Speakers

Get ready for awe-inspiring and unique G.I.R.L. speakers!

G.I.R.L. 2017 is unlike anything you have ever experienced!

As the largest global gathering of girls and influencers, G.I.R.L. 2017 will bring attendees a variety of speakers who have pursued their passions, created innovative solutions to problems, built the courage to navigate through obstacles, and developed the resources to lead in their everyday lives.

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Jane Grote Abell
Chairwoman of the Board, Donatos Pizza and Jane’s Dough Foods

A founding family member of Donatos Pizza, Jane Grote Abell currently holds the title of Chairwoman of the Board. In 2003, Jane was a major catalyst behind the decision to purchase Donatos back from McDonald’s. Following the buy back, Jane led the company through a $10.5 million turnaround.

Because her roots trace back to the first store on Thurman Avenue on Columbus’ south side, she and her family remain committed to the area’s success. Evidence of this was the nearly $2 million donation that the Grote family contributed to help a city plan to revive the South Parsons Corridor. She has been an advocate for this project from its inception in 2012 and, along with Tanny Crane, co-founded the Reeb Avenue Center, a social-services center housing 15 non-profits that focus on education and workforce development and South Side Roots Café and Market, a pay-it-forward café and affordable fresh foods market.

Jane was featured in CBS’s hit series Undercover Boss where she donned a disguise and went undercover in Donatos restaurants. In 2015, Jane released her first book THE MISSING PIECE: Doing Business the Donatos Way.

 

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Sylvia Acevedo
Chief Executive Officer

Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), brings to the organization a background in entrepreneurship; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); and innovation, as well as a lifelong commitment to girls’ success in their own lives and the world. She was a member of the GSUSA Board of Directors from 2009 to 2016 and served as its secretary.

Dedicated to girls’ leadership development long before she was named to GSUSA’s board, Sylvia has seen firsthand the power of Girl Scouts. As a girl growing up in New Mexico, after her family suffered a major tragedy, Sylvia was forced to move and leave behind her school, her neighborhood, and her friends. It was this move that brought her to Girl Scouts, which would change her life forever. Her troop provided her with tools and experiences not widely available to girls of her background at that time. In Sylvia’s words, “This life-changing experience showed me what leadership looked like and enabled me to pursue it as a goal.”

Over the years Sylvia has spoken across the country about the importance of helping girls discover their strengths, passions, and talents. She also served on the founding board of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin, Texas—the largest all-girls public school in the nation.

In addition, Sylvia served as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, chairing its Early Learning Subcommittee. She coauthored the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Family Engagement curriculum to help narrow academic achievement gaps in America, and she is writing an aspirational memoir that promotes STEM for middle school students, which will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in September 2018.

A talented technology executive who has held positions with some of the world’s most respected companies, previously Sylvia was the founder, president, and CEO of CommuniCard LLC, a firm known for its innovative approaches to working with changing community demographics. Prior to that, she served in executive and business development roles at REBA Technologies, Dell Computer Corporation, Autodesk Inc., Tandem Ungermann-Bass, Apple Computer, and IBM—and she began her career as a rocket scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Sylvia has been widely recognized for her accomplishments, with honors that include the Austin Con Mi Madre Education Award (2016), Girl Scouts of Central Texas Woman of Distinction (2013), a place in U.S. News & World Report’s list of the top 100 American women in STEM (2012), the Ohtli Award from the federal government of Mexico, a national civil rights award (2011), the Austin Community Foundation’s STAR Award (2010), NMSU College of Engineering Distinguished Alumna (2010), the Austin American-Statesman’s Austin Hero Award (2009), the Austin Business Chamber of Commerce’s Star of Texas Award (2007), and U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Businesswoman of the Year (2004).

Sylvia was one of the first Hispanic students, male or female, to earn a graduate engineering degree from Stanford University—an MS in industrial engineering—and she holds a bachelor of science degree with honors in industrial engineering from New Mexico State University.

 

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Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh is the founder and editor-in-chief of Muslim Girl, the most-read platform for Muslim women’s voices in the West. Muslim Girl is forging a new path by reclaiming the narrative of Muslim women in Western media, emerging at the forefront of Muslim women's issues in mainstream media coverage with its own unprecedented columns in outlets like Teen Vogue, Fortune, and Huffington Post. It became the first Muslim company to make the “Forbes 30 Under 30” list in 2016 and launched the inaugural Muslim Women’s Day on March 27, 2017. Amani became the first veiled woman to be honored in the media category, and rang the NASDAQ Opening Bell in 2016. She was named one of Teen Vogue's "New Faces of Feminism" in its February 2016 issue, and by The Economist as a “Generation Prophet” in their December 2016 issue. Amani was invited by Michelle Obama to speak at the inaugural U.S. State of Women Summit. Her first book, Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age was released with Simon & Schuster in October 2016, and selected as an “Editor’s Pick” on The New York Times Bestsellers’ List. She also debuted the webshow Uncovered on MTV Snapchat Discover.

Amani is a rising voice in social, religious, and political issues, regularly appearing in media outlets such as CNN, BBC, and more. She has appeared on CBS’s Face The Nation, and spoken in spaces like the White House, Cannes Lions, and the Clinton Global Initiative University with former President Bill Clinton, among others. She currently writes a column for Forbes, in which she chronicles the startup journey of Muslim Girl from the perspective of a millennial woman of color entrepreneur.

Amani has been distinguished with honors such as the Digital Diversity Network Award in partnership with NBCUniversal and the #WhatsGood Award by Comcast at SXSW, and was awarded a dedicated New York City Council Resolution chronicling Muslim Girl’s success in shifting the media representation of Muslims in America. She has been profiled in The New York Times, CNN Money, The Guardian, and beyond.

 

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Jenny Alonzo
Producer/Media Strategist (GSUSA Board Member)

A recognized leader with expertise in the areas of content, marketing, digital development, advertising & promotions, and multicultural markets, Jenny Alonzo has worked on some of the strongest brands, including Lifetime Television Networks, NBC, BET, IBM, and The Wall Street Journal.

Alonzo is currently Executive Producing/Producing a slate of film and television properties. She works with investors, writers, and producers to identify and package content for global cross-platform ecosystems. In addition to her producing responsibilities, Alonzo continues to provide confidential and strategic advisory to C-level executives at top-tier television networks and brands.

Immediately prior to Alonzo’s current producing role, she served as CMO and special consultant to NUVO/FUSE’s CEO, overseeing all marketing, digital, and PR for the network, the first English-language television channel created for the modern US Latino. NUVO embarked on a groundbreaking partnership with global celebrity and entrepreneur Jennifer Lopez to develop, produce, and market content for this coveted audience. Alonzo was directly in charge of bringing the partnership to market.

Alonzo also spearheaded the re-branding and re-design of NUVO, in addition to developing and implementing the network's largest go-to-market campaign in its history. The newly branded NUVO relaunched July 2013 to record numbers, achieving the highest ratings ever recorded for the network. The campaigns not only over indexed with its target audience but also delivered an affluent and more diverse audience to the newly branded channel.

From 2009 to 2012, Alonzo was commissioned by a LATAM company to help develop a US opportunity in the media space. Between 2007 and 2009, she was a co-founder and Executive Vice President of Marketing & Communications at MIO.TV, a multimedia entertainment, communications and social networking digital lifestyle brand for bi-cultural and English-speaking Latinos. The market downturn in late 2008 prevented the continued operations.

Prior to taking on an entrepreneurial role, Alonzo was Senior Vice President of Production, Inventory Strategies & Multicultural Initiatives for Lifetime Networks. At Lifetime, she developed and managed midnine-figure budgets in media, creative, and production operations. Alonzo led a team of 70+ (including contract & freelance employees) that supported all marketing and creative services efforts for three networks, digital platforms and multiple franchises. In her leadership capacity, Alonzo was part of the team that rebranded Lifetime Network to claim its groundbreaking positioning as Television for Women. In addition, she was a key player in the launch of two successful entertainment channels: Lifetime Movie Network and Lifetime Real Women. Alonzo helped develop and launch the Español services for multiple Lifetime Networks; the network’s first online identity, Lifetime Online; over two-dozen original series; the award-winning and pioneering Intimate Portrait franchise; and the ground breaking Lifetime Original Movies franchise, to name a few.

From 1989 to 1994, Alonzo held multiple advertising & promotion and marketing roles at NBC and WNBC.

In 2002, Alonzo served a two-year term with the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age; she chaired the Sub-Committee for Career Advancement. Alonzo was reappointed to another term in 2009; she chaired the PPM Task Force. Alonzo served as the first Latina Chairman of the Board for the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). From 2005-2008, she served on the Advisory Council for Premiere Automotive Group (PAG), the luxury marquee for the Ford Motor Company, representing Aston Martin, Land Rover, Jaguar, and Volvo. Alonzo is currently a member of St. John’s University’s Advisory Board for the College of Professional Studies, serves on the National Board for the Girl Scouts of the USA, and co-chairs The Nielsen Company’s Latino Advisory Council.

Alonzo has been featured as a Broadcasting & Cable Fifth Estater, in The New York Times, Diversity Inc., Black Enterprise, and Hispanic Business. She is considered a subject-matter expert in content development and marketing to the growing super-consumer – the ethnic and multicultural audience. Alonzo has moderated and participated on highly visible panels at major conferences, including NCTA, CTAM, PROMAX, Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit, Congressional Caucuses, corporate events, and film festivals. She’s been the recipient of numerous awards including PROMAX/BDA awards for creative excellence in show packaging, image, and branding campaigns. In 2006, she was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine. In 2004, Alonzo received the distinction of being ranked No. 13 on CableFAX Magazine’s CableFAX 100 list. In the same year, she was honored by Multichannel News as a Wonder Woman at their annual Wonder Woman Awards. In 2003, Alonzo was named a Latinas Destacadas del 2003 (Outstanding Latinas 2003) by El Diario/LaPrensa.

Alonzo is an advocate and volunteer for Young Adult Institute (YAI), a national organization serving the needs of the mentally and physically challenged community.

 

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Tara Anderson
Director, External Mobilization, American Petroleum Institute

Tara Smith Anderson brings more than 15 years of public affairs, as well as state and federal government relations experience to her role as director of external mobilization at the American Petroleum Institute (API).

Ms. Anderson currently directs the development and execution of API’s mobilization campaigns on mission critical issues at the federal, state and local levels. Working with facility employees, allied stakeholders, regional associations and vendors, she manages the integrated advocacy efforts for API’s grassroots and grasstops programs, including API’s Energy Forums, Energy Citizens and microtargeting programs. In addition, Ms. Anderson directs the trade association’s outreach and collaboration with women.

Prior to joining API, Ms. Anderson served as the director of public affairs for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) from 2003 to 2011. At NAM, Ms. Anderson managed the association’s grassroots and grasstops lobbying efforts, providing advocacy strategies for NAM member companies to cultivate relationships with elected officials.

Previously, Ms. Anderson led the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks as its state director, a role in which she managed lobbying efforts for local, state and federal government officials in Alabama, Arkansas and Florida.

Ms. Anderson also served as a constituent services representative in the United States Senate for Senator Gordon H. Smith and occupied legislative assistant roles for The Legislative Strategies Group, LLC, and Deere & Company, where she was responsible for monitoring and reporting on legislation and coordinating events with Congressional members.

Ms. Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with emphasis in media studies from the University of Oregon.

 

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Stefanie Argus
Senior Director of Girl Experience with GS Southeastern New England and Zumba instructor

Stefanie brings charismatic energy, dynamic choreography, and a great playlist to every Zumba class. She became a Zumba instructor in 2010 and has previously taught credit-bearing and recreational Zumba courses at Marlboro College, Truckee Meadows Community College, the University of Nevada-Reno, Rhode Island School of Design, and Brown University. Stefanie is a seasoned outdoor educator with a passion for adventure (especially backpacking, hiking, watersports, and obstacle course racing) and has also enjoyed performing with local Bollywood and West African dance troupes. Most importantly, she has been a Girl Scout for 25 years and currently serves as the Senior Director of Girl Experience with GS Southeastern New England.

 

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Melissa Arnoldi
Senior Executive Vice President, AT&T Technology and Operations

Melissa Arnoldi, Senior Executive Vice President for AT&T Technology and Operations, is responsible for the development of AT&T’s products and services, digital experiences for customers, and systems supporting the operations across AT&T business segments, networks, and services. Melissa is also responsible for information and network security strategy, standards and platform development. She currently serves as a board member of Nasdaq & Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.

Prior professional experience includes serving as Senior Vice President of the Technology Solutions and Systems Strategy organization, responsible for supporting business clients in developing technology solutions, managing highly integrated strategic programs, and aligning technology investment portfolio for the AT&T Technology & Operations organization.

Previous to that, Melissa served as Vice President – IT Account Management, responsible for portfolio management and business operations support for business organizations supporting AT&T’s Mobility and Home Solutions (U-verse and legacy voice, high-speed internet and enhanced TV) business units. Melissa drove strategic alignment between IT and its business partners.

Melissa also served as Assistant Vice President – IT, overseeing retail sales delivery and strategic device launches. During her tenure she led a multi-year strategic program for device launches across IT, partnering with business teams, network and third party companies. Melissa’s leadership supported AT&T’s mission to become America’s Premier Retailer.

Melissa is passionate about diversity and inclusion. She has been honored as one of the National Diversity Council’s “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology” and received a Silver Stevie Award for Women in Business for “Maverick of the Year” in 2015. In 2016, Melissa was showcased by Fierce Wireless as a woman leader to watch due to her key contributions in engineering and technology fields in the telecom industry.

Melissa came to AT&T from Accenture as Senior Executive, where she served in roles of increasing responsibility focused on IT merger integration, system consolidation and product development during her 12-year tenure. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Memphis and a Master’s of Business Administration from Georgia State University. She lives in Dallas with her husband and their two daughters.

 

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Anna Aurilio
Director of Environment America’s Washington, D.C. Office

Anna Aurilio is the director of Environment America's Washington, D.C., office, with special responsibility for policy development, research and advocacy on energy issues and anti-environmental subsidies. She has testified numerous times before the House and Senate Science, Energy and Appropriations committees. Ms. Aurilio received a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1986 and a master's degree in environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992. Prior to receiving her master's degree, Ms. Aurilio was a staff scientist with the National Environmental Law Center and the PIRGs' National Litigation Project for three years.

 

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Julie Averbach
2016 National Young Woman of Distinction

Eighteen year-old Julie Averbach earned her Gold Award in 2016 for a special needs sibling support comic book project called Adventures From My World (AFMW). AFMW reassures siblings that they are not alone, enhances general compassion and awareness about the challenges they face, and serves as a proof of concept for comic book therapy. After creating AFMW, Julie printed 8,000 copies overseas and distributed them through her website (adventuresfrommyworld.com), sibling support groups, hospitals, schools, special needs organizations, and libraries in 19 U.S. states and 4 countries outside the U.S.. In recognition of this project, Julie was selected by Girl Scouts USA as one of ten 2016 National Young Women of Distinction to represent the Girl Scouts and to encourage other girls to pursue their own service projects. She was also awarded scholarships by the AXA Foundation (National AXA Achiever) and the Helen Diller Family Foundation (Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award) for AFMW. Julie is currently a freshman at Yale University, where she hopes to continue exploring therapeutic applications of art at the Center for Emotional Intelligence, as well as to build programs for college Girl Scouts.

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Norah Bagirinka

Norah Bagirinka is a genocide survivor and an advocate for children and women rights, a translator for Emmy-awarded documentary God Sleeps in Rwanda and Oscar nominated. Norah moved to Columbus, Ohio, and founded Rwanda Women in Action (now Refugee Women in Action), a nonprofit organization that serves refugee women and their families so they become empowered members of the community.

Norah’s compassion and leadership has become the life source for “New Americans” in Columbus, Ohio. Her ability to understand and speak African languages (Kinyarwanda, Kirundi and Swahili), French and English gives her the means to communicate and interpret for the refugees and help provide them with necessary skills.

Before coming to USA, Norah worked with many International organizations that focused on women's issues. She directed a Sexual and Gender Based violence (SGBV) program with International Rescue committee (IRC).

Norah graduated from Ohio Christian University with a BA degree in Health care management. She works for Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG) as the Community Outreach specialist for Diabetes Empowerment Program. She was appointed to serve as the Delegate for the state of Ohio with the National Refugee Congress where she seeks to champion domestic and international refugee issues.

 

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Lauren Baker

Lauren has been a member of Girl Scouting since 1991, is a Lifetime Member, and staff member at Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland. As a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Lauren volunteers with multiple veterans’ groups including Band of America’s Few, Central Ohio Young Marines, and Team RWB. Lauren likes to read (favorite books include: Code Name Verity, Captain Marvel), hike, help out at Girl Scout camp, and play music.

 

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Bandit
Therapy Dog

Bandit is a rescue dog. He is also a hero.

From his home base at the Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri USO, Bandit spends 4 days a week welcoming soldiers returning from deployment. His ability to sense PSTD is enough to put soldiers at ease and they have shared his presence gives them strength.

Bandit and Kelly are often “on tour” connecting with children with disabilities, visiting wounded warriors, and providing comfort graveside at Arlington Cemetery.

Since 2012 Bandit has been recognized every year as one of the top 25 American Humane Hero Dogs. He is also featured in National Geographic’s book, Loyal, honoring his service to our country.

He truly lives up to his name, Bandit...because he will steal your heart.

 

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Patrice Banks
Author, The Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide

Patrice Banks has reached millions across America with her passion and commitment for educating women and closing the gender gap in the automotive industry. Prior to establishing Girls Auto Clinic, Patrice worked for more than 12 years as an engineer, manager, and leader at DuPont, a science and technology company.  Patrice holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Engineering from Lehigh University and an Automotive Technology Diploma from Delaware Technical Community College.  She is the author of the book, The Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide.

 

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Andrea Bastiani Archibald
Girl Scouts of the USA Chief Girl and Parent Engagement Officer

Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Ph.D. and developmental psychologist, is the Chief Girl and Parent Engagement Officer for GSUSA.  She serves as a national spokesperson on girls’ and women’s leadership development, parenting and family dynamics, cultural influences such as economics, social media and pop culture, gender issues, current events, and demographic shifts in the national girl population.

 In addition to her girl expertise from nearing a decade at GSUSA, Andrea speaks on the exclusive data generated by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), which she also oversees http://www.girlscouts.org/en/about-girl-scouts/research.html. The GSRI generates reports on different topics as they affect girl development and leadership, such as The Vote Is In: What Americans Say About the Importance of Girls’ Issues, The Resilience Factor: A Key to Leadership in African American and Hispanic Girls, and our most recent State of Girls: Emerging Truths and Troubling Trends, a synthesis of data from national agencies reflecting changes in the overall health and wellbeing of girls in the U.S.

 Andrea’s interviews and insights have appeared in top-tier media including The Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox News, CNN, NPR, AP, The Washington Times, Fast Company, Parents Magazine, Buzz Feed and Mashable.  She directs content and writes regularly for Raising Awesome Girls, a dedicated section for parents and families on Girl Scouts’ web site.

 

 

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Jeni Britton Bauer
Founder, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Jeni Britton Bauer has been making ice creams professionally for two decades. Jeni opened Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus, Ohio, in 2002 with the idea that ice creams could be better and more interesting. As chief creative officer, Jeni continues to craft one-of-a-kind flavors—made with grass-grazed Ohio milk and Direct and Fair Trade ingredients—in partnership with some of the world’s best makers, producers, and growers. All this adds up to ice creams with a uniquely smooth texture and buttercream body, with bright flavor and clean finish (without synthetic flavorings or off-the-shelf mixes).

Jeni’s first cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, is a New York Times bestseller and winner of a James Beard Award. In 2016, Jeni was dubbed one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, a Most Intriguing Entrepreneur at the Goldman Sachs Builders + Innovators Summit, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in business administration from Ohio State University. Most recently, Jeni joined the 2017 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.

 

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Dianne Belk

A Girl Scout since she was 5 years old and a Curved Bar recipient (like today’s Gold Award), Dianne is the Founding Chair of the Juliette Gordon Low Society, formed especially by Girl Scouts of the USA to honor those who have chosen to remember Girl Scouts in their wills and estate documents.

The first female industrial engineering student at Mississippi State University, she arrived with a fistful of scholarships, $5, and her clothes in a brown paper bag!

She worked as an engineer and became an internationally recognized manufacturing expert in a time when she was always the only woman at the table.  She founded one of the world’s first technology integrators with a broad WHO’s WHO client list. Other highlights of her career include:

  • A US Presidential appointment to advise on East European manufacturing.
  • Advisor to Georgia Tech on its industrial engineering program.
  • Hughes Aircraft Company pioneer in laser technology application.

Her husband, Lawrence Calder, founded one of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors of industrial fabrics, recognized for its innovative products and technologies.  

Since selling their companies, they focus on private investments and in combating the barriers to equality that young girls face. A Mississippi native, Dianne and Lawrence live in San Diego, California and, as volunteers and philanthropists, they travel to Girl Scout councils in the USA and overseas to advocate for planned giving. They have committed to a planned gift to GSUSA and eight councils.

 

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Mindy S Berthold
Director Of Stores Systems, Macy's

Mindy Berthold is the Director of Stores Development for the Macy’s Department Stores. Now that you have read my title, let me tell who I really am, because I am more than those few words.  A career in technology normally frames a person as a “Geek” or a “Nerd”, and I will take both of those labels gladly because at my core I most likely am, but I am way more than that.

It is important to understand that no one person or job can define you, you need to define yourself. My strongest trait is passion; I love what I do and am fortunate that I get to do it every day.  I enjoy working with people; I feed off the energy of others and enjoy the interaction.  Finally, I love to problem solve; it can be a business problem, a fun game, or planning the route for a trip.  Each one of these traits are why I went into Technology, and I am lucky for me I work for Macy’s because I like to SHOP too!

I am the very proud wife and mother of two young adults that were brought up in a scouting family just like you and we spent most of our free time together.   As a family we have always been active in physical activities like Water Sports, Taekwondo, and Physical Fitness.

 

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Frederic Bertley, Ph.D.
President and CEO, Center of Science and Industry (COSI)

As President and CEO of COSI, Dr. Frederic Bertley is shepherding the leading Central Ohio Science Center to its next great iteration in a legacy of successful science center history. Prior to being President and CEO of COSI, Dr. Bertley was the Senior Vice President for Science and Education where he oversaw a diverse portfolio of initiatives in STEM learning, the partnership with Science Leadership Academy (SLA), The Color of Science, and international STEM programs and departments that capture the history and legacy of The Franklin Institute.

After graduating from McGill University where he studied Physiology, Mathematics and the History of Science, and earned a Ph.D. in Immunology, Dr. Bertley worked internationally in preventative medicine, and basic vaccines in Haiti, The Sudan, and the Canadian Arctic.

Dr. Bertley has received numerous honors some of which include: Dell Inc. Inspire 100 World Changers, Harvard Medical School Dean’s Service Award, Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, Philadelphia Business Journal Minority Business Leader of The Year, The President’s Award (Merck), Citation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and two Mid-Atlantic, National Academy of Television and Science EMMYSTM.

 

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Todd H. Bol
Creator and Executive Director of Little Free Library

Todd H. Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, is creator and executive director of Little Free Library, a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. With three decades of experience as a social entrepreneur, Todd has created international programs in nursing education, barter, innovative business models, teaching, and community education. 

 

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Lea Bonner
2017 National Young Woman of Distinction, Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast

Lea developed an oyster recycling program, Save the Shells, to support the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Restoration. Oysters play a critical role in the ecosystem, filtering algae and pollution from the waters. Lea collected approximately 41,000 oyster shells, returning those shells to the Bay. Those shells filter more than 20 million gallons of water per day. She was also able to fabricate cages used to contain the shells while volunteering at her local Environmental Center in Virginia Beach. She then helped construct reefs on the Layfette River in Norfolk, Virginia. Lea established partnerships with local businesses, and developed a campaign to increase public knowledge which has allowed this oyster recycling program to thrive. Local restaurants are actively participate in the program, with volunteers working at the collection center drop-off site that she constructed with her team at her local high school. The collection center is now promoted as a Virginia public drop-off location by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

 

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Reeny Botros
2017 National Young Woman of Distinction, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland

Maureen designed and created fashion accessories called “illumicize” that progressively light up in response to increases in heart rate, measured by a pulse sensor. She then went on to host a series of Catwalk Coding camps, an instructional course designed to attract low-income girls to STEM fields. At the all-girl camps, attendees constructed scaled-down versions of illumicize by creating and coding their own illuminating accessories. The girls learned both electrical and coding skills from women in STEM fields. Maureen's goal is to ensure that girls get the chance to embrace their inner engineer—while satisfying their inner fashionista! Maureen's invention was showcased to President Obama at the White House Science Fair. She received grants from NCWIT to host the camps and will continue to host future camps. Maureen also wrote a 47-page annotated research paper about her project.

 

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Katie Bowers
Campaigns Director, Harry Potter Alliance

Katie Bowers is the Campaigns Director at the Harry Potter Alliance, where she spends every day helping fans become heroes. An avid reader with a desire to do good, Katie has been integrating her love of pop culture and social justice through youth organizing initiatives since 2005. Katie is a former Girl Scout, and lifelong believer that girls can change the world.

 

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Sarah Brewer
Dean of Faculty, Columbus School for Girls

Sarah Brewer is an expert in the college application and selection process. She currently serves as Dean of Faculty at Columbus School for Girls, where the mission is “empowering girls to discover their distinct potential as learners and leaders.” Sarah’s duties include working with faculty to ensure that CSG provides a vigorous, innovative program in line with the 21st century skills girls need to become future leaders.  With more than a decade in independent school education, Sarah’s passion is in developing    inspiring curriculum that is relevant and applicable outside of the classroom.

Before becoming CSG’s Dean of Faculty, Ms. Brewer was the Assistant Head of School for Academics and Student Success at the Miami Valley School (MVS) in Dayton, OH. In this capacity, she was responsible for the consistency of the academic mission and vision across the school, and implementation of an innovative scope and sequence, early childhood through grade 12. Sarah also spent time as the Dean of Academics and the Director of College Counseling at MVS.  Sarah has also worked at the University of Richmond in the Office of Admission and in the School of Continuing Studies. Before her work at U of Richmond, she worked as a college counselor in several independent schools including Latin School of Chicago, Columbus Academy, and CSG. Sarah has a BA from Wake Forest University (English Literature, concentration in Theater) and an MA from The Ohio State University (Counselor Education, School Counseling).

 

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Carter M. Brigham
Co-founder and President, CORCL

I am a 50 year old woman entrepreneur. I started my first ‘business', a lemonade stand, at 7 and a bake sale at 8. At 13, I started a babysitting camp and in high school, I co-founded a taxi service (for over 2500 students in a dozen schools) run by students to prevent drunk driving. My first job out of college was consulting to green and socially responsible business startups. Next, I ran a branch of my family’s HVAC business before running an exclusive supplier partnership for the company’s top customers. When my kids were young, I spent 11 years helping members of the adoption triad find their biological families as a Maryland state-certified Confidential Intermediary for the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. I also worked part-time as a caterer. When my husband sold the restaurants he owned and ran, we pulled our kids out of school and traveled without an itinerary across the globe for 7 months. It was on this trip we saw round Vietnamese basket boats. When we returned home, we founded CORCL Boats and got started on redesigning the ancient vessel.

 

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Yvette McGee Brown
Partner, Jones Day

Women who lead raise their hand. They embrace challenge and are open to opportunity. Yvette McGee Brown is one of these women. She was the first African-American woman elected to the Franklin County Common Pleas Court.  She was the founding president of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy, at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  And, in January 2011, she became the first African-American woman to serve as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Ohio and the first person of color to serve on the court in 37 years.

Yvette is currently a partner at the global law firm of Jones Day specializing in litigation and appeals. She is also the Partner-In-Charge of Diversity, Inclusion, and Advancement for Jones Day, representing 43 offices around the world.

Yvette is an active community and corporate leader. She has served on the board of directors for Ohio University, the Dave Thomas Foundation, and served as chair of The Ohio State University Alumni Association Board of Trustees, the YWCA, and the United Way of Central Ohio. She has been a director for two public companies and is currently on the board of Motorist Mutual Insurance Company.

Yvette was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame (2008) and the Central Ohio Business Hall of Fame (2014). She has a Bachelors degree in Journalism/public relations from Ohio University (1982) and a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University (1985). She has honorary doctorate degrees from Ohio Dominican University, Wilberforce University, Urbana University, and Central State University.

 

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Kelly Brownfield
Director, Fort Leonard Wood USO

Kelly Brownfield is a proud “Military Brat”. Originally from Charleston, SC, she moved to Germany at age 7 with her family and graduated from Heidelberg American High School in 1998. She attended Winthrop College in South Carolina and completed her BA in 2016. Her first job defined her journey. It was working with Alzheimer patients that Kelly first observed the therapeutic value of a dog’s touch.

 You can’t take the “military brat” out of the G.I.R.L.! In 2009 Kelly joined the team USO team at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and is currently the Center Director.

Then came Bandit and Kelly knew the time was right.  She blended innovation and risk-taking with a side of determination to implement the first official USO Therapy Dog Program in the country.

Kelly is all G.I.R.L. and credits her 12 years of Girl Scouting, from Daisy to Gold Award Girl Scout for her success. She is also an accomplished artist.

 

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Kelly Burton

Political scientist, serial entrepreneur, change agent and social critic. Kelly Burton is a modern-day renaissance woman who leads with passion, purpose and vision. She is the founder of Nexus Research Group, a social impact firm that works with foundations and large-scale non-profits to help them catalyze change in local communities. She is also the founder of Bodyology, a tech-based apparel company dedicated to creating clothes for active women on-the-go. Her newest venture is Founders of Color, a digital platform committed to helping minority entrepreneurs grow and scale their businesses. Today, Founders of Color has more than 1,400 users.

In addition to her entrepreneurial endeavors, she is a regular contributor for the HuffPost and serves on several local and national boards. She has two hard-earned degrees, a BA from Clark Atlanta University and a PhD from Emory University, both in Political Science.

 

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Ciara Bush
Customer Experience, #BUILTBYGIRLS

Ciara Bush runs Customer Experience at #BUILTBYGIRLS. Much like the girls she supports, she is a lifelong learner who is excited by the challenge of creating engaging digital experiences for her customers. She has a knack for building empathy and extracting actionable findings for emerging and existing products. Always looking for innovative ways to engage in user-centered research -- she has brought the girls to the front as the only member of the customer experience team. She also plays a mean cowbell and still cannot do a layup (yet).

 

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Susan Bulkeley Butler

Susan Bulkeley Butler is the CEO of The Susan Bulkeley Butler Institute for the Development of Women Leaders, as well as an author, consultant, speaker, and visionary delegate for Vision 2020, a national project focused on advancing gender equality by August 26, 2020. She was also a member of the worldwide board of Junior Achievement and LeaderShape LLC; a member of the Dean's Advisory Council at Purdue's Krannert School of Management; and a member of the National Board of Advisors of Eller College of Management and the School of Science at the University of Arizona. Susan was also the Managing Partner for Accenture’s Office of the CEO. Susan served on Accenture’s Executive Committee, the company’s principal advisory and strategy-setting committee, and as President of the Accenture Foundation. Susan is a former member of Purdue's Board of Trustees and the National Board of the Girl Scouts of the USA. For more information, visit www.sbbinstitute.org.

 

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Kimberly Bryant
Founder, Black Girls Code

While studying electrical engineering at Vanderbilt University in the ’80s, Kimberly Bryant knew she had what it took to excel, but she was one of the program’s few women—and even fewer women of color—which was isolating. And the numbers didn’t improve once she entered the workforce. “My grit and stubbornness got me through,” she says, “but it shouldn’t have to all be on the individual.”  In 2010, she sent her middle-school–age daughter, Kai, to a tech-focused summer program at Stanford University. Kai loved it, but she was one of just a handful of girls, and the only student of color. “We hadn’t yet had a conversation about tech and diversity, but she noticed,” says Bryant, who soon afterward left her job as a senior project manager at biotech firm Genentech and launched the nonprofit Black Girls CODE, which offers workshops, hackathons, and summer camps to girls of color from ages 7 to 17—about 6,000 so far—with 12 chapters across the U.S. The oldest girls involved are just starting college, but it’s already had an impact.

 

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Barbara Pierce Bush
Humanitarian and Co-founder and President, Global Health Corps.

Barbara Bush is CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps, an organization that mobilizes a global community of young leaders to build the movement for health equity. Since 2009, Global Health Corps has placed 450 young leaders from sixteen countries to work with non-profit and government health organizations like Partners In Health and the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia and the United States. Before joining GHC, Bush worked in Educational Programming at the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, where she supported design thinking programs for high school students and faculty across the US. She has worked for Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Capetown, South Africa and interned for UNICEF in Botswana. She has traveled with the UN World Food Programme, focusing on the importance of nutrition. Bush is a member of UNICEF’s Next Generation Steering Committee, and is on the Board of Directors of Covenant House International, PSI, Friends of the Global Fight for AIDS, TB and Malaria, and the UN’s Social Entrepreneurship Council. She is a Draper Richards Foundation Social Entrepreneur, a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper and a fellow of the Echoing Green Foundation. Bush was named one of Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year in 2011, one of Newsweek’s Women of Impact in 2013, and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in 2015. Bush graduated from Yale University with a degree in Humanities in 2004.

 

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Diane Cahill
Director of Operations, Office of Global Affairs, Ohio State University

Diane Cahill has been at OHIO since 2009 and has held a leadership role in the Office of Global Affairs and International Studies since 2011. With ISFS (International Student and Faculty Services), her focus is on the relationships with the University community and the global stakeholders of ISFS in support of our international students' and scholars' success at OHIO. Diane also serves as the Director of Operations for the Office of Global Affairs.

 

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Caroline Carlton
2017 National Young Woman of Distinction, Girl Scouts of Citrus Council

For Caroline’s Give Back, Take Off project, she created and established a charitable organization titled the Orlando International Airport’s Charitable Foundation in order to fuse the relationship between travelers and the local community. The organization places coin collection bins throughout the airport terminals to collect passengers’ unwanted and extra change for the benefit of local charities. The bins promote local charities selected on a quarterly basis and donates the funds back into community. For her first quarter she selected the Foundation for Foster Care as a recipient of the funds collected. In order to get this project up and running, Caroline worked with the chairman and board of the Orlando International Airport.

 

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Melinda Caroll

Melinda Caroll of Kula, Maui, is the Youth Education Coordinator for Malamalama Maui, a 2-year Place Grant from ArtPlace America and Founder & Artistic Director of the When We Shine Network, an Arts Advocacy that promotes Arts Education and Community Bridge-building Engagement.

She is a professional Singer/Song-writer, National Song-leader for Girl Scouts of the USA, a 5-Rhythms Dance teacher, a Mother, a Grandmother and fearless collaborator with children.

Melinda has written, recorded and produced 28+ albums, numerous singles and composed numerous songs and the music for TV and film as well as published 14 songbooks of children’s music. She has performed in hundreds of concerts and created and facilitated numerous International song-writing and song leading workshops for Girl Scouts of the USA, Girl’s Inc. and the Global Women’s Organization, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

Melinda brings creativity, inspiration, imagination and passion to the art of singing, original song-writing and storytelling and loves sharing her gifts and experience with children and adults world-wide.

As a Hawai’i resident and life-long Hawaiian Cultural and Music student, Melinda believes in THE ARTS as a catalyst for positive social and environmental change and an empowerment tool for building healthy communities. For More, go to www.MelindaCarollMusic.com

 

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Julie Carrier

Seen on NBC’s Today Show and in the New York Times and Boston Globe, Julie Carrier is a trusted authority on leadership development and confidence for girls and young women, recognized as “America’s #1 Speaker for Girls.” This proud Lifetime Girl Scout is also the #1 National Bestselling author of Girls Lead and the award-winning book on mind/body/self-esteem, BeYOUtiful, which launched at the National Girl Scout Leadership Institute. This Emmy-Nominee has also reached millions on national TV as a girls’ success coach featured on MTV’s positive goal-setting show, MADE. As the CEO of Girls Lead Interactive, Julie is leading a movement to help “empower those who empower girls and empower girls to empower themselves.” She supports the world’s leading girl-serving organizations including the United Nations Foundation, Girl Scouts, and hundreds of other organizations, schools and Girl Scout Councils through innovative, fun and neuroscience-based leadership keynotes, seminars, curricula and best-practice program consulting. She is also a former Senior Management Consultant in Leadership Development for the Pentagon specializing in neuroscience-based leadership education and an award-winning speaker who has reached over a million girls, young women, and those who care about them, world-wide. Learn more at: www.topspeakerforgirls.com

 

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Casey and Tak

Casey and Tak are lifetime members of GSUSA; serving Girl Scouts of Ohio's Heartland as Facilitators for Adult Training and many Outdoor Programs for girls. They have also had the opportunity to be Seasonal National Park Rangers for 10 years. Casey is a 30 year retired teacher of High School Spanish, English and P.E.  Tak taught Elementary Art for 30 years. Now they have time to be volunteers in many ways (living history programs for Malabar Farm State Park in Ohio, stocking shelves at the local food pantry, organizing library book sales, and many liturgical ministries at their church,)  As professed Secular Franciscans they have taken a special interest in teaching others about the need to care for our common home - the Earth.  Casey and Tak love to travel.  They have had the opportunity to visit all 50 states in the U.S., and much of Western and Eastern Europe, Asia and Central America.  Those vacations included visits to 3 of the 4 World Centers of WAGGGS: Pax Lodge, Nuestra Cabana, and Our Chalet.

 

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Darlene Cavalier
SciStarter Founder and Professor of Practice at Arizona State University Center for Engagement and Training

Darlene Cavalier is a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University’s Center for Engagement and Training, part of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. Ms. Cavalier is the founder of SciStarter, an online platform for identifying, supporting, and participating in citizen science opportunities. She is also the founder of Science Cheerleader, an organization of more than 300 current and former professional cheerleaders pursuing STEM careers, and a cofounder of ECAST: Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology, a network of universities, science centers, and think tanks that produces public deliberations to enhance science policymaking. She is a founding Board Member of the Citizen Science Association, a senior advisor at Discover Magazine, and a member of the Environmental Protection Agency's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology. She is the author of The Science of Cheerleading and co-editor of The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science, published by Arizona State University. Ms. Cavalier holds a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, she was appointed to the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Citizen Science.

 

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Judy Cavalieri
Vice President, General Manager PA/ OH, AT&T

Judy Cavalieri was named Vice President & General Manager, AT&T Ohio/Pennsylvania Market, on April 1, 2016. In this role, Ms. Cavalieri oversees the sales and operations for more than 2,500 employees, 182 AT&T Retail locations, over 250 National Retail partners and 320 Authorized Retail locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, southern New Jersey, and parts of West Virginia and Kentucky.

In her previous role, Ms. Cavalieri led marketing direction, development, execution and lifecycle management across AT&T Mobility’s Voice and Prepaid portfolio of products and services.  She also held P&L responsibility for a multi-billion dollar product portfolio that included Wireless Voice Services, Mobile Protection Services, International Dialing and Roaming, and the prepaid business, GoPhone.  In 2003, Ms. Cavalieri led the launch of AT&T Wireless GoPhone and their prepaid business as Vice President, Emerging Products at AT&T Wireless Services.

Beginning her telecommunications career 29 years ago as a Marketing Manager at AT&T, Judy has held positions in Sales, AT&T Bell Labs, Marketing, eComm and International.

Ms. Cavalieri earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from Rutgers Graduate School of Management.  She is married and has 4 children.

 

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Mike Cavanaugh
Vice President of EK Franchising Company

Mike Cavanaugh is the Vice President of EK Franchising Company. Started by Dori Roberts in 2009, Engineering for Kids® has reached thousands of children all over the world. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology Education in 2009, a Master of Education degree in The Integration of Technology in Education in 2013, and a Graduate Certificate in Franchise Management from Georgetown University in 2014.
 
Mike began his career as a Video Productions/Graphic Communications teacher at a local high school in Virginia. While teaching at this school, Mike met Dori Roberts, CEO and Owner of Engineering For Kids®. Dori was the advisor for their school’s Technology Student Association and soon asked Mike if he would be interested in co-advising. They began working together with their students and went on to win many awards at state and National competitions.
 
Previously, Mike has worked with several small businesses and non-profit organizations as their lead marketing director. He has a passion in the art of Videography and digital communications and uses advanced technological tools to market companies and organizations.
 
Mike began working for Engineering for Kids® in the winter of 2010 helping with print media, local marketing/advertising, curriculum development and teaching. In 2012, he joined Engineering for Kids® franchising company full time and assisted Engineering For Kids® franchisees with marketing and advertising support. As Vice President, Mike continues to work directly with franchisees while overseeing the growth of the Engineering For Kids brand. Engineering for Kids® offers summer camps, birthday parties, after-school programs, and evening classes and now has 166 locations worldwide.

 

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Sara Chipps
CEO of Jewelbots

Sara Chipps is a JavaScript developer based in NYC. She has been working on Software and the Open Source Community since 2001. She’s been obsessed with hardware and part of http://Nodebots.com since 2012.

She is the CEO of http://Jewelbots.com, a company dedicated towards drastically changing the number of girls entering STEM fields using hardware.

She was formerly the CTO of http://FlatironSchool.com, a school dedicated to teaching people of all ages how to build software and launch careers as software developers.

In 2010 she cofounded Girl Develop It, a non-profit focused on helping more women become software developers. Girl Develop It is in 45 cities, and has taught over 17,000 women how to build software.

 

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Roddy Chong

Roddy Chong is a remarkably accomplished Asian American violinist and speaker known for his high-energy performances with many of the music industry's most recognized acts.  He is considered to be one of the world’s premier violinists.  For a season, Roddy toured with Shania Twain and Celine Dion at the same time.  He has performed for audiences around the world, including the President of the United States, the Queen of England, the Pope, Oprah and countless other notable figures.

In the pursuit for accelerated life performance, purpose, and a mission to help others push the boundaries of potential. Leveraging a long personal history of "beating the odds," Roddy’s early career exposed him to the real meaning of determination.  Typical rock bands weren’t posting jobs for Chinese violin players and country music acts weren't exactly recruiting either.  Yet, Roddy pushed.  He continued pushing.  As he climbed over each hurdle, he soon found himself realizing that his unique presence was, in fact, a selling point.  However, simply getting bands to allow him to audition required perseverance—constant communication to let them know he was passionate about the project—and a dedication to mastery.  Roddy knew that when he played the violin, it had to be the only performance they would remember. 

As Roddy's music career progressed, so did opportunities for him to share the lessons he had learned along the way.  He not only found himself performing on stages with legendary musicians and in front of international audiences, but he also became a sought-after speaker.  His high-energy performance style, scrappy "job-seeking" abilities, and straightforward "show them that you want it" attitude that won him favor in the music industry soon caught the attention of corporate America.

 

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Aidan Chopra
Chief Creative Officer, Bitsbox

Aidan Chopra is Chief Creative Officer and a co-founder at Bitsbox. He was formerly a global product evangelist at Google and wrote Google SketchUp For Dummies. Aidan co-founded Bitsbox in 2014 with the idea that the best way to teach coding is to encourage independent exploration and experimentation. As a new coder himself, Aidan is proud to be helping kids—and their parents and teachers—discover the magic of bringing their ideas to life with code. At Bitsbox, Aidan can be found doing everything from designing materials to giving talks and teaching workshops. He is the father of two young sons, neither of whom are programmers—yet.

 

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Anne Chow
President, National Business , AT&T Business Solutions

As President - National Business, Anne Chow leads over 6,500 business professionals accountable for small and mid-sized business customers across the US through direct and indirect channels. Anne and her team are responsible for AT&T’s full suite of solutions and end-to-end customer experience serving this vital market segment. She also owns the P&L, covering ~$15B in revenues and ~95% of AT&T’s business customers. With over 25 years in the industry, Anne has led many diverse organizations through major transformations, successfully developing and executing innovative growth strategies. She’s passionate about education, diversity and inclusion, advancing women in technology and next generation leaders.

Anne’s career journey has entailed various leadership positions spanning engineering, sales and sales operations, marketing, customer care, international operations, product management and strategic planning. Anne is known for building and cultivating world class teams, developing role model leaders, and having a passion for excellence with customers and constituents alike.

A founding member of AT&T University’s governing board supporting the company’s leadership development imperative, she’s also active in many of AT&T’s Employee Resource Groups and Employee Networks worldwide. Anne serves as the executive sponsor AT&T’s Women of Business Employee Network and Asia Pacific Women’s Organization. Each week, Anne coaches, mentors and inspires thousands of readers through her internal blog which has been voted “best blog” across the company for the past six years.

Anne’s impact extends beyond business to the community at large. She currently serves as vice chair of the board of directors for the Asian American Justice Center and as a member of the National Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of the USA. She is an active supporter of Girls Who Code and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. She is also a member of the Committee of 100 and Cornell University’s President’s Council of Cornell Women. In 2016, she joined the board of directors for Franklin Covey Co (NYSE: FC).

Her diverse contributions to business and the community are widely recognized. Her accolades are many – the YWCA-NYC Academy of Women Leaders, Chinese Institute of Engineers’ Distinguished Service Award, Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business — among numerous others. She was awarded Corporate Woman of the Year by the Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corporation, Stevie Awards Mentor Coach of the Year – Business (Bronze), and named to Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching.

Anne holds a master’s degree in business administration with distinction from The Johnson School at Cornell University, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree and Masters of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell. She also graduated from the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. Anne lives in Dallas with her husband, two daughters, and their rescued Australian Shepherd.

 

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Keshia Clarke
Professional-Applications Developer, AT&T Technology Development, AT&T

Keshia is a member of the Capabilities Evolution Tools team within the Technology Development organization. She is helping launch the new release of the internal chat client.

Keshia graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA in 2008. She continued her higher education by completing her Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Boston University in 2012.

Keshia started at AT&T in the Technology Development Program in February of 2013. She completed the 18 month program and advanced into the Flex Force organization in August 2014. During her time at AT&T, she has been working in various Developer and Business roles throughout the Technology Development organization. Keshia first worked on the Big Data initiative, coding ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) processes. Specifically, she converted Teradata files into loadable data for the Hadoop file system. She later worked on the Mobile First initiative for the ATNO Gateway project team, as Lead Developer, redesigning web development projects, making sites responsive for all mobile platforms.

In exploring her passion for both business and technology, Keshia moved on to work with the Capabilities Evolution Culture Team, a strategic initiative focused on transforming 60,000 employees to be mentally & skillfully prepared for 2020. Currently, Keshia is focused on Mobile & Web Development for the refactoring, rebuild, and redesign of the Q chat client internally to AT&T.

 

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Chelsea Clinton
Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

Chelsea Clinton works to drive the vision and programmatic objectives of the Clinton Foundation.  As vice chair, Chelsea works alongside the Foundation’s leadership and partners to help create greater opportunities for people to build better futures for themselves, their families, and their communities. Chelsea is a tireless advocate for expanding access to early childhood education, improving the health and well-being of Americans across the country, providing the next generation of young leaders with the resources they need to turn their ideas into action, and ensuring the empowerment of girls and women is a cross-cutting priority across all of the Foundation’s programs and initiatives.

Chelsea also serves on the board of the Clinton Foundation’s affiliated Clinton Health Access Initiative – which works to expand access to lifesaving HIV/AIDS medications and services in the developing world, as well as on the board of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation – a partnership between the Clinton Foundation and American Heart Association, which works to empower kids to develop lifelong healthy habits around food and physical activity.

Chelsea currently teaches at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and previously worked at McKinsey & Company and Avenue Capital. In addition, Chelsea serves on the boards of the School of American Ballet, the Africa Center, IAC, Expedia, Clover Health, and the Weill Cornell Medical College. She is the co-chair of the Advisory Board of the Of Many Institute at NYU. Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford, a Master of Public Health from Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, and both a Master of Philosophy and a Doctorate in international relations from Oxford University.

Chelsea is co-author with Devi Sridhar of “Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why?” which examines the role of public-private partnerships in combating the spread of infectious diseases like AIDS and reducing pervasive chronic health problems like malnutrition. Chelsea is also the author of “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going” – a book for young readers, ages 10-14 which explores some of the biggest challenges facing our world today and shares inspiring stories of young people who are already making a difference in their own communities and around the globe by tackling them in fun and creative way – and, “She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World” – a picture book that introduces tiny feminists, mini activists, and little kids who are ready to take on the world to thirteen inspirational women who never took no for an answer, and who always, inevitably and without fail, persisted.

She lives with her husband Marc, their daughter Charlotte, and their son Aidan in New York City.

 

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Claire Coder
Founder & CEO, Aunt Flow

Claire Coder is the 20-year-old founder and CEO of Aunt Flow. Committed to ensuring everyone has access to menstrual products, Aunt Flow supplies businesses with their 100% organic cotton, non-applicator tampons. Coder starred on TLC's Girl Starter, has been featured in Forbes, TeenVogue, and named Columbus's youngest 40Under40. When she is not talking about menstruation, you can find her teaching cardio fitness, jamming out to Macklemore, and pretending like she knows how to do international business. 

 

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Shelley Cohen
CEO of Alpha Solar Group

She brings to Alpha Solar Group 17 years of hands on renewable energy and energy efficiency project development experience.  Shelley is a respected solar industry professional, who has developed close to 20 MWs of renewable energy, including solar projects in DE and DC while working as a Senior Project Developer at Ameresco.  She has expertise working with clients to assess needs, design project options, and bring projects on-line.  Prior to working at Ameresco, she worked for the EPA promoting renewable energy, at the White House on sustainable development, and on Capitol Hill.  She currently serves on the boards of MDV-SEIA, NWF, and was recently accepted as one of the 2015 recipients of the Women’s Leadership Fellow at the Impact Center.  Shelley has a 12kw solar system no her home, and regularly gives tours and provides information on solar.  She spends as much of her free time as possible, out doors, with her family.

 

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Sasha Cohen

Sasha Cohen is an icon in the sport of figure skating but also holds worldwide influence in other realms. Sasha is a two time Olympian and Olympic silver medalist, three-time World medalist, 2002 Grand Prix Final champion and the 2006 U.S. champion. Last year, Sasha was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.  In 2002 she performed at the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II to celebrate the Queen of England’s 50-year reign. Sasha took a four-year break after the 2006 Olympics to pursue other opportunities, including skating tours, modeling and acting. During her competitive hiatus, Sasha studied for a semester with the intensive Moscow Art Theater at Harvard University, guest starred and made appearances on Project Runway, Hell’s Kitchen, Las Vegas, CSI New York, Blades of Glory, and Moondance Alexander. Following her competitive career Sasha worked as an “Inside Edition” correspondent at the Academy Awards, an Olympic Analyst for Good Morning America and Yahoo Sports, and a speaker at Columbia University's TEDx conference. In 2016, Sasha graduated Magna Cume Laude from Columbia University with a degree in Political Science. Sasha currently lives in NYC and works in Investment Management. 

 

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Columbus Zoo

The Columbus Zoo opened in 1927 with a small collection of animals that were donated by the Wolfe family, owners of the Columbus Dispatch newspaper. The Animal Programs department started back in 1985 to assist up and coming star Jack Hanna. Today they travel the country and the state of Ohio connecting people to wildlife. It is their hope that these up close and hands on interactions will encourage people to protect the many amazing creatures that roam this earth.

 

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Dubis Correal
Acting Deputy Assistant Director of the Office of Financial Education, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

Dubis Correal joined CFPB in November 2011. Dubis is currently the Acting Deputy Assistant Director in the Office of Financial Education within the CFPB’s Consumer Education and Engagement Division. Prior to joining, she was the Director of the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Financial Education. In this capacity, Dubis was responsible for developing and implementing financial education policy and programs. She was also responsible for managing the Financial Literacy and Education Commission, a statutorily created Commission, and both the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, established by President Obama, and the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, established by President Bush. Prior to that, she worked at the Treasury’s Bureau of the Public Debt as an area manager promoting Treasury securities in New York and Puerto Rico. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a master’s in Public Administration.

 

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Tanny Crane

Tanny Crane is President and C.E.O. of Crane Group. Crane Group, a 70-year-old, privately-held diversified portfolio company, is comprised of five operating businesses as well as an investment company that holds real estate, private equity investments, equities / bond portfolio, and hedge funds.

Ms. Crane received her M.B.A. from Northwestern University and her B.S. from The Ohio State University.  She began her career in sales as a National Account Manager at AT&T in Chicago, then with Quaker Oats where she managed: Aunt Jemima frozen waffles, new cereals, and the Cap’n Crunch cereal brand.  She joined Crane in 1987 as Director of Human Resources, then led the Sales group and became President of Crane Plastics in 1996 and President of Crane Group in 2003.

Ms. Crane is active in the community on a variety of board trustee positions. She serves as a director of Huntington Bancshares, Inc., and is a board member of the following organizations: The Columbus Partnership, OhioHealth, The Ohio State University Foundation, Fisher College advisory board, and Future Ready Columbus.  She is immediate past chair of the I Know I Can board, chairs the Reeb Avenue Center board and serves on the executive committee of the Ohio Business Roundtable.  Ms. Crane served on the governing committee of The Columbus Foundation and was past Board Chair of the United Way of Central Ohio as well as Action for Children.  She also served as 1999 United Way Campaign Chair.

Ms. Crane resides with her husband, John Wolff.  They have four daughters: Kristin, Stephany, Tally and Ali.

 

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Nola-rae Cronan
Director of Middle School, Columbus School for Girls

When it comes to middle school girls, Nola-rae Cronan is and educator, a champion, and an advocate. As the Director of Middle School at Columbus School for Girls, where the mission is to “Empower girls to discover their distinct potential as learners and leaders,” Ms. Cronan is integral in helping students to navigate through a period of their most profound, intellectual and emotional growth since they were toddlers. She also works with faculty to create space and opportunity for this period of self-discovery, while encouraging middle school girls to think big and bold about their own academic ability and career aspirations. Ms. Cronan’s deep experience in middle school education and development, has spurred a passion for the experience of middle school girls and the acknowledging and celebrating their right to explore who they are in relation to the world around them.

 

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Jenna Crosby
Business Analyst, Macy's

Jenna Crosby is a Business Analyst with Macy’s Technology. She studied Visual Communication Technology and Computer Science at Bowling Green State University. As a Business Analyst Jenna is responsible for gathering requirements and documenting complex business needs. This often means creating solutions through communication, teamwork and identifying opportunities for process improvement.  

Jenna volunteers with the Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing and the annual BGSU Firelands STEM event. She enjoys teaching coding principles to seventh and eighth grade girls at the STEM event  - playing with Lego Mindstorms or building and debugging games in Alice is always fun.

Jenna is also a wife and mom who enjoys sewing. She has used her math and engineering skills to sew a variety of bags, quilts and Halloween costumes. For Jenna sewing, coding, or gathering requirements are all fun and challenging puzzles waiting to be solved.

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Susan Daood

Susan enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1984, on her 18th birthday. She served over 22 years in the Marine Corps traveling the world and being stationed in various places, including Japan. While on Active Duty she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Business. After she retired from the Marine Corps she obtained a government contracting job and continued her education by receiving a Masters Certificate in Supply Acquisition.

Susan is the Unit Commander of the Central Ohio Young Marines in Columbus, OH. She also serves as the Regimental Executive Officer of the Ohio Regiment. She also serves as the Chapter President for the Women Marines Association, Chapter OH-3.

She has two grown children and a husband and a Pug named Knox.

 

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Liza Darwin
Clover Letter Co-Founder

Liza Darwin is a co-founder of Clover Letter. Prior to founding Clover, she worked as a writer, editor, and consultant specializing in the digital media space. She served as a regular contributor to publications such as VOGUE, Refinery29, Elle, Vice, Racked, and The Guardian, and held full-time positions at MTV and NYLON (where she served as digital editorial director). She’s consulted for brands such as eBay, Kate Spade, and Quiksilver. Most recently, she was a freelance writer and contributing editor at Sweet, Hearst’s new Snapchat-only platform.

 

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Julie Dawson
Artist

Julie Dawson is a career artist, writer, speaker, designer, and photographer. Her work is based on her extensive intensive travels in 101 countries.  An enthusiastic Girl Scout for 71 years, she has participated in two International Juliette Low Sessions; as a girl at Our Chalet (Switzerland) in 1954 and as the leader at Our Cabana (Mexico) in 1963. Both groups of women have gathered regularly since they met from around the world for special reunions in various parts of the globe. Julie has created her unique Watercolor Kaleidoscopes for GSUSA, Our Cabana, Our Chalet, OB-PS, GSSEM. Find them as prints and on products, telling their special GS stories, in the international marketplace at G.I.R.L. 2017.

 

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JoAnn Deak
PHD Psychologist & Author

JoAnn Deak, Ph.D., has spent more than thirty years as an educator and psychologist, helping children develop into confident and competent adults. The latter half of that period has also focused on working with adults, parents and teachers in their roles as guides or significant ‘brain sculptors’ of children. On her website is a quote that best describes her perspective on her work: “Every interaction a child has, during the course of a day, influences the adult that child will become.”

Dr. Deak began her career as a teacher and head of the science department. She soon learned the complexity of dealing with the many brain and motivational patterns represented by the diverse students in her classes. This led to her work at Kent State University, one of only three universities in the United States to have a specialty in Preventive Psychology at that time. Her doctoral work focused on how to assess those environmental, school and family patterns that lead to the healthy development of children and, conversely, those patterns that cause issues, problems and disabilities.

Dr. Deak has been an advisor to Outward Bound, a past chair of the National Committee for Girls and Women in Independent Schools, on the advisory board for the Center on Research for Girls [Laurel School], for the Seattle Girls’ School, Bromley Brook School, the Red Oak School, The 92nd St. Y, St. Anne’s School in Annapolis and Julia Morgan School. She consults with organizations and schools across the United States. Most recently, she has worked internationally with schools, organizations, associations and parent groups in every continent [except Antarctica!]. 

 

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Laurie Meszaros Dearolf, PhD
Executive Director, The Perry Initiative

Laurie Meszaros Dearolf is an engineer who has worked on projects from tractor design to heterotopic ossification (a really interesting orthopaedic problem where one grows where it is not supposed to grow!). After completing a postdoctoral fellowship, Laurie began working for The Perry Initiative, a national non-profit organization dedicated to building the pipeline of women in engineering and orthopaedics careers, and she currently works as executive director. She is interested in informal science education and tissue engineering and likes to spend her free time running, exploring Pittsburgh with her family, and cooking elaborate Sunday dinners.

 

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Ganeev Dhaliwal

Ganeev is a sophomore in high school who has been associated with Bring Change to Mind a year and a half. Her passion is helping those around her by doing the best she can whether that’s advocating for animal rights, human rights or being eco-friendly. She’s dedicated to spreading positivity through whatever platform she’s given.

 

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Simar Dhaliwal

Simar is a graduated high school student who has been associated with Bring Change to Mind for two years. She was Vice President last year and plays a major role in all the events they organize. Her passion is helping people in any way she can and her goal is erasing the stigma that surrounds mental illness and ensuring that everyone around her is educated about mental health, illness and self-care.

 

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Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff

Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff is the 35th Miss Teen USA and the second young woman from Missouri to with the title.

The Kansas City native graduated from high school a year early to begin her undergraduate studies at the University of Kansas.  Through her civic engagement experiences and passion for policymaking, Sophia is pursuing a degree in Political Science and Ethics with plans to attend law school. Sophia would like to work towards justice for minorities and inspire other women to become strong leaders in politics.

Growing up alongside a close family member with Down syndrome, Sophia saw firsthand the positive effects that consistent and quality care can provide those who are disabled. She has since dedicated her time and efforts to Best Buddies, The Down Syndrome Guild, and Vocational Services, Inc., among other organizations. Sophia’s vigorous ambition to create positive change for people with developmental disabilities led her to work alongside Missouri state legislators to develop policies that can provide these individuals with the best care. In recognition of her research and efforts, Sophia was awarded the Gold Award, the highest achievement within Girl Scouts of the USA. 

Sophia loves all sports and rooting for her hometown team, the Kansas City Chiefs, and now, the JayHawks at KU.

 

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Yvette Donado
Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Diversity Officer, Center for Advocacy and Philanthropy

Yvette Donado oversees human resources, learning and development, facilities, and the Center for Advocacy and Philanthropy — leading a staff of over 300 employees in an organization that employs more than 3,400 people. She also chaired the Council on the Mission, an executive body that worked to ensure the alignment of ETS programs and services with the mission to advance quality and equity in education worldwide. Created by the CEO in 2013, it completed its groundbreaking work in 2015.

Since joining ETS in 2001, she has created a sustainable talent brand, “Learning for Business Results,” to accelerate leadership succession; consistently increased employee engagement as measured by the Employee Commitment Index (exceeding National Employee Study levels); and increased productivity by incorporating enviable benefits, wellness programs and flexibility in policies that foster work-life balance. She also spearheaded ETS’s initiative to address the needs of the nation’s English learners.

Donado is on the board of directors of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement® of New Jersey, United Way® of Mercer County and Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement (HISPA). She is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Pan American Development Foundation, an affiliate of the Organization of American States, and on the faculty of the Student Success Institute of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education.

Donado earned a B.A. in sociology from Queens College in New York, a certificate in labor/employment law and human resources from New York University, a certificate in strategic human resources management and an executive MBA from Harvard University. She completed the Executive Development Program at Wharton Business School and a labor relations/conflict resolution program sponsored by Cornell and Boston Universities. She authored a chapter in The Successful HR Executive: Top Human Resources Professionals on Strategies for Managing Costs, Promoting Profitability, and Knowing the Business (Aspatore Books, 2005).

In 2012, Hispanic Business named Donado as one of the 50 most influential Hispanics. In 2013, LATINA Style selected her as one of the top five Latina executives in the United States; Dallas-based Parents Step Ahead honored Donado for her sustained support; and 100 Hispanic Women gave her its Corporate Partnership award. In 2014, the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce honored her with its Woman of Achievement Award and Latino Justice PRLDEF gave her its Latina Trailblazers Award. In 2016, she received the Smart CEO Brava Award and was inducted into the VIP Women of the Year Circle of the National Association of Female Executives. 

 

Alexis  Donahue
Community Partnerships Associate, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.

Alexis Donahue is the Community Partnerships Associate at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. She’s originally from Columbus, Ohio, and enjoys working out, spending time with friends & family & working at Ronald McDonald House Charities. Her work typically takes her to schools throughout Central Ohio as she works actively on the RMHC Pop Tab program and the Bob-Cat-A-Thon, a dance marathon held in schools.

 

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Ingrid Donato
Chief of the Mental Health Promotion Branch of the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Ingrid Donator, Chief of the Mental Health Promotion Branch of the Center for Mental Health Services at SAMHSA has over twenty years of experience in the mental health field including work in inpatient, outpatient, community, and research settings.  Ms. Donato oversees an extensive portfolio of mental health promotion and mental illness prevention focused grant programs, contracts, technical assistance centers, and national evaluation efforts to support state and local activities to improve the behavior health of children and ensure optimal social-emotional development.  She is also certified Mental Health First Aid instructor and has provided trainings for a number of federal agencies.  Ms. Donato is SAMHSA’s lead for bullying prevention efforts and is a core member of the stopbullying.gov Editorial Board and the Federal Partners for Bullying Prevention.

 

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Gabby Douglas

With three Olympic Gold medals and three World Championship medals under her belt, Gabby Douglas has been the most loved gymnast of this decade. Gabby burst into the hearts and minds of mainstream America in 2012 during the London Olympic Games when she became the first African-American woman to win an Olympic Gold medal in the All-Around Individual event. Since then, Gabby has been one of the most influential female athletes in the world and is continuously at the center of pop culture.

Gabby began her gymnastics career at the early age of six, and by eight, had already won her first major title as the 2004 Virginia State Champion. When Gabby was only 16 years old, she was selected to represent America as a member of the Olympic Women’s Gymnastics team to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics. It was in London where Gabby made her mark by winning the Gold medal in both the Team event and most notably, the All-Around Individual event. Gabby became the first American gymnast to win Gold in both the All-Around Individual and Team competitions at the same Olympics.

After the London Games, Gabby’s stardom took off and she became a teen sensation. Corporations quickly took note of Gabby’s popularity and she signed on as a spokesperson for major blue chip brands including Nike, Capri Sun, Proctor & Gamble, Royal Caribbean, AT&T, Target, McDonald’s and more. She made appearances on The Tonight Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show and was named to Barbara Walters’ list as one of the “10 Most Fascinating People of 2012.” In support of President Barack Obama, she led the Pledge of Allegiance at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, was nominated for an ESPY Award, and was named the 2012 Associated Press “Female Athlete of the Year.”

Gabby has released two New York Times bestselling books titled Raising the Bar and Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith. In 2013, Gabby’s life story was portrayed in the Lifetime Network’s ‘movie of the week’ called The Gabby Douglas Story and in the lead up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, Gabby’s Olympic journey was documented on the Oxygen Network’s reality television show, Douglas Family Gold.

After the London Olympics, Gabby knew she had more to give on the gymnastics floor and decided to do the near impossible - go for another Gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. After overcoming the odds, Gabby successfully made her second Olympic gymnastics team and represented her country once again in the Olympics. There, Gabby won her third Olympic Gold medal in the Team competition and is the only All-Around Olympic Gold medal gymnast, in US history, to return to a second Olympics.

Following the 2016 Games, Gabby continues to be a trailblazer, releasing her own line of lip gloss with Beauty Bakerie, working with the philanthropy Hack Harassment to put an end to cyber bullying, and most recently, launching her signature “Gabby Douglas” Barbie Doll with Mattel.

 

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Tiffany Dufu

Named to Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women, Tiffany Dufu was a launch team member to Lean In and is Chief Leadership Officer to Levo, the fastest growing millennial professional network. Having raised nearly $20 million toward the cause of women and girls, she’s been featured in The New York Times, ESSENCE, O, The Oprah Magazine, and on NPR. She is a consultant to Fortune 500 companies, a sought-after speaker on women’s leadership, and has presented at Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Summit, TEDWomen and MAKERS.

Tiffany is a member of Women's Forum New York and Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc. She is a part of TARA, a sister group of the Belizean Grove focusing on the next generation of global leaders. She serves on the board of Girls Who Code, Simmons College, and is a member of the Board Development Committee for Girls Scouts USA. She earned a BA and an MA in English from the University of Washington.

Tiffany’s book, DROP THE BALL: Achieving More by Doing Less, is a memoir and manifesto that shows women how to cultivate the single skill they really need in order to thrive: the ability to let go. According to foreword contributor Gloria Steinem, DROP THE BALL is “important, path-breaking, intimate and brave.”

 

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Robin Dupont
Senior Manager, Client Services, PayPal

With more than a decade of payments industry experience, Robin Dupont joined the client relations group at PayPal as the SR. Manager of NA Client Services in June of 2012. Since 2014 Robin has worked exclusively with PayPal’s top charities. Her team currently has responsibility for the top 100 charities in the US. In her previous role Robin helped lead Chase Paymentech Solutions as Director of Client Relations. Recognizing the rapid growth rate and consumer demand for payments Robin has specialized in Mobile payments!

 

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Ruthe Farmer
Chief Evangelist for the CSforALL Consortium

Ruthe Farmer has focused her efforts on diversity and inclusion in tech and engineering since 2001 and is currently Chief Evangelist for the CSforAll Consortium. She served as Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy focusing on President Obama’s call to action for Computer Science for All, and previously served as Chief Strategy & Growth Officer and K-12 Alliance Director at the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). Over the course of her career, Ms. Farmer has launched and scaled up multiple national programs including Aspirations in Computing the TECHNOLOchicas campaign for Latinas, AspireIT outreach program, Intel Design & Discovery, Lego Robotics for Girl Scouts and more. She served as the 2012 Chair of Computer Science Education Week, was named a White House Champion of Change for Technology Inclusion in 2013, received the Anita Borg Institute Award for Social Impact in 2014, and the Education UK Alumni Award for Social Impact in 2015. She is a guest contributor for Techcrunch, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, the Shriver Report, and the Huffington Post, and has been featured in Forbes and TechRepublic for her work. Ruthe holds a BA from Lewis & Clark College and an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Oxford Said Business School and is passionate about integrating innovative business strategies into social change efforts.

 

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Planning and Engineering Supervisor, American Electric Power

Gloria was born and raised in Manati, Puerto Rico and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus in 2009. She interned at Microsoft in 2006 and was a CoOp student at American Electric Power in 2008. After graduation, she accepted a full time position with American Electric Power and has held three different positions within the company since then. Initially she started as a Substation Engineer, then moved to an Asset Renewal Engineer role and finally moved to her current role as an Engineering Supervisor in 2015. In between these moves she also obtained an MBA from The Ohio State University (2016). She is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Ohio.

 

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Alice Few
Institutional Analyst for the University of Washington

Like many GS STEM program experts, Alice Few did not start out as a STEM professional. Alice turned many GS learning experiences into the springboard that transformed a lifelong love of the night sky, into her “courage moment,” returning to college to complete her Masters in Astronomy.

Currently, Alice is an Institutional Analyst for the University of Washington, and adjunct faculty at Pierce College.  Alice volunteers for Tacoma Astronomical Society (TAS), The Night Sky Network, and as a volunteer program facilitator for Girl Scouts of Western Washington. Alice takes advantage of her diverse experiences; mixing and matching various techniques when creating learning opportunities, which she shares with her class, audience, Scout Troop, or those just clustered in the dark around her telescope!

Her experiences facilitating and event planning in Girl Scouts helped Alice develop and execute the GSWW “Massive Sky” wider opportunity program a 2-week intensive program in astronomy, aviation, and space exploration. Alice has toted her astronomy equipment to Yosemite National Park to train Park Rangers from across the US in astronomy outreach techniques and she the annual TAS Student program, annual star party, and helps TAS host free public planetarium programs and evening star parties twice a month.

 

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Tanya Fields

Inspired by her experiences as a single working mother living in a marginalized community, Tanya Fields founded the BLK ProjeK in 2009 as a response to sexist institutional policies, structurally reinforced cycles of poverty, and harsh economic inequity. The BLK ProjeK seeks to address food justice and economic development by harnessing the local, good food movement and creating small business and career opportunities for under-served women and youth of color. The group’s work has been covered by the New York Times and Tanya has presented keynote speeches, commencement addresses, and professional conference presentations as a committed social change agent. She has received the "Women Stop Hunger Award" from Sodexo's nonprofit Stop Hunger in Paris, France. Tanya created and stars in Mama Tanya’s Kitchen, a web based cooking and lifestyle show with a strong social media presence.

 

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Sarah Filman
Sarah Filman, Vice President of Education, Code.org

Sarah Filman is the VP of Education at Code.org, and works with the team to deliver curriculum, tools, videos, and professional development in support of Code.org's K-12 computer science courses. Before joining the education team, Sarah was the Product Manager for Code.org's CS Principles course, and helped design and ship App Lab, a new block-to-text JavaScript programming environment, and the Internet Simulator, a tool designed to allow students to solve problems related to Internet communication. Prior to joining Code.org, Sarah was a Senior Program Manager Lead at Microsoft working on OneDrive sharing and storage. While at Microsoft, Sarah was a TEALS (https://www.tealsk12.org/) volunteer at Cleveland High School in Seattle for the '12-'13 school year teaching Intro to CS, and also was a full-time teacher for Girls Who Code's 7-week Summer Immersion Program at the Microsoft campus.

 

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Alice Foeller
Owner, SiteInSight; Leave No Child Inside Central Ohio Collaborative

Alice Foeller is the owner of SiteInSight a web design and marketing company in the Columbus area. She has also: written and designed Web sites, consulted on marketing strategy, taught college journalism, written successful press releases, advised nonprofits on social media and digital strategy, headed the board of a youth development organization, and created and managed a 5K race for charity. Alice has been published in Crain's Modern Healthcare, the Chicago Sun-Times, Columbus Monthly, the Daily Southtown, Chicago Parent, Columbus Parent, Red Streak, and Plastic Surgery News and has won several writing awards, including one for best environmental reporting.

Alice fell in love with the outdoors at summer camp. When called upon to assist in promoting the value of experiences in the natural world, Alice jumped at the chance to help coordinate the first Leave No Child Inside Central Ohio Collaborative Summit.

Following the summit, Alice assisted Jenny Morgan in leading the collaborative that formed in the wake of the first summit. She has since helped establish the organizational structure of the collaborative, worked on technology projects, coordinated legislative efforts, and presented the Leave No Child Inside message to many groups, large and small.

 

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Friends of World Centers

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) has international World Centers located in United Kingdom, Switzerland, Mexico, India, and Africa. They offer a unique combination of self-development, learning and adventure. You can expect to leave with more than you arrived with, including friendships from around the world, knowledge to make a difference, and the skills to lead the way. Visit for the day, stay for a week, or even volunteer for a month! To be part of a World Center experience is to be part of the history of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting and is something every Girl Guide and Girl Scout should feel. Once you’ve been to one, you’ll want to see them all!

To support the World Centers and the work of WAGGGS, the World Foundation established fundraising committees known as Friends Committees: Friends of Our Cabaña USA (Mexico), Friends of Our Chalet USA (Switzerland), Friends of Pax Lodge USA (United Kingdom), Friends of Sangam USA (India) and Friends of WAGGGS USA. Learn how to become a member: http://www.worldfoundationgggs.org

 

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Rocio Gajon
PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Rocio has an unyielding passion to protect the underwater world. As a young girl growing up on the Sea of Cortez, she was surrounded by pristine waters and biodiversity that captured her heart and made her an eternal ambassador for the sea.

When Rocio was 16, she dove the newly established Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park and she knew that her destiny was to become a PADI Scuba Instructor. Her dive buddies were the sons of former fishermen who were becoming PADI Divemasters to help reinvigorate the richness and beauty that was on the brink of demise due to decades of overfishing.

Rocio was exposed to a world she wanted to protect forever, and she knew that she must teach others to dive so that she could inspire them to protect what she so ardently loved. Rocio believes the key to environmental conservation is to teach young adults about the importance and the wonder of the world beneath the waves. A PADI IDC Staff Instructor, Rocio hopes to instill her passion for diving the waters of Mexico and beyond in her students so that they become the next generation of ocean stewards.

 

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Jennifer Gebhart

Jennifer Gebhart is an RYT 200, RYT 500 and E-RYT 200. She received her 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher Certification from Yoga on High in 2003.  She is also an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist, a ChildLight Yoga® Instructor, a Yoga 4 Classrooms® Trainer, Laughter Yoga Leader and a Prenatal Teacher Trainer.  She has been teaching yoga for 15 years to various populations, varying in age and abilities. She teaches prenatal yoga, mom and baby Yoga, children’s yoga, hatha yoga, vinyasa yoga, restorative yoga, yoga to cancer patients and survivors and teaches Urban Zen classes as well as shares Urban Zen Integrative Therapy with hospitalized patients.  She has worked with students with varying abilities including, persons with MS and teens with disabilities as well as seniors.  Jennifer has two teens and understands the stress and challenges teens face today.  She enjoys sharing yoga with them and sees the benefits it offers. She approaches teaching with a sense of curiosity and passion for learning. Jennifer seeks to help people feel better physically, mentally and emotionally through her teaching.

 

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Carrie Goldman

Carrie Goldman is the award-winning author of Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear (Harper Collins).  Bullied has received a National Parenting Publication Award and a Mom’s Choice Award, both at the gold medal level, for excellence in educational skills and tools.  Carrie Goldman and actress Chase Masterson created the Pop Culture Hero Coalition to bring together top bullying prevention groups and celebrities to advocate for change.

Carrie has written for The New York Times, CNN, Psychology Today, Huffington Post, Brain Child Magazine, Adoption.net, Babble, Alternet, and more. She has made appearances on NPR, BBC, MSNBC, CNN Headline News, Fox, HLN, HuffPost Live and Mondays with Marlo, along with countless other media outlets.  In addition to her expertise in bullying dynamics, Carrie writes one of the nation’s premier adoption blogs, Portrait of an Adoption, which has followers in more than 45 countries. Her acclaimed children’s chapter book, Jazzy’s Quest: Adopted and Amazing, came out in June of 2015, and the sequel, Jazzy’s Quest: What Matters Most, came out in November of 2016.

She travels around the country giving keynote addresses and running workshops for companies, universities, schools and community groups about a variety of issues such as relational aggression and social conflict; digital citizenship; restorative justice; the sexualization of girls and women; the cultural effects of gender-based marketing; ethical adoption; raising adopted children, and the changing nature of adoption.

Carrie received her B.S. from Northwestern University and her M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management. She lives in Illinois with her husband and three daughters.

 

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Communications Manager, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio

Steph Greegor is the Communications Manager at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. She’s originally from Jacksonville, North Carolina, and moved to Columbus nine years ago with her daughter, Kerrigan, a high school freshman. She enjoys doing community 5K’s, making movies & helping families. She handles anything and everything digital at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House, including video and social media, as well as working with the local media, sending out press releases, and helping reporters with stories.

 

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Meghan Groome

Dr. Meghan Groome is the founding Senior Vice President of Education at the New York Academy of Sciences which includes programs for primary, secondary and post-graduate students. Dr. Groome is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry and the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on numerous National Science Foundation Grants. Dr. Groome joined the Academy in July of 2010 after spending almost three years at the American Museum of Natural History in the Government Relations and Education Departments. Previous to her work at AMNH, Dr. Groome was a Senior Policy Analyst with the National Governors Association.  Dr. Groome completed her PhD at Teachers College Columbia University in Science Education and was a 2012 International Education Policy Fellow in China for the Institute for Educational Leadership.  Dr. Groome graduated from The Colorado College in 2000 with a major in biology and theater and is a certified science teacher with experience teaching PreK through Graduate school.

 

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GSGATL's Council's Own Mechanical Engineering Badge

GSGATL Engineers

Engineers from the GSGATL Engineering Badge booth have a passion for both engineering and Girl Scouts. They helped develop the GSGATL Council’s Own Mechanical Engineering badge for Junior Girl Scouts. Laura Jacobson is a supply chain planning consultant with an Industrial Engineering Degree from Georgia Institute of Technology.  She earned her Gold Award and has continued her community outreach with church, Science Olympiad and Girl Scouts. Morgan Stewart is a mechanical engineer specializing in the design of industrial packaging and automation equipment.  She completed her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at MIT.  Morgan continues her outreach efforts working with FIRST robotics teams, Girl Scouts, and local maker communities. Kathy Jacobson has an engineering degree from UCLA and specialized in manufacturing and affordability in the early design phases of a program.  She was a Girl Scout leader for thirteen years, earned her “First Class” award as a youth, and is involved with developing STEM opportunities for girls in her Girl Scout council. Kathy also volunteers with Science Olympiad, church, and the ASME Design Division.

 

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Anne Guiltinan

Anne "Buckeye" Guiltinan joined Girl Scouts as a Brownie in 1960, and earned her First Class award as a Senior Scout in Medina, Ohio in 1971.  Anne then moved west and spent five of the best summers of her life as a counselor and assistant camp director at Camp Joe Scherman, in the mountains of Southern California . 

 In 2013, the 45th staff reunion for Camp Scherman marked a joyful return for Anne, to her beloved camp and to song writing.  Anne wrote “Scherman Song” in 1973, and in recent years has written several new campfire songs which are sung in the Girl Scout world, including “These Are The Days”  and most recently, “High Desert Lullaby”.   She has volunteered as a sessional staff member at Camp Scherman for the last 5 summers, and is committed to the goal of inspiring and supporting the tradition of campfire singing within Girl Scouting.

 Anne is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and has worked as a psychotherapist and researcher for the past 32 years. She sang in choirs through college, performed in an a cappella group for 10 years, and is a lifelong lover of campfire singing.

 

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Lieutenant JG Kellie Hall
US Navy

When Lieutenant JG Kellie Hall made the decision to go to the Naval Academy, she knew she was entering seemingly male-driven world, with the odds stacked against her. At 5’2” and under 100 pounds, she felt the need to prove herself. Using her powerful individuality, she overcame countless challenges, and conquered every hurdle in her path. It’s that same individuality that has given her the confidence and wherewithal to compete in the Miss Ohio pageant, build a prominent photography career, and take on the world of professional modeling—all while excelling as an officer in the US Navy. 

 

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Nancy Hall
Research Scientist/Aerospace Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center

Nancy Rabel Hall is both a research scientist and project manager working in the International Space Station (ISS) and Human Health Office at the NASA Glenn Research Center. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Space Sciences from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL in 1989 and a Masters of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo in Ohio in 2001. She has been at NASA Glenn for 27 years. Currently, she is the project manager for the Fluids & Combustion Facility, a set of two ISS research facilities designed to support physical and biological experiments in support of technology development in space. Prior to that position, she managed several ISS experiments that were studying the behaviour of liquid crystals, two phase flow, flow boiling and condensation systems and how these fluids and systems behave differently in microgravity as compared to here on Earth. She is the author of several scientific papers and a contributing author to the book “Frontiers of Propulsion Science”. She is a Girl Scout Troop leader, amateur radio operator, enjoys playing golf, and reading science fiction and fantasy books.

 

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Jennifer Hanley
Vice President of Legal and Policy for the Family Online Safety Institute

Hanley is the Vice President of Legal and Policy for the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI).  She directs FOSI’s government outreach and policy strategy. Jennifer helps FOSI build relationships with government officials as well as external partnerships and advises leading technology companies on best practices, policy developments, and emerging issues around online safety. She implements FOSI’s global projects and initiatives and manages the Washington, D.C. staff team.  She also leads FOSI’s research work.

Jennifer develops policy positions on Internet safety issues including privacy, online harassment and cyberbullying, sexting, controversial content, student data privacy, encouraging positive online content for kids, connected toys, the Internet of Things and federal and state legislation and regulations.  Jennifer also represents FOSI on panels and in the press.
 
Jennifer is a magna cum laude graduate of the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, where she served as a Vice Chancellor on the CUA Moot Court Board and as the Vice President of the Communications Law Students Association. She had internships with FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, EchoStar, Comcast, and the U.S. Department of Education. Jennifer graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from the George Washington University where she studied Political Science.

 

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Pamela Harman
Program Manager, SETI Institute

Originally trained in civil engineering, Pamela Harman is now helping build better opportunities for the next generation of scientists and engineers. Her career path began in municipal construction project management. After teaching high school math and science, her work at the SETI Institute began with a high school astrobiology curriculum development project.  She has managed NASA funded education and outreach projects, and led hundreds of workshops for educators and students.

 

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Suzanne Harper
Senior Director, National STEM Strategy, Girl Scouts of the USA

Suzanne Harper is the Senior Director, National STEM Strategy, for Girl Scouts of the USA. She is responsible for developing and implementing the national STEM strategy. She oversees the development of STEM program through content partnerships with organizations such as Code.org, Girls Who Code, The New York Academy of Sciences, SciStarter, The Society of Women Engineers, and Design Squad Global.

Previously, she oversaw the development of Girl Scouts’ print and digital program resources, including Digital Cookie’s entrepreneurship program, a refreshed badge program, and grant-funded projects such as Imagine Your STEM Future, an eight-week series for high school girls.

Before joining GSUSA, she worked in media directed at youth. She started her career at Whittle Communications, where she edited magazines for high school and college students. More recently, she was editor-in-chief of Disney Adventures, a magazine for tweens. She has also published many fiction and non-fiction books for tweens and teens.

Suzanne earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and English from the University of Texas-Austin and a master’s degree in professional writing from the University of Southern California.

 

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Kathleen Hassan
The Teen Confidence Coach

Imagine a world of confident girls and powerful women who love and accept themselves - just the way they are. That’s Kathleen Hassan’s vision and mission; inspiring a new generation of confident young women and changing the way girls think about themselves and the world.

A nationally recognized speaker, author & confidence coach, Kathleen Hassan is on a mission to inspire a new generation of confident young women who love and accept themselves- just the way they are. She is the creator of the Girls Voices Self-Esteem Curriculum, and a new social emotional curriculum designed specifically for the Girl Scouts called Buried Treasure: A Girl’s Guide to Inner Strength and Confidence. Hassan has co-authored three books; Square Peg Round Hole, a body image book for pre-teen girls about fitting in and standing out, The Burning Heart of a Difference Maker and an anthology book for writers entitled Life by Heart. Kathleen’s soon to be published book, The 9 Lives of Kat, is a raw, coming-of-age novel for teen girls that explores a girl’s quest for love, acceptance and purpose amidst a life-time of abandonment, trauma and bad decisions.

 From troubled teen to teen mentor, having worked in the field of female empowerment for nearly two decades, Kathleen now gives back to other at risk girls. Kathleen is currently enrolled in Life Ministry Training and is developing a faith-based curriculum for girls rescued from human trafficking called Break Every Chain. Her message of faith, self-worth, and transformation comes from her own real-life experiences and those hard-earned lessons have become the tools to help young women find their voice and authentic power within. For more information visit her website at www.KathleenHassan.com.

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Page Harrington
President, Page Harrington & Company, LCC

Page Harrington is a consulting historian and cultural resource strategist specializing in early 20th century women’s history and non-profit strategy and management as President of Page Harrington & Company, LLC.  As the former Executive Director of the National Woman’s Party at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, she successfully shepherded a three-year campaign for national monument designation of the house in 2016, requiring coordination between the National Park Service, the Department of the Interior, the White House and members of Congress. She is Founding Co-Chair of the Women’s History Affinity Group Advisory Committee for the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), and serves as a peer reviewer in the Museum Assessment Program of the American Alliance of Museums. Harrington, who holds two Master’s degrees from the University of San Diego, in Public History and Non-Profit Management & Leadership respectively, presents regularly at conferences and advises museums on creative and practical methods to integrate women’s history into existing museum interpretation. She is currently writing several articles on the centennial of suffrage and is the senior content editor of “Finding a Voice: Women’s Fight for Equality in the United States,” a series of education books on women’s history.

 

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Yona Harvey
Author, Hemming the Water
Co-Writing Marvel’s Black Panther and The Crew

Yona Harvey is the author of Hemming the Water, winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award in poetry. Her poems and essays have been anthologized in The Force of What’s Possible: Accessibility and the Avant-Garde and Writing Away the Stigma: Ten Courageous Writers Tell True Stories About Depression, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, OCD, PTSD & more.  She contributed to Marvel's World of Wakanda, a companion series to the bestselling comic Black Panther and is currently co-writing Marvel's Black Panther and The Crew.  She is the inaugural winner of the Lucille Clifton Legacy Award in poetry from St. Mary's College of Maryland. 

 

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Kirsten Henning
Coaching, Training, Communications

Funny Girls is an after school curriculum for girls in grades 3-8 using improv as a leadership tool developed by Harnisch Foundation. The progressive arc of the 11-class curriculum teaches leadership through the methodology of improv. Improv provides a space for girls to explore their feelings, to take bold risks, and to celebrate their own unique contributions. By combining this with the teaching of leadership skills — self-awareness, resiliency, collaboration, empathy, and agility— girls embark in translating the risks they take in improv to understanding their capacity to contribute and lead in their day-to-day lives. The Funny Girls breakout sessions are taught by lifetime Girl Scout and Gold Award recipient, Kirsten Henning. Kirsten holds more than 15 years of experience in strategic storytelling, individual coaching, and leadership training. From Fortune 500 CEOs to Mary J. Blige to students who survived the great tsunami in Japan, Kirsten thrives on working with a range of people and high-pressure situations. Her work includes projects with Major League Baseball, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Sealaska, Nisqually Indian Tribe, the Clinton Foundation, and Dartmouth College. Kirsten is based in NYC and is a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University.

 

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Sue Hetrick
Executive Director of The Center for Disability Empowerment

CDE provides support and resources to enable people with disabilities of any age with any disability to meet their individual goals for living, learning, worshiping, and playing alongside people who do not have disabilities.  Sue has been an advocate and activist in the disability community for more than 20 years. She has been honored with several national advocacy awards and has served on numerous disability-related coalitions and groups on the local, state and national levels. Sue received a Master's degree in Special Education from Bowling Green State University. She is the parent of an adult son who has Down Syndrome.

 

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Alice  Hockenbury
Vice President of the Public Policy and Advocacy office, Girl Scouts of the USA

Alice Hockenbury is the Vice President of the Public Policy and Advocacy office of Girl Scouts of the USA in Washington, DC.  She is responsible for building strategic relationships with the White House, Executive Branch Agencies and Members of Congress to advance the Girl Scout Legislative Agenda and position Girl Scouts as the thought leader and voice for girls.  In her position she also works to develop and expand advocacy across the Girl Scout Movement and supports Girl Scout councils position themselves as a leading expert on issues that impact girls and Girl Scouts to include- STEM, Financial Literacy, Healthy Living, and Outdoors. 

Prior to Girl Scouts, Alice worked at the headquarters of the American Red Cross where she oversaw the Government Relations office and directed state government relations and grassroots advocacy.  Alice is proud of her work at the Red Cross in partnering with state and local governments in responding to disasters from the September 11th terrorist attacks to Hurricane Katrina.

Alice received a BA from Mary Baldwin University and earned a Master of Arts and Liberal Studies from Georgetown University. She also completed the Women and Power Leadership Development Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

 

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Kate Hodges
Co-owner, Foraged & Sown

Kate Hodges is co-owner of Foraged & Sown, a culinary herb and berry farm in the North Linden neighborhood of Columbus. As farmer, you'll find her building perennial systems and carefully harvesting to ensure plant vigor. As forager, you'll find her traversing different terrains in search of greens, berries, nuts and roots.

She has been gardening her whole life and foraging for much of it, always in search of new flavors to share. As a wild foods educator and forager, she aims to bring the experience of the broad world of wild flavors to others. 

 

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Kristi Hoffman, M.S.
Host/Producer - Business 360 with Kristi Hoffman

Kristi Hoffman, M.S. is an award-winning television host and producer who created the first PBS television segment of its kind featuring new technologies, Fortune 500 executives, and fast-emerging companies. Today, Hoffman is host and producer of "Business 360 with Kristi Hoffman,” which emphasizes leadership, entrepreneurship, and business innovation.  She is a national keynote speaker, thought leader, and CEO of Total Package Global, a leading professional and personal development corporation. Hoffman is passionate about teen and pre-teen confidence and esteem development, as well as emphasizing a fit and healthy lifestyle.  Her book, "Total Package Girl: Discover the Ultimate You for Life,” has reached the top ten on Amazon’s Teen Social Issues (Being a Teen) charts.  Kristi is the founder of the Total Package Girl brand and a 24-year volunteer of Girls Scouts of the USA at both national and local levels.  She has been featured in Chicago Women Magazine, Ms. Career Girl Magazine, Role Model Magazine, and A Better Me Magazine. An Ohio girl, Kristi received her undergraduate degree from The University of Toledo and a Master of Science degree from Boston University.

 

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Debbie Dusek Holman
Co-owner and Business Manager, Holman Pottery

Debbie Dusek Holman is the co-owner and Business Manager of Holman Pottery, a handmade pottery business with 150 galleries, gift shops, and major catalogs as their customers.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Analysis from Texas A&M University in 1985.  She worked from 1985 – 1990 as a consultant for an actuarial firm in Dallas.  In 1989, Debbie and her husband opened their business, Holman Pottery. Debbie has served on many local community committees as a Business Owner representative. Additionally, she volunteers as a business consultant, most recently on the Advisory Committee for the Buyer’s Market of American Craft.

Debbie is also a lifetime Girl Scout in Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, having served as a Troop Leader and Service Unit Team member for 13 years, a Council Trainer, and a Council Chair for Adult Opportunities and Enrichment.  On the National Level, Debbie has served 3 times as a National Delegate and is currently a National Volunteer Partner.

 

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Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, Ph.D., CPA
National President and Board Chairman, GSUSA
Global Lead Partner, National Leader: Total Impact Strategy, KPMG LLP

Dr. Kathy Hannan is the National President and Chairman of the Board of the Girl Scouts of the USA. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Women Corporate Directors Foundation which promotes and strengthens women in the boardroom. Kathy is also co-chairman of the Thought Leadership and Communication committee for WCD. She also currently serves as a Board member for the Adler Planetarium and the Metropolitan Planning Council and as trustee for the Committee for Economic Development. She recently was appointed as a public member of the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission.

Kathy’s tenure in the accounting profession reflects over 30 years of expertise with a series of leadership roles within KPMG, including Managing Partner of Tax, Vice Chairman of Human Resources, Chief Diversity Officer and Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer. She currently works with the KPMG Board Leadership Center to broaden governance discussions regarding business and society and is the National Leader for Total Impact Strategy.

As a Native American Indian and member of the Ho-Chunk Nation Tribe, Kathy previously served on President George W. Bush’s National Advisory Council on Indian Education. She also served as a commissioner on the Ho-Chunk Nation Tribal Employment Rights Office Commission, where she was responsible for guiding the tribe’s economic investments, approving development contracts, and reviewing educational programs. 

Kathy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Political Science from Loras College and is a graduate of the Institute of Comparative Political & Economic Systems at Georgetown University. She is also a graduate of the Chicago Management Institute at the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business and recently earned her PhD at Benedictine University.

 

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Dahna Hull
Vice President – AT&T University, AT&T

As Vice President-AT&T University, Dahna Hull is responsible for leading AT&T’s world renowned corporate university focused on developing leaders and aligning all employees around the company’s priorities and direction.

Hull began her journey nearly 20 years ago as a member of SBC’s (now AT&T’s) Leadership Development Program (LDP). In the early stages of her career, she had the opportunity to complete assignments in Marketing, Network Operations, Finance, and Merger Integration. In 1998, Dahna was transferred to Zurich, Switzerland where she assisted in the development and launch of diAx Mobile – the first competitive mobile operator in that country.

Upon returning to the United States in 2000, Hull held numerous positions within the Mobility and Entertainment Group organizations including leading AT&T’s U-verse IPTV marketing efforts and serving as Assistant Vice President for AT&T’s Retention, Prepaid, Spanish, Wireless Retail Support Centers and National Back Office. At that time, Hull was responsible for a team of more than 6,000 internal and strategic partner representatives combined across 40 centers. Hull also held responsibilities as South Texas Vice President and General Manager for AT&T Mobility and launched U-verse with GigaPower in Austin. In 2014, Dahna returned to a field leader role as the VP Mobility Customer Service Centers where she led a team of 8,000 Advanced Technical Support, Chat and Social Media representatives. In 2016, Dahna moved into Human Resources as the VP of AT&T University Operations responsible for all business unit training strategy, design and delivery across AT&T.

Hull holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, playing guitar, working in the yard and spending time with friends and family.

 

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Karen Ideno
Vice President of Product, Marketing, Corporate Social Responsibility & Communications, Toyota Financial Services

Karen Ideno is vice president, product, marketing, corporate social responsibility and communications for Toyota Financial Services (TFS). In this role, Ideno is responsible for all Toyota and Lexus Financial Services' marketing, market planning, brand, loyalty, product development, sales, product and marketing analytics, retail and lease product operations, remarketing, and insurance products and operations. She also oversees corporate communications and corporate social responsibility. Ideno reports to Pete Carey, group vice president of sales, marketing, and product.

Ideno began her career with Toyota in 1988, holding various management positions, including marketing manager and national marketing manager. She was instrumental in developing and growing the marketing department through such initiatives as the launch of the TFS brand, various product launches, consumer portal and introduction of Scion Solutions. In 2006, Ideno was appointed national manager, Corporate Communications. She and her team significantly expanded and improved the company's internal communications, media relations, and philanthropic endeavors. In 2007, the California State Senate recognized her role in expanding TFS' charitable activities, particularly in "Making Life Easier" for the youth of the Boys & Girls Club of East LOS Angeles.

In 2008, Ideno was promoted to corporate manager, marketing and brand, where she was responsible for all Toyota and Lexus Financial Services marketing, strategies including marketing planning, direct marketing, digital marketing, and social media, advertising, brand engagement, incentive and recognition programs, and customer/ and dealer experience.

Ideno is a member of the American Marketing Association, the International Association of Business Communications, the UCLA Alumni Association, and Toyota's business partnering groups TAASiA and TORQUE.

Ideno earned her Master of Business Administration in finance and marketing from Pepperdine University, and her Bachelor Of Arts degree in political science from the university Of California, Los Angeles.

 

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Mix'd Ingrdnts

Mix’d Ingrdnts is a multi-ethnic and diverse collective of female artists who work together as an all styles dance company, with the intent of cultivating a stronger community of artists of all ages through urban performance, dance education and connection.

Co-Founders Jennifer “Jenay” Anolin and Samara Atkins began the company in 2010 wanting to affect their community in ways that inspired people to have an artistic approach to evoke social change and to tell a story.

Mix’d Ingrdnts exists to empower women to express themselves and to hold platforms to help facilitate the community speaking up and out for the greater good. Mix’d also strives to empower youth through knowledge and dance in order to impact their lives so that they can impact others and their communities.

The company does this through forums, school assemblies, festivals, and various events around the Bay Area, that promote social change and/or entertains the community.

 

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Dr. Mae C Jemison

Dr. Mae C Jemison is an American engineer, physician and NASA astronaut who became the first woman of color in the world to go into space when she flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992. Serving six years as a NASA astronaut, Dr. Jemison is an icon of both the women's rights and civil rights movement, inducted into both the National Women's Hall of Fame (1993) and the International Space Hall of Fame (2004).

A strong, committed global voice for science literacy, in 1994 Jemison founded the international science camp The Earth We Share™ (TEWS) for students 12-16 years old from around the world. In 2011, Jemison also launched the TEWS-Space Race,  with the goal of improving science achievement for underserved Los Angeles-area students who are underrepresented in the sciences. Dr. Jemison continues to be a vocal advocate for improving education access and advocating for greater inclusion of girls in STEM programs. Jemison's book,  Find Where the Wind Goes, is geared for teenagers and explores her experiences growing up on the South Side of Chicago, cultivating her aspirations to be a scientist, and her history-making journey into space.  

Following her time in NASA, Dr. Jemison founded both The Jemison Group and BioSentient Corporation. A technology consulting firm, The Jemison Group explores and develops stand-alone science and technology programs, integrating the critical impact of socio-cultural issues with revolutionary technologies. Among The Jemison Group's groundbreaking work is a project to use satellite technology for health care delivery in West Africa and another to use solar dish Stirling engines for electricity generation in developing countries. 

Currently, Dr. Jemison leads The 100 Year Starship (100YSS), a revolutionary initiative to assure the capability for human interstellar space travel to another star within the next century. 

Involved in a wide range of programs and causes, Dr. Jemison is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine and is on the Board of Directors of: Kimberly-Clark Corp., Scholastic, Inc., Texas Medical Center, and Valspar Corp. She's also a Trustee of Morehouse College and served as the Chair of the Texas State Product Development and Small Business Incubator Board and the Greater Houston Partnership Disaster Planning and Recovery Task Force. Among many honors, awards and honorary degrees she has received the National Organization for Women’s Intrepid Award and the Kilby Science Award. Jemison appeared on an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, hosted the Discovery Channel series World of Wonder, and was chosen by People magazine as one of the “World’s 50 Most Beautiful People.”

In addition to all her work, Dr. Jemison is a highly sought after speaker on issues of health care, social responsibility, technology and motivation. Sh has appeared on BBC, The McNeil Lehrer Report, ABC Nightline, NPR and CNN

Prior to NASA, Jemison was a Peace Corps Medical Officer in Sierra Leone and Liberia for two and a half years, overseeing the healthcare system. Jemison earned a B.S. degree in chemical engineering and her M.D. from Cornell University.

 

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Sally Jewell
Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior

As a business executive and public servant serving as U.S. Secretary of the Interior under President Obama, Sally Jewell focused her career on supporting a robust economy coupled with long-term sustainability of our natural world and its diverse people.

At Interior, Jewell was recognized for taking the long-view, using a science-based, landscape-level, collaborative approach to natural resources management and protection.  She and her team were also deeply engaged in rebuilding a trusting, nation-to-nation relationship with indigenous communities in the U.S.   

Throughout her career, Jewell has been committed to connecting people to nature, particularly youth.  At Interior, she and her team championed efforts to create a continuum of engagement that encouraged tens of millions of young people to play, learn, serve and work on public lands.

Prior to joining President Obama’s cabinet, Jewell was CEO of REI, a $2.6 billion retailer dedicated to facilitating outdoor adventures.  Throughout her life, she has been active in volunteerism and community leadership, currently serving as a 2017 Fall Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics and as a Distinguished Fellow in the College of the Environment at the University of Washington.  Scouting helped shape her childhood and fostered an enduring connection to the natural world.

 

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Susan M. Johnson

Susan M. Johnson, an Engineer Project Manager, is employed at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Glenn Research Center. She is assigned to the Aeronautics Mission Office and is the Deputy Project Manager for the Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology Project.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Ms. Johnson attended Kent State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering Technology with minors in mathematics and physics. She also was awarded a Master of Science degree from the University of Toledo in Engineering Science, with mechanical engineering emphasis.

Previous research work experience at NASA Glenn includes studying Diesel engine applications for general aviation aircraft, experimental research on jet engine combustors, and fuel nozzle configurations for turbomachinery emission reduction. She has been an aerospace project manager for over 20 years managing diverse propulsion engine projects such as the Advanced Turboprop project and hypersonic engine technology projects.

Special honors: Ms. Johnson has received the National Aeronautic Association Collier Trophy, for the greatest American achievement in aeronautics and astronautics, as a team member of the Advanced Turboprop project, the NASA agency Equal Employment Opportunity Medal, and the NASA agency Exceptional Service Medal for sustained performance of NASA’s Aeronautics mission and goals.

She is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Besides being an AIAA member, she is also a member of the American Helicopter Society, Experimental Aircraft Association, National Free Flight Society and Academy of Model Aeronautics. She soloed on her 16th birthday and received her pilot’s license at age 17.

 

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Nancy Judd
Recycle Runway

Nancy Judd creates couture fashion sculptures from trash through her business Recycle Runway. She exhibits her work in high-traffic public locations around the US to inspire action around conservation of resources. Her traveling exhibition called ReDress: Upcycled Style is touring museums around the United States, and one of her pieces, the Obamanos Coat, is in the Smithsonian Museum’s permanent collection. Nancy’s work has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, in the Huffington Post, and in media outlets around the world. Companies and organizations such as Delta Air Lines, Toyota, and The Nature Conservancy have sponsored her sculptures and exhibitions. Currently she is creating work for a 2nd exhibition in the Atlanta International Airport in 2019. Nancy is also a Teaching Artist, providing Arts Integration (exploring curriculum via creative experiences) in schools and gives presentations and workshops to audiences of all ages around the globe including two TEDx talks.

 

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Kaye and Karen
Music Coordinators

For the last 25 years Kaye and Karen have been doing song workshops for different councils including New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts and in the UK.  They are members of the Friends of Sangam USA and have produced CDs for Sangam Songbook, Pax Lodge Songbook, Our Chalet Songbook.  Kaye travels to nursery schools teaching songs and she accompany's a singing group on guitar, mandolin or autoharp.  Karen has produced 3 CDs for her council and compiled 4 songbooks. They have traveled together to California, Canada, Mexico, India and the UK, singing whenever the opportunity allows.

 

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Stella Keane

Stella Keane is Senior Vice President, Talent Management for Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG), a Fortune 500 company with annual revenues exceeding $5 billion. Big Lots is a unique, non-traditional discount retailer operating over 1,400 stores in 47 states with product assortments in the merchandise categories of Furniture, Seasonal, Soft Home, Food, Consumables, Hard Home, and Electronics, Toys & Accessories.

Keane joined Big Lots in 2012. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, she is responsible for Talent Acquisition and Talent Development, including companywide training, organizational development, associate relations, and change management. She brings more than twenty years of retail Human Resources experience to her position, managing best in class strategies and programs surrounding High Potential Programs, Talent Readiness, Succession Planning, Management and Leadership Development, and Cultural Engagement.

Prior to joining Big Lots, she was Director of Talent Development at Foot Locker, Inc. where she held several positions with increasing levels of responsibility, including an expatriate assignment for Foot Locker, Europe. During her tenure, she oversaw numerous initiatives, including implementation of the company’s global Applicant Tracking System, Talent Management System, and annual competency Executive Development Review.

Keane holds a master’s degree in adult and organizational development from Temple University, a bachelor’s degree in business management from Clarion University, and her Senior Professional Human Resource Certification from Villanova University. She leads numerous initiatives to support equity and advance a workplace climate of inclusion through her service on the Ohio Diversity Council and her involvement with WELD (Women for Economic Leadership and Development).

 

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Jessica Keller
Archaeologist, Submerged Resources Center, National Park Service

Jessica Keller was born and raised in Rushville, Indiana. Her dreams of working in the water were not realized until college during a course in Scientific Diving through Indiana University’s Office of Underwater Science. She fell in love with diving and underwater exploration, prompting the change of her major to Anthropology and Underwater Archaeology. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Jessica moved to the Florida Keys to work as a dive instructor at Quiescence Diving Services in Key Largo, FL. She left the beauty of the Keys to return to Indiana University for graduate school.

Upon completion of her Masters of Science degree from Indiana University, Jessica was hired as an archaeologist for the National Park Service’s Submerged Resources Center (SRC) in Lakewood, CO. For over five years, she has traveled around the world with the SRC conducting scientific diving expeditions and promoting underwater stewardship for natural and cultural resources.  This work includes everything from marine remote sensing survey and shipwreck documentation, to elementary classroom presentations.  Jessica hopes her passion and work as an underwater archaeologist will inspire young women to become involved and interested in the future possibilities of underwater exploration and science.

 

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Kristél Kemmerer

Dr. Kristél Pfeil Kemmerer has been an educator for the past thirty years where her responsibilities included curriculum development; assessment; academic student support; training, development and evaluation of faculty and staff; and student academic appeals.  While Kristél was a Girl Scout Leader for a time, most of her volunteer work revolved around music; she was recognized for fourteen years of service to the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA) where she now serves on the Executive Board.  She also belongs to the American Conference of Academic Deans and the Association of American Colleges and Universities.  A passionate, life-long learner, Kristél enjoys travel, reading, and is dedicated to mentoring.

 

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Kristina Kennedy
Senior Engineer, Honda R&D Americas, Inc.

Kristina Kennedy is a senior engineer at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Ohio (HRAO), with experience in a variety of roles, including product testing and quality. Ms. Kennedy founded HRA-O’s first Business Resource Group, the Women in Engineering Network (WIN) and is passionate about diversity efforts and promoting diversity of thought within Honda. 

Ms. Kennedy joined Honda in 2001 as a test engineer after earning a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iowa. Working in the Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH) group, she worked on the Honda Pilot new model development team. Ms. Kennedy then transferred to Honda’s Quality division as an interior category lead for Market Recovery.

In 2006, Ms. Kennedy left Honda to lead The Ohio State University’s Women in Engineering Program K-12 Outreach efforts while concurrently earning her MBA at The Ohio State University. In 2013, she returned to the Quality division at HRAO as a quality project lead for the Honda Odyssey and the Acura MDX.
 
Ms. Kennedy is a long-standing member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), first joining as a college student in 1996. She has also served multiple terms as the Central Ohio SWE section president.
 
When Ms. Kennedy is away from her job at Honda, she enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her husband Andy and her two children, Grace and Charlie. She is also a troop leader for Grace’s Girl Scout troop.   

 

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Lynnette Khalfani-Cox
The Money Coach

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach, is a personal finance expert, television and radio personality and the author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestseller Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom.

Lynnette is co-founder of AskTheMoneyCoach.com and Money Coach University.

Lynnette has appeared on such national TV programs as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil, Steve Harvey, The Tyra Banks Show, The Today Show and Good Morning America.

Lynnette, an award-winning financial news journalist and former Wall Street Journal reporter for CNBC, has also been featured in top newspapers including the Washington Post, USA Today, and the New York Times, as well as magazines ranging from Ebony and Redbook to Black Enterprise and Smart Money.

She can frequently be seen as a guest commentator on ABC, CNN, FOX Business Network and MSNBC. Follow Lynnette on Twitter @themoneycoach or on her blog at http://AskTheMoneyCoach.com.

 

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Elizabeth Klosky
2017 National Young Woman of Distinction, Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson

Elizabeth’s NY is a Great Place to Bee project addressed the public’s lack of knowledge and fear about bees, especially among children. She then took it a few leaps further by addressing the need for legislative awareness and support for bees on a state and local level, and the need for habitat protection. Her efforts to “Educate! Legislate! Populate!” began with training a team to give dozens of fun, hands-on educational activities, presentations, displays, and workshops. She then connected with environmental education organizations, museums, community gardens, and farms, as well as other groups who rely on bees and the environment. Through her efforts, she was able to reach thousands of people across NY, Europe, Japan, and Australia directly, and thousands more worldwide through social media. She taught adults and children about bees, and how anyone can help them and take action. She then teamed with local and state legislators, writing and promoting bee-friendly legislation. She brought pressure through grassroots advocacy, petitioning, emailing, and phoning—resulting in Pollinator Awareness Week being established in towns and villages across the state. She then had a bill passed in the NY State Assembly and Senate and signed by Governor Cuomo. Funding for bee research was also passed in the state budget. To continue her work, she is creating a nonprofit geared at continued public education on the importance of bees, and pursuing a student research position at the Dyce Laboratory for Honey Bee Research at Cornell University.

 

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Amie Konwinski
Founder and CEO of Smart Girl Society

Amie Konwinski is the founder and CEO of Smart Girl Society, an Omaha-based Not-for-profit on a mission to let every Girl know that she is Valued, Unique, Brilliant and Loved and to inspire them to make SMART choices in their lives.

Being a mom to five daughters, ages 11-25, Amie understands the challenges of being a parent in today's culture.  Mrs. Konwinski brings 25 years’ experience as a mentor, military CPO, community leader, engineer, and entrepreneur.  She lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband Roger their daughters. She is an avid reader and loves to travel every chance she gets.

 

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Dr. Val Krugh
Director of School Relations, Economics Center, University of Cincinnati

Dr. Krugh’s  primary duties include establishing relationships with new and existing educational institutions and creating and implementing curriculum for professional development programs. Content delivered is targeted to students in grades kindergarten through 12 in Financial Literacy and Economics.

She joined the Economics Center in November of 2005 after serving for twenty four years as a teacher, then the elementary principal, and finally the academic dean at the Cincinnati Christian Schools in Fairfield, Ohio.

Dr. Krugh obtained her undergraduate degree in Communication from Ohio Northern University, her Masters Degree in Education from the University of Cincinnati, and her Ph.D. from Century University in Educational Administration.

Dr. Krugh has been awarded the Cincinnati Children’s Museum Difference Maker Award, the Freedoms Foundation Leavey Award and was a nominee for the Strive Make A Difference Award.

She resides in Fairfield, Ohio with her husband, Kent. She has two daughters, both educators, in the Greater Cincinnati area.

 

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Devika Kumar
2017 National Young Woman of Distinction, Girl Scouts of Central Texas


After frequent childhood visits to India, where her parents immigrated from, Devika discovered that 23% of girls in rural areas of India quit school because of the lack of information and resources to support menstrual hygiene. Devika took action by raising the money to provide a simple sanitary-pad making machine to remote villages in Rajasthan, India. This machine grinds cotton, presses the cotton into pads, and disinfects the pads, and are then sold to young women who cannot afford or access commercial pads. By teaching the local women how to create a small profit, the machine sustains itself and the lives of these women. Simultaneously, Devika and her family visited surrounding villages, where she held discussion groups to bring awareness to the lack of menstrual hygiene and the stigma it faces. She showed educational videos on puberty and menstrual hygiene to the young village women, answered questions, and discussed how the machine works. Devika and her sister have recently achieved non-profit status for what they call The MAHI Project, an acronym for the original name.

 

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Nicole Cartwright Kwiek, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Ohio State University College of Pharmacy

Dr. Kwiek’s research focuses on the use of pharmacology as a context to engage science learners. She is the Director of the Generation Rx Laboratory, an educational research laboratory at the Center for Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, Ohio. She also created the popular Pills, Potions, and Poisons summer science enrichment program for high school students. In addition to science education research, Dr. Kwiek co-leads the Generation Rx Initiative. Through this work, she has collaboratively developed resources and programming to promote safe medication-taking practices and awareness about prescription drug abuse. In the fall of 2013, she created and taught “Generation Rx: the Science Behind Prescription Drug Abuse” as a free massive open online course (MOOC) to >21,000 students worldwide. She is a three-time recipient of the College’s Bachelor of Science in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award and an inductee into the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Academy of Pharmacology Educators.

 

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Kristina Lachaga

Rising pop singer/songwriter Kristina Lachaga, "The Girl With The Big Pink Heart™," has shared the stage with many artists on the scene, including Olivia Holt, Skylar Stecker, Bea Miller, Shawn Hook, and stars from Disney and Nickelodeon at concerts and events, including iHeartRadio's Z104.3 & Girls' Life magazine's Shawn Mendes and One Direction Concert Pre-Parties. Since June 2017, Kristina's covers and original songs have gained over 750,000 views across Instagram. Having visited over 150 schools across the country spreading her #FollowYourHeartsDream™ and 'Sticks & Stones Anti-Bullying’ messages, Kristina uses her voice to help give teens and tweens the confidence to explore their passions, work hard, and be themselves. As a former Girl Scout, Kristina has loved performing at Girl Scout Cookie Rallies and Expos, as well as presenting a variety of workshops. Kristina's original songs are available on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, and more. She made her television performance debut on CBS/WBTV performing her single "R.S.V.P." -- inspired by Simon & Schuster/Aladdin MIX's book series You're Invited -- in Charlotte, NC's 2016 Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade. Become a #Heartbreaker & follow @KristinaLachaga on Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, & Musical.ly. www.KristinaLachaga.com

 

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Andrew Leary
National Youth Programs Manager, The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

With an extensive background in youth development and outdoor experiential programming, Andrew brings a unique perspective to the opportunities we all share to engage young people in Leave No Trace. Just ask him, he’ll tell you! Andrew heads the Center’s youth curriculum development and collaborates on innovative programming with the Center’s youth-serving partners. Andrew has an MS in Youth Development and Outdoor Programming from the University of Utah. Fun fact about Andrew is that he has walked through every single time zone on the globe. Share a fun fact about yourself when you meet him!

 

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Angela Lee

Angela Lee is an educator & entrepreneur.  As Chief Innovation Officer and Associate Dean at Columbia Business School, Angela teaches highly rated courses in strategy, leadership, and entrepreneurship.  She is also the founder of 37 Angels , an angel network that invests in early stage startups and activates new women angels through a month long investing bootcamp.  Angela started her career as a product manager and then consulted to Fortune 500 clients at McKinsey.  37 Angels is her 4th startup.

Angela is a sought-after expert on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and Fox Business and is regularly featured in media outlets such as Forbes, Huffington Post, and Fast Company. Entrepreneur Magazine recognized Angela as one of Six Innovative Women to Watch in 2015 and Inc.com listed her as one of 17 Inspiring Women to Watch in 2017.

 

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Jamie Levine Daniel

Jamie Levine Daniel is an assistant professor of nonprofit management at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She earned her doctorate in public policy and management from Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Her research interests include nonprofit finance, nonprofit management, capacity, and organizational identity.

Originally from Cleveland, OH, she holds a BA from American University and an MBA from Ohio State University. She spent five years working for BBYO Inc’s international office, and served as a JDC Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Izmir, Turkey before beginning her graduate studies. Jamie, her husband, Elan, and daughter, Mayla, reside in Indianapolis, IN.

 

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Casey Lewis
Clover Letter Co-Founder

Lewis is a co-founder of Clover Letter. Pre-Clover, she spent years working in the teen space, both as a writer for publications like Refinery29, Racked, Noisey, and MTV and as a trend researcher for youth insights firms including The Cassandra Report and Ypulse, where she helped big brands reach the elusive teen better through data. At 16, she spoke on a panel at SXSW called “Meet Judy Jetson: How technology is transforming 21st century teens.” Most recently, she was the senior digital editor at Teen Vogue.

 

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Kim Lewis

Kim Lewis is the Senior Project Manager at Kappa Delta Sorority, where she has worked since 2012. Kim gained leadership experience during her time as an undergraduate at Northern Kentucky University, where she served Kappa Delta on the chapter’s executive council. Kim also represented NKU as an orientation leader for incoming freshmen and a student ambassador for the Office of Admissions. After graduation, Kim traveled for Kappa Delta as a leadership development consultant, where she assisted chapters with recruitment and leadership training and established two new chapters of Kappa Delta at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and The George Washington University in Washington D.C.

In her current role, Kim develops confidence building programming and initiatives for the Confidence Coalition, a movement that encourages girls and women to embrace the idea that they can do anything. She also provides support for local chapter advisors across the country, plans national conference programming and participates in organizational strategic planning efforts. Kim travels to high schools and conferences as a keynote speaker, speaking to girls on the topic of living a confident lifestyle.

 

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Emily Liner

Emily Liner serves as the Co-Vice Chair of She Should Run’s Frontrunners, a group of young professionals dedicated to She Should Run's mission to expand the talent pool of women elected leaders. Throughout her career in politics and government, she has advised policymakers on a wide range of economic issues and helped candidates build the financial resources they need to run for office. In her current role as Senior Policy Advisor at the think tank Third Way, she produces in-depth analysis of banking, employment, and entrepreneurship issues, and her research on the gender pay gap was highlighted in The New York Times. Previously, she was a political fundraising consultant, working with seven Congressional campaigns over five years at the firm Molly Allen Associates. Emily received an MBA from the University of North Carolina and a BA in Government from Georgetown University. She grew up in Mississippi and was a Girl Scout for six years.

 

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Stephanie Lingwood

Stephanie Lingwood has focused much of her career on adult education, program design, and increasing girls' access to high-quality science experiences. She served as Project Director and Principal Investigator for Inquiry in the Community, a program that uses inquiry-based science to teach youth development volunteers and staff how to lead high-quality activities with kids, supported by a National Science Foundation grant, for Girl Scouts of Western Washington. Prior to that she was their Director of Program, where she led development of a comprehensive science education program for both girls and adults. When the NSF grant ended, she left GSWW, learned coding and became a software engineer. She is currently an instructor for Code Fellows where she inspires the next generation of web developers through immersive, hands-on workshops and courses.  When not supporting science and technology discovery, she guides others in adventure travel and begrudgingly shares her garden with the snails. Stephanie has a BA in Speech Communication and a BS in Conservation of Wildland Resources from the University of Washington.

 

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Sharleen Loh
2017 National Young Woman of Distinction, Girl Scouts of Orange County

Sharleen initiated the first-ever STEM program at a local Boys and Girls Club, targeted at after-school programs for underserved children. Her goal was to ignite the kids' natural desires to learn and discover, by designing STEM curricula including fun, hands-on activities. She partnered with over 40 different organizations, including 6 Boys and Girls Clubs, over 20 county and city libraries/bookmobiles, 3 Title I elementary schools, a California State University, World Vision, NCWIT, the county fair, children's festivals, and STEM expos. To date, she has developed over 100 hands-on STEM activities and mobilized over 140 volunteers from 15 different schools to bring weekly STEM programs to underserved children. The organization she built, STEMup4Youth (www.STEMup4Youth.org), has since been able to reach out to over 5,000 children across Southern California. Sharleen has also created over 10 chapters of STEMup4Youth to help spread her love of STEM.

 

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Lesley Lopez
Communications Professional

Lesley Lopez is a communications professional with experience on Capitol Hill, campaigns, c-suites and newsrooms. She is a 2018 candidate for Maryland General Assembly District 39.

She currently serves as the head of global communications for the US-China Business Council, the leading organization for American business in China, and publisher of the award-winning trade magazine China Business Review.

Most recently, she served as the Director of Communications for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, the official party organization dedicated to winning state legislative seats. Previously, Ms. Lopez served as Communications Director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the group of 27 Hispanic Members of the House and Senate, dedicated to voicing issues of the Hispanic community in the United States and Puerto Rico. Prior to her political career, Ms. Lopez was a journalist for nearly a decade, including stints with ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, BBC, CNN, America's Most Wanted and Eurovision. Ms. Lopez is also a National Volunteer Partner for Girl Scouts USA.

 

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Sandra (Sandy) Homan Lopez

Sandy Lopez, a lifelong Girl Scout and National Volunteer Partner (NVP), is dedicated to empowering others as they reach beyond their expectations. Years of experience, as social worker, sociologist, trainer, and volunteer, most recently led Sandy to become a fellow with the Intergenerational Leadership Institute at Penn State University upon creation of Weaving Wisdom, a project that brings generations together on local, national, and international levels.

 

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Lizbeth Lorenzo
Transmission Protection & Controls Engineer, American Electric Power

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Lizbeth graduated in 2012 from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.  During her college years Lizbeth was a CoOp student at Southern Company in 2009 and 2010, and interned at Honeywell Aerospace during the summer of 2012. Upon graduation, Lizbeth worked with Southern Company doing electrical design for power generation plants in Atlanta, GA. During this time she passed her Professional Engineer examination. After four years in Atlanta, Lizbeth moved to Columbus, OH where she currently works at AEP as a Transmission Protection and Controls Engineer.

 

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Spencer Ludwig

A trumpeter, singer, producer, and dancer who rocks alligator shoes with smoking style and panache, Spencer Ludwig brings any party to life. Chances are, you’ve heard his lyrical lead trumpet soaring through the music of multiplatinum-selling indie pop act Capital Cities. Not only did the Los Angeles-born, half-Filipino vocalist-instrumentalist perform on their full-length debut In a Tidal Wave of Mystery, which included the chart-busting double-platinum single “Safe and Sound,” but he also crisscrossed the globe with the band, opening for Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour and tearing up the stage at Coachella, Bonnaroo, and more. Following a whirlwind two years in the group, he returned to Los Angeles in December 2014 and commenced writing solo material that showcased both his trumpet talents and dynamic, diverse vocals. Just back from his first North American and European tours, Spencer will be hitting the festival circuit this summer. On his solo debut for Warner Bros. Records, he merges jazz virtuosity and pop style for a sound that simmers and swaggers with soul.

 

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Elaine Luttrull
Founder, Minerva Financial Arts; Assistant Professor and department head for Business & Entrepreneurship, Columbus College of Art & Design

Elaine Grogan Luttrull, CPA is the founder of Minerva Financial Arts, a company devoted to building financial literacy in artists and arts organizations through education and coaching. She is also an assistant professor at the Columbus College of Art & Design, where she serves as the Department Head for Business & Entrepreneurship. Elaine previously served as the Director of Financial Analysis for The Juilliard School and in the Transaction Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young in New York. Her presentations have been featured nationally by the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, Americans for the Arts, the Arts & Business Council of New York, the College Art Association, Playwrights of New York, the Lark Play Development Center, Theatre Communications Group, the Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory of Music, the Ohio Art League, the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the City of Bloomington, and the Foundation Center. Elaine is the author of Arts & Numbers (Agate, B2 2013), and a regular contributor to Professional Artist magazine. She serves on the boards of the Center for Social Enterprise Development and the Short North Alliance. Elaine’s favorite Girl Scout cookies are Samoas, Tagalongs, and Thin Mints (not necessarily in that order), and she is most proud of being a mother to an incredible young leader, who is a Girl Scout in Dublin, Ohio.

 

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Patricia Maclay, M.D.

Patricia L. Maclay is a board-certified internist, rheumatologist and health educator.  She is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed her medical training, including an appointment as Chief Medical Resident and a Fellowship in Rheumatology, at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, N.Y..  She has more than 40 years of experience as a physician and lecturer. Seeing a pressing need to better educate people about the significant link between stress and disease, Dr. Maclay created the Choosing Wellnessã Program. It is an educational model that uses the concepts of psychoneuroimmunology to empower individuals to take control of their own health. By understanding the biochemical differences between “calm”, “challenge” and “stress”; especially chronic stress, the individual can wisely choose a path toward wellness. The format is simple, scientifically based, and is geared for the general population, easily spanning from childhood to senior citizen. 

Dr. Maclay has been the recipient of multiple awards including the Arthritis Foundation’s Outstanding Volunteer and a Presidential Point of Light Nomination for Outstanding Voluntary Service. However, she is most proud of her many years as her two daughter’s Girl Scout leader. 

 

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Cindi Malinick

Cindi Malinick is the Vice President, Cultural and Property Assets for the Girl Scouts of the USA, where she oversees the Cultural and Property Assets Department, a unit of the Office of the Chief Business and Talent Officer.  The Department brings together as a portfolio the places, collections, and stories of GSUSA embodied in their cultural resources, in order to fully leverage them in support of the Girl Scout Movement. The department welcomes more than 100,000 visitors annually from around the world, and encompasses over 400 acres, more than 40 roofed structures, and a significant number of curatorial objects, decorative arts, media, photographs, archives, and other historically significant documents related to the history and management of Girl Scouts, all providing a window into the agency of women and their history in the United States since 1912.

Previously, Cindi served as the Deputy and Chief of Staff to the Senior Vice President of Historic Sites at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC, where she assisted in the oversight/management of the Trust’s nationwide portfolio of historic sites, encompassing over 4000 acres, 200+ roofed structures, and more than 60,000 art/historical objects.  She has also led museums and historic sites in southern California and Washington, DC, worked as the first exchange staff from the United States with the National Trust of Western Australia, and written and spoken broadly on relevant topics in the field, as well as curated dozens of exhibitions.

She holds her BA in Education (Fine Arts minor) from the College of William and Mary, and an MA in History from the University of San Diego.

 

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Kayden Manning
Relationship  Manager, EF Tours for Girl Scouts

Kayden Manning was a Girl Scout for thirteen years before becoming an alumnae and lifetime member, and during her time in scouting she took advantage of the many doors the program opened for her. In addition to remaining active in her local troop she participated in varied special interest troops throughout her native Vermont and New Hampshire region. Kayden attended Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio and completed dual degrees in International Leadership Studies and East Asian Studies. She subsequently spent a period of time living and working in Shanghai, China, before returning to the United States and beginning work with EF Tours for Girl Scouts. As the EF Girl Scouts Council Relationship Manager Kayden helps individual councils develop international travel programming for their older girl membership. In her spare time Kayden loves to explore within her home city of Boston, across the United States, and abroad. She has a special passion for the outdoors and is never caught without her National Parks Passport and hiking boots. As for her standard passport, she is excited to be dangerously close to maxing out her stamp pages as a result of many memories made and lessons learned all over the world.

 

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Robyn Ratcliffe Manzini

President of the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, Robyn is a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts of the USA and a recipient of the GSUSA Thanks Award.  Originally from Ohio, Robyn earned her First Class Award in 1979. 

Robyn was a Girl Scout troop leader for 13 years, guiding 9 of 10 girls in her troop to earn the Gold Award. She has volunteered as Service Unit Leader, Council Trainer, Day Camp Director, Resident Camp staff member, and was on the Pax Lodge Committee, among other roles. Robyn also served the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) as representative to UNESCO in France, 1993-94.

With a passion for campfire singing traditions, Robyn has facilitated GS singing events in CA, NV, OH, CT, MS, GA, and UT.  For the last five summers Robyn helped lead guitar skills and singing programs at Girl Scout Camp Scherman in California.  Robyn is honored to have collaborated with Anne “Buckeye” Guiltinan in writing several songs that are now sung at Girl Scout camps in the southwest.

Robyn holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a BA from DePauw University. 

 

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Catherine Marshall
Director, Office of Global Opportunities, Ohio University

Catherine Marshall serves as the director of the Office of Global Opportunities (OGO) at Ohio University. She began her career at Ohio University in 2001 as associate director of the office. Prior to coming to OHIO, she was a study abroad program coordinator at Iowa State University. Catherine and her colleagues in OGO promote off-campus global experiences, such as study abroad programs, to Ohio University students. They also work with faculty and staff to develop and administer short-term academic programs across the US and abroad.

 

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Jaime Matyas
President and CEO, Student Conservation Association (SCA)

Jaime Berman Matyas became SCA president and chief executive officer in September of 2014. Prior to that, Jaime rose through a variety of senior roles with the National Wildlife Federation, most recently as executive vice president and chief operating officer. With more than 25 years of experience in conservation education, strategic planning, marketing and management, Jaime creatively advanced NWF’s mission – and her own personal passion – of protecting wildlife by connecting young people with nature.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School’s Executive Education Program, Jaime is also a certified Black Belt in Innovation Engineering. She has served on the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance Board of Directors and Executive Committee, the National Wildlife Productions’ Board of Directors and the Advisory Board of Nature’s Best Magazine and prior to joining SCA was a member of Rachel’s Network.

An avid soccer fan, Jaime lives with her family in Bethesda, MD.

 

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Barbara McAfee
Author 

Barbara McAfee is a voice coach, singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, and author who merges lessons from 12 years in organization development with the transformative power of sound. 

Her book, Full Voice: The Art & Practice of Vocal Presence was a #1 Amazon bestseller in Business Communication. The book is based on her 25 years as a voice coach, supporting people in “finding their voice,” whatever that means to them.

As a self-producing artist, Barbara has recorded seven CDs. She is founder of the Morning Star Singers, a volunteer hospice choir. Barbara lives across the street from the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. 

 

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Brishundra McGrier
Consultant, Thirty-One Gifts

Brishundra McGrier is serving on the 2017-2018 Gives Care Council which was a dream goal of hers after attending her second conference.  She has been a consultant since August of 2012 and loves her job as an advocate for girls, women, and families.  Her passion for giving back and empowering women and girls is rooted in her late grandmother's legacy.  Brishundra taught 8th grade in SC and understands how critical it is to have programs that always inspire girls.  She is a wife and the mother of two, Sania (4) and Breana (11) who are huge fans of Thirty-One and love all their products.  She has worked with Girl Scout leaders in IL and OH for giving back projects to earn patches and organizing cookies with large utility totes and other girl groups in the area.  As an educator, Brishundra never thought she would be an entrepreneur but her unforeseen journey with Thirty-One has been more than she could have ever imagined.  Her WHY is giving back and she loves participating in projects for girls and women.  She also has a Math Tutoring business so understands the joys and challenges of entrepreneurship and believes all children should have the opportunity to be their best and share their passions and goals at an early age.

 

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Nancy McIntyre
Robotics Education & Competition Foundation

Nancy McIntyre plays an instrumental role in managing Robotics Education & Competition Foundation’s on-going curriculum development, spearheading international robotics initiatives, and organizing the REC Foundation STEM Hall of Fame. She joined the organization after spending 23 years as an educator. Nancy lives in California.

 

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Deysi Melgar
Design Squad Global Co-Host

Deysi Melgar came to the U.S. from Mexico at age 7 and developed a love for math. She also loved acting, singing, and dancing, and chose to attend a high school for performing arts, where she was drawn to the technical side of theater. Deysi never considered a career in STEM, until her work on the PBS Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning TV series Design Squad. Deysi is a graduate of Wheaton College (Norton, MA) with a BA in Physics. For the past four years, she has worked at Boston’s Logan International Airport as an aircraft turnaround coordinator. Her ultimate goal is to build planes and join the NTSB to investigate airplane accidents.

 

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Carolyn Merrell
Public Policy Programs, Instagram

Carolyn Merrell leads Public Policy Programs for Instagram, where she works closely with Instagram community members, nonprofits and industry leaders to develop social action campaigns.

Carolyn has been at Facebook / Instagram for four years. She joined the Facebook Communications team from Sunshine Sachs, where she assisted entertainment and nonprofit clients with their PR efforts.  

Carolyn has a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Kings College in Manhattan. She lives in Los Angeles with her wife.

 

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Mike Minium
Chairman of the Publications Committee, Orienteering USA

Mike Minium is active in orienteering locally, nationally, and internationally. In Ohio, he makes maps, plans courses, and organizes many competitions, training activities, and educational programs each year for Orienteering Cincinnati. He is director of the annual Flying Pig Orienteering competition, which just completed its 18th year. He currently chairs the publications committee for Orienteering USA, is active with youth programs, and serves as a member of the OUSA Youth safety committee. He is one of three internationally licensed event advisors in North America for the International Orienteering Federation.

Mr. Minium won third place in his age group in the 2016 U.S. Night Orienteering Championship. He coaches Union County High School and Middle School orienteering teams, both of which had first place finishes in the 2017 U.S. Interscholastic Orienteering Championship. He has raced in hundreds of orienteering competitions across the U.S. and in various foreign countries including Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Great Britain, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland.

 

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Cindy Monroe
President and CEO, Thirty-One Gifts

Cindy Monroe founded Thirty-One Gifts in 2003 in Tennessee, with a goal of giving women an opportunity to find financial freedom through owning their own businesses. Today, there are over 1,000 employees and more than 64,000 independent sales Consultants throughout the U.S. and nine provinces of Canada.

Cindy has been recognized for her business and philanthropic achievements both nationally and in the home office community of Columbus, Ohio, where Thirty-One is the largest woman-owned and largest family-owned business. In 2014 they were named the Fastest-Growing Woman-Owned Company in the World by the Women Presidents’ Organization, and Cindy was named a “Self-Made Woman to Watch” by Forbes magazine in 2015. She serves as an Advisory Board member of The Salvation Army of Central Ohio, and is a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization and the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Cindy received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and today she sponsors a college scholarship for girls in Hamilton County, Tennessee. She resides in New Albany, Ohio, with her husband and two children.

 

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Tom Morales
Program Manager, Education & Litter, Keep America Beautiful

Tom Morales joined Keep America Beautiful in 2015 as Program Manager, Education & Litter. He is responsible for growing youth engagement and participation with Keep America Beautiful’s education program. In addition, he oversees the day-to-day operations for the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program. Tom graduated from Temple University in 2013 with a BBA in Marketing from the Fox School of Business.

 

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Jenny Morgan
Founder and Co-Chair, Leave No Child Inside Central Ohio Collaborative

Jenny Morgan is founder and co-chair of the Leave No Child INSIDE Central Ohio Collaborative, a local group in Columbus, Ohio that since 2007 has been working to get more children off their couches, outside, moving, and reconnected with their natural world.  Along with helping to run the Collaborative, Jenny is a frequent speaker on the LNCI movement, as well as a teacher in the Program for Young Children at the Columbus School for Girls in Columbus and a long time local singer/songwriter.

 With help from the kindergartners from her school, Jenny has been spreading the children and nature message through song.  In 2008 she released her new album “Nature Needs Kids and Kids Need Nature--Music Inspired by the Children and Nature Movement”.  Her nature songs have been used in an NPR documentary, as well as in day care centers, homes, and nature centers across the country.   Jenny and the girls have also been featured at several events in Columbus.  The highlight of their work together came when they were invited to sing at the Governor's mansion for Mrs. Strickland, First Lady of Ohio.

 

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Melinda Murphy

Melinda has spent most of her career in television as a producer and on-camera talent, culminating with a stint as a correspondent for CBS News assigned to The Early Show. Leaving the Big Apple and television behind, Melinda now lives in Singapore where she is the Executive Producer of video content for Expat Living magazine. Girl Scouts has always loomed large in her life. She is a First Class Girl Scout, the immediate past OCC and current secretary in Singapore, a strong committee which received The President’s Award last year. Her most important GS job? Serving as her daughter’s Junior Troop leader. Melinda is also a Global Facilitator, having led a 3-day training for leaders in Hong Kong last Fall. She is also currently the Events Chair for Cubs Scouts (Singapore) and is involved in a variety of other groups in the Lion City. Professionally, Melinda is most proud of her nomination for her an EMMY for her helicopter coverage of the 9/11 event in New York and her subsequent EMMY for her 9/11 one-year anniversary piece.  She also received several local New York television EMMY's and a New York State Broadcaster's Award. Melinda is passionate about travel, taking advantage of living in South East Asia and hitting the road often as a family.

 

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Pooja Nagpal
Founder, For a Change, Defend

Pooja Nagpal is a 19 year-old student who attends UC Berkeley studying EECS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science).  Since she was 15, Pooja has been passionate about women and girl safety as well as educational equality for women and girls. As a second degree black belt in Taekwondo and trained in various other forms of martial arts as well as Thai street fighting, Pooja has created a curriculum of self-defense maneuvers and women empowerment activities for women and girls. Since 2014, Pooja has traveled to India many times (total 6 months) traveling to various villages, schools, cities, traffickings, Blind Institute, and more to teach over 1,500 girls and women self defense. She produced a documentary of her experiences to educate rural Indians on issues of child marriage, universal education, gender equality, and the elimination of violence against women. At home, Pooja founded the nonprofit organization, “For a Change, Defend”, where she works to end domestic violence, teen dating violence and sexual assault by teaching self-defense and women empowerment classes in underprivileged schools and shelters in crime ridden neighborhoods of the LA region.  She is also currently creating a women’s safety app to assist with the college sexual assault epidemic. Pooja was recently honored by Girl Scouts of USA as one of ten 2015 National Young Women of Distinction.

 

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Asia Newson

Asia Newson, known as Detroit’s youngest entrepreneur, is one of the pioneers leading the youth entrepreneurship initiative. At just five years old, Asia began selling candles with her father.   She coined phrase “Hi my name is Asia Newson and the name of my company is Super Business Girl.” As a result Asia has perfected the skill of giving a powerful sales pitch. She began teaching other children with the help of her parents through her entrepreneurship program. Since the beginning, she has trained over 100 youth entrepreneurs, who earn extra income for their families. 

Raised in Detroit's Brightmoor neighborhood, Asia has witnessed the hardships and struggles families in her community experience.  Asia wanted to make a difference.  She began speaking to her local city council members, attending district meeting, and even the mayoral debate, advocating for youth and adequate education.  Asia also believes in giving back to the community.  Each time Asia goes out and sell her candles, she donates a portion of her proceeds to the homeless.  Asia has brought school supplies and toiletries to her school and gave away over 150 coats to children in her neighborhood.

Asia has won numerous awards; including being named on the Grio’s top 100 list for business, and Entrepreneur of The Year from Ernst & Young.  She has appeared on the Ellen Degeneres Show, America’s Got Talent, MSNBC, BET, 20/20 ABC News and NPR just to name a few!  She was featured in countless articles and magazines, including Vogue, where she worked with the prominent photographer Bruce Webber.  Asia has traveled state to state and overseas promoting her business and bringing awareness of youth entrepreneurship.  She was a keynote speaker at TedXDetroit and Accelerate Michigan.

When Asia isn’t busy being an entrepreneur, activist and philanthropist; she enjoys dancing, performing and hanging out with her friends.  Asia’s mission; “To recognize the true potential in every child and to make optimum use of their individualized talent”.

 

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Novella Nimmo
Storyteller and Educational Coordinator, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Novella Nimmo has been a historical interpreter for over 20 years.  She debuted the living history of Sadie Wilkins in Springboro, an Ohio city with an impressive legacy of Underground Railroad activity. 

A native of Virginia Beach, Va., she currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Novella is an excellent writer and performer who share the story of Ms. Sadie along with other characters she portrays to countless children and adults alike at The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Novella believes that we stand on the shoulders of some the strongest individuals that have lived.  They struggle with the harsh reality of slavery, yet they survived.  Their stories lay hidden with only a few knowing and some changing the facts.  It is her goal to continue researching the past so that the stories can be told to future generations to come.

 

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Tali Orad
Founder & CEO / Screen

Inspired by her father’s career path, Tali Orad became an engineer in a field that was mostly dominated by men.

Today, as an entrepreneur, engineer, Thrive guest contributor and a thought leader on the topic of balancing screen time, Tali is trying to make a difference in children and families’ life one step at a time.

Tali founded Screen - which mission is to help families strike a healthy balance with their modern electronic devices via a home automation solution that can seamlessly reduce the amount of time spent online.

Prior to founding Screen she served as a lieutenant in the army reserve corps, pursued a career as a software engineer, and founded a non-profit dedicated to educating parents about CPR after saving the life of her friend’s one year old son.

Outside building companies and non profits, you can find Tali taking pictures all over the world - from her own climb on Fuji mountain/Japan to the streets of NYC - and spending time with her husband and three kids.

 

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Vilmarie Ocasio
2017 National Young Woman of Distinction, Caribe Girl Scout Council

Villmarie's goal in Crear Conciencia sobre Esclerosis Múltiple y el Cáncer was to raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Cancer. She advocated for the approval of the Senate Bill 1180 to create a required registry of people diagnosed with MS in Puerto Rico. The bill obtained unanimous approval of the measure by both Legislative Assemblies of Puerto Rico and was converted into Law 85—the first law of a required registry regarding MS in the world. Because of this law, genetic studies are already being carried out with Miami University as part of a study on the incidence of MS in the Hispanic population. She also promoted the celebration of the first "Orange Jean Day" in Puerto Rico, where all funds raised were donated to the MS Foundation of PR. She developed brochures and presentations on both conditions and distributed them around schools, hospitals, medical offices, government offices of Puerto Rico, and on social media. She also made collaborative agreements with VOCES Vaccination Coalition of Puerto Rico, Comprehensive Cancer Center of Puerto Rico, and Caribe Girl Scouts, where it was possible to coordinate the first weekend Girl Scout camp: VOCES Ambassadors, Healthy Young People. This was aimed at conducting educational talks on HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), so that the information continues to disseminate. This agreement will continue to educate people about Cancer conditions in Puerto Rico.  She was able to register a nonprofit Corporation at the Department of State of PR (Community Organization of Multiple Sclerosis and Cancer Inc.), so she can continue with her vision of educating and supporting people, family, health professionals, and the general public to learn about MS and Cancer.

 

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Ohio 4-H Health Heroes

The 4-H Healthy Living program provides youth with the opportunity to represent 4-H and promote healthy living in their communities. 4-H Health Heroes promote healthy eating, encourage people to engage in physical activities, and promote positive community change.

 

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Jackie Ostfeld
Associate Director, Sierra Club’s Outdoors Campaigns

Jackie Ostfeld has over a decade of experience working to connect kids and communities with the natural world. In her role as Associate Director for the Sierra Club's outdoors campaigns, Jackie helps direct a broad portfolio of outdoors work, leading organizational efforts to advance policy, advocacy, and partnerships to ensure kids and communities have access to parks and public lands. Jackie is the founder and chair of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK), a national strategic partnership of nearly 100 organizations representing over 60 million individuals, collectively educating and activating decision-makers to ensure all children, youth, and families have access to the outdoors. Jackie recently joined esteemed colleagues to become an advisor to the Blue Sky Funders Forum which inspires, deepens, and expands philanthropy to advance opportunities that connect people and nature and promote environmental literacy. Jackie has spent years in the field as a naturalist and educator, teaching thousands of children in and about the environment. She has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in Global Environmental Policy from American University in Washington, D.C. She's also the mom of a toddler who loves getting outdoors.

 

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Kate T. Parker

Kate T. Parker is a mother, wife, former collegiate soccer player, Ironman, author of the nationally bestselling book Strong Is the New Pretty and professional photographer who shoots both fine art projects and commercial work for clients across North America. Her Strong Is the New Pretty photo series has led to collaborations with brands like Athleta, Kellogg’s, and Oxygen. The project has also inspired Kate to launch a philanthropic arm of Strong Is the New Pretty, partnering with organizations that invest in girls’ health and education, like Girls on the Run, Girl Scouts, Glam4Good, and Girls Inc. She lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia. Her website is katetparker.com.

 

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Susanna Pershern
Underwater Photographer, National Park Service's Submerged Resources Center

Susanna Pershern is an underwater photographer with the National Park Service's Submerged Resources Center in Lakewood Colorado.  Originally from Minnesota, Susanna followed her passion for art and photography to the Virgin Islands where she got her first position as a Museum Specialist with Virgin Islands National Park.  In 2010 Susanna moved from the Virgin Islands with her husband Ron to Colorado to work with the Submerged Resources Center.  Since 2010, Susanna has been a key member of the SRC team as it travels around the country and the world to document the underwater world with photography

 

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Stacey Rafalowski
Director of Programs, EarthEcho International

With fifteen years of experience in science education, marine science, citizen science programs, STEM service learning, and environmental outreach for youth, Stacey Rafalowski has invested a career in improving learning for young environmentalists. She is a scientist, an educator, an interpreter, and an environmental advocate dedicated to engaging and supporting young people to raise their voices about the most pressing challenges facing our world. As the Director of Programs for EarthEcho International, she supports a variety of programs that put youth at the center of environmental action and civic engagement.

During her tenure working with Philippe Cousteau and the EarthEcho team, the education programs have expanded to include the EarthEcho Water Challenge, Water Planet Challenge, STEMExplore, and the EarthEcho Expeditions programs alongside integrated educator and youth councils that are active in developing collaborative programs with EarthEcho International. She has served in a variety of volunteer roles including the S.C. State Service Plan Steering Committee, Carolina Green Fair Board, and the Lowcountry Science Symposium Board and, most recently, became a Daisy Scout leader for Troop 622 in Eastern, SC. Stacey’s finds joy in continued exploration of the waterways in her own backyard of Charleston, S.C. with her daughter and husband.

 

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Rajvi Ranka
2017 National Young Woman of Distinction, Girl Scouts of Northern California

For her Drought Sensors project, Rajvi developed soil moisture sensors and readers to help farmers conserve water and use less groundwater. The sensors are planted into the soil; they allow to read and determine the moisture level in the soil. Based on Rajvi's technology, farmers on average saved 25% of their water use. She has since received a provisional patent on her product and is now working to make it accessible for all. Her project is available on Facebook and YouTube as a video log to show people how the technology works and how they can replicate it globally in areas affected by drought. She has also presented at Oracle Open World, a leading technology conference to further extend her project. She has also made it cost effective so that farmers in rural or underserved communities can benefit from it.

 

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Jessica Rannow
Project Manager, AmerisourceBergen

Jessica Rannow has had a prominent career in the supply chain industry.   She currently is a project manager at AmerisourceBergen, a global pharmaceutical sourcing and distribution services company, where she develops and implements multi-million dollar supply chain projects.  Jessica was named one of Business Insider’s Most Powerful Women Engineers of 2016.  Throughout her career she has had the opportunity to work at other influential companies including JCPenney, Cardinal Health, L Brands, and Cummins. 

Since her first year as an industrial engineering student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rannow has been an involved and active member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).  She is currently the Immediate Past-President of the Society.  She has filled many other leadership roles on the section, region, and Society level throughout her over twenty years of membership.

Rannow is actively involved in the Columbus, Ohio community through Junior League of Columbus, Kappa Alpha Theta Columbus Alumnae Chapter, Wisconsin Alumni Association of Central Ohio, and German Village Society. She serves on the University of Wisconsin-Madison Industrial and Systems Engineering Advisory Board.

Jessica was involved in Girl Scouts in her youth, receiving the Silver Award, and has fond memories of attending camp, selling cookies, and earning badges.

 

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Meredith J. Reed
Founder, Yay Bikes!

Meredith, who holds a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University, founded the nonprofit organization Yay Bikes! in 2009 based on her research into how to create transportation behavior change that improves a person's experience of everyday life. Yay Bikes! today works with professionals and "bike curious" members of the general public to influence the conditions that help people safely and comfortably ride bicycles for transportation. With award-winning programs delivered throughout Ohio, Yay Bikes! is transforming our physical and cultural landscape to better encourage active transportation. Meredith is certified as a Cycling Instructor by the League of American Bicyclists and has personally trained hundreds of cyclists to safely navigate traffic. She can frequently be seen darting around Columbus on her self-made bamboo bicycle, or on her trusty hybrid, pulling a trailer with one of her young sons.

 

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Claire Reed
Founder and CEO, Reel Gardening

Claire is an innovative thinker and an entrepreneur at heart. She has an ability to look at processes and products and see a simpler, better method of getting the job done. This was the case when Claire encountered the process of vegetable gardening at the age of 16 and subsequently she invented and patented a new process for planting seed known today as Reel Gardening.

Claire obtained her Masters in Architecture from the University of Pretoria in 2010 and she attributes her business management style to the creative thinking skills she learnt while becoming an Architect.

Claire founded Reel Gardening (PTY) ltd in 2009 with her partner Sean Blanckenberg. The company has sustainably grown since. Reel Gardening currently employs 10 people, servicing the development sector through its school growing program, the corporate sector through its custom branded marketing offerings and the Retail sector through its local and international retail sales.

Claire is a regular speaker on social entrepreneurship at both the Wits Business School and the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

 

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Rakia Reynolds
President, Skai Blue Media

Rakia Reynolds, is Founder and CEO of Skai Blue Media, a multimedia communications agency that boasts an all-star roster of lifestyle, technology and nonprofit clients such as Ashley Graham, DELL, Landit, Serena Williams and Marley Dias. An influencer in the creative business industry, Rakia is sought after to provide her expertise in creative development, branding and strategic communications. She has established successful partnerships with top brands including DELL, who named her one of 25 tastemakers on their “Inspire 100” list and made her the face of their most-recent nationwide ad campaign.

A self-described “octopus woman,” Rakia – a former producer for MTV, TLC and Discovery Health networks – currently serves as a board member of the Philadelphia Chapter of Women in Film & Technology,  The Arts and Business Council of Philadelphia and the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications. She is the chapter leader for the Young Entrepreneur Council and has developed and implemented the Entrepreneur in Residence Program for Visit Philadelphia. In addition, she is the on-air expert for tennis superstar Serena Williams’ clothing line on HSN.

Committed to the development of future leaders, Rakia serves on the advisory board for Project Explorer and Tech Girls and Global Act. Recently, Rakia served as a mentor for a cohort of Stanford University’s Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program.

In addition to her full-time work in multimedia communications, Rakia is a wife and mother of three children.

 

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Amy Robach
News Anchor, “Good Morning America”

Amy Robach was named News Anchor for ABC’s “Good Morning America” in March 2014.

Since joining ABC News, Robach has traveled nationally and internationally to cover major news events. She reported from Brussels on the terrorist bombings in Belgium, Orlando, Florida on the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub, Dallas, TX to cover the shooting ambush of police officers, and on the ground in Newton, Connecticut for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Robach contributed to network-wide coverage on Election Night 2016 from Trump headquarters and the Washington Mall in Washington, DC for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. 

She also traveled to Iceland to report on the front lines of climate change with the world’s most elite ice climbers, taking viewers into an ice sinkhole over a hundred feet deep live using the latest in drone technology. As part of GMA’s Hidden Worlds series, she reported from Tanzania on the poaching epidemic and its impact across the globe. In 2014, she traveled to Nigeria to interview Malala Yousafzai, the seventeen year-old who was in the African country as part of a campaign to free hundreds of captive school girls. She also reported live from South Africa just days after the shooting of Oscar Pistorious’ girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Robach anchored ABC News’ coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and reported from London for the birth of Prince George.

Additionally, Robach has interviewed countless newsmakers and celebrities. Her headline making interviews include: Gretchen Carlson’s first television on sexual harassment in the workplace, Hulk Hogan who responded to making racial slurs and Monica Lewinsky, her first network interview in over a decade. She also sat down with Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Teresa Giudice after time spent in a federal prison and recording pop star Taylor Swift after her worldwide exclusive live-stream on Yahoo and ABC News announcing Swift’s new album and single.

Robach has reported and anchored several “20/20” programs for ABC News. Most recently, she spoke exclusively with Leanna Taylor, the woman whose ex-husband was convicted of their toddler death in a hot car.  She extensively covered the University of Virginia campus rape case landing the first interview with Dean Nicole Eramo following the retraction of the infamous Rolling Stone article. In December 2013, Robach hosted the two-hour primetime special "Secrets of the Castle: Beyond Downton Abbey” where she traveled to the English and Scottish country sides to go behind the scenes of “Downton Abbey” and explore the present day British aristocracy.

In 2015, Robach wrote a New York Times bestseller titled “Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held On To Hope, and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour" about her unexpected journey with breast cancer after being diagnosed following an on-air mammogram on GMA.

Before joining ABC News, Robach worked at NBC News from 2003 to 2012. In 2007, Robach was the co-anchor of Saturday TODAY and an NBC News National Correspondent. During that time, she also filled in as Weekday TODAY co-anchor, Weekday Newsreader and anchor for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Prior to that, Robach was an anchor for MSNBC from 2003-2007.

During her 9 years at NBC, Robach interviewed major political newsmakers: Barack Obama in 2004, Senator John McCain, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Speaker Newt Gingrich, as well as world leaders such as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Robach also covered the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections, traveling to Iowa to interview the candidates. She also interviewed Elizabeth Edwards, following the scandal with her husband, John Edwards and Rielle Hunter. Robach traveled to Beijing to cover the 2008 Olympic Games. In 2009, she nabbed the first sit down interview with Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich as he faced impeachment and criminal charges. In 2010, Robach got a rare one-on-one interview with Britain’s Prince Harry in Barbados. She flew in an F-18 fighter jet, broke the sound barrier, landed on and then catapulted off the aircraft carrier, the USS George HW Bush. Robach also traveled the globe, reporting for “Where in the World Is Matt Lauer” with live broadcasts from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the Seychelles.

From 1999-2003, Robach worked at WTTG in Washington, DC as a reporter and morning and noon anchor. She covered the aftermath of 9/11 and the war with Iraq, reporting live from the Pentagon. Robach also contributed to the Edward R. Murrow award winning broadcast covering the Serial Sniper attacks and was honored in Regardie’s magazine as one of the top 100 powerful Washingtonians.

Robach got her start as a general assignment reporter from 1995-1999 at WCBD TV in Charleston, SC. There, she traveled to Honduras to cover the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch and reported from Iceland to cover the transport of “Keiko,” aka Free Willy, to his native waters via a Charleston Air Force C-17 cargo plane. Robach also spent many summers reporting live from hurricanes Bertha, Fran and Bonnie as they battered the North Carolina coast. As a crime reporter, Robach also witnessed the lethal injection of a man who had been sitting on death row for over 20 years, convicted of a triple homicide.

Robach is originally from Lansing, Michigan. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and then moved down south to Atlanta, GA just before high school.  Robach attended the University of Georgia where she graduated with honors and a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She currently resides in New York City with her husband, two daughters and is also the stepmom to three wonderful boys.

 

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Laura Robert-Rivera
Student, Barnard College, Columbia University, NY

As a child, Laura Robert-Rivera had the opportunity to grow up as a Girl Scout in Caribe Girl Scout Council in Puerto Rico. In this organization, she was able to exercise her leadership potential at a young age, yet it was not until she started to develop her Girl Scout Silver and Gold Award projects that she learned the true meaning of it.

Laura completed her Gold Award in ninth grade, working for the prevention of child abuse. This project led the way for her to keep following her passion and working for this great cause. Since then, she has created a Child Abuse Awareness Campaign that has been implemented in 116 schools. In 2014, she was selected as a National Young Woman of Distinction. In 2016, Laura was selected as a young delegate for the WAGGGS, Western Hemisphere Conference in Curacao. Laura currently attends Barnard College, Columbia University, NY, and is the youngest Board Member for the World Foundation of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

 

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Eddie Robinson
Area Retail Sales Manager, AT&T

Eddie Robinson started his career with AT&T in 2014 as a Retail Sales Consultant in the Indianapolis, IN market. Currently, he lives in Columbus, OH as an Area Retail Sales Manager. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Lamar University located in Beaumont, TX. He is married to his wife Tatiana, they have 3 daughters, Jordan, Londyn, and Ava. He and his wife enjoy spending time with their kids, and traveling together.

 

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Kym Rock
CEO/Founder/Owner, Fight Like A Girl

Kym Rock is a former victim of domestic violence and cancer survivor who created the Fight Like A Girl program to change the statistics of violence in our world and teach women and kids personal violence prevention.

Fight Like A Girl is an nineteen-year proven program of unique techniques and skills developed by Kym Rock to teach women and girls to think smarter and get away from an attacker, abductor or abuser. 

Our mission is to make a difference in the horrendous statistics of violence and abuse around the world through the teaching of escape techniques and life skills. 

The program encompasses seminars and on-going classes that empower women and kids to have greater self-esteem through knowledge of these physical and mental life skills so they can grow to their full potential. 

Fight Like A Girl is fun, always active and creates a vibrant community of people who can make a difference through personal violence prevention.

Because her life has had a significant impact on changing the way women and girls learn self-defense and what she overcame in her life to be where she is today.. her life is being depicted in a Hollywood Feature Film called “Fight Like A Girl!” The true story of a real female karate kid.

 

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Marcy Rodgers

Marcy is a lifelong learner and a career educator who has found her home in the yoga class.   After teaching in public school, coaching cheerleading and color guard and leading adult fitness classes, she sees that yoga offers another dimension.    Marcy finds joy in knowing that yoga can benefit everyone and focuses on personalizing the practice for each person who comes into the classroom.     Marcy currently teaches hatha yoga to people of varying ages and abilities, including people rehabilitating from injuries or surgery and people with MS.    As an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist, Marcy will work with hospitalized patients as well as people who come to an Urban Zen class to practice self-care and to counteract the effects of stress.    She holds a B.A. in Spanish and Education and an M.A. in Bilingual and Multicultural Education and ESOL.  Marcy is an RYT 200, certified in Thai Massage and an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist (Fall 2017).   She is currently enrolled in the RYT 500 program at Yoga on High in Columbus, Ohio. 

 

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Kathy Rodriguez

Kathy Rodriguez was a 2013 National Young Woman of Distinction.  Kathy was born in Honduras and learned English as a second language in middle school through books.  This life experience was her inspiration behind her Gold Award, a project in which she served the immigrant community in Apopka, FL, through the construction of a new library.  Kathy has overcome extreme poverty, trafficking, and homelessness, with the support of community, Girl Scouts, and a determination to achieve her goals.  She is an advocate for human rights and promoting equity. Kathy is currently in her last year of college at the University of Central Florida where she is studying Biomedical Sciences and plans to attend medical school after graduation.

 

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David Rosenblum
FSA, Senior Partner, Mercer

David Rosenblum is the New York Wealth Business Leader for Mercer.

David has over 25 years of experience in retirement plan design, financial wellness, workforce planning, financial strategy, funding, accounting, retiree medical plans, exit strategy and pension risk management.  He is the actuary to several Fortune 500 companies, two large multiple employer plans, as well as several mid-size companies.

David holds a BA in economics and biology from Colgate University. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and an Enrolled Actuary under ERISA.

 

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Judith Rowland
Senior Manager, U.S. Policy and Advocacy, Global Citizen

Judith Rowland works with Global Citizens around the world who are taking action to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. Over the last five years, more than 8 million registered Global Citizens have contacted world leaders and elected officials to secure major policy commitments on issues including gender equality, health, education, food and hunger, water and sanitation, and climate change, set to affect the lives of more than 1 billion people.

In her role, Rowland helped secure more than 100 co-sponsors on the 2014 Water for the World Act and played a key part in seeing the bill pass through both chambers and be signed into law by President Barack Obama. She also worked with the White House on the launch of First Lady Michelle Obama's #62MillionGirls campaign. Additionally, Rowland was instrumental in securing the passage of the Global Food Security Act, which was signed into law by President Obama in July 2016.

Rowland’s advocacy work has taken her to more than 80 countries. She has lived in Ghana, China, England, and Puerto Rico. She holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Missouri State University and a graduate degree in development studies from the London School of Economics.

 

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Kimberlee Salmond
Vice-President, Research & Impact, Girl Scout Research Institute, GSUSA

Kimberlee Salmond leads the Girl Scout Research Institute, a nationally recognized leader on girl issues and applied research in the public landscape. Kimberlee has authored several publications, including Having It All: Girls and Financial Literacy; Who’s that Girl? Image and Social Media; and Change It Up! What Girls Say About Redefining Leadership, and has contributed to Generation STEM and The State of Girls 2017. She and has presented to a variety of audiences, including SXSW EDU; the Society for Research on Adolescence; the American Evaluation Association; and Women’s Policy Inc. on Capitol Hill, as well as appearing on NPR and Inside Edition. Previously, Kimberlee worked with the Families and Work Institute, National Council for Research on Women, and Legislative Commission on the Economic Status of Women in Minnesota. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota, with a concentration in women and public policy, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Kalamazoo College in Michigan.

 

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Saranya Sathananthan

Saranya Sathananthan is the Outreach Project Manger for Design Squad Global (DSG) at WGBH Educational Foundation. She manages the program’s outreach to national and international educational partners and supports Design Squad Global clubs in the US by facilitating their matching and collaboration with international clubs. She also provides expertise in design engineering content and leads trainings for formal and informal educators at workshops and conferences. She holds a BS degree in Materials Science and Engineering and received her Master’s in Bioengineering from Georgia Tech. Prior to her work at WGBH; she served in the Peace Corps and taught Computer Technology at an Industrial Professional school in Northern Mozambique. 

 

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Angela Shipman
2017 National Young Woman of Distinction, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council

Angela's Rewire Society project is dedicated to fighting insecurity, addressing how society has been conditioned to label and judge certain attributes of a person according to their culture’s standards—causing people of every age, ethnicity, height, weight, and anything “different” to develop varying amounts of insecurity and self-loathing. For this project, Angela used her love of storytelling, her photography and film-directing skills to create a powerful exhibition featuring people of all backgrounds to spread positive images across social media. She made a video encouraging self-awareness which amassed over 3,000 views and 200 followers in the first month and has been used as an inspirational tool for many. She plans to host further exhibitions in the future and continues to amass volunteers today.

 

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Dr. Devonna Sue Shoemaker
Professor Emerita of Biology, St. Francis University

Sue Shoemaker was born and raised in Indiana and was active in Girl Scouts throughout her youth and adult life. As a teen she became a lifeguard at a Hoosier State Park and learned to scuba dive while working there. Sue became a PADI Scuba Instructor in 1975 and a trainer of scuba instructors in 1977 and has utilized scuba for her studies of Coral Reefs since then. She went back to school and completed her PhD in Comparative Immunology in 1993 while studying acidic water conditions’ effects on fish immune responses.  She has studied ecological changes occurring in the ocean and how these changes are affecting coastal and reef ecosystems during years since then.  Establishing an active marine biology program at Saint Francis University in 1994, she has used her scuba training for reef research, traveling with her students to St. Lucia, Bonaire, Roatan, and Belize in the Caribbean, the Galapagos Islands, and to Australia multiple times. In 2000, she became an inaugural member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame.  She is now Professor Emerita of Biology, having retired in 2015, and stays active teaching as an adjunct professor and traveling with students.

 

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Kendra Sinclair
Strategic Partners Manager, Facebook

Over the course of her last seven years at Facebook, Kendra has sought teams and products that bring people real delight and value, which started with media products for public figures like Mentions and Live, and has taken her to the world of Social Good at Facebook. Kendra is beyond thrilled to be able to help nonprofits bring their causes to life for an audience of 2 billion people, and getting to collaborate with Girl Scouts is a real delight, as she was a Brownie and a Girl Scout growing up, in both Toronto and Delaware.

 

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Jean Sinzdak
Associate Director, Center for American Women and Politics

Jean Sinzdak is associate director of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), responsible for developing strategic initiatives and projects as well as general administrative oversight. She directs CAWP's Program for Women Public Officials, which aims to increase the impact of women in politics and make political women's leadership more effective through national, regional, and local events and programs for women officeholders, candidates, and campaign operatives. She is currently expanding the national network of Ready to Run® campaign trainings for women. Sinzdak also oversees CAWP's New Jersey initiatives, including Ready to Run® New Jersey and the Bipartisan Coalition for Women's Appointments. She was a leader in the development of the Diversity Initiative of Ready to Run® New Jersey, designed to attract more women of color to the political process. She is project director of Teach a Girl to Lead™, a national education and awareness campaign to re-envision what public leaders look like, inspire girls and young women to follow in their footsteps, and make women's political leadership visible to America's youth. Prior to joining CAWP, she served as director of outreach and communications at the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) in Washington, DC. Earlier, she worked at the Council for Urban Economic Development, also in Washington, DC. Sinzdak received an M.S.W., specializing in social and economic development, from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a B.A. in English from the University of Scranton.

 

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Irene Skricki
Senior Financial Education Program Analyst, Office of Financial Education, Consumer Education and Engagement Division, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Irene Skricki is the Senior Financial Education Program Analyst in the Office of Financial Education within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Consumer Education and Engagement division.  In this position, which she has held since August 2011, she focuses on promoting effective practices in the financial education field.  Previous to the CFPB, from 1996 to 2011, Irene was a Senior Associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where she managed the financial stability portfolio, with a focus on innovation, consumer protection, financial access, and wealth building for low-income families. She has also held positions at the Ford Foundation and the Coalition on Human Needs.  Irene has a Bachelor of Science degree from MIT and a Masters of Public Affairs degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.

 

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Dr. Mary Eisele Slack

Dr. Mary Eisele Slack is clinical faculty at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis/St. Paul MN. As faculty her areas of specialty include: leadership, management, organization behavior and project management.

Mary also owns her own consulting company. In the last 20 years she has consulted with over 200 organizations. She helps organizations be more effective through coaching, leadership development, process improvement, strategic planning and team effectiveness.

Mary is a lifelong Girl Scout. She is involved at the council level, works with neighboring councils and is an National Volunteer Partner for GSUSA. She was one of the founding members of the River Valleys Alumnae Association and still serves on the leadershipboard. She received the Girl Scouts Thanks Award for her work in the River Valleys Council.

 

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Debbie Sterling
GoldieBlox Founder and CEO

Debbie Sterling is the Founder and CEO of Goldieblox, the award-winning children’s multimedia company disrupting the pink aisle in toy stores globally and challenging gender stereotypes with the world’s first girl engineer character.

Debbie is an engineer, entrepreneur, and one of the leaders in the movement toward empowering girls to build their confidence, dreams, and ultimately, their futures. She was named TIME’s “Person of the Moment,” honored by the National Retail Foundation as one of 25 “People Shaping Retail’s Future,” and was recently added to Fortune Magazine’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list. In 2015, Debbie was inducted as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship and honored by the National Women’s History Museum with a “Living Legacy” Award for her work to empower girls around the world. Debbie received her degree in Engineering at Stanford University in 2005. 

 

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Alex Stetler
Senior, Bishop Fenwick High School

My name is Alex Stetler and this is my thirteenth year in Girl Scouts. I am a senior at Bishop Fenwick High School in Franklin, Ohio. I have attended three Destinations and also have traveled to Europe with my grandmother. Through my Destinations, I have traveled to Costa Rica, Panama, Arizona, and Iceland. My troop of five girls is planning a final trip after graduation next summer. Since starting high school I have participated in the CIT (Counselor-in-training) program at resident camp. I have also worked as a junior instructor at Troop Adventure camp for the past two years. Currently, I am working on my Gold Award to start a service club at my school. In addition to Girl Scouts I have been a member of my school’s bowling team for three years and enjoy working at a local corn maze in the fall. I am a huge Harry Potter fan, and I also enjoy spending time with my dog Pete.

 

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Julie Sygiel

Julie Sygiel is an entrepreneur, freelance strategy consultant, and Forbes Contributor. She is the founder of Dear Kate, a startup that makes high performance underwear and yoga pants. While under Julie’s leadership, Dear Kate was recognized as a leader in the body-positive movement and was a pioneer in developing functional garments for women.

Julie co-founded The Lady Project, a non-profit that connects, inspires, and showcases ambitious women in 18 cities across the country. She is also a member of the Girl Scouts of the USA National Board of Directors and has a special place in her heart for Girl Scout Cookies given that she sold 10,000 boxes while growing up.

Forbes Magazine recognized Julie in their 2016 “30 Under 30” awards and she has been interviewed by the BBC, CNBC’s Squawk Box, and Business Insider. Her writing has been published in Forbes, The Guardian, and The Wall Street Journal. Julie graduated in 2009 from Brown University with a degree in chemical engineering.

Julie currently lives in Krakow, Poland where she is working on a new business idea and trying her best to learn Polish.

 

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Fariha Tayyab

Fariha is an artist and global nomad currently residing in Columbus, Ohio by way of Houston. As writer, educator, and photographer she is known for her social justice activism. In this way, Fariha remains committed to resistance by storytelling through her writing and photography.

Fariha has won awards for her spoken word and written poetry and continues to perform locally. She is currently working on a full length written manuscript about our universal struggles, documenting the everyday lives of Haitians gathered from social research. In honor of Muhammad Ali, she is also working a documentary photography project 'I too am America,' exploring the unique interests and talents of young men of color in her local community.  No matter the project, her purpose remains fiercely loyal to representing the unheard voices by utilizing art as a vehicle for social progress.

In her adult-ish life Fariha has developed fluency in four languages through studying/living abroad in more than 10 countries, teaching English, and continuously exploring the global landscape to further understand the human condition. As a daughter of Pakistani immigrants, her parents have instilled in her the mindset to think globally and act locally. Thus Fariha is committed to her local community through serving youth, formerly incarcerated, homeless, and new American community.

 

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Laurie Thompson
Owner, Engineering for Kids of Central Ohio

Laurie Thompson is the owner of Engineering for Kids of Central Ohio. In 2014 she opened this location with her husband Michael. With two young children at home, the idea of providing their community with STEM enrichment opportunities not readily available was very compelling. Laurie has a finance, data analysis, and customer service management background.  Laurie’s focus on connecting with community centers and schools in the Central Ohio area over the past 3 years has allowed Engineering for Kids programs to be brought to several local areas increasing convenience for parents and creating awareness for the program which focuses on critical thinking, problem solving and having fun!

 

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Grechen Throop
Director of Membership, American Camp Association

Grechen Throop is director of membership with the American Camp Association (ACA). One of her roles is to help current members navigate ACA’s resources, and in turn to provide them with the right tools to run safer, higher quality summer camps. Grechen has a BA in environmental science and is passionate about kids and the outdoors. Some of her early outdoor experiences were as a Girl Scout, where she was first introduced to terms like “erosion” and “protect the environment.” She considers her childhood Girl Scout troop leader to be one of the five most important adult mentors in her life. Grechen also led her daughter’s Girl Scout troop from Brownies through Seniors. She has held various positions with the American Camp Association over 18 years.

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Dr. Noelle N. Trent

Dr. Noelle N. Trent is the Director of Interpretation, Collections & Education at the National Civil Rights Museum. She earned a Masters in Public History, and a PhD in United States history from Howard University in Washington, DC. Dr. Trent is an accomplished public historian and has worked with several noted organizations and projects including: the National Archives and Records Administration, the National Park Service, the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture where she contributed to the exhibition Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation 1876 - 1968.

Dr. Trent believes in history’s relevance to current society. She has been a contributor to the African American Intellectual History Society’s blog. Recently, she was featured in “Breaking Free: An Underground Special” for the WGNAmerica drama Underground.

 

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Sadie Trigg
Chief User Therapist, Bitsbox

Sadie Trigg was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado and was a Brownie and Girl Scout for several years. Her favorite Girl Scouts memory is getting to be a part of the 'Lights of December' Parade in Boulder. Sadie graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, and when she's not having a blast teaching coding with Bitsbox, she’s an actor in plays and musicals all over Colorado. Sadie plays catcher in the Boulder City Softball League and is an avid reader. Her favorite books include 'Everything is Illuminated' by Jonathan Safran Foer and the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks.

 

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Damion Tucker
Community Relations Senior Administrator, Toyota Financial Services

Damion Tucker is a Community Relations Sr. Analyst with Toyota Financial Services. In this role, Damion is responsible for all youth development and upward mobility strategies to include the Road to Success Program, Making Life Easier Scholarships and Internships and national partnerships with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Scholarship America.

Damion was born in Princeton, New Jersey and raised in several townships in Mercer County. He graduated from Ewing High school where he played on the varsity Basketball team and ran track.

Damion holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications from Morgan State University.

After college, Damion held several jobs before landing a position with Toyota Financial Services in 2002. 15 years later he is still with the company and loves his current role as a Community Relation Sr. Analyst. Damion is very passionate about giving back to the community and is grateful that he is able to work for a company that shares his passion.

In Damion’s spare time, he serves on the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore, is a High School/AAU basketball official, and a full time husband and father to his 19 year old daughter and 11 year old son.

 

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Mary Turzillo
Author

Mary Turzillo’s latest novel is Mars Girls, Apex 2017.  Her novelette, ”Mars Is no Place for Children,” won the 2000 Nebula. Her Lovers & Killers won the 2013 Elgin Award.   She has been a finalist on the British Science Fiction, Stoker, Dwarf Stars, and Rhysling ballots. Her work has appeared in Asimov's, Analog, F&SF, Goblin Fruit, Ikarie, Strange Horizons, and other magazines and anthologies, and has been translated into French, Mandarin, Italian, Czech, German, and Russian.   Sweet Poison, with Marge Simon, won the 2015 Elgin Award.  Another collaboration with Simon, Satan’s Sweethearts, was published in 2017. Bonsai Babies, a dark fantasy short story collection, came out in 2016. A Professor Emeritus of Kent State University, she lives in Berea, Ohio, with her NASA scientist-author husband, Dr. Geoffrey Landis. She represented the US in the Veteran World Championships in foil fencing in Stralsund, Germany, in in 2016.

 

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USA Girl Scouts Overseas

USA Girl Scouts Overseas (USAGSO) brings Girl Scouts to the daughters of military, foreign service, and American expatriate families around the world, and to girls in American or International schools. An operating unit of Girl Scouts of the USA, USAGSO ensures that no matter where American families move, they will have access to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Originally known as Lone Troops on Foreign Soil, Girl Scouts’ overseas program began in 1925 with a single troop of 18 girls in Shanghai, China. Today, USAGSO supports over 11,500 girl members and 5,000 volunteers in 97 countries around the world. USAGSO members are supported by a staff team in three locations: New York, located at Girl Scout headquarters in New York City; North Atlantic in Vicenza, Italy; and West Pacific at Camp Zama, Japan.

 

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Meridith Valiando Rojas
Co-Founder and CEO of DigiTour Media

Meridith Valiando Rojas is the Co-Founder and CEO of DigiTour Media, the largest producer of live events featuring social media talent. In her role as CEO, Valiando Rojas has overseen the production of over 500 live events and hundreds of thousands of tickets across the United States and abroad and has helped to launch the careers of top digital talent. DigiTour has emerged as one of the fastest growing teen media brands out there today. She’s been recently hailed as a ‘digital media mogul’ by Variety and named to both the Variety 2017 and 2016 Power of Women Impact Reports and the 2015 30 Digital Entertainment Execs to Watch. As well as named one of 2017 Adweek’s Young Influentials. Forbes has touted Valiando as “Bringing YouTube to Concert Halls.” She was also named as one of Cosmopolitan’s 2015 50 Fun and Fearless Women, and has received the Cynopsis Digital 2015 and 2017 Top Women in Digital Awards. In 2015, Viacom acquired a significant minority stake in the company along with additional investments from LionTree and Slow Ventures. Other investors include Ryan Seacrest, Advance Publications, Inc., the parent company of Condé Nast, Guy Oseary, and Ben Silverman.

In 2017, she and husband Chris Rojas partnered with Disney to form a digital first record label for the new generation, RMI. Valiando Rojas was tapped as an advisor to new Bauer publication and J-14 offshoot, “Teen Boss” magazine. She is a frequent speaker on digital entertainment and influencer marketing, and has emerged as one of the most sought after thought leaders on the subject of Gen Z. Valiando Rojas is currently writing her first book “Selfie Made” a how-to-guide on how to launch your online career as a creator or entrepreneur, which is set to be released in 2018 by St. Martin’s Press. Valiando Rojas is passionate about empowering leadership in young girls. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and co-founder Chris, and their daughter Penny Lane.

 

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Ishwarya Vardhani
Wolfram Research

Ishwarya (Ish) Vardhani works in the Partnerships group at Wolfram Research. She is passionate about education, developing engaging content, leading several outreach programs, and helping to coordinate Wolfram's educational efforts in Computational Thinking. Ish holds a Masters degree in Mathematics, and taught undergraduate level math prior to joining Wolfram. Apart from work, she loves to garden and to cook, and is always up for learning new things. She is thrilled to participate in GIRL 2017, and looks forward to an enriching and memorable time.

 

Village-Watoto Storytellers

The Village-Watoto Storytellers are energetic, youthful scholars who enjoy traveling and telling stories. Today's storytellers are Grace Auls, a junior majoring in theatre at Otterbein University and Melahni Ibokette, an eight grader at Linden-McKinley STEM Academy. They will be assisted by Montye Ibokette. The Village-Watoto Storytellers have attended the NABS (National Association of Black Storytellers) Festival and performed on the Youth Program at the festival from 2011 to 2016. They are preparing to attend the festival in Wichita, Kansas, in 2017. They were honored to be  selected to perform at the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Columbus Arts Festival in Columbus, Ohio. Emily E. Bailey is the founder and artistic director of the Village-Watoto Storytellers.

 

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Emely Villeda-Principe
Associate Application Developer, AT&T

Emely Villeda-Principe is a recent graduate from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. She double majored in Creative Computing and Computer Science, with a minor in Art. When she wasn't programming or creating ceramics in the art studio, she worked with her LULAC council on different cultural and volunteering events. She loves designing and programming, so she aims to work in UX development, where she will use research to create better designs for a variety of applications. Currently, she is an Associate Application Developer at AT&T in Dallas.

 

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Pree Walia
Co-Founder and CEO, Preemadonna

Pree Walia is a co-founder and CEO of Preemadonna. She spent four years in the hardware space working at high growth venture backed start-ups focused on LED lighting and building automation services. Previously, Pree raised capital, managed political outreach and worked for Steve Westly, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and other progressive campaigns between 2003-2008. She holds a MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from Northwestern University. She is passionate about causes that impact women and girls and is a certified volunteer domestic violence counselor. Pree serves on the Board of Advisors for MakerGirl, a nonprofit that inspires young girls to pursue STEM fields. Pree hails from the American South and is a proud alum of Girl Scouts Louisiana East where she joined as a Brownie.

 

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Skye Walton
Master Instructor, Divas In Defense

A certified instructor with Divas In Defense since 2013, Skye has been instrumental in building the Atlanta market. As a graduate of Georgia State University and an Atlanta native, she has a passion for protection.

Skye is a 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has accomplished many medals in trophies in years of tournament competition. She has streamlined our Girls Can Fight Too program, self-defense for girls as young as four. In 2016, Skye was promoted as the company’s first female, Master Instructor.

 

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Melissa Atkins Wardy
Author, “Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Sexualizing and Stereotyping of Girls, Birth to Tween”

Melissa Atkins Wardy aims to shift the way people think about childhood. Since 2009 she has been creating meaningful change by fighting gender stereotypes, practicing media literacy, working with media content creators, and showing parents and educators around the world how childhood is impacted by marketing, sexualization, negative body image, and strict gender roles.

Melissa has spoken to schools, universities, corporations, professional organizations, members of Congress, women's organizations, the Girl Scouts, and parent groups about these issues. Her insight into girl culture and feminist parenting has been sought by some of the largest children’s and women’s media content creators, such as Mattel, Disney, Amazon Kids, Dove, and ABC Family.

Her critically-acclaimed, award winning book “Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Sexualizing and Stereotyping of Girls, Birth to Tween” was published in 2014. Launched in 2009, Melissa’s empowering children’s clothing line, Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddies, has received national attention.

Her work has been featured on New York Times, NPR, CNN, TODAY Show, Forbes, Al Jazeera, NY Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Mashable, BuzzFeed, Earnshaw’s, Marie Claire, Ms Blog, and Women You Should Know, to name a few.

 

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Danni Washington
Co-Founder, Big Blue & You

This rising marine biologist and science communicator has transformed her childhood passion for the sea into exciting outreach endeavors that inspire kids and adults alike about the wonders of the ocean.

“I am deeply passionate about our blue planet,” says Danni Washington, noted science communicator, ocean advocate, TV host and eco-entrepreneur in summing up her long-standing affinity with marine conservation. “I’ve been an ocean lover for as long as I can remember,” she adds. “The Big Blue continually gives me energy, freedom and peace. That is why I decided to dedicate my life to protecting the sea that I love so dearly.”

A native of Miami, FL, Danni -- who graduated from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science with a Bachelor´s of Science degree in Marine Science/Biology -- has already put her passion into action in exciting, high-profile ways.  At age 21, she co-founded the non-profit organization called Big Blue & You, which is dedicated to inspiring and educating youth about marine conservation through the arts and media.

In her latest science communication project she serves as the host of a new STEM educational TV Series which features the most current advances in bio-inspired technology called  Xploration- Nature Knows Best which Season 2 airs nationwide on FOX, September 9th 2017. Season 1 episodes can now be viewed on Hulu & Amazon Prime.

Danni is also co-creator and producer of called “Sea Youth Rise Up” which is a collaborative effort to elevate the role of youth leadership in ocean conservation policy and advocacy on World Oceans Day.  For more information, please visit https://www.danniwashington.com/

 

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Peg Weissinger

Dr. Peg Weissinger is a faculty member of the George Washington University Dept. of Educational Leadership, Regional Director of the American Association of Medical Colleges Leadership Training for Medical Faculty, and Director and faculty for the George Washington Medical Center Leadership Training for Medical Faculty.  She also serves as the Associate Dean for Assessment and involved faculty in Strategic planning.  She served as a troop leader, trainer and many other volunteer positions at her home Girl Scout Council.  She had previously served as an NOV and is currently a member of the NVP Advisory Team.  Peggy has received GSUSA's Thanks Badge and Thanks Badge II.  She holds an MBA from Georgetown University and an Ed.D in Higher Education Administration with a focus on Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University.

 

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Tiffany Wellinghoff
Executive Director, Thirty-One Gifts

Tiffany Wellinghoff is an Executive Director with Thirty-One Gifts, a wife, and mother to 4 beautiful girls. She previously comes from a Corporate Marketing and Higher Education background and was able to leave her corporate job to stay at home with her children because of Thirty-One. Her direct sales business has allowed her to combine her love of sales and marketing with her love of teaching and sharing. She has been a trainer and speaker at Thirty-One's national conference as well as numerous leadership retreats, and is a current member of the 2017-2018 Leadership Council and 2017-2018 Gives Care Council.  She is driven by her passion to serve others and help women become true entrepreneurs and create financial freedom for their families.  At the heart of who she is, is her faith and family, and most importantly raising her 4 beautiful daughters to become strong, confident women.  Her oldest 2 daughters are have been actively involved in the Girl Scout family for 4 years as a Cookie Mom, currently representing GSWO Troop 47948!

 

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Niki Werkheiser
In-Space Manufacturing (ISM) Project Manager, National Aeronautics and Space Administration  

Niki Werkheiser is the NASA In-space Manufacturing (ISM) Project Manager.  Niki is responsible for developing the on-demand manufacturing technologies required for sustainable, long-duration space missions to destinations such as Mars. The ISM portfolio includes the 3D Printing Technology Demonstration payload on the International Space Station, which made history by being the first 3D Printer to manufacture parts in space, as well as in-space recycling, bioprinting, printable electronics, and more. The project heavily leverages these rapidly-evolving commercial technologies here on earth for adaptation to the space environment.

Previous to this role, Niki served as the Project Manager for NASA’s Ares Crew Safety and Reliability Office. Ms. Werkheiser spent the majority of her career in NASA’s Space Shuttle and International Space Station Programs Payload Offices where she designed, developed, integrated, and operated multiple NASA payloads. Niki works for Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA and is stationed at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL.

 

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Christine Todd Whitman
President, The Whitman Strategy Group (WSG)

Christine Todd Whitman is the President of The Whitman Strategy Group (WSG), a consulting firm that specializes in energy and environmental issues.

Governor Whitman served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from January of 2001 until June of 2003. She was the 50th Governor of the State of New Jersey, serving as its first woman governor from 1994 until 2001.

She is the author of a New York Times best seller called “It’s My Party Too”, which was published in January of 2005 and released in paperback in March 2006.

Governor Whitman serves on the Board of Directors of United Technologies Corporation. She is a member of Terrestrial Energy’s International Advisory Board and holds an Executive Masters Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors.

Governor Whitman also serves on a number of non-profit organizations including as Chairman of the American Security Project and Vice-Chairman of the Trustees of the Eisenhower Fellowships. She is a member of the Senior Advisory Committee of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University and a member of the National Advisory Committees for the Women’s Coalition for Common Sense and the Presidential Climate Action Project.

 

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Jessica Wichtman-Will
Engagement & Events Manager, YWCA Columbus

Jessica Wichtman-Will is the Engagement & Events Manager with YWCA Columbus, where eliminating racism and empowering women is the mission of the organization with a focus on supportive services and leadership opportunities for women. Jessica spent 8 years managing community engagement and the volunteer & donations program at YWCA Columbus’ Family Center, a temporary shelter for homeless families and now has expanded her role into event management within the organization. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Bowling Green State University and has been with YWCA Columbus since 2008.  Prior to putting her passion to work at YWCA Columbus, she explored other fields in customer service, worker’s compensation, and volunteering.

 

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Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE
Chief Executive Officer, League of Women Voters of the United States

Dr. Wylecia Wiggs Harris is the Chief Executive Officer of the League of Women Voters of the United States and the League of Women Voters Education Fund. She leads the nonpartisan political organization, whose mission is to encourage informed and active participation in government, work to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influence public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters is active in all fifty states with more than 730 active chapters nationwide and more than 400,000 members and supporters. Under her leadership, the League registered tens of thousands of new voters in 2016 and supported more than 4 million voters with the online voting tool VOTE411.org.

Dr. Harris joined the League in September 2015, after most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer at the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Nurses Foundation (ANF). Prior to ANA, she was Executive Director of the Center for American Nurses and Executive Director of the Maryland-based Sister to Sister Foundation, and she has held multiple local, regional, and national positions with the American Heart Association.

Dr. Harris holds a PhD in organizational development from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota; a master of management degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois; and both a bachelor and honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Wittenberg University, in Springfield, Ohio. She is an ASAE-certified executive director and certified facilitator for leadership assessments through the Center for Creative Leadership. 

 

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Nancy Winfrey
International Sales, American Airlines

Nancy Winfrey, PhD has been educating adults for twenty years in pastoral, corporate, and nonprofit settings. She also directs a 501(C) 3 NGO supporting education in a Guatemalan squatter community. When she is not working or volunteering for Girl Scouts she can be found on the trail, in the kitchen, or reading a book on the front porch.

 

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Alyson Woodard
Assistant Vice President, Ohio Entertainment Market, AT&T

Alyson is currently an Assistant Vice President in the Ohio Entertainment Market.  Alyson is responsible for accelerating an integrated customer experience through a highly developed and engaged workforce. 

Alyson Woodard has been with AT&T since 2003 and has enjoyed a wide variety of assignments across different organizations within the company. Most recently, Alyson was running a global Advanced Technical Support team with responsibility for managing the customer experience and sales results for several lines of business in multiple call centers. Prior to her roles in the Care organization, she spent time in the South Texas Retail Market supporting Sales Operations. In 2009, she was privileged to be involved on the launch team for AT&T University, with responsibility for Leading with Distinction, AT&T’s flagship Executive Development program. 

She started her career in Business Sales including Enterprise accounts and later Sales Management in the Government, Education and Medical arena. It was there she began managing a team and discovered a passion for developing others, which she continues to pursue in her organization today. 

Alyson attributes her team’s success to their strong focus on employee development and achieving results through a highly engaged and diverse workforce. 

Raised in Austin, Texas, Alyson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas.  She cheers (loudly) for the Oklahoma Sooners. She and her husband Ben are enjoying their new home in the Buckeye state with their two boys, Archie and William and their dog Lloyd.

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Yue Ying
2017 National Young Woman of Distinction, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

After moving to the United States in 2014 as an international student from China and having an externship in a pediatrics in her free time, Yue learned the importance of cleaning hands. Growing up in Ningbo China, she often saw patients waiting in long lines inside or outside of the doctor’s office, and she noticed that the doctors at local clinics in her community often were too busy to get up and walk to a nearby sink to wash or sanitize their hands in between seeing patients. At the meanwhile, some patients were too eager to go home after seeing the doctors and waiting for a long time in the local clinics that they often forgot to wash hands, and some other patients waited to wash hands until they got back. Sanitizer was not commonly used or available in China. Yue took action by raising funds to purchase bottles of hand sanitizer, and received pocket-sized hand sanitizers as a donation from Trader Joe’s. She then created posters and hundreds of brochures in both English and Chinese, hosted four lectures in community schools, and spent five days observing the local citizens. Her Hand in Hand sanitizer project was praised, recognized and highly supported by the local departments which are now paying high attention to this issue and providing hand sanitizer to local community hospitals every month.

 

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Brooke Yoakam
Founder, GiftPocket

Brooke Yoakam is a high school freshman, actively involved in both student council and the soccer team. As the child of two small business owners, Yoakam was instilled with an entrepreneurial spirit from a young age. She has always had drive, vision and the tenacity to succeed. She is also the Founder of GiftPocket, the ultimate shopping app for teenagers, that allow them to have their gift cards with them at all times in a digital wallet. Brooke came up with the idea of GiftPocket in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy and is currently an engaged client with Rev 1 Ventures. During Brooke’s journey, she has the opportunity to speak at Rev 1 Ventures Demo Day and gave a TedxTalk discussing the risk of being a teen entrepreneur. Follow her continued journey at giftpocket.com or @giftpocketapp on social media.

 

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Princess Young
Cyber Education & Awareness, Office of Cybersecurity & Communication, Department of Homeland Security

Princess Young is currently the Program Lead for National Awareness Programs in the Cybersecurity Education and Awareness (CE&A) branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity & Communications (CS&C).  CE&A strives to promote and advance cybersecurity awareness, outreach, education, training, and workforce development throughout public and private sectors.

Ms. Young’s responsibilities within CE&A include managing and coordinating the plan and strategic execution of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) that takes place each October at the federal and national level.  She also directs strategic communications for the Stop.Think.Connect.TM Campaign, a national cybersecurity awareness campaign that aims to teach safer online practices to all Americans. This program works to engage multiple stakeholders – government agencies, non-profit organizations and academic institutions – into a collaborative national cybersecurity awareness effort throughout the year.

Ms. Young holds an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration degree in Information Assurance from Idaho State University.