By Stephanie Cubias for The Island Connection
The PGA of America has selected 15 members for its fifth PGA LEAD class, including Kiawah Island Club professional Brianna Sweeney.
PGA LEAD, the Association’s leadership development program, was created in 2016 to identify, mentor PGA members from diverse backgrounds into volunteer leadership positions.
“The PGA of America has made meaningful advancements in embracing and leveraging inclusion, and this impressive new class of PGA LEAD members represents a diverse group of individuals who are on a pathway to serve as future golf industry leaders,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley.
PGA LEAD also aids in developing PGA members who have a desire to serve and make an impact on nonprofit boards in the communities where they work and live. Since the inception of PGA LEAD four years ago, six PGA professionals in the program have already ascended to board leadership positions within their PGA sections.
“Embracing an inclusive development program that intentionally identifies PGA professionals with strong leadership qualities is helping position our Association’s governance and membership for future success,” said PGA of America Chief People Officer Sandy Cross. “It’s inspiring to see several PGA LEAD alumni assume vital leadership roles within our Association, and we’re excited to watch this positive trend continue.”
The PGA of America is the world’s largest working sports organization.