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Girl Scout Volunteer Kimberly McLean named a Woman of Innovation

March 19, 2012

Kimberly McLean, a Girl Scout volunteer for nearly 20 years and a principal engineer with Electric Boat in Groton, was recently awarded a 2012 Woman of Innovation Award by the Connecticut Technology Council.

McLean was awarded in the category of “Community Innovation and Leadership,” for her work in leading and implementing a number of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities for Girl Scouts of Connecticut. She is especially active in southeastern Connecticut, hosting Design & Discover Days and introductory engineering programs for Girl Scout Brownies in grades 2-3. She partners with her husband, Geoff, for an astronomy program at Camp Laurel as well.

“There are many opportunities for girls in STEM careers,” McLean said.  “These careers are not only well paying, but they also provide girls opportunities to ‘make the world a better place.’ Today, technology is a constant part of our lives from our computers to our cell phones. But without engineers and scientists to build on these technologies, we would not have the life style we have today, nor will we be able to improve our lives and the lives of others in the future. I feel it is vitally important to encourage girls to pursue these important careers for the benefit to them and to our world.”

McLean was nominated by Ellyn Savard, Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Program Initiatives Manager, and at an awards banquet at the Aqua Turf in Southington on March 1, McLean was selected as a winner.

“Kim McLean is a shining example of how valuable our volunteers are to our organization,” said Jennifer Smith Turner, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “Kim’s extraordinary service to our girls in exposing them to the critically important STEM fields has helped inspire girls to pursue these careers and enjoy themselves while doing so. We are proud that she has been recognized by the Connecticut Technology Council as a Woman of Innovation.”

The Connecticut Technology Council is a statewide association of technology oriented companies and institutions, providing leadership in areas of policy advocacy, community building and assistance for growing companies. For more information, visit

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