KPMG announced today the members of an advisory council, comprised of proven leaders across business, sports, and the media, who will help guide the seminal KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit. The summit, hosted on-site during the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship this upcoming June, will serve to bring many of today’s most accomplished women together to inspire the next generation of women leaders.

“KPMG is deeply committed to doing our part to ensure that more women have opportunities to develop and become leaders in their organizations,” said John Veihmeyer, Global Chairman of KPMG, in a statement. “This summit is intended to build on that effort and positively impact the number of women in C-suite positions in corporate America in the years to come.

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship – created in conjunction with the PGA of America and LPGA – will develop and empower women on and off the golf course by bringing together a world-class, annual major golf championship alongside a women’s leadership summit and an ongoing community initiative. 

“The distinguished leaders who comprise our advisory council share the same vision and we’re proud that they have all agreed to share their time and energy to collaborate with us on this endeavor and pay it forward to the next generation of women leaders,” added Veihmeyer.

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will take place June 8-14, 2015 at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York. It will offer a purse amongst the highest in women’s golf ($3.5 million) and be broadcast on NBC and Golf Channel. A community initiative – which will be shaped by KPMG’s advisory council – will focus on investing in future generations of women leaders by equipping them with leadership skills, networks, and added confidence. 

“The LPGA Tour has long-needed a major championship like the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship to not only elevate the game of women’s golf through the purse, courses, and national TV coverage, but also to help us connect with other women who are aspiring to accomplish great things in the business community and other arenas,” stated Stacy Lewis, top-ranked American golfer on the LPGA Tour and member of the advisory council. “I’m looking forward to working with the advisory council leaders to create programming that will inspire and empower future women leaders.”

The advisory council members include:

  • Roberta Bowman – Retired Executive, Duke Energy; Board Member, LPGA
  • Lynne Doughtie – Vice Chair, Advisory, KPMG
  • Candy Duncan – Chair, KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit
  • Adena Friedman – President, Nasdaq
  • Dalynn J. Hoch – CFO, Zurich North America, Zurich Insurance Company
  • Kathy Hopinkah Hannan – National Managing Partner, Corporate Responsibility & Diversity, KPMG
  • Karen Jennings – Retired Senior Executive Vice President, AT&T; Board Member, LPGA
  • Michelle Kydd Lee – Chief Innovation Officer, Creative Artists Agency
  • Stacy Lewis – LPGA Player & KPMG Brand Ambassador, LPGA Tour
  • Phebe Novakovic – Chairman and CEO, General Dynamics
  • Donna Orender – CEO, Orender Unlimited; Special Advisor, PGA of America
  • Dottie Pepper – ESPN Golf Analyst and Reporter; Board Member, PGA of America
  • Douglas Peterson – President & CEO, McGraw Hill Financial
  • Elisabeth Sami – Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, NBCUniversal News Group
  • Molly Solomon – Executive Producer, Golf Channel; Senior Vice President, Production & Operations, NBC Sports Group
  • Annika Sorenstam – Hall of Fame Golfer and Entrepreneur
  • John Veihmeyer – Global Chairman, KPMG
  • Suzy Whaley – Secretary, PGA of America
  • Maggie Wilderotter – Chairman & CEO, Frontier Communications
  • Linda Yaccarino – Chairman, Advertising Sales and Client Partnerships, NBCUniversal.

For more information on the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, head to the LPGA's site  here.