Photo courtesy Kelsey Kitch
It's the first week in November, which means, once again, it's time for championship golf in Mississippi. The Country Club of Jackson hosts Mississippi's annual PGA event, the Sanderson Farms Championship, Monday, Nov. 2, through Sunday, Nov. 8. However, several events are happening throughout the week besides top-notch golf.
One of the non-golf activities is the second annual Women's Day, which will also be at the Country Club of Jackson on Nov. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event, which International Paper sponsors, brings women in business and leadership around the state together to discuss women's issues important to those areas.
Last year's keynote speaker was Leigh Anne Tuohy, known for the book and film "The Blind Side." This year, the keynote speaker is Jenna Bush Hager.
Hager came into the public eye when her father, George W. Bush, was running for president during the 2000 presidential election. She and her fraternal twin, Barbara, stepped more into the spotlight when their father ran for reelection in 2004.
After graduating from Austin High School, Hager attended the University of Texas at Austin. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in English in 2004 and worked as a third-grade elementary teacher in 2005 in Washington, D.C. She took an internship with United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) from September 2006 to May 2007, which took her to Latin America and the Caribbean to document the lives of children in need.
Her work with UNICEF led to her first book "Ann's Story: A Journey of Hope" in 2007 about a 17-year-old single mother with AIDS in Latin America. She wrote her second book, "Read All About It!", which urges children to read, in 2008 with her mother, former first lady Laura Bush.
In 2009, Hager became a contributing correspondent for NBC News Today in the NBC News Washington, D.C. bureau, mainly covering human-interest stories. She has also written for The New York Times and CosmoGirl.
She currently serves as the young leadership ambassador and chairperson for UNICEF's Next Generation committee, which works to improve the lives of children all over the world. She is also a reading resource teacher at the SEED Public Charter School in Baltimore.
In 2008, Hager married Henry Chase Hager, and the couple has two children—Margaret Laura "Mila" Hager and Poppy Louis Hager.
After the luncheon, attendees can take an "inside the ropes" tour of the golf course and a tour of the on-site studio that the Golf Channel will use during the event.
The 2015 Sanderson Farms Championship takes place Nov. 2-8 at the Country Club of Jackson (345 St. Andrews Drive, 601-856-1411). For more information, call the Championship office at 601-898-4653 or visit www.sandersonfarmschampionship.com.