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Girl Scouts of Connecticut to Honor Local Business Women


October 22, 2007

October 22, 2007— Girl Scouts of Connecticut will honor two outstanding businesswomen at the 6th Annual Gala Dinner Dance, Silent Auction, and Community Awards Ceremony at the Italian Center in Stamford, CT, on November 16th from 6:30 to 11 p.m. The 2007 Honorees are Virginia (Ginger) Halstrom of Darien and Teresa Ressel of New Cannan. The public is encouraged to attend the event to acknowledge these inspiring leaders and to support Girl Scouting’s personal and leadership development programs for young women.

Ginger Halstrom most recently served as the Director of Innovation at Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages (CSAB), where she managed the innovation portfolio for a wide variety of products. Prior to CSAB, she held numerous positions with Colgate-Palmolive and Kraft General Foods. Over the course of her career, she has led or been involved in over 100 new product launches. In addition, Halstrom has been a member of Girl Scouts for more than 20 years, 17 of which have been as an Adult Girl Leader. She is presently a Leader of two troops. Halstrom has been recognized with numerous regional and National Girl Scout awards, including Outstanding Leader and Outstanding Volunteer. She has served as a Council Trainer of both girls and adults for the past 12 years. She was recognized as Council Trainer of the Year in 1998, and recently received the prestigious Believing in Excellence in Education (BEE) award. She also holds and or has held many different positions at the Service Unit and Council levels. For her time and dedication to Girl Scouting, Halstrom received the Unsung Hero award from the Lower Fairfield County Volunteer Committee in 2003 and The President’s (USA) Volunteer Service Award in 2005 for over 1,000 hours of volunteer work.

Teresa Ressel presently serves as the CEO of UBS Securities LLC for UBS Investment Bank. She manages a broad array of management, supervisory control, compliance, and logistics functions for the Investment Bank covering the United States and Canada. Prior to joining UBS, Ressel was confirmed by the United States Senate as Assistant Secretary for Management and Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Treasury. Prior to her CFO role, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary, Management and Budget. She joined the Bush-Cheney Administration in 2001 and departed government service in 2004.

Ressel’s early experiences in Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts helped teach her that the core values of fairness, courage, and honesty provide a great foundation for life. She now joins her daughter Claire who is a current member of Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

Despite demanding careers, the two Gala Honorees display courage, confidence, and character in both their personal and professional lives. Their high standards and recognizable accomplishments make them great role models for Girl Scouts across Connecticut.

Net proceeds from the Gala will support enrichment, educational, recreational, and personal development programs that help girls in grades K - 12 bring out the best in themselves and their communities. Through effective Girl Scout programs, dedicated volunteers and professional staff help girls prepare for the challenges of today and the future by establishing positive values, building leadership skills, and developing self-esteem.

Friends and supporters are invited to join this ceremonial Girl Scout evening of fun and fundraising to acknowledge the tremendous generosity of these individuals and other Girl Scout volunteers who are giving back both to the Girl Scouts and to their local communities. Event guests are encouraged to come in their best “camp chic” clothes; to earn mock Girl Scout “badges,” to bid on fab


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