(Palm Beach Gardens, FL) The EWGA (Executive Women’s Golf Association) has blown the lid off a well-kept secret. It’s a secret that gives women a leg up with their bosses and clients, puts them on the fast track at work and brings them closer to their families. It’s a simple secret, really; the power of golf.
In the new book, Teeing Up for Success, the EWGA has compiled stories of insight and inspiration from extraordinary women on how they have used the game of golf to achieve their goals. Florida businesswoman, entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of Women’s Golf & Travel, Barbara Gutstadt, has established six companies and credits much of her career successes to using golf as a business development and client relationship-building tool.
In Barbara’s chapter, “Corporate Golf Investment Yields Successes”, she shares her initial fears of joining the “old boys club” on the golf course. Never one to back down from a challenge, Barbara figured out quickly that in order to effectively compete with her male counterparts, she had to overcome those fears and learn how to connect with prospective clients on the links. Barbara learned the value of the four-hour meeting on the course verses the office meeting setting. Over the course of her career establishing five companies, Barbara found that golf was more than just playing the game. She learned that golf was about building rapport, gaining mutual respect, knowing etiquette and honesty in the game.
“When I first dabbled in golf, it was primarily for socializing. Once I realized that I could use golf to capture and deepen client relationships, my business began to grow in ways I didn’t know were possible. I discovered that golf causes a connection and once that came to light, golf became my go-to business-building tool as much as possible,” Barbara says.
As Director of Marketing for EWGA’s Palm Beach County Chapter, Barbara strongly recommends that women of all skill levels join a women’s golf association to unite with other like-minded women.
The book offers over 30 compelling stories of how golf can make a difference in one’s life. From EWGA’s CEO Pam Swensen’s “The Power of the Dimpled Ball” to Debbie Waitkus’ “Turning Golf into Gold,” these stories share their most intimate recollections of how the game has contributed positively to their lives and careers.
For many of these women, golf has been a door opener and has presented them with countless opportunities. It has given them equality, credibility, and has opened the lines of communication, allowing for easy conversation and providing a great setting for relaxation and fun.
Delve into these chapters and enjoy these women’s stories of wisdom, courage, faith, and success. Prepare to be inspired by this beautiful compilation woven together by a love for golf.
Published by the EWGA Foundation, the charitable arm of EWGA, Teeing Up for Success is now available on Amazon.com
About the EWGA
What started out as a group of 28 women coming together to learn how to play golf and use it as a business development tool has grown today to a network of 14,000 women in chapters across the U.S and Internationally. As the largest women-focused amateur golf association in the United States, the EWGA has connected more than 100,000 working and professional women who share a passion for cultivating relationships and enjoying the game of golf. Offering a wide range of affordable organized golf activities and educational programs, this award-winning association has been inviting women into the game of golf for over twenty-two years. Known as the golf community for women, the EWGA provides women with countless social and networking opportunities. With EWGA Chapters located in more than 120 cities throughout the United States as well as in international locations including Bermuda, Canada, Italy and South Africa, EWGA members are active participants in hundreds of communities. EWGA is a tax-exempt 501 (c) 6 membership association. For more information about the EWGA and its membership, visit www.ewga.com.
About the EWGA Foundation
The EWGA Foundation is a 501c(3) tax exempt organization formed and supported by the EWGA that is dedicated to enriching the lives of women through the game of golf. Its mission is to create and fund education and leadership programs for women of all ages. Towards that end, the Foundation strives to develop educational programs that: improve women’s leadership abilities, self-esteem and business skills; enable them to serve as mentors to other women and girls; and develop scholarship programs to allow women to pursue educational opportunities.