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Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Marks 40 Years of Celebrating Women Leaders


Contact: Danita Terry,                 

Director of Marketing & Communications

Baltimore- 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of Girl Scouts of Central Maryland’s signature fundraiser, the Distinguished Women Awards Celebration, which honors women leaders in the Baltimore area for their exemplary professional accomplishments and civic contributions.  The 2020 Distinguished Women event will take place April 22, from 5:30p-8:30pm at the Center Club in downtown Baltimore City. The 2020 Honorees are: Lisa Manzone, Senior Vice President of Human Relations, McCormick & Company, Natalie McSherry, Principal, Kamon & Graham, P.A., Tamla A. Olivier, Chief Customer Officer, BGE, Donna Wilson, Community Leader and, Margaret Wood, CEO of Wood Consulting. Tickets to the event can be purchased here.

The Distinguished Women Awards Celebration is an opportunity to connect local businesswomen with the Girl Scout Movement in greater Baltimore. Each Distinguished Woman Honoree is paired with a local Girl Scout who has applied and interviewed for the opportunity to shadow an honoree for a day. 

Through the experience Girl Scouts watch a woman leader in action at her place of work and the businesswoman learns about the Girl Scout and the activities she is involved in. Often times relationships that go well beyond the one-day shadow experience are created.

Among the women Girl Scouts of Central Maryland has honored through the years are: Bea Gaddy, Nancy Grasmick, Lynne Brick, Susan Ganz, Patricia J. Mitchell, Jacqueline C. Hrabowski, Carla D. Hayden, Denise Koch, Betty Cook, Sharon Pinder, Mary Ann Scully, Maryland House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones, Sheela Murthy, Esq., Leana Wen, M.D. and Alicia Wilson.

“We are thrilled that so many extraordinary women have partnered with Girl Scouts of Central Maryland to enrich the lives of our girls” said Violet M. Apple, GSCM CEO. She added, “This is one of the ways Girl Scouts inspires girls and helps them develop valuable leadership skills. The Distinguished Women shadow opportunity helps girls see that they too can become leaders who, with courage, confidence and character, can have a positive impact in their communities and the world.”         


Girl Scouts of Central Maryland provides leadership programming to more than 20,000 girls in grades K-12 residing in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties through a variety of hands-on and experiential activities. To learn more about Girl Scouts of Central Maryland visit , follow us on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram , or call 410-358-9711