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Carey Lohrenz, First Female F-14 Tomcat Pilot in the U.S. Navy, to Speak at Executive Women’s Day During the 2015 Humana Challenge

Carey Lohrenz, First Female F-14 Tomcat Pilot in the U.S. Navy, to Speak at Executive Women’s Day During the 2015 Humana Challenge

Carey Lohrenz, First Female F-14 Tomcat Pilot in the U.S. Navy, to Speak at Astellas-sponsored Executive Women’s Day During the 2015 Humana Challenge

As many of the world’s top PGA TOUR professionals prepare to showcase their skills at the 2015 Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, aviation pioneer Carey Lohrenz will inspire female business leaders as the keynote speaker at the second annual PGA TOUR Executive Women’s Day sponsored by Astellas Pharma US, Inc. This popular business forum will bring together influential women from the Palm Desert area to participate in an engaging daylong event focused on professional development, networking, and health and wellness. Executive Women’s Day will be held at the Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA West in La Quinta, the host course of the Humana Challenge, on January 20, 2015.

 More than 160 businesswomen are expected to attend the event, which includes presentations and panel discussions, networking sessions and a behind-the-scenes tournament tour. Highlights of the event held during the Humana Challenge include:

  • Carey Lohrenz, aviation pioneer and Executive Women’s Day keynote speaker
  • Denise Wilson, founder, president and chief executive officer, Desert Jet
  • Rain Henderson, chief executive officer, Clinton Health Matters Initiative
  • Lisa Houston, president and chief executive officer, FIND Food Bank

 Leadership and strategy expert Carey Lorenz has experience operating in one of the world’s most challenging environments imaginable: the cockpit at Mach 2. As the first female F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy, having flown missions worldwide as a combat-mission-ready U.S. Navy pilot, Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results.

 “After flying worldwide missions as an F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot, I know firsthand what it’s like to work under extreme pressure in some of the most demanding and stressful environments imaginable,” Lohrenz said. “I have found there are many steps women can take to live well, work smart, and be fearless leaders wherever their workplace may be.”

 Executive Women’s Day is part of the PGA TOUR’s Women’s Initiative and is designed to engage women in PGA TOUR tournament markets by creating a day of corporate dialogue and networking opportunities. This year, the TOUR and Astellas will support 23 Executive Women’s Day events in cities across the country, including the Palm Desert area.

 “We are pleased to partner with Astellas on a valuable opportunity to inspire and inform women to make connections, build relationships and keep their personal health up to par,” said Donna Fiedorowicz, PGA TOUR senior vice president of Tournament Activation and Outreach. “We also are thrilled to see the success of Executive Women’s Day as a powerful way to engage the growing female PGA TOUR fan base with information that helps them stay strong, healthy and connected through discussion of health and well-being as well as broader professional development opportunities.”

“As a pharmaceutical company with an intense focus on cardiology, infectious disease, oncology, transplant and urology, Astellas is dedicated to improving the health of patients worldwide,” said Gary Kaiser, director of Marketing for Astellas Pharma US, Inc. “Our support of Executive Women’s Day events brings much needed awareness and assistance to female employees who may face challenges in prioritizing their health and well-being.”

 Other tournament programming sponsored by Astellas includes:

  • Putt for Charity Challenge at the tournament’s fan zone where people can test their skill. Each person will have three opportunities to putt and win prizes, and Astellas will donate $1 toward the designated tournament charity for each participant, up to $5,000.
  • PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge, which was created to recognize and show appreciation to more than 100,000 tournament volunteers annually who dedicate their time, passion and energy to help tournaments raise funds for local charities. At the conclusion of the Volunteer Challenge, one volunteer will be honored for his/her dedication and have the opportunity to present a check for $10,000 in his/her name to the Desert Classic Charities. The volunteer will be recognized during the Humana Challenge closing party at the Renaissance Indian Wells in the Emerald Ballroom on January 24, 2015.
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