Donna’s introduction to golf was riding the golf cart around the course during tournaments. Pleasant enough as that was to be outside and enjoying the scenery, she decided somewhere along the way that she should buy an inexpensive set of golf clubs and participate in the game. All it took was one good hit of the golf ball. She was hooked and declared “I LOVE this game!”
Just talking to Donna you can imagine that she moves through the day at a rapid pace. Donna is a former tennis player who became an entrepreneur years ago. She found that sponsoring golf tournaments served two purposes – she was able to support a good cause and she helped out her customers.
Her day as a promotions executive is pretty crazy. She’s on the phone and talking to customers all day long. There are rush orders and back orders and customers who forgot to order. But as she says, “When I get on the golf course, life slows down. It’s quiet. I can enjoy the scenery and listen to the birds. And I get to talk to a lot of people.”
Through golf, Donna gets to participate in something she loves, but she also plugs into business. And she finds that the Women On Course events are very relaxing. Donna says she has cultivated many friendships through the game – both personally and business related – the networking capabilities of the organization are plentiful.
“Very often I find that a friend of a friend recommended me to someone. I think it’s one of the prevalent values in today’s business world – people want to do business with people they know. And once you spend a good part of the day with someone, it’s easy to know whether you would recommend that person to a business colleague. Women especially value integrity, and playing golf with women is also comforting. I think there is real power in women working with and helping other women,” says Donna.
In Donna’s words, golf is a win – win – win situation. We have fun, we do business, we grow relationships. “I think it’s really healthy,” says Donna. “We cultivate a good combination of friendship, business and relaxation.” Women On Course is also a very supportive organization. It can build confidence and make women golfers feel more capable. And at each event, women are willing to assist in any way. Donna’s favorite events so far are the Nine and Wine events, though she’s anxious to try a 3-day event! “To me,” adds Donna, “Women On Course is an investment of my time and money that has paid off for me time and time again. When’s the next event? I’m there!”
Donna Joyner is the President of Joy Promotions, Inc and a Women on Course member in the Dallas area.