Lesley Visser to Speak at Astellas Presents Executive Women's Day at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

On-course Women's Pavilion also at tournament as part of the PGA TOUR's Women's Initiative, sponsored by Astellas

May 21, 2013, 08:30 ET from Astellas Pharma US, Inc.

FORT WORTH, Texas and NORTHBROOK, Ill., May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The PGA TOUR and Astellas Pharma US, Inc. ("Astellas"), a U.S. subsidiary of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc. (Tokyo: 4503), today will feature CBS sportscaster Lesley Visser at the Astellas Presents Executive Women's Day, a day-long forum focusing on professional, health-related and personal development discussions, at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Today's invite-only Executive Women's Day event also offers a breakfast panel, behind-the-scenes tour and networking opportunities. Featured speakers include:

  • Keynote Speaker Lesley Visser: Visser is a highly acclaimed female sports reporter for CBS and contributor to The NFL Today. She is the first and only woman enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and was voted the number one female sportscaster of all time by the American Sportscasters Association in 2009.
  • Panel Speaker Patricia Miller: Miller is the co-founder of Vera Bradley. She previously served as Indiana's first Secretary of Commerce and as President of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.
  • Panel Speaker Gina LaBarre: LaBarre is Vice President of Americas Brand Management, Upscale Brands, IHG.
  • Panel Speaker Jennifer Williams: Williams is Director of Marketing, Advertising and Events for Morrison Supply Co.
  • Panel Speaker Nancy Cychol: Cychol is President of Cook Children's Medical Center.

"We thank Astellas for supporting the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and creating opportunities for personal growth and networking for female professionals in the Fort Worth area," said Michael Tothe, Tournament Director, the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

The Astellas Women's Pavilion will also be featured at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial during the tournament week. The Pavilion, located near the second hole, is an onsite experience and meeting place for tournament participants to engage and learn about health and well-being. Open to all tournament attendees from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting Thursday, May 23, the Astellas Women's Pavilion will continue at eight other PGA TOUR events this season and offers a unique, educational experience with championship-style educational games and other interactive health-related activities.

The events are components of the PGA TOUR's Women's Initiative, sponsored by Astellas and designed to provide women with information that promotes their overall well-being. Astellas and the PGA TOUR are working together to inform women about important health and wellness issues, encourage discussion on those topics and create opportunities to talk and learn about them.

"Astellas is thrilled to engage women in a meaningful and productive way through today's event," said Pamela Buford, Director, Consumer Marketing at Astellas. "We are committed to creating opportunities like these across the country that empower women to 'tee up the conversation' about health and wellness and are proud to be working with the PGA TOUR to help women obtain valuable information and contribute to the local community."

About Astellas
Astellas Pharma US, Inc., located in Northbrook, Illinois, is a U.S. affiliate of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc. Astellas is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. The organization is committed to becoming a global category leader in focused areas by combining outstanding R&D and marketing capabilities. For more information about Astellas Pharma US, Inc., please visit our website at www.astellas.us.  

The Astellas culture and brand is committed to building community, helping others, encouraging integrity and inspiring people to make a difference, today, tomorrow and every day.

The PGA TOUR is the world's premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 100 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR Canada.

The PGA TOUR's mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.

Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to nearly 945 million households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2012, tournaments across all Tours generated more than $130 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR's all-time total of charitable contributions to more than $1.8 billion.

The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

SOURCE Astellas Pharma US, Inc.