Hall of Fame Golfer, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
As a Hall of Fame golfer, philanthropist, and business woman, Annika Sörenstam regales audiences with key lessons learned on the long road to becoming a champion in all aspects of life.
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During her 15-year Hall of Fame career, Annika rewrote the LPGA and Ladies European Tour record books, won countless awards and changed the way women’s golf was played, viewed and covered. She amassed 89 worldwide professional victories, including 72 LPGA wins, 10 of which are Major Championships. She is the first and only female to break 60 in an official tournament, garnering her the nickname, “Mrs. 59.” Annika made international headlines and carried the torch for women’s golf when she became the first woman in 58 years to compete in a PGA TOUR event when she teed it up in the 2003 Bank of America Colonial. She is the LPGA’s all-time leading money winner with over $22 Million in earnings. Annika stepped away from professional golf after the 2008 season to focus on her family and the ANNIKA brand of businesses, which include ANNIKA Course Design and the ANNIKA Collection of apparel with Cutter & Buck. In 2007 the ANNIKA Foundation was created to provide golf opportunities at the junior, collegiate and professional levels while teaching young people the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition. The Foundation has partnered with several key organizations to promote healthy and active lifestyles for children, including SPARK, the leading physical education program for schools and helped create the Nine Healthy Habits curriculum for children with The First Tee. It hosts six global golf tournaments for junior girls (USA, Sweden (2), China, Argentina, New Zealand). Moreover, with the support of 3M and the Haskins Commission the Foundation created the ANNIKA Award, which is given annually to the best collegiate female golfer. Since 2014, the Foundation has also annually hosted the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented By 3M, a college tournament featuring 12 of the top Division I schools.
Golf, business and life intersect when it comes to values like honesty, integrity, and perseverance. As a champion golfer, Annika had accomplished everything she wanted and was ready for new challenges. In 2008, she stepped away to start a family, the ANNIKA brand of businesses and a foundation, which annually hosts seven global junior girls golf tournaments. In this talk, Annika shares valuable life lessons she has perfected over the years such as goal setting; balancing work and family; changing careers; time management; facing your fears; and being a successful female in a male-dominated field.