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PGA WORKS Virtual Career Expo Presented by AIG Life & Retirement to be Held on November 17

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PGA REACH announced today that the PGA WORKS Virtual Career Expo presented by AIG Life & Retirement will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m-4 p.m. ET. The event features a series of panel discussions with respected golf and business industry leaders, as PGA WORKS and AIG seek to engage students and emerging talent from diverse backgrounds to cultivate the next generation of leaders. 
The PGA WORKS Virtual Career Expo presented by AIG Life & Retirement will provide valuable professional development resources while educating students on the wide range of opportunities and career paths in golf, along with career and financial planning advice. Sportscaster and PGA WORKS Ambassador Jonathan Coachman will serve as the event’s host. 
The virtual career expo is open to all, including, but not limited to the current student populations at the 107 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) nationwide; PGA WORKS program participants and alumni; and those who have participated in the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship, “The Most Culturally Significant Championship in Collegiate Golf.”
Featured topics for the interactive panel discussions include: Starting Your Career with Healthy Financial Habits; Career Planning Guidance; Industry-wide Employment; Golf Media & Broadcasting; and Executive Management
“The PGA fully embraces workforce diversification, and programs such as the PGA WORKS Virtual Career Expo presented by AIG Life & Retirement reinforce our commitment to helping build a golf industry workforce that better reflects today’s demographic composition of America,” said PGA REACH Senior Director Ryan Cannon. “This event will educate, inspire and engage emerging talent from diverse backgrounds, in hopes that they will pursue employment positions across the golf industry.”
In addition to AIG Life & Retirement, participating companies include: AJGA; African American Golfers' Digest; Callaway Golf; CBS Sports; ClubCorp;The First Tee; FootJoy; Golf Digest; GOLFNOW; GolfTEC; Indigo Golf Partners; KemperSports; LPGA; Nextgengolf; PGA of America; PGA Golf Club; PGA WORKS; TaylorMade Golf; TopGolf; Titleist; Troon; and the USGA.
“We are proud to support PGA WORKS and build on our commitment to greater diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace,” said Kevin Hogan, Executive Vice President and CEO, AIG Life & Retirement. “Our aim is to help college students from diverse backgrounds build on their strengths through access to training, financial education and networking opportunities, and ultimately translate these experiences into strong first steps in their careers and adult lives.”
Featured Panel Sessions & Moderators:
Starting your Career with Healthy Financial Habits
  • Moderator - Jonathan Coachman
  • James Davidson Jr., Senior Communications Consultant, AIG Retirement Services
  • Yarmon Kennedy, Vice President Strategic Planning and Analysis, AIG Services
  • Freda Lee, Senior Vice President Head of Relationship Management, AIG Retirement Services
Career Planning Guidance 
  • Moderator - Scott Kmiec, Senior Director, Career Services, PGA of America
  • John Easterbrook, PGA, Chief Membership Officer, PGA of America
  • Keith Soriano, PGA, Career Consultant, PGA of America
Industry-wide Employment 
  • Moderator - Dan Baker, PGA, Senior Director, Partnerships, PGA of America
  • Ann Broholm, CEO, AHEAD
  • Mackenzie Mack, PGA/LPGA, Callaway Golf
  • Alicia Mutrie Madden, Director of Media, Titleist
  • Jose Miraflor, V.P. Marketing, Cobra/Puma Golf
Leaders in Golf Media & Broadcasting
  • Moderator - Damon Hack
  • Harold Bryant, Executive Producer and Vice President Productions, CBS Sports
  • Hally Leadbetter, Senior Producer Digital Content, Golf Digest
  • Molly Solomon, Executive Producer, Golf Channel
  • Jerry Tarde, Editor- in- Chief, Golf Digest
Leaders in Executive Management 
  • Moderator - Rachel Melendez Mabee, PGA WORKS Program Specialist
  • Jim Richerson, PGA, President, PGA of America & Sr. VP Operations, Troon Golf
  • Joe Assell, PGA, President & CEO, GolfFTEC
  • Sandy Cross, Chief People Officer, PGA of America
  • Renee Powell, PGA/LPGA, Owner/Operator, Clearview Golf Course
For more information, or to register for the event, please visit https://pga.vfairs.com/
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