Girl Scouts of Greater New York Honor Outstanding Women at Gold Achievement Gala
On Monday, April 30, 2018, the Girl Scouts of Greater New York (GSGNY), New York City’s premier girls’ leadership organization, hosted the Gold Achievement Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street.
At the annual event, guests raised money to support growing leadership development programs that are by girls, for girls, and serve over 29,000 girls from every zip code in the city, 70% from low to moderate-income homes.
At the gala, GSGNY honored three extraordinary women in New York City who exemplify leadership in their fields, and exhibit the qualities of a true go-getter, innovator, risk-taker and leader (G.I.R.L.).
Honorees were presented with Gold Achievement Awards, in celebration of the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest girls’ achievement award that recognizes Girl Scouts who demonstrate leadership as they design and implement an 80-hour “take-action” service project with a sustainable impact.
The honorees included: LeeAnn Black, Chief Operating Officer, Latham & Watkins LLP; Dylan Dreyer, Weather Anchor, Weekend TODAY, and Host, Journey with Dylan Dreyer NBC; and Christina Minnis, Co-Head of the Americas Credit Finance Group, Goldman Sachs.
“Girl Scouts of Greater New York is thrilled to honor these three incredible women who have achieved great things through their careers and are fantastic examples of leadership for our Girl Scouts,” said Meridith Maskara, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York. “At Girl Scouts, we are preparing girls to take charge of their futures and change the world around them, and these women show what is possible with hard work and determination.”
This year’s gala chairs were GSGNY Board Members Jennifer M. Lee and Lynda Davey.
In the past year, GSGNY has continued to work to serve more girls in all corners of NYC, including expanding Troop 6000 in partnership with the NYC Department of Homeless Services to bring Girl Scouting to more than 500 girls and women in homeless shelters in all five boroughs.
Programs that target girls in underserved neighborhoods and introduce them to the Girl Scouts’ signature leadership development experience — including “Breaking the Code”, which teaches girls coding, and Urban Day Camp, to help combat summer learning loss — have also continued to expand.
All Girl Scout programs are designed to give girls the skills and confidence they need to lead and succeed in the 21st century, in the areas of business & entrepreneurship, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics), and environmental leadership. GSGNY delivers girl-led programming that builds leadership skills and confidence, and teaches girls how to be advocates for themselves and others.