Making the entire industry’s workforce more diverse is crucial to our ability to grow participation in the sport and attract new talent to the business.

We are committed to recruiting, developing, engaging and retaining diverse talent at all levels, in all disciplines, and in all locations across the Association. Workforce diversification requires an intentional, multi-pronged effort to achieve the diversity of talent that will provide multiple perspectives to drive increased creativity, innovation and success. The major aspects of our strategy include PGA LEAD, PGA WORKS, PGA JobMatch and our diverse slate protocol.

PGA JobMatch

The PGA Championship is one of golf’s Major Championships. It takes place over one week and requires a significant amount of labor before, during, and after the event. The PGA of America owns the PGA Championship and is committed to creating jobs in PGA Championship host cities through PGA JobMatch.

PGA JobMatch helps identify diverse, local talent through outreach and working with strategic inclusion partners and employment associations. The PGA connects qualified candidates with key PGA vendors like Levy Restaurants, Cornerstone Parking Group, and API Systems to be considered for job opportunities in support of the PGA Championship. A variety of positions need to be filled within areas such as hospitality, retail, transportation, logistics, carpentry, construction, janitorial and miscellaneous services.The PGA JobMatch registration period takes place in advance of each PGA Championship. To register for consideration for the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, please visit p.ga/JobMatch.

PGA LEAD

PGA LEAD is our leadership development program designed to identify, mentor and progress PGA Professionals from diverse backgrounds into volunteer leadership roles at the Chapter, Section and National levels of the Association. This two-year program exposes participants to all aspects of volunteer leadership, preparing them to serve within the PGA and on nonprofit boards within their communities. The program actively facilitates networking opportunities within the organization, which are a critical component of furthering their ability to advance into the elected roles of the Association. The application process is open to all Class A PGA Professionals with at least one year in good standing with special consideration given to protected classes (Gender, Ability, People of Color, LGBTQ and Generational Differences). Up to 15 PGA Professionals are selected each year and begin their two-year journey meeting monthly via Skype type meetings with content area experts.

The application process is open to all Class A PGA Professionals with at least one year in good standing with special consideration given to protected classes (Gender, Ability, People of Color, LGBTQ and Generational Differences). Up to 15 PGA Professionals are selected each year and begin their two-year journey meeting monthly via Skype type meetings with content area experts.

Success Stories

Multiple PGA LEAD Members have already began ascending into key leadership positions within their PGA Sections.

Learn more about our efforts in the PGA WORKS section of this report.

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