Spotlight on WCGA member – Most Improved Player

WCGA periodically spotlights our members. Our most improved golfer for the 2016 season has to be Michelle King, President & CEO, King Consults. We asked her to share a few of her experiences from the season.

How did you hear about WCGA?

My good friend, LeeAnn Petersen Strother has been telling me about WCGA for a long time!  She’s been encouraging me to join WCGA!  I met Sally, WCGA’s amazing President at the kickoff WCGA lunch on the Hill!  I finally joined WCGA and it was one of the happiest decisions I made!  It’s a wonderful community filled with amazing, fun, smart people who play golf and are in the government relations field!

Do you think WCGA has helped you with your golf game? If so, how?

YES!  I would still be limited to miniature golf if it was not for WCGA!  WCGA helped all aspects of my golf game!  I am still a beginner golfer, but I love the game and playing golf with my friends and colleagues.  WCGA helped me enormously with golf technique and strategy in addition to insight about golf etiquette and the rules of the game!  Plus, WCGA provided me with an awesome weekly golf league and lessons!   

How do you see golf as being helpful to your professional network and business?

Golf provides cool opportunities to meet new people and spend time outside engaging in a sport while also being social.  I really have enjoyed playing in the WCGA golf league and having fun on and off the golf course with my WCGA friends!  Looking forward to the 2017 season!  

What was your favorite memory from the season?

I have several favorite memories from the season….the weekly WCGA league nights, our amazing fall golf weekend at the Bryce Resort and playing golf on a sunny summer day at the Naval Academy followed by crabs at Cantler’s!  Hope you will consider joining as a WCGA member.  I look forward to playing golf with you!

What’s your daytime gig?

I am the President & CEO of King Consults, a global government relations, external relations and advocacy firm working with the association and corporate community based in Washington, DC focused on intellectual property policy, technology policy, cybersecurity/data policy, health policy and trade.  I’m a volunteer too….I serve as the co-chair of the Women in Government Relations (WGR) Telecommunications, Technology and Intellectual Property task force and I serve on the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) International Section Council and PAC Board.  Further, I am a member of the American Jewish Committee ACCESS Board and the Bryn Mawr College Alum Committee on Leadership Development. 

 Contact me to play golf!

Michelle Sara King, kingconsults2015@gmail.com, Twitter: @MSKinDC

 

 

 

Was Your WCGA Membership Worthwhile?

I’d love all of our 160 members to shout yes. In looking at the numbers, 2016 was a great year. Here are some highlights:

  • Nearly 50% increase in our membership;
  • Ran twice as many beginner and intermediate classes along with special, small-group clinics that enabled nearly 40 women to improve their game;
  • Our Monday league was moved to the summer (instead of our traditional spring and fall league) to accommodate the election season and that was a hit with nearly 80 women signed up and a core group who played all 8 weeks;
  • Our weekend outings to different courses in the region were well-attended, particularly the private Naval Academy Golf Club in Annapolis;
  • For the first time in recent years, we had enough interest to plan a weekend golf trip; this year, 13 women went to Bryce Resort in Shenandoah Valley in the fall;
  • We continued to support women’s golf by sponsoring the annual GolfDC’s Women’s Golf Reception and We Are Golf’s Hill reception;
  • We worked closely with Executive Women’s Golf Association of DC to support the First Tee of Washington, DC’s Girls Golf Program through play days and donating nearly $1,500 to the charity.

However, numbers don’t tell the full story. Women join WCGA for different reasons but we hope you met women in your field and made a work contact, or just improved your game in a welcoming environment.

But, we can always do more. I know several women who join WCGA and work and life prevents them from participating. I’d love to know if we can schedule events differently to work for your schedule, such as sunrise golf or shorter, three-hole outings to fit in an hour?

Please send suggestions to President@wcga.org so we can start planning 2017 and start spreading the word about WCGA to friends and colleagues. Women who join now are automatically members for 2017.

Thanks again for a wonderful golf season!

Sally Schaeffer

President, WCGA

 

Heading to Philly – So much more to enjoy than cheesesteaks…

For WCGA members and friends heading to Philly –

I can’t compete with Jane’s inside knowledge of Cleveland, but I do consider myself a Philly girl and still cheer for the Eagles, so here are a few of my suggestions.

Dining
Philly has a great food scene but some of the best restaurants are BYO. Yes, pack your bags with a few bottles of wine. You’ll save a ton on the bill and avoid having to try and find a PA state store. The best BYOs are usually small table places, so go ahead and make a reservation. My favorites are Modo Mio (cash only but so worth it as 4 courses/$35 and equal to any restaurant in DC), Monsu, Radicchio Café, or Pumpkin.

If you like LeDiplomate in DC, you can check out one of Stephen Starr’s many restaurants in Philly. I like the rooftop of the Continental downtown for drinks.

Exploring and enjoying
A walk in Old City is always a nice way to pass the time. You can start on Market Street and walk north on 2nd or 3rd streets to see cute boutiques, the Betsy Ross house, or walk on Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest continuous residential street in the country. If you walk over to 6th street, check out National Constitution Center (just as impressive as the Newseum) or go south to play tourist at the Liberty Bell.

The Reading Terminal is perfect to pick up a quick lunch and try some authentic local food. Walk outside to the LOVE statute and have a picnic lunch. Or walk a few more blocks to the famous public park, Rittenhouse Square, which is surrounded by shopping, restaurants, and bars.

If you feel like walking off the good food from the Reading Terminal, walk along the Ben Franklin Parkway and check out Philly’s world-class museums. The Barnes, with its world renowned post-impressionist, early modern art collection has to be seen to be believed, and the Rodin Museum is the third largest collection in the world.

Locally, as a way to address graffiti, arts have been encouraged with public murals. To date, there are 3,600 murals around the city and worth one of the tours if you have time. If you find yourself on South Street, go check out Isaiah Zagar’s Magic Garden.

Night life
Philly has a similar vibe to Baltimore with a ton of cute neighborhoods with their own local bars and nightlife. My favorites are in Northern Liberty – head to Standard Tap and have a relaxed, fun time. N. 3rd is close by for dinner and drinks too.

Hope you enjoy your stay!