LPGA's "Legal Eagle," Eve Wright '96, Profiled in Black Enterprise
September 12, 2004
September 12, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - "As director of legal affairs for the Ladies Professional Golf Association, the world's longest-running women's professional sports association, Eve Wright is one of the first African-American women to work for the LPGA at this level," notes a lengthy profile of the 1996 DePauw University graduate, published in the September issue of Black Enterprise. Wright tells the magazine, "If I'm an inspiration to other African-American women interested in golf, it's only because I am able to walk down a path cleared by the unconquerable Althea Gibson, the first African-American LPGA Tour player."
The story by Laura Carlson notes, "The DePauw University graduate went on to earn a J.D. degree from Indiana University School of Law and participated in the Consortium Program at Howard University School of Law. Wright, however, still had enough time to get involved. A rigorous extracurricular schedule in college helped her format her future goals."
Eve Wright says, "I was involved in several organizations in college. I pledged Chi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. I was also a board member of the Indiana district of Circle K International, president of the Residence Hall Association, as well as a member of the Association of African-American Students and the gospel choir."
Wright came to the LPGA from the Minneapolis law firm of Fredrikson & Byron, where she was an associate specializing in e-business and corporate transactions. She hopes that her new role as the LPGA's director of legal affairs "will show African-American women that opportunities exist in professional sports, even in those sports in which African-Americans have not traditionally had a significant presence. I hope they will see me and be inspired to explore those opportunities... If my position with the LPGA helps to further erode the stereotypes regarding the positions that African-American women can and cannot hold in professional sports, then I am merely fulfilling my obligation to uphold the legacy that our mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers have left us."Back