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Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Lunch with a Leader: Dolf Berle

Date: 11:30am - 1:00pm PDT October 30, 2019 Location: J.R. Howard, Room 344, eLab

  • Dolf Berle

J.R. Howard, Room 344, eLab


Meet the CEO of TopGolf, the purveyor of golf and entertainment in 56 locations world-wide. With more than 13 million guests/year and 35,000 guests per day/location, engage in a trends conversation about sports, entertainment, music and business.

Dolf Berle serves as CEO of Topgolf Entertainment Group and Topgolf USA.  In this role he leads the combined Topgolf USA Venues, Topgolf International, Toptracer Range, Swing Suite, and Topgolf Media divisions.  The company is a fast-growing sports entertainment company which has over 20,000 employees and is transforming the global game of golf through technology.  He also serves on the National Board of Directors for Make-A-Wish, is an independent board member for United States Track and Field, and a trustee for The Norman Rockwell Museum.

Prior to joining Topgolf, Dolf’s career has included roles as President and COO of Dave & Buster’s, President of Lucky Strike Lanes, COO at House of Blues and Executive Vice President of Hospitality and Division Head at ClubCorp. Earlier in his career he worked at Taco Bell, Yum International, Booz-Allen and Hamilton consulting firm, as a teacher in a multi-racial school in South Africa, and as a dairy farmer. 

Dolf earned his undergraduate degree and MBA from Harvard University, as well as a master’s of arts degree in African history from the University of Zimbabwe. He is the current world champion in the pole vault for men aged 55-59, has a number of World and USA National Championship medals in the pole vault, indoor heptathlon and decathlon, and has competed as an American Ninja Warrior.  


Sponsored by the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership 

Lunch with a Leader is a series of opportunities to converse with industry leaders in a casual setting. Learn more about career paths and industry trends while you enjoy a FREE lunch!

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