The Golf Podcast | Live with Elisa Gaudet – Founder Of Women’s Golf Day
Today our hosts Rafael Kalamat and Michael Bleackley talk to Elisa Gaudet, who is the founder of Women’s Golf Day and Executive Golf International. We’ll cover how she started the WGD and the growth of women’s golf globally.
She is a fascinating person with great insight into growing the game of golf.
Elisa A. Gaudet brings more than 20 years of experience in the golf industry to Women’s Golf Day (WGD), which she founded in 2016. This annual global event, held on the first Tuesday in June each year across the globe, engages thousands of women through the game of golf. WGD has become a global movement in which over 1,000 locations in 80 countries have participated, thus engaging new and existing golfers and creating a global community based on empowering and supporting women. In a historically male-dominated sport, WGD transcends language, culture, geography, religion, politics, gender and age.
Gaudet’s golf industry experience spans USA, Europe and Latin America, and has included executing the 2002 EMC World Cup for the PGA TOUR. In addition, from 2000–2001, she spearheaded sponsorship, marketing and PR for the Tour de las Americas (Latin PGA Tour).
Prior to Women’s Golf Day, in 2002, Gaudet founded Executive Golf International, a strategy-driven golf marketing firm. Her widespread experience in the field also involves TV rights negotiations, sponsorship procurement and activation, targeted and strategic marketing, player relations, and benchmarking studies and large-scale destination marketing.
An award-winning writer, Gaudet’s syndicated monthly column “On the Lip,” later renamed “Two Good Rounds,” ran from 2003- 2016 and has appeared in Huffington Post, Cybergolf, New England Golf Monthly, Florida Golf Central, Visit Miami Book, Alaska Inflight magazine, Golfers Guide, and Stratosphere private jet magazine. She is the author of the “Two Good Rounds” book series: “Two Good Rounds – 19th Hole Stories from the World’s Greatest Golfers,” “Two Good Rounds SUPERSTARS – Golf Stories from the World’s Greatest Athletes,” and “Two Good Rounds TITANS – Leaders in Industry & Golf.” Gaudet is a breast cancer survivor and champion for empowering women to live their best lives now.
Gaudet has appeared on numerous radio and TV programs to share her golf knowledge, and has hosted golf programming and segments on lifestyle, travel and the 19th hole. She has spoken at numerous international sports and business conferences, including the International Sports Conference – Geneva, Asian Pacific Golf Summit – India, European Golf Course Owners Association – Austria, Golf Inc., and many corporate events.
Her many industry awards include the International Sports Awards (ISC) (2020) – Individual Sports Professional – Community Award, National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) (2018) – Champion Award, and European Golf Course Owners Association (EGCOA) (2016) – Significant Contribution to the Future of Golf.
Prior to her involvement in the golf world, Gaudet worked in the entertainment industry for more than 10 years as a model and Screen Actors Guild (SAG)–American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) actress.
She is a graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia; and also studied at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California; University of Valencia in Spain; Imperial College of London, and Paris-Sorbonne University. She has traveled extensively and has lived in London, Paris, Geneva, Tokyo, Cape Town, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Mexico, Barcelona and Miami. She now splits her time between New York City and West Palm Beach, Florida.
www.womensgolfday.com / www.execgolfintl.com