LPGA Leadership Academy – Debbie O’Connell

D Oconnell Head ShotI’m so excited to share that under the leadership of Nancy Henderson, the LPGA / USGA Girls Golf Program created a new LPGA Leadership Academy for teenage girls. This 2-day program was designed to not only teach skills and strategies for leadership but also to shape and develop leadership behaviors in these young women.

It was amazing to observe the quiet unsure teens who registered on the first day transform into confident, self-assured leaders just two days later. The program included both indoor sessions and outdoor stations.

The indoor sessions taught the girls about personality traits, positive self-talk, empowering words, body language, how to feel confident, changing limiting beliefs, formula for success, types of leaders and so much more!

The sponsor of the Leadership Academy, AXA, brought in a panel of very accomplished and impressive female employees to share their success stories. It was very impactful for all of us to hear about their journeys.

One example of an outdoor station is the putting station. Each girl had a partner and one put on a blindfold. The person with the blindfold was not allowed to speak while her partner talked her through a putting challenge. Once that was complete, they would go to another hole where they both had to be quiet, still with one girl wearing a blindfold. The goal in this station was to teach the very important leadership skill of communication.

Other stations were designed to have the girls experience decision making, overcoming obstacles, self-confidence, goal setting, analyzing the strategy and re-adjusting if needed and other valuable leadership characteristics.

As Nancy Henderson says, “Leadership involves living in the state of possibility, making a commitment to a vision and moving that vision into action.” Through Nancy’s leadership, the vision of developing teenage girls into leaders through golf became a reality!

We are thrilled that AXA has committed to sponsoring four LPGA Leadership Academy’s in 2016!


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