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Accomplishments of Girls and Women in Greater New Haven Celebrated at Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Women of Achievement Event

April 3, 2013

Exceptional Girl Scouts, volunteers, and successful women were celebrated for their leadership and civic engagement on Wednesday, April 3 during Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Women of Achievement Breakfast.

Entrepreneur and best-selling author Ruma Bose was the featured keynote speaker.  Bose, named as a “2011 Next Generation Change Maker in Philanthropy” by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Perspectives in Philanthropy and co-author of Mother Teresa, CEO, spoke to the more than 150 attendees about her experiences with Mother Teresa, while also touching upon her experiences in Girl Scouting and how it helped prepare her for her adult life as a leader.

“What the Girl Scouts provided me was a way to spend a lot of quality time competitively earning my badges with my parents,” Bose said. “I learned empathy, about entrepreneurship, strategic planning, and I developed global awareness of others. The foundation of who I am came from my experiences in Girl Scouts at a very young age.”

Those in attendance heard about the ongoing events in the Greater New Haven community that impact 7,600 girls, with 2,500 in New Haven alone. All of these girls benefit from the Girl Scout leadership and learning experience every year. Some examples of these experiences include the story of one group of girls who sought to end violence at their schools by organizing an anti-bullying rally, while another group of girls learned how to extract DNA from a banana.

“This was a wonderful day where we were able to share with our supporters and friends about the great things our girls are doing, right in their neighborhoods,” said Mary Barneby, Girl Scouts of Connecticut CEO. “We’re grateful to Ruma for attending and inspiring all of us during our breakfast. Most importantly, we’re grateful to our girls and volunteers who make Girl Scouting happen every day in the Greater New Haven community. We look forward to the exciting news of our girls’ accomplishments in the area and know that they are capable of great accomplishments and making the world a better place.”

Sponsors included QSP/Ashdon Farms, Webster Bank, Yale-New Haven Hospital, and Southern Connecticut State University. Proceeds from Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Women of Achievement event will support girls in grades K – 12 enabling them to bring out the best in themselves and their communities. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience offers girls the lifetime skills they need to discover their personal best; connect with others to build healthy relationships; and take action in their communities to make the world a better place.

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