2016 Executive Women’s Day

On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, four SDSU Sports MBA students (Mandy Chatigny, Addison Nunes, Jessica Washington, and Kristina Wedseltoft) participated in the PGA Tour Executive Women’s Day event at the La Jolla Hilton at Torrey Pines.  This was the first stop for the event this year, which will be featured at 20 other tournaments along the PGA Tour.  Students were able to gain a behind-the-scenes look at the event, and assisted with setup, registration, and ensuring that the guests had a great experience.  It was also a great networking opportunity as some of the most influential businesswoman in the San Diego area were in attendance.  The event included a keynote speaker, panel presentation, breakout sessions, and a networking mixer.

The speakers included:

  • Dr. Lisa Haile, Partner and Co-Chair of Global Life Sciences practice, DLA Piper – keynote speaker
  • Beth Altman, Managing Partner, KPMG LLP San Diego – panelist
  • Janet Beronio, Senior VP and General Manager, Harrah’s Resorts – panelist
  • Liz McCartney, Co-Founder and Executive Director, St. Bernard Project – panelist
  • Ruchika Rastogi, Director of Strategy, West Health – panelist

The topic of the day was Corporate Social Responsibility and the women had incredible stories to tell.  They are all extremely involved in their communities and use their positions in both the for-profit and nonprofit sector to give back.  The speakers offered advice on how to invest in morally sound organizations as well as ways to maintain a healthy work-life balance.  With so much experience between these esteemed ladies, attendees were able to come away from the event with some new connections and valuable advice.

That being said, the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly is awe-inspiring.  Keeping in mind that it was only a subset of a much larger event gave us a small insight into what the world of high level sporting events operations has to offer.  In the coming days we will be able to observe the Farmer’s Insurance Open at Torrey Pines and will therefore have the ability to wrap our minds around the logistics behind organizing a major sporting event.  These inside glances are tremendously valuable to our education and we are all so grateful to both the Century Club and Farmer’s Insurance for allowing us to lend a hand and learn from their example.

-Mandy Chatigny and Jessica Washington




“Volunteering for Women’s Executive Day was a great way to not only meet but also network with the leading women in business as well as sports. I am delighted my fellow SMBA classmates and I could help The Century Club put on such an exciting event. I particularly enjoyed learning how to incorporate golf into a business strategy as to incorporate every party involved.”  –Kristina Wedseltoft

“Being able to witness so many successful women in one place was such a powerful experience. All were friendly, personable and really gave you an idea of all you can accomplish in life.”    -Addy Nunes


Pictured- The Hilton at Torrey Pines