Myrtle Potter Honored by Girl Scouts with National Woman of Distinction Award

Genentech COO to be celebrated at San Francisco power lunch.


February 10, 2004

Michele Landa Riggio
Girl Scouts of the USA
(212) 852-8578

Jennifer Gregory
Patrice Tanaka & Company, Inc.
(212) 229-0500, ext.249

New York, N.Y.—Myrtle Potter, a leader in the biotechnology industry as Genentech Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, will receive the esteemed Girl Scouts of the USA National Woman of Distinction Award. The award will be presented to Potter on February 11, 2004, at the 2004 Profiles in Strength Power Lunch in San Francisco, California. It is given to women who, as pioneers in their fields and as representatives of a diverse spectrum of professional and personal accomplishments, are stellar role models for today's girls.

"Research from the National Science Foundation tells us that women comprise just 25% of the technology workforce and a mere 10% of the nation's top technology jobs," says Kathy Cloninger, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the USA. "Myrtle Potter's career accomplishments exemplify what can be achieved when we encourage and support girls' interests in areas they've traditionally not been represented in, such as science, technology, engineering, and math. We are honored to celebrate her success with the National Woman of Distinction Award."

For her accomplishments, Potter was recently recognized in Fortune magazine's 2003 "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" list. She also appeared in Fortune's 2002 list of "Most Powerful Black Executives" and Time magazine's 2002 list of "Global Influentials." During the February 11 event, she'll also be presented with the Girl Scouts of San Francisco Bay Area's Beacon Award, an honor that celebrates the success of women in business whose professional accomplishments inspire every girl, everywhere.

Proceeds from the awards luncheon will be used to further girls' interests in science, technology, engineering, and math. This celebration is another example of Girl Scouts of the USA's commitment to girls and will help ensure their leadership roles in the workforce of the future.

About Girl Scouts of the USA

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.8 million girls and adults. Now in its 91st year, GSUSA continues to help cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults. In Girl Scouting—and its special girls-only environment—girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. 91 Years. Girl Scouts. Still Growing Strong. Visit us at www.girlscouts.org.