articles
- Go for the Greens – 2012 Social Media Panel article write-up with Orlando Business Journal http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/blog/socialmadness/2012/09/go-for-the-greens-panelists-provide.html
- Go for the Greens 2012 conference review by attendee Alexis Daly in her blog; http://www.317virtualblog.wordpress.com
- The following is excerpted from Corporate Incentive Travel, June 2011 (http://www.themeetingmagazines.com/index/Default.aspx?tabid=1513 ):
Go For The Greens
Cindy Chace, government sales manager for Atlanta, GA-based UPS, the world’s largest package delivery company, is a firm believer in the importance of golf in the corporate world. Over the years, from her office in Washington, DC, she also recognized that many women entrepreneurs were missing out on key opportunities because they were not present when business was conducted on the golf course. She decided to make a difference and cofounded, with Diane Sears, president of DiVerse Media LLC, “Go for theGreens,” a business development conference for women entrepreneurs. The event, which is held in Orlando, includes a golf networking component.
Now in its third year, “Go for the Greens” is a not-for-profit venture operated by a volunteer team from organizations such as the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) and others. The corporate partners include cofounders UPS and Walt Disney World.
From the beginning, Chace explained, the founders worked closely with their supplier diversity team to create a women-friendly environment. She also noted that men are not excluded. “We wanted a balance of education and networking,” Chace said. “We focused on three pillars to teach women: 1. how to increase their revenues through seminars and workshops; 2. ways to incorporate green practices and sustainability; and 3. networking skills through golf.”
Last year’s event drew nearly 250 attendees, including 72 golfers, who came from all across the U.S., Canada and even Nicaragua, demonstrating that the easy access from most major gateway cities to Orlando is a definite plus.
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is the host hotel. Its designation by the Florida Green Lodging Program aligns well with the green theme of the entire event. The BoardWalk Conference Center offers 21,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space, providing a convenient place to conduct the networking events and business meetings.
Selecting the right golf course is as important as choosing the conference hotel, according to Chace. Yet both components had to build upon each other in order for the entire event to be successful. “We selected the Disney product to host our event. They ‘get’ our business model, understand that not all meetings are created equal, and are willing to be flexible. Of course, both their hotel and golf products are remarkable, too.”
After looking at all of the Disney golf courses, Chace decided upon Disney’s Osprey Ridge Golf Course at Walt Disney World Resort — one of the most difficult Disney courses. Designed by Tom Fazio, the course is rated four out of five stars by Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play.”
According to Chace, first-time and frequent golfers appreciate its beauty — dramatic golf holes lined with stands of oak, pine, palmetto, cypress and bay trees. Recognized as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Wildlife Sanctuary, the surrounding vistas of vegetation and wetlands are a breathtaking backdrop to a day of golf.
“When we partnered with Disney, we looked at several courses, including Osprey Ridge,” said Chace. “Besides its amazing views, this course offers the best options to facilitate private awards.”
A challenging golf course presented another dilemma for Chace, who based the event premise on learning the game. Chace said many of their women attendees may be first-time golfers. To help the cause, other women business owners donate loaner clubs to the “Go for the Greens” players. Disney allows the golfers to carry as few as three clubs, and volunteers put them into UPS shipping tubes and strap them onto the back of the golf carts.
This year, new players also completed a questionnaire, which helps Chace set up appropriate foursomes among players who have “played occasionally” or “never touched a club.” Newbies are paired with experienced golfers — those who are patient and willing to teach. In addition, inexperienced golfers are also allowed to drive their ball from a spot on the fairway about 150 yards out from the green — rather than the tee box.
Another element for newbies that can be modified for any corporate group is a simple, fun test about golf that is conducted on the course. Chace explained, “The questions are all about golf, from etiquette to how to score to what’s the club that gets the ball into the hole. It’s important for them to learn all the nuances of golf, and we want to help them along the way. Of course, the person that answers the most questions correctly wins a prize.”
“Go for the Greens” arranged for the EWGA to set up an information table near the conference registration desk during the final day of the conference. This arrangement gave beginners the opportunity to privately ask questions about golf and eased the first step onto the golf course. In addition, a seminar about the importance of networking on golf courses was also part of the program."
Congratulations to Matt Thursam for receiving the 2013 “Champions of Diversity” Award from DiversityBusiness.com!
Read more about Matt’s award through the link below. Also, make note that by registering for the conference you have the opportunity to meet Matt and even schedule a one-on-one Procurement Matchmaking appointment with him! http://www.diversitybusiness.com/news/supplierdiversity/45201338.asp
Award highlighting our Go for the Greens Board Member and Sponsor – Pamela O’Rourke
On January 31st, WBCS held their annual Parade of Stars Gala and announced the winners. ICON Information Consultants was nominated for two Women’s Business Council - Southwest (WBCS - Dallas area RPO for WBENC) awards and won both below!
Award highlighting Go for the Greens Board Member & Sponsor – Patti Winstanley!
Patti Winstanley of Aztec Promotional Group was recognized as one of the WBE Advocates of the Year!
WBE ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR
CONGRATULATIONS PAMELA AND PATTI ON ALL OF THESE PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS!
Congratulations to Board Member Linda Gonzalez on her recognition and contribution to Florida Trend Magazine. Click here to read!
Cindy Chace was awarded with the 2012 TIAW World of Difference 100 Award recipient. The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) World of Difference 100 Awards recognize extraordinary women and men fromaround the world who have contributed to the economic empowerment of women. For more information visit www.tiaw.org.
Ms. Pamala O'Rourke has been nominated to the 2012 Texas Women's Hall of Fame by Governor Rick Perry. The Governor's Commission for Women established this prestigious honor in 1984 and has recognized more than one hundred women including former first ladies, Olympic athletes and astronauts.
Congrats to Pamela O’Rourke on her recent award as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Women Owned businesses!
One of our Board and Executive members, Diana Matthews is recovering from Melanoma and helping to spread the word on early detection. Read more about her story and how you can work to prevent skin cancer here -http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20130502/HEALTH/305020020/Spotting-melanoma-early-can-lifesaving?gcheck=1&nclick_check=1