As Cookie Sales Wind Down, Girl Scouts Of Northeast Texas Announce Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison To Keynote Women Of Distinction Luncheon

There is absolutely no truth to the rumors that the Girl Scouts are running low on cookies. Not only are there plenty of stashes of Samoas, Thin Mints, Tagalongs and other cookies still available, but there is additional news.

Inside word has just arrived that Women of Distinction Luncheon Co-chairs Laura Downing and Susan Glassmoyer have arranged for Dr. Mae Jemison (aka the first African American woman in space) to be the keynote speaker for the Friday, November 3rd Girl Scouts fundraiser at the Omni Dallas’ Dallas Ballroom.

Mae Jemison*

According to Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Bartkowski, “We are honored to welcome Dr. Jemison as our keynote speaker at the Women of Distinction Luncheon. Dr. Jemison, a former Girl Scout herself, is a representation of who we want our girls to be – a female not afraid to take risks, someone who has the courage to enter a field where she may be in the minority, and a woman with the boldness to advocate for her ideas. We all look forward to hearing Dr. Jemison’s inspiring story.”

As for the recipients of the “outstanding women leaders” awards in Life Achievement, Women of Distinction, Young Women of Distinction and Man Enough, that news is yet to come. Be patient. It’s slated to be announced this spring.

BTW, deadline for nominations is Thursday, February 23. Ah, shoot! That’s just around the corner.

As for the cookies, they’ll be available in this neck of the woods until Sunday, February 26. But don’t wait til the last minute.

And as you’re munching away on your cookies, why not nominate that special person for an award and  lock down your place at the Women of Distinction Luncheon now? Mae’s talk should be out of this world.

* Photo provided by Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas

Women Of Distinction Luncheon Proved Girl Scouts Of Northeast Texas Ain’t Your Grandma’s Girl Scouts

Instead of serving up white wine or Arnold Palmers, perhaps event planners should have been offering Benadryl and Puffs. With the temperatures feeling quite at home in the 90s. Sniffles and red noses were bad enough thanks to the seasonal allergies. But the demands of Wednesday, October 14, forced the nonprofit supporters to leave their ills at home and raise funds.

It all started off with the immediately collision of the Center for BrainHealth team holding their Institute for Brain Performance groundbreaking at the same time as the reception for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas’s Women of Distinction Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole’s Chantilly Ballroom for nearly a thousand.

Gene Jones, Jenna Hager and Laura Bush

Gene Jones, Jenna Hager and Laura Bush

The choices were definitely a challenge. But former First Lady Laura Bush and daughter Jenna Bush Hager opted for the Anatole event joining Gene Jones, Nancy Dedman and Ruth Altshuler tableside.

Just a couple of tables away, Luncheon Chair Katherine Coker joined Women of Distinction Awardee Jan Rees-Jones and her husband Trevor Rees-Jones and Young Women of Distinction Awardees Devin Bray and Sruthi Tummala.

Katherine Coker, Beth McHaney and Olivia Coker

Katherine Coker, Beth McHaney and Olivia Coker

Another highlight of the luncheon for Katherine was having both her mom Beth McHaney and 10-year-old daughter Olivia Coker on hand. BTW, Katherine is a third-generation Girl Scout and Olivia is already on board to make it a four-generation Girl Scout family.

Nearby were presenting sponsor AT&T’s Holly Reed, Erle Nye, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas COO Carri Baker Wells, Garrett Boone,  and Sally Hoglund.

Holly Reed, Erle Nye and Carri Baker Wells

Holly Reed, Erle Nye and Carri Baker Wells

Line up of scouts

Line up of scouts

Garrett Boone and Jan Rees-Jones

Garrett Boone and Jan Rees-Jones

To get the program started, girls representing various stages of the scouts lined up on the stage and with mic in hand each told how Girl Scouts had impacted them. Then emcee Clarice Tinsley introduced Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas CEO Jennifer Bartkowski, who let the guests know that today’s scouts are still selling cookies and camping, but they are also charging into the high-tech STEM world. Proudly she spoke of the October 16th groundbreaking of the STEM Center of Excellence at Camp Whispering Cedars in South Dallas with renderings being shown on the mammoth screens on both sides of the stage. The $13M living laboratory will allow girls “in kindergarten through 12th grade to explore science, technology, engineering and math programs, activities and careers.”

Phase One of the Center including The Rees-Jones Foundation Welcome Center and The Hoglund Foundation Girl Program Center is scheduled to open in spring 2016.

Devin Bray

Devin Bray

Sruthi Tummala

Sruthi Tummala

Then it was time for the presentation of the awards by Jennifer and Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Board of Directors Chair Kit Addleman. Both Devin and Sruthi gave incredibly articulate acceptance speeches that more than impressed Girl Scouts alumnae and the suits in the crowd.

Philanthropist Jan R-J was then presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. While she admitted that she was “truly outside my comfort zone” being at the podium, she felt her message was important to tell. When she first visited Camp Whispering Cedars, she thought, “This place needs a makeover. We knew then that we wanted to get involved. It’s not so much about how it looks on the outside, as much as it is about what goes on inside.” She continued saying that the Girl Scout model of leadership and character had convinced the R-J family to invest in the project and “We have never looked back since.”

Kit Addleman, Anna Michele Bobadilla and Jennifer Bartkowski

Kit Addleman, Anna Michele Bobadilla and Jennifer Bartkowski

Greg Miller

Greg Miller

Next up was Anna Michele Bobadilla who received the Women of Distinction Award. Unfortunately, Anna’s co-recipient Tincy Miller was unable to attend the luncheon due to being under the weather. In her place was her son Greg Miller, who ended up being the only fella on the stage during the event.

Following the awards presentation, AT&T Services Inc. General Attorney Cynthia Malone introduced keynote speaker Reshma Saujani, founder/CEO of Girls Who Code and author of “Women Who Don’t Wait In Line.”

Her selection as speaker was right on target with the day’s theme of girls embracing the world of technology. In addition to giving a tip of the hat to Devin and Sruthi, Reshma provided fuel to the flame that gals cannot only study computer sciences, they can excel.

The 39-year-old Yale Law School grad admitted that she did not know how to code and she had lost two elections for public office. But she followed that up saying her failed runs for office had resulted in her developing and growing Girls Who Code “to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.”

Since beginning in 2012, Girls Who Code has involved more than 3,860 girls in 29 states. Her goal is to raise that number to 1.15M by 2020.

Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani

According to Reshma, 37% of all computer science graduates were women back in 1984. Today that number is only 18% despite the fact that women in STEM jobs earn 33% more than non-STEM females.

Reshma told of two Girls Who Code [Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser], who created a game called Tampon Run. They wanted to create a game that took the stigma out of menstruation. Not just for themselves and their friends, but for young women throughout the world. In some cultures girls leave school when this natural development begins.

Reshma added that she doubted a boy would have come up with such an idea to fight the taboo.

So, how can people help girls succeed?

  • Build a sisterhood like Girls Scouts.
  • Expose girls to the opportunities available to them.
  • Provide access for role models.
  • Recognize that failure can make one more resilient.

In her efforts for “world domination” this year, she said that two keys things are required:

  • Pop culture — When the personal computer was introduced in the 80s, it was marketed almost exclusively to boys/men. Girls didn’t have that experience. A programmer myth started that only nerds were involved in high tech. As an example, she said that once “Ally McBeal,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “LA Law” appeared on TV, girls thought, “I want to do that.” So, the pop culture is necessary to attract a new generation of young women to science, technology engineering and medicine.
  • The country needs to wake up and incorporate coding in the educational system. Other countries required computer science to graduate. “Time is running out and if we as a national don’t wake up and understand how important it is to build a pipeline of talent, to build the next companies of tomorrow, to find a cure for cancer, we’re gonna miss out. Not only will our girls miss out, but we as Americans are going to miss out.

In conclusion, Reshma emphasized how very huge the STEM Center of Excellence will be for the development of girls.

Girl Scouts Of Northeast Texas Gather For Women Of Distinction Luncheon Host Committee Reception At Trina Turk

While The Dallas Opera lovers were sipping and shopping at NorthPark’s Mulberry for the First Sight/First Night announcement reception on Wednesday, September 2, girls of all ages were gathered at Trina Turk in Highland Park Village with the munchies being provided by Bistro 31. Here’s a report from the field:

“The Host Committee of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Women of Distinction Luncheon gathered to celebrate the upcoming event at Trina Turk. Hosted by Luncheon Chair Katherine Coker, Maggie Kipp and Suzy Gekiere, more than 70 ladies attended the party sipping champagne while conversations bubbled with excitement swapping summer vacation stories, back-to-school details and plans for the fall.

Katherine Coker and Olivia Coker*

Katherine Coker and Olivia Coker*

“The Women of Distinction Luncheon is the largest fundraiser for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas and will be on Wednesday, October 14, at the Hilton Anatole. Each year it recognizes outstanding women leaders in the community. This year’s recipients include the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Jan Rees-Jones, two Women of Distinction Tincy Miller and Michele Bobadilla and two Young Women of Distinction Devin Bray and Sruthi Tummala.

“Keynote speaker Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code (girlswhocode.com), will share an inspiring message about the critical need to introduce girls to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to pursue 21st century opportunities. Girls Who Code has received a lot of press recently and has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today.

“’This ties beautifully to our luncheon,’ said Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas CEO Jennifer Bartkowski, who was beaming with enthusiasm over the new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Center of Excellence project in South Dallas, where girls can explore STEM programs and careers in a ‘living laboratory.’

“’We have raised more than $7 million to date and are set to finish phase one construction by the end of the year! In fact, Jan Rees-Jones was our first donor to the STEM Center of Excellence!’

Jennifer Bartkowski*

Jennifer Bartkowski*

“She said this is an important time to be a Girl Scout and that the experience is more than selling cookies. Girl Scouts help instill courage, confidence and character while teaching critical thinking and problem solving skills.

“Jennifer concluded saying, ’This event will raise more than $500,000 to invest in girls, and we hope to introduce new friends to Girl Scouts to elevate our brand and tell our story.’

“Underscoring Jennifer’s message, Katherine said she loved the Girl Scouts because it gives girls an opportunity to reach their full potential. ‘I feel there is no greater gift we can give to the next generation of young women.’

“Katherine thanked the Host Committee members for all they had done to make the event a huge success and encouraged Host Committee members to put tables together that included young girls.

“’This year we are offering a special youth ticket so be sure to bring your daughter’s and their friends so they too can hear Reshma Saujani’s inspiring message!’

“In fact, Katherine’s daughter and Girl Scout Olivia Coker attended the party with nearly a dozen of her fifth-grade girlfriends as they also geared up for the event. The energy in the room was palpable as moms made plans for buying tables together.

Lynn McBee, Heather Randall and Lisa Singleton*

Lynn McBee, Heather Randall and Lisa Singleton*

Beth McHaney and Stephanie Stollenwerck*

Beth McHaney and Stephanie Stollenwerck*

David and Sara Martineau*

David and Sara Martineau*

“A snapshot of the gathering included former Woman of Distinction Lynn McBee stopping by to support one of her favorite causes… Girl Scout Audit Committee Member and AT&T executive Michelle Thomas joining the party to represent the presenting sponsor, AT&T… Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Board member Tegwin Pulley attending…Many women were talking about the beginning of football season. Heather Randall was headed to the UT/Notre Dame game…. Others in the crowd included Katherine’s mom Beth McHaney, Tiffany Divis, Jennifer Clark, Sara and David Martineau, Anne Besser, Kim Miller, Lisa Singleton, Elizabeth Gambrell, Sara Lee Gardner and Stephanie Stollenwerck.

“As a special treat Trina Turk generously gave 20 percent of all sales back to the Girl Scouts and Laura Downing, Ann Dyer, Jessie O’Brien, Ashley Purnell and many others walked away with shopping bags. Katherine and Maggie shopped early so they could sport Trina’s new fall fashions at the party.”

* Photo credit: Dana Driensky

JUST IN: Devin Bray And Sruthi Tummala To Be Honored As Young Women Of The Year At Women Of Distinction Luncheon

And the good news keeps rolling in. At the annual Women of Distinction Luncheon benefiting the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, one of the highlights is the honoring of two current girl scouts as the Young Women of the Year.

Drum roll, please.

Devin Bray*

Devin Bray*

Sruthi Tummala*

Sruthi Tummala*

This year’s honorees will be Denton Guyer High senior Devin Bray and Ursuline Academy in Dallas senior Sruthi Tummala.

According to Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas CEO Jennifer Bartkowski, “Devin and Sruthi are two extraordinary young women who have made significant impacts on their communities. It is remarkable to experience the level maturity, leadership and dedication these young ladies have shown through their extensive community involvement and academic success. They are exemplary Girl Scouts who have put into practice the courage, confidence and character we strive for and definitely have made the world a better place.”

Here’s the rundown on the impressive twosome:

  • Devin has been a Girl Scout in Troop 317 since kindergarten. Her Girl Scout adventures include camping experiences, lots of cookie booths, numerous service projects, and even a trip to the Birthplace of Girl Scouts in Savannah, Georgia, during the Girl Scout Centennial in 2012. Along with growing up as a Girl Scout, Devin spent 12 years as a competitive gymnast and competed in livestock shows where she showed pigs and lambs. Devin lives in Corinth, Texas with her parents, Don and Denise, and her younger sister Dixen, who is also a sister in Girl Scouting. Devin plans to major in chemistry in college with hopes of becoming a hospital pharmacist after professional school.
  • Sruthi has been a Juliette Girl Scout member since 2012. She earned her Girl Scout Gold Award which involved exciting fourth graders about math and science; and also recently received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her outstanding commitment to community service. Sruthi is the president and founder of the National Science Honor Society and Entrepreneurship Club at Ursuline has been published in several anthologies and online magazines for her poetry and short story works. Sruthi is a recognized equestrian and is a 2015 Team National Finalist for the Interscholastic Equestrian Association. She was awarded “best lawyer” in the 2015 Mock Trial Regional Competition.

Devin and Sruthi will join Jan Rees-Jones, Anna Michele Bobadilla and Tincy Miller on stage receiving the accolades. The luncheon that is being chaired by Katherine Coker will take place at the Hilton Anatole on Wednesday, October 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. CEO of Girls Who Code Reshma Saujani will be the keynote speaker.

Tickets start at $175. And for the gents, they’re welcome to join in the celebration of women of all ages.

* Photos provided by the Girls Scouts of Northeast Texas

 

2015 Girl Scouts Of Northeast Texas’ Women Of Distinction Luncheon Honorees And Keynote Speaker Revealed

Despite vacationing and the rising temperatures, the news just keeps rolling in. The 2015 Women of Distinction Chair/third generation Girl Scout Katherine Coker just sent word about the annual Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas fundraiser luncheon. Oh, boy…or, rather, “Oh, girl!”

Katherine Coker*

Katherine Coker*

First let’s get the date and location down, so you can put it on your calendar. The 2015 Women of Distinction Luncheon will be Wednesday, October 14, at the Hilton Anatole and will be sponsored by AT&T.

Now that you’ve got it down, pat yourself on the back because here’s what’s on hand. Three women will be honored and each is a standout.

The luncheon is the perfect venue to salute female “leaders and Girl Scouts for their service to the community.”

Jan Rees-Jones (File photo)

Jan Rees-Jones (File photo)

Michele Bobadilla*

Michele Bobadilla*

Tincy Miller (File photo)

Tincy Miller (File photo)

Okay you’ve been patient, now for the roll call of the honorees — Philanthropist Jan Rees-Jones will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her community leadership and service to others. Being recognized as the Women of Distinction will be Anna Michele Bobadilla and Tincy Miller for their “civic involvement and positive impact on the community.”

According to Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas CEO Jennifer Bartkowski, “Jan, Michele and Tincy are local women who are model leaders that have made a huge impact on our community through their passion and commitment to making a difference. At Girl Scouts, we encourage every girl to be part of the positive change in their local communities. These women are exceptional leaders and role models that demonstrate firsthand how to let inspiration be the driving force for making the world a better place.”

Reshma Saujani*

Reshma Saujani*

As for the keynote speaker, she will be founder/CEO of Girls Who Code Reshma Saujani. Her organization “inspires and equips girls with computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.”

It’s so perfect that Reshma will be featured, since the funds “raised during the luncheon help provide leadership programming to more than 26,600 girls in Northeast Texas in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), financial literacy, healthy living, and outdoor leadership.”

Those Girls Scouts have come a long way since the early days and they plan to go a lot further in the world of the 21st century.

If you need a refresher course on Jan, Michele, Tincy, Reshma and/or Katherine, follow the jump. You just may be surprised what you didn’t know about these “women of distinction.”

Now that you’ve got the date on the calendar, get your tickets/sponsorships pronto.

* Photos provided by Girl Scouts of 
Northeast Texas

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Women Of Distinction Awardee Lindalyn Adams Learns That “Being A Girl Scout Is Great”

Lindalyn Adams was a very busy lady the week of October 21. Tuesday she attended the Celebrating Women patron party at Lisa and Kenny Troutt‘s estate. Wednesday at the Celebrating Women luncheon at the Hilton Anatole she was recognized by her Baylor Health Care System Foundation boss Robin Robinson at being responsible for naming the Celebrating Women lunch, which she denied. Thursday she was back at the Anatole, where she was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas at the annual Women of Distinction luncheon. And each day her faithful hairdresser, Fred Stucke, refreshed her hair. They’ve been together longer than most marriages, so he wasn’t going to let Lindalyn look less than perfect.

Angela Randall, Fredye Factor and Lindalyn Adams

Angela Randall, Fredye Factor and Lindalyn Adams

It was truly a three-day Dallas lovefest for the 83-year-young lady, who is embarrassed by all the attention. But before she received her award, there were others who were being honored at the luncheon chaired by the Kadesky gals (Angie, Ann and Kimber) and the room filled with area leaders including the Perot ladies (Margot, Suzanne, Katherine and Carolyn), Fredye Factor, Jennifer Sampson, Robyn Conlon, Gillian Breidenbach, Sally Hoglund, Kelly Compton, Paige Baden Locke and Karen Shuford).

Clarice Tinsley, Millie Bradley, Alexandra Villareal and Colleen Walker

Clarice Tinsley, Millie Bradley, Alexandra Villareal and Colleen Walker

First up for accolades were the two Young Women of Distinction — Grace Charlotte Cooper and Alexandra Villareal, who showed through their brief talks how Girl Scouts has already instilled the ability to talk to a large crowd as well as accomplishment.

Jennifer Sampson and Nicole Small

Jennifer Sampson and Nicole Small

Sadie Small

Sadie Small

Next up was Nicole Ginsburg Small, who accepted the Women of Distinction Award with daughter Sadie wearing her Girl Scouts sash over her dress, seated proudly at her table. Former Brownie Nicole told how her mother advised “to pick out what you love and go for it.” She led the audience in a pledge: “Being a girl is great! Girls are good at math! And being a Girl Scout is awesome!” They dutifully complied. In concluding her talk, Nicole emphasized the importance of young women focusing on math. That comment got a “thumbs up” from Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas’s Colleen Walker.

Lindalyn Adams and Eddie Mullens

Lindalyn Adams and Eddie Mullens

Then it was time for Lindalyn to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. With cane in her right hand and Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas’ Eddie Mullens escorting her on the left, she entered the stage to a standing room only. Shoot! Most folks would have just taken a bow, grabbed the award, posed for a photo and been off. Not Lindalyn. With the graciousness and self-deprecating humor that have made her one of Dallas’ great ladies, she acknowledged that she hadn’t been a Girl Scout, but wondered if it was too late to join up. Then the diminutive fundraiser proceeded to thank and recognize the many great organizations and people that have made Dallas outstanding —Baylor Health Care System, the Sixth Floor, the Dallas Historical Society, Old City Park, Friends of Fair Park, Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society, Ruth Altshuler, the medical wives and many others, including her sons and her late husband, Reuben, who “wore out two tuxedos in my chairman charity ball days.”

She concluded telling the group that she was pleased to learn that the lunch’s proceeds would benefit 35,000 girls in the program.

Colleen then announced that the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas were on a campaign to raise $13M and had already achieved $3.7M. In addition, thanks to the Perot Foundation, the girls at the 1,400-acre Camp Bette Perot in Athens will have a new aquatic center this summer.

Camp Bette Perot Aquatic Center*

Camp Bette Perot Aquatic Center*

As a teaser, AT&T’s Cynthia Malone revealed that in the future there would be more news about the partnership between luncheon presenting sponsor AT&T and the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.

The luncheon itself raised more than $300K. They were still counting the donations.

Talia Leman

Talia Leman

That would have been enough for most luncheons, but Colleen had arranged to have one of the country’s most outstanding Girl Scouts to top off the day — Talia Leman, CEO of RandomKid. If her name doesn’t quite hit the right brain cell, her accomplishments will. Thanks to her efforts as a 10-year-old in Waukee, Iowa, to rally young people, she raised more than $10M for Hurricane Katrina victims. While she collected recognition and awards, she wasn’t stopping with that project. In the years since, she has expanded RandomKid to assist 12M youths around the world in raising funds.

From her talk, it was obvious that she was an articulate and dynamic leader who did not recognize coming up short. Despite her youthful appearance with her green scarf, her voice conveyed a feeling of confidence. She told how the creation of RandomKid had allowed her to be a “witness to this greatness in others that I never could have foreseen. It just happened. Which is a very scary realization. Because that greatness happened by accident. It happened by surprise. Its greatness was not a carefully orchestrated sequence of events.”

So, she discussed “how can we do something greater than we know how to do and become something greater than we know how to be.”

First off, she surprised some by saying that “luck” was an important factor. Then Talia launched into a story about 9-year-old Katie Stagliano, who grew a 40-pound cabbage and fed 275 people in a homeless shelter. That project grew into Katie’s coordinating organic gardens in 21 states for homeless shelters and her becoming the youngest recipient of the Clinton Global Citizen Award.

Then she told about 15-year-old Travis Price, who “learned about the power of belief.” It seems that on his first day of high school he noticed a boy being bullied for wearing a pink polo shirt. So the next day Travis not only wore a pink shirt, he and a friend went to a thrift shop and bought 50 and gave them to his friends. Then he texted friends and put it on his Facebook page. The following day Travis showed up at school and 700 kids were wearing pink. The bully was never heard from again. However, Travis’s project turned into “Pink Shirt Day” that now takes place on six continents to take a stand against bullying.

The third story involved a 21-year-old Waleed Rashed, who wanted to start a revolution in his country. Step one — he gathered a dozen friends to help him out. Step two — get people to protest at the same place at the same time. Since it was a poor area, getting the word out was going to be difficult, so he and his friends “decided to pull a little prank.” In public places they got on their cell phones, just loud enough for others to overhear about a stealth project — a revolution in the city that was going to take place on January 25. People overheard and shared the supposed not-to-be shared news.  When the date occurred, 2 million people showed up. “They came to see the revolution and in turn became the revolution.” It was January 25, 2011, in Egypt’s Tahrir Square.

According to Talia, the common thread in all three stories was, “Luck is everywhere that we are. Belief doesn’t require a rhyme or a reason. That everything begins with nothing. And listen carefully, that we don’t need to line up our ducks because the best plans actually emerge. That square peg can fit in a round hole because its flexibility that makes things happen. And the best place for any cart is ahead of the horse, because your dreams should always lead you.”

* Graphic provided by the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Girls Scouts’ Women Of Distinction Luncheon

Angie Kadesky, Ann Kadesky and Kimber Kadesky*

Angie Kadesky, Ann Kadesky and Kimber Kadesky*

According to the Girls Scouts of North Texas‘s Women of Distinction Luncheon Tri-Chairs Angie Kadesky, Ann Kadesky and Kimber Kadesky,

Lindalyn Adams (File photo)

Lindalyn Adams (File photo)

Nicole Ginsburg Small (File photo)

Nicole Small (File photo)

“We are thrilled to be chairing the Girl Scouts’ Women of Distinction Luncheon on October 24, 2013 at the Hilton Anatole with presenting sponsor AT&T. We will be honoring two amazing women – Lindalyn Adams, a civic volunteer and founder of the Sixth Floor Museum and Nicole Small, the Eugene McDermott chief executive officer of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.  Additionally, two extraordinary Girl Scouts will be recognized; Grace Charlotte Cooper, a senior at Plano East Senior High and Alexandra Villareal, a senior at the Hockaday School.

“Our keynote speaker this year is 18-year-old Talia Leman, who is the CEO and founder of RandomKid, a non – profit organization that leverages the power of youth to solve the problems in the world. Special thank you to Margot and Ross Perot for bringing Talia to Dallas.

“The Women of Distinction Luncheon recognizes outstanding women leaders and Girl Scouts for their service to the community. Funds raised during the luncheon support Girl Scout programs to over 33,000 girls and 17,000 adult members in Northeast Texas. For more information contact [email protected] or 972.349.2438.”

* Photo provided by the Girl Scouts of North Texas