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Girl Scouts event to honor philanthropic work of Houston’s women leaders

Speakers include award-winning actress Geena Davis and GS USA Board Chair Connie Lindsey

HOUSTON (April 5, 2010) – On April 29, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Houston hotel, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) will host its inaugural “Success to Significance” luncheon. The event was created to honor successful women leaders who have made significant differences in their communities. This year’s honorees include Pam Gardner, the first female inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame and Dorothy Goodykoontz, Emeritus member of GSSJC’s Board of Directors and founder of the Emerald Circle, a committee formed to award college merit scholarship to qualified Ambassador Girl Scouts.

“Girl Scouts works to eliminate barriers to girl leadership and to create a society in which every girl has the opportunity to achieve her full potential,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC’s chief executive officer. “Our honorees exemplify this principle and have used their success to impact the community in which they live in, inspiring other girls to achieve their full potential and do the same.”

Award-winning actress and philanthropist Geena Davis will serve as the keynote speaker and Girl Scouts of the USA’s National Board Chair Connie Lindsey will address the state of Girl Scouting and will recognize the event’s first honorees. As an advocate of women’s rights, including gender equality, Davis founded The Geena Davis Institute, which engages film and television creators to reduce gender stereotyping in media. She believes that with determination and focus, women can achieve virtually anything they set out to accomplish.

Research conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute demonstrates that only one in five girls believes she can lead the way for others and that the greatest barrier to leadership in girls is lack of confidence in their own abilities. Girl Scouts is the only organization addressing the significant female leadership gap by facilitating girl-led programs, advocacy and service projects, girl representation on high-level committees and the board of directors, and ample opportunities for older Girl Scouts to lead programs for younger girls.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 76,000 girls served and nearly 18,000 adult members in 26 southeast Texas counties.

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