Girl Scouts celebrate 20th anniversary of Women of Distinction in Denver

Thursday, October 19, 2017, Girl Scouts of Colorado celebrated 20 years of Amazing Women of Distinction during the 20th Anniversary Thin Mint Dinner at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. This year, we had the unique opportunity to honor all 426 Women of Distinction who have been recognized since the program began in 1997, and awarded a very special group of Women of Distinction with a 2017 Award. The Awardees were selected through voting by Women of Distinction, and are shining examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership who serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow.

The 2017 Awardees were:

  • Advocacy for Youth – Elaine Gantz Berman ’02, Former Member, State Board of Education
  • Progressive Community Leader – Juana Bordas ’03, President, Mestiza Leadership International
  • Accomplished Philanthropist – Arlene Hirschfeld ’97, Community Volunteer
  • Dedication to Girl Scouts – Jean C. Jones ’07, Former CEO, Girl Scouts Mile Hi Council
  • Lifetime Achievement LaRae Orullian ’97, Retired National President, Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Advocate for Women & Girls – Jill S. Tietjen, P.E. ’97, President and CEO, Technically Speaking, Inc.
  • Commitment to Public Service – Hon. Elbra M. Wedgeworth ’04, Chief Government and Community Relations Officer, Denver Health

Nearly 500 guests gathered for the celebration chaired by Women of Distinction Maria Garcia Berry ’97, Jean Galloway ’97, and Arlene Hirschfeld ‘97. The evening’s speakers included Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Sylvia Acevedo, Gold Award Girl Scout Emma Albertoni, and event host Theresa Marchetta ’10.

Since 1997 Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 426 Denver-area women with this honor. More than $2 million has been raised in 20 years for Girl Scout programs by Women of Distinction.

Thank you to our Silver Presenting Sponsors, DISH and MDC Richmond American Foundation, and our Bronze Presenting Sponsor, Colorado Business Bank.

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