“Women On Course is the single, best ice-breaking technique for me!” That’s how Shelley Nadel starts a conversation and has rapidly grown her customer base. Instead of introducing herself in networking events as a financial advisor, she’ll often lead with an invitation to play golf, or an invitation to learn to play golf. “Come one time to a WOC event with me, and play one hole, and you’ll be hooked!” says Shelley. “I encourage women to try it and meet other business-minded women. And like many of the WOC events, we have play days where new golfers can take a clinic to help them feel more comfortable.”
Meet Shelley and you understand why WOC in Houston is as hot as the weather. With people like Shelley leading the way, this city might just become the #1 city for Women on Course! I certainly admire her drive. And I like that she’s very protective of the ladies she brings to Women On Course. She wants them to have a good time – without stress. WOC allows them to succeed at the game of golf without performance anxiety. And that’s just fine with Shelley. No matter the level of golf know-how, Shelley Nadel wants the women of Houston to feel like they belong at these events – even if they just play “at” golf.
As Houston’s WOC calendar starts to heat up, the city begins the new year with over 200 members. Shelley is a perfect example of the type of woman who is attracted to the organization. She had never even picked up a golf club until 5 years ago when she heard about this organization for professional women. It seemed like the perfect place for her so she volunteered to represent her company in the group – even though she’d never played golf! The idea of being outdoors, getting together with other professional women, learning a new skill and being involved in the community just made sense to Shelley.
And as Shelley says, “Golf is a sport that teases you. It lures you into the game because you start to see potential. You hit this magnificent drive that sends the ball in the direction you wanted and farther than you have in a while. . .and you’re hooked! But while the game draws you in, it’s also humbling,” says Shelley. “Golf seems to attract a special kind of woman – someone with drive, education and spirit.”
“That’s why I got involved in WOC – because of the networking opportunity and the women in the organization. Since joining WOC, I’ve made business contacts, recruited other women and became friends with many of the members.” Shelley believes the organization attracts women who are interested in business and who understand the value of networking with other like-minded women.
“My goal for WOC is to connect with other women and help them connect with each other” says Shelley. “I get to be outside in the fresh air meeting other interesting people and introducing other women to the game of golf and to our network of members. The activities often lead to new business development opportunities. And I often find synergies between organizations. We have one networking group in Houston that sponsors a golf tournament every year. The problem is that year after year, the same women attend the tournament – they aren’t attracting new players. WOC Houston is going to partner with this organization, which will offer their members the chance to hone their skills through WOC play days and golf clinics and build excitement for their tournament in the fall. Plus our members will have the exciting chance to play in a tournament. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”
Shelley also likes mentoring new WOC members. “It’s very satisfying to bring new members to the organization. It’s nice to introduce them to the game of golf. It’s great to share contacts. And I believe women have a responsibility to show the next generation of women just how powerful we are as friends, business contacts and playing partners!”
The challenge is on! Houston is the 2nd biggest market for Women On Course, can they make it to #1?
Meet Shelley and more Houston members at the next Signature Event on April 2. http://www.womenoncourse.com/events/Golf-Event-Houston-20130402.php