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President and CEO of Ms. Foundation for Women to emcee The State of Girls Speaker Series discussion in Fairfield

August 5, 2014

Teresa Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, will act as emcee for Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s State of Girls Speaker Series panel discussion at Fairfield University on Wednesday, September 10. This is the fourth in a series of discussions across the state generously sponsored by First Niagara Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable foundation funded by First Niagara Bank.

Younger, who took office at the Ms. Foundation for Women on June 16, is a former two-term Board President of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. She has been on the frontlines of some of the most important battles for women's health, safety, and economic security. She most recently served as the executive director of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW). A noted speaker, advocate, and activist, she has been recognized with numerous awards for her commitment to civil rights and civil liberties, including in 2013: Liberty Bank’s Willard M. McRae Community Diversity Award, the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame Education and Empowerment Honoree, and Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Breakfast Badge Award.

“I’m proud to be a part of this important discussion regarding the state of girls today,” Younger said. “As the research indicates, we all have unfinished business when it comes to the current and future state of our girls. It’s important to engage all local communities in ways in which we can provide girls the support they need while building their courage and confidence.”

The Speaker Series will focus on a groundbreaking report recently released by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) entitled “The State of Girls: Unfinished Business.” While overall, there is good news for girls, about 30% of girls reported some sort of bullying or aggression from their peers. A panel of experts will discuss this research as well as community solutions that can be implemented to help move the needle and finish the job for girls’ empowerment. In addition, newly released data about the state of girls in Connecticut will be shared and discussed.

“We are delighted that Teresa Younger will be a part of this important conversation,” said Mary Barneby, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “She has advocated tirelessly for the rights of girls and women throughout the country. We’re looking forward to hearing her thoughts on how we can help our girls change the world!”

The public is welcome to attend, but must register in advance. For more information about The State of Girls Speaker Series, to submit questions for panelists, or to register, visit the event page

About First Niagara Foundation

First Niagara Foundation is the not-for-profit charitable foundation, funded by First Niagara Financial Group, a multi-state community-oriented bank with approximately 420 branches, $38 billion in assets, $27 billion in deposits, and approximately 5,800 employees providing financial services to individuals, families and businesses across New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Founded in 1998, First Niagara Foundation is committed to supporting organizations in the communities in which we live and work with specific focus on youth and education, community development and neighborhood revitalization. In 2013 the Foundation contributed more than $9.0 million in charitable grants to community partners. For more information, visit

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