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Girl Scouts of Connecticut
2014 Speaker Series

sponsored by the First Niagara Foundation

The State of Girls Based on the latest research from the Girl Scout Research Institute, “The State of Girls: Unfinished Business,” the Girl Scout speaker series sponsored by the First Niagara Foundation will inspire thought, conversation, and solutions.

Hosted by a guest emcee, each event will include a short presentation of the data followed by a panel discussion from local experts. What are the triumphs and challenges for girls and young women today? How are we providing the support they need to thrive in the face of these challenges? And how, as a community, are we celebrating the successes and triumphs of our girls and young ladies? 

Come join us to learn more, be part of the solution, and connect with fellow community organizations, professional, and parents.

Only one more event! 

October 1, 2014

5:30-7:00 p.m.
Eastern Connecticut State University
268 High St., Willimantic

Student Center Room 219

Maryam Elahi
President and CEO,
Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

Ruth E. Freeman
Licensed Clinical Social Worker,
Positive Parenting CT

Olivia Puckett
Legislative Clerk, Council on Medical Assistance Program Oversight (MAPOC), Connecticut General Assembly

Liz Schmitt
Director of Enrollment Management, Miss Porter's School

Girl Scout Alumna Claire Tensa
Student, Eastern Connecticut State University

Chion Wolf

Chion Wolf




Thanks to the generosity of the First Niagara Foundation, this event is free, but registration is required.  Click here to register
Do you have questions you would like to ask our panel of experts?  You are welcome to submit the question before the event. Click here to submit a question
Attendees: Contact Matt Southward at or (860) 522-0163 ext. 3243 with any questions about the events. Media: Check out our media kit and contact Tiffany Ventura Thiele at or (860) 522-0163 ext. 3262 if you are interested in covering the events.

Previous Conversations
New Haven
May 21, 2014
Gateway Community College
Emcee and Panelist Info
East Hartford
May 29, 2014
Goodwin College

Emcee and Panelist Info
June 4, 2014
Naugatuck Valley Community College
Emcee and Panelist Info
September 10, 2014
Fairfield University
Emcee and Panelist Info

Did you know?
Girls are well educated: There are 130 women enrolled in college for every 100 men.
Girls struggle with emotional health: 34% of high school girls had self-reported symptoms of depression during the past year.
Girls want more formal opportunities to be leaders: 53% of black/African-American girls and 50% of Hispanic/Latina girls want to be leaders, compared to 39% of all girls.

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