by Brad Bennett
David Feherty and Annika Sorenstam among attendees
From March 11-14, a record setting 800-plus leaders from across The First Tee network will gather in Dallas, Texas to attend the biennial Network Meeting–a continuing education conference designed exclusively for The First Tee leaders.
For three days, the network will focus on maximizing The First Tee’s positive impact on young people and share ideas about how to continue to inspire staff, mentors, coaches and volunteers.
“This meeting promises to be both educational and inspiring,” said Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive officer of The First Tee. “We are building momentum for continued growth and impact in communities reached by The First Tee. We know our chapters are ready to expand their efforts as our network strives to reach an additional 10 million young people by 2017. I look forward to the energy and stimulus the Network Meeting will provide.”
Attendees will participate in educational classes, share best practices and hear from distinguished speakers including:
- Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley
- Admiral Michelle Howard, currently serves as the 38th Vice Chief of Naval Operations and is the first female four-star admiral in the 239-year history of the Navy
- Annika Sorenstam, World Golf Hall of Fame member
- Roy Spence, chairman and CEO of GSD&M Idea City, a national marketing communications and advertising company
- Bryan Stevenson, The First Tee board member and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative
- Scott Walker, board member of The First Tee of Central Florida and sports broadcaster for Golf Channel
The meeting will conclude on Saturday, March 14 with a Gala Dinner featuring former PGA TOUR player, writer and broadcaster David Feherty serving as host and entertainer.
This year’s Network Meeting is bigger and better!
- Total enrollment for the Network Meeting, and for board member attendees, has broken last year’s record, making this the largest meeting ever!
- There will be 48 unique classroom topics focusing on fundraising, leadership and planning, operations, programs, or technology and communications.
- Over the course of the week there will be 90 hours total of education in five sessions.
- The class presenters are made up of 18 professional speakers, 48 chapter staff and 35 home office staff
- For the first time, select educators from schools that deliver The First Tee National School Program will attend and discuss ways to reach kids in school.