Rose Harper, an entrepreneur, philanthropist, lecturer, adjunct professor, and avid golfer, received the Legendary Achievement Award.
Grass Ceiling founder Rose Harper got the first-ever Sterling Women of Washington DC “Legendary Achievement Award.” This made a little more history. At a networking luncheon, Carolyn Howell, the founder and president of Fun Company Events, LLC (FCE), and her husband, Ben H. Howell Jr., COO of FCE, made a surprise presentation to Ms. Harper. Ms. Harper didn’t know what to say.
Harper made a lot of great things happen in the golf industry, like being one of the founders of the PGA Tour Wives Association and starting the Golf Digest Minority Golf Summit. Rose Harper, Gary Player, and Arnold Palmer were part of a team that she set up to do a golf feasibility study for the Nation’s Capital.
She worked on a lot of different projects in both the public and private sectors. When she worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior, she was the first person of color to run and run a professional 18-hole golf course. Harper has been on the Board of Directors for the Bing Crosby Golf Tournament, and he has been recognized by the PGA of America as a Player Manager by the PGA of the United States.
She organized the first multi-racial sporting event in the history of South Africa, and she was a U.S. delegate to the Seoul Olympics, which took place in South Korea in 2008. Her college class on the business of the Olympics is now taught at George Washington University, where she used to go to school.
In 2006, the PGA of America recognized her as a founding member of the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship. In 2009, she was inducted into the DC Hall of Fame, and in 2011, she was inducted into the National Black Golf Hall of Fame. In 2013, she was the first woman to be given the Sam Lacy Pioneer Award by the Greater Washington Urban League.
Part of this most recent award read: “Presented with deep gratitude in recognition of your outstanding contributions, accomplishments, and courage against the odds to set the standard for women and minorities in golf and sports around the world.”
During the Sterling Women of Washington, DC luncheon, Harper will share a little bit of her life with the group. She will be the main speaker on May 13, 2015. On the first Wednesday of each month, there is a networking lunch at Clyde’s Restaurant Gallery Place, 707 “7th” Street NW in Washington, DC, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For people who want to do business, the Sterling Women of Washington, DC event has become a must-attend. It started in November 2014. The dynamic luncheon has become an important part of businesses across the DMV.