President and Founder of Golf for Cause LLC
Debbie Waitkus, speaker, author and business/golf networking consultant is the President and Founder of Golf for Cause. A champion of golf, she is passionate about helping others Turn Golf into Gold®, enriching their lives both personally and professionally.
A successful businesswoman who was a latecomer to the sport of golf, she quickly recognized how perfectly business and golf fit together. Now acclaimed for her expertise at creating business opportunities through golf, she has a message you'll want to hear! Debbie's love for golf is so infectious and energizing that people are surprised to learn she wasn't born with a golf ball in her hand.
A true advocate of the sport, she is a co-founder and partner of the National Women's Golf Alliance - evaluating and certifying golf facilities for how well they "Roll Out the Green Carpet(tm)" for women, and a past-president of Women in the Golf Industry. Debbie donates a portion of the proceeds of her book Get Your Golf On! to the Marilynn Smith Scholarship Fund, advancing the opportunity for girls to play golf in college. A thought leader who speaks regularly at golf industry and women's leadership functions, she appears in numerous media.
Prior to founding Golf for Cause, LLC, Debbie was president of a 37-year-old, $130 million private mortgage banking firm, where she attributed golf as one of her keys to success. She sits on a number of community and professional boards and, with her husband, Jack, owns Video West, Inc., a 35+ year-old audio, video, lighting rental and staging company.