PGA TOUR Celebrates Official Launch of the Astellas Presents Executive Women's
Event marks the first in a series as part of the TOUR's Women's Initiative,
sponsored by Astellas
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. and NORTHBROOK, Ill., Feb. 26, 2013
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. and NORTHBROOK, Ill., Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/
--The PGA TOUR and Astellas Pharma US, Inc. ("Astellas"), a U.S. subsidiary of
Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc. (Tokyo: 4503), today will introduce the
firstAstellas Presents Executive Women's Day, a day-long forum focusing on
professional, health-related and personal development discussions, at the
Honda Classic Tournament. The event is part of a 3-year agreement between the
TOUR and Astellas in which Astellas will champion the PGA TOUR's commitment to
its new Women's Initiative.
"Today's event marks an exciting milestone as the kickoff of the PGA TOUR's
new commitment to women through the Women's Initiative," said PGA TOUR
Commissioner Tim Finchem. "We're delighted to be collaborating with Astellas
by engaging with leading female business professionals in the Palm Beach
Today's invite-only event offers a breakfast panel, topic-specific breakout
sessions, networking opportunities and a keynote speaker. Featured speakers
oKeynote Speaker Molly Fletcher: Nicknamed "the female Jerry Maguire" by
CNN, Fletcher is a renowned, trailblazer sports agent, author and owner of
MWF Enterprises, LLC. She's worked with top athletes, coaches and
personalities during her career as a premier sports agent across multiple
professional sports, and serves on multiple boards including Children's
Healthcare of Atlanta.
oPanel Speaker Claudia Lezcano: Entering her second season as the Miami
Dolphins Senior Vice President-Chief Marketing Officer, Lezcano oversees
the organization's marketing, community relations, events and
entertainment and digital and print media departments. She also heads up
the Miami Dolphins Foundation, which is devoted to providing and
supporting signature education, health, youth athletic programs and
volunteer activities that inspire and engage communities throughout
oBreakout Session Speaker Dr. Melanie Bone: Board-certified gynecologist
Dr. Bone is a national speaker on hereditary cancer syndromes and writes a
column for the Palm Beach Post Health. She actively practices gynecologic
surgery with expertise in minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgery,
menopause, cancer risk assessment, solutions and support.
oBreakout Session Speaker Michelle McGann: McGann joined the LPGA Tour in
1988, and since joining, she has seven victories to her name. Prior to
joining the LPGA Tour, McGann was ranked the number one amateur in the
world by both GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest in 1987. Diagnosed with Type
1 Diabetes at the age of 13, McCann has dedicated her time to numerous
related causes, including founding The Michelle McGann Fund, which assists
underprivileged children and families suffering from diabetes.
"Astellas is pleased to kick off a series of exciting events that engage local
communities throughout the PGA TOUR season with today's Executive Women's
Day," said Pamela Buford, Director, Consumer Marketing at Astellas and
Executive Women's Day panel speaker. "The goals for today, and for all of
these events, are to educate and connect with the engaged and growing female
fan base of the PGA TOUR in a meaningful and productive way, and offer
information that promotes overall well-being."
The 2013 TOUR season Women's Initiative components will span 17 tournaments.
Astellas Pharma US, Inc., located in Northbrook, Illinois, is a U.S. affiliate
of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc. Astellas is a pharmaceutical company
dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the
provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. The organization
is committed to becoming a global category leader in focused areas by
combining outstanding R&D and marketing capabilities. For more information
about Astellas Pharma US, Inc., please visit our website at www.astellas.us.
The Astellas culture and brand is committed to building community, helping
others, encouraging integrity and inspiring people to make a difference,
today, tomorrow and every day.
About PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world's premier membership organization for touring
professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 100 tournaments on the PGA
TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR's mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver
substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back,
generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in
which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.
Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to nearly 945 million households
in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments
are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable
giving. In 2012, tournaments across all Tours generated more than $122 million
for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR's all-time total of
charitable contributions to more than $1.8 billion.
The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the
organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
SOURCE Astellas Pharma US, Inc.
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