Thursday, June 13, 2024


Nominations Open for Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England Leading Women of Distinction Honor


Pictured: 2022 Leading Women of Distinction Honorees. Left to right: Kristin Anastasiades, Alisha Pina, Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Adriana Dawson, Maria Rivera, Sarah Courtemanche


WARWICK, RI (June 1, 2023)—Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England (GSSNE) is excited to announce that nominations for the 2023 Leading Women of Distinction Awards are now open. Anyone can nominate a woman who leads by example, exemplifies the Girl Scout mission, and makes the world a better place. Nominees demonstrate qualities of leadership and excellence in their personal and professional life. Leading Women of Distinction Honorees are exemplary role-models for the current and next generation who emulate positive change, and innovation throughout their careers.


Through the years, GSSNE has honored over 40 Leading Women, representing many industries, organizations, and skill sets. We’ve shined a light on those that lead the way in their community by going above and beyond to help others. From teachers to executives, small business owners to CEOs, community pillars to emerging talent, Leading Women of Distinction provides a stage to recognize the hard work it takes to exemplify bravery, empathy, and drive. 


This year, consider nominating exceptional women for this special honor. The Leading Women of Distinction Selection Committee will consider nominations of women of all ages and backgrounds who have contributed to the community through professional, family, volunteerism, and/or personal endeavors. 


Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England prioritizes diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice in our work. From its founding in 1912 by a disabled single woman, to our 1950s national prioritization of racial integration and our early support and commitment to the LGBTQ community, the Girl Scout Movement has been and continues to push for equitable access and justice for all. In our Movement, diversity is a hallmark of our membership, equity is at the heart of our foundation, and inclusivity is a cornerstone of our culture—being accepted as you authentically are, being a part of something, and mattering to others—is at our core. 


The nomination deadline is July 28, 2023. Honorees will be notified in August. The Awards breakfast will be held on October 19, 2023 at the Squantum Association in Riverside, RI.


Since 2015, the GSSNE Leading Women of Distinction Honorees have been a direct reflection of what Girl Scouting stands for—they are both impressive and inspiring.


To learn more about the 2023 Leading Women of Distinction Awards and to nominate a qualifying candidate, please click on the following link:  Here   


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