2019 Keynote Speaker
In 2019, we will be joined by decorated military veteran, Girl Scout alum and First Class recipient (now known as the Gold Award) Admiral Michelle J. Howard.
Michelle retired after serving 35 years in the United States Navy, with her last command ranging from 2016 to 2017 at U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa. She simultaneously led NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command Naples with oversight of missions from the Western Balkans to Iraq. Operations in her career include: NATO peacekeeping; west African training cruise; Indonesia tsunami relief operations; and the rescue of Maersk Alabama from Somali pirates.
Michelle is a Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran. In 1999 Michelle became the first African American woman to command a ship in the Navy. In 2014, she was the first woman to become a four-star admiral in the U.S. Navy and the first woman to be appointed to the position of vice chief of naval operations.
In addition to receiving countless awards, Michelle is also the first African American woman to reach the rank of three and four-stars in the Armed Forces. We are excited to welcome her as she is the true definition of what it means to be a G.I.R.L.
Past Keynote Speakers
2018 - Andrea Bastiani Archibald, PhD., Duy-Loan T. Le, Kathy
Sanders and Marguerite Woung-Chapman
2017 - Karen E. Johnson, M.D., F.A.A.P.; Karen H. Lu, M.D.; and Dianna M. Milewicz, M.D. Ph.D.
2016 - Ann Rhoades
2015 - Jessica Buchanan and Erik Landemalm
2014 - Pegine Echevarria
2013 - Bonnie St. John
2012 - Liz Murray
2011 - Geena Davis